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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear All, Exciting activities, plans, and possible synergies and directions! A couple things come to mind: several weeks ago I posted to Andrius about
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 1, 2007
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      Dear All,

      Exciting activities, plans, and possible synergies and directions!

      A couple things come to mind: several weeks ago I posted to Andrius about possible linkages--in the form of webinars, video-bridges, chats--between ActALIVE (www.actalive.org) and MS forums.

      ActALIVE is a global arts coalition whose members use arts to address HIV/AIDS and development issues, with members in at least 30 countries. Artists and anyone addressing health and development topics could be included in one of these bridges. There are some ActALIVE members at HH (and vice versa) already.

      Linking communities and individuals who are differently-abled, and/or involved/interested in same, is another possible topic. You have mentioned something like this to Tom Ochuka in a recent note, Andrius.

      On your immediate request, it seems the easiest way for these artists to gain exposure would be virtually, ie via virtual gallery. Also possibly organizing a physical exhibit for travel, and linking with diaspora communities around the world. Ask these communities to help do outreach to galleries and other venues.

      The European Union should have a cultural-exchange program and be supportive of cultural activities, so finding who to link with in that regard within Lithuania will hopefully open opportunities for travelling exhibits within the EU, and possibly beyond.

      With a bit more time, I might be able to find people to be involved in this kind of bridge. If I can do so this coming week, I will, but I have full-time care of my father until we can get help, so I may not have time to do outreach for next Sunday.

      I look forward to finding ways in which MS and oneVillage can work together, too, as both have so much in common re goals, outlook, and vision. If there is anything I can do to be of service in this regard, plz let me know.

      With blessings and excitement, Janet

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
      >Sent: Sep 1, 2007 11:59 PM
      >To: globalvillages@yahoogroups.com, mendenyo@yahoogroups.com, holistichelping@yahoogroups.com, fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [holistichelping] Topics for Video Bridges?
      >
      >Franz, Dante, Markus, Synnove, Janet and all,
      >
      >I share my responses to a variety of activity going on at our lab.
      >
      >I ask for help for our video bridge in Lithuania next Sunday, September
      >9th, 2007. We want to explore with sculptor Algirdas Zokaitis his
      >question, "How can Lithuanian artists without money present their work
      >in other countries?" Do you know of any artists, curators or other
      >experts that we might engage? That would be great!
      >
      >Franz, I spoke today with Gryte Miseviciene, she is an elderly community
      >activist whose question is "In the 21st century, how can we stay in
      >touch with children and grandchildren?" She says she understands German
      >quite well and can speak, too. We could organize a high quality video
      >bridge I think from Kaunas or another location in Lithuania, we had
      >discussed earlier that either that would let us do it for free or we
      >might rent a location, it is not very expensive. Could you find a
      >speaker for us?
      >
      >Dante, Markus, would either of you be able to help us find speakers to
      >engage for this topic? I could easily devote 100 euros for such work if
      >you can help us find at least one volunteer speaker. Another question
      >that we need a speaker to engage is Fikratas Salimov's video bridge on
      >"Why don't the roma integrate themselves into Lithuanian life?"
      >
      >Also, Gryte, Alvydas and I are taking decisive steps in Pavilnys to
      >organize a grassroots takeover of the Pavilnys community organization to
      >which the Atzalynas building has been assigned. I have made many
      >unsuccessful efforts to participate in that organization, and to have
      >some kind of agreement with its leader or the local alderman. The
      >building is being renovated and no written assurance is being given as
      >to the role that Minciu Sodas or Atzalynas or I might play there. The
      >organization has not had a general meeting in three years even though
      >its supposed to organize them every six months. So starting this Friday
      >we will have weekly meetings of Minciu Sodas at the pizza place to
      >"revive" that community organization, to invite its leaders to give any
      >news of their activities and to invite new people to get involved. This
      >will infuriate some of the existing leaders, but Gryte and Alvydas are
      >strongly committed and so I think we will attract enough new people and
      >hopefully a few of the existing leaders to call a general meeting and
      >elect a new leadership. Then we'll have authority over the building's
      >future and a very strong base in the Pavilnys neighborhood. Also
      >helping is Alvydas Cepulis's work on a local one-page Minciu Sodas
      >neighborhood newsletter which features a local independent thinker every
      >week. We're learning how to organize these nonviolent "putschs" because
      >such civics is probably an essential part of the Global Village solution
      >as Franz you are finding, too.
      >
      >I have started a list of our "global villages" in our networks:
      >http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?GlobalVillageIndex
      >and you will see there are 16 local hubs already in our network. I
      >invite us to add more either by creating wiki pages or simply writing
      >about our local efforts. From the list I think it also becomes clear
      >that we have a lot happening locally but we're not providing the global
      >support that we might to help overcome the obstacles which include
      >organizing the local community (as in Pavilnys), getting a computer (for
      >Uyoga in Tanzania), getting technical assistance (for David Ellison-Bey
      >in Chicago). I think that working on such challenges will give us quite
      >a different sense of what "global villages" mean.
      >
      >Perhaps this is an area where our Minciu Sodas laboratory might work
      >with One Village? http://www.onevillagefoundation.org I have been
      >speaking with Joy Tang, the founder of One Village, who I first met in
      >2003 and who is now Vice President of Marketing at Accton in Taiwan. I
      >was very encouraged by her enthusiastic reception of my research towards
      >the manufacture of a USB flash drive file editor. However, we spoke
      >this last week and I was discouraged by Joy's frustrations regarding the
      >lack of synergy between Minciu Sodas and One Village. I don't foresee
      >our lab working for Accton. Joy's vision has inspired the steps that
      >I've taken that our lab respond to the challenges in Africa. Jeff
      >Buderer, Edward Cherlin, Mark Roest, Kafui Prebbie, Henry Migingo, Joy
      >Tang herself and others have all contributed to our correspondence and
      >good energy, but primarily as individuals, which perhaps makes sense for
      >our laboratory of independent thinkers. Our lab's work on-the-ground in
      >Africa has proceeded independently. Perhaps there are small projects
      >on-the-ground that we might work on together? Or our lab might welcome
      >participants from One Village or vice versa? Unfortunately, the lack of
      >synergy means, I think, that Joy doesn't recognize the strength of the
      >Minciu Sodas network in Africa and the leadership role we can play, for
      >example, in organizing the manufacture of a flash drive file editor, but
      >also researching, distributing, selling, servicing on-the-ground in Africa.
      >
      >Meanwhile, I am looking for strong companies that might fund our lab to
      >develop the flash drive file editor, about $25,000 for phase I
      >prototyping and $120,000 for phase II a run of 200 devices. For
      >example, Noah Samara is founder of WorldSpace Satellite Radio
      >http://www.worldspace.com/about/ and they have a need for content that
      >our "offline file sharing network" might help generate.
      >
      >I am greatly encouraged by Ricardo's and Jecel's contributions at Samwel
      >Kongere's Mendenyo working group
      >http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mendenyo/ I very much need the hardware
      >advice that you are providing, thank you! And thank you also to Peter
      >Kaminski. My plan is that we are creating an architecture that serves
      >"independent thinkers" by including those who are hardest to reach.
      >These are generally literate adults who may lack in means, however. My
      >main goal is that they be able to participate in email exchanges as we
      >do even if they have irregular connectivity. So a simple text editor is
      >fine, so long as it can deal with large volumes of text. And then it
      >can also work for editing other text files. It should also be able to
      >share files. However, I think it makes sense to pursue a modular
      >approach so that one can replace or upgrade devices, and so rely on
      >standard keyboards, AA batteries, USB flash drives. We're organizing
      >the manufacture of one device, but truly we have in mind an architecture
      >where there can be many such devices. The functionality that I'm
      >seeking is like the monochrome Amstrad word processor which I had in the
      >1980s. One idea is to separate the "file sharing hub" (and "brain"?)
      >from the "display" so that it is straightforward to upgrade a display.
      >Once the basic devices are working then it makes sense to keep expanding
      >with more hardware modules like a wifi module or a sound file recorder etc.
      >
      >Thank you to Sasha Mrkailo and Josephat, William and all in Tanzania for
      >help with the content for the flash drives that I hope to mail soon to
      >Africa: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?FlashDriveContent
      >I wrote a script to download our emails (some 25,000!) and soon they
      >will be available for download for offline use.
      >
      >Chris Macrae, As you suggest, I have started a page to collect our
      >information on Internet Access, our costs and challenges and alternatives:
      >http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?InternetAccess
      >Sasha, perhaps you could create the metadata based on our chats from
      >August 16 and August 23 and August 9 ?
      >
      >Dante, I'm very interested in your system of tools for global mapping.
      >I invite you to help with our current system at http://www.worknets.org
      >and expand that. We have information about our participants deepest
      >values, investigatory questions, endeavors, proposals and more.
      >
      >Stella, thank you for your deep letters! and I include a link to my own
      >attempt to "know everything and apply that knowledge usefully":
      >http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?LivingByTruth/Overview
      >
      >Good night,
      >
      >Andrius
      >
      >Andrius Kulikauskas
      >Minciu Sodas
      >http://www.ms.lt
      >ms@...
      >+370 699 30003
      >Vilnius, Lithuania
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HolisticHelping
      >
      >Please note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise. Thank you! http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org
      >
      >
      >Yahoo! Groups Links
      >
      >
      >
    • Dante-Gabryell Monson
      Hi Andrius ... some replies in between lines below... ... Yes Andrius , actually , I was invited at the last minute ( two days ago ) to use the opportunity of
      Message 2 of 5 , Sep 1, 2007
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        Hi Andrius

        ... some replies in between lines below...

        On 9/2/07, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:

        Franz, Dante, Markus, Synnove, Janet and all,

        I share my responses to a variety of activity going on at our lab.



        Dante, Markus, would either of you be able to help us find speakers to
        engage for this topic? I could easily devote 100 euros for such work if
        you can help us find at least one volunteer speaker. Another question
        that we need a speaker to engage is Fikratas Salimov's video bridge on
        "Why don't the roma integrate themselves into Lithuanian life?"


         


         



         



         
        Yes Andrius , actually , I was invited at the last minute ( two days ago ) to use the opportunity of a meeting supported by youth grants of the council of europe in Krakow on Ethnic Minorities , but ended up not accepting it as I prefer focusing on the experience of staying in a place for longer then 10 days.

        This meeting starts today :

        http://www.unityindiversity.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=133&Itemid=51

        http://www.google.ee/search?q=fyeg+ethnical+minorities&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

        and as www.fyeg.org ( which is also an organization Marcus knows :-) ) has choosen " all different , all equal " as a theme for their 2007 year , maybe there is a chance , if not during this seminar , maybe afterwords , that you could get some people at fyeg - or their member organizations spread all over europe - interested in opening up video bridges on such topics.

        Moreover , www.fyeg.org has become the official youth organization of the european greens , and they have the capacity to facilitate partnerships to apply for grant money to support projects.

        Although I do not engage in following up on such project , when some of the fyeg board members will be back online it might be possible to discuss the idea of video bridges with them.

        ps : having myself some views from different ethic minorities in different european regions , the one I have been thinking about more often recently , as I spend more and more time in the baltic , is the russian speaking " soviet " minority in baltic countries.

        I mention " soviet " because there seems to be a big distinction in attitude between Russians that have accepted a transition and adapted to it , and Russians that stay in a " soviet " perspective and mentality , that seem to have difficulties to accept their lost power , and adapt to new situations after the fall of soviet power and influence over the baltic.  I know it is a important question in the daily lives of Estonians , Latvians , and ( maybe to a lesser extent ? ) Lithuanians. It also seems that the ( growing ? ) re?building of a sense of russian power and pride within russia itself , to my own feeling ,  tends to put further pressure , sometimes through a combination of pressures from russian minorities nostalgic of soviet times and of a powerful russian neighbour state , on internal affairs in some of the baltic countries ? although i do not know the situation in all its complexity yet , it is more of some path of questioning towards understanding how greater communication can develop between such communities. In Estonia ( maybe more then in other Baltic Countries ? ) the cultural gap seems to be so big that both communities do not seem to be mixing much , not even in schools attended by children from both communities and cultures ( as classes often seem to be separated ? )


        Also, Gryte, Alvydas and I are taking decisive steps in Pavilnys to
        organize a grassroots takeover of the Pavilnys community organization to
        which the Atzalynas building has been assigned. I have made many
        unsuccessful efforts to participate in that organization, and to have
        some kind of agreement with its leader or the local alderman. The
        building is being renovated and no written assurance is being given as
        to the role that Minciu Sodas or Atzalynas or I might play there. The
        organization has not had a general meeting in three years even though
        its supposed to organize them every six months. So starting this Friday
        we will have weekly meetings of Minciu Sodas at the pizza place to
        "revive" that community organization, to invite its leaders to give any
        news of their activities and to invite new people to get involved. This
        will infuriate some of the existing leaders, but Gryte and Alvydas are
        strongly committed and so I think we will attract enough new people and
        hopefully a few of the existing leaders to call a general meeting and
        elect a new leadership. Then we'll have authority over the building's
        future and a very strong base in the Pavilnys neighborhood. Also
        helping is Alvydas Cepulis's work on a local one-page Minciu Sodas
        neighborhood newsletter which features a local independent thinker every
        week. We're learning how to organize these nonviolent "putschs" because
        such civics is probably an essential part of the Global Village solution
        as Franz you are finding, too.


         























        Yes , I wish you ( the spreading of ) peaceful loving determination and infinite inner strength and energy through use of greater consciousness
         

        I have started a list of our "global villages" in our networks:
        http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?GlobalVillageIndex
        and you will see there are 16 local hubs already in our network. I
        invite us to add more either by creating wiki pages or simply writing
        about our local efforts. From the list I think it also becomes clear
        that we have a lot happening locally but we're not providing the global
        support that we might to help overcome the obstacles which include
        organizing the local community (as in Pavilnys), getting a computer (for
        Uyoga in Tanzania), getting technical assistance (for David Ellison-Bey
        in Chicago). I think that working on such challenges will give us quite
        a different sense of what "global villages" mean.

        Perhaps this is an area where our Minciu Sodas laboratory might work
        with One Village? http://www.onevillagefoundation.org I have been
        speaking with Joy Tang, the founder of One Village, who I first met in
        2003 and who is now Vice President of Marketing at Accton in Taiwan. I
        was very encouraged by her enthusiastic reception of my research towards
        the manufacture of a USB flash drive file editor. However, we spoke
        this last week and I was discouraged by Joy's frustrations regarding the
        lack of synergy between Minciu Sodas and One Village. I don't foresee
        our lab working for Accton. Joy's vision has inspired the steps that
        I've taken that our lab respond to the challenges in Africa. Jeff
        Buderer, Edward Cherlin, Mark Roest, Kafui Prebbie, Henry Migingo, Joy
        Tang herself and others have all contributed to our correspondence and
        good energy, but primarily as individuals, which perhaps makes sense for
        our laboratory of independent thinkers. Our lab's work on-the-ground in
        Africa has proceeded independently. Perhaps there are small projects
        on-the-ground that we might work on together? Or our lab might welcome
        participants from One Village or vice versa? Unfortunately, the lack of
        synergy means, I think, that Joy doesn't recognize the strength of the
        Minciu Sodas network in Africa and the leadership role we can play, for
        example, in organizing the manufacture of a flash drive file editor, but
        also researching, distributing, selling, servicing on-the-ground in Africa.

        Meanwhile, I am looking for strong companies that might fund our lab to
        develop the flash drive file editor, about $25,000 for phase I
        prototyping and $120,000 for phase II a run of 200 devices. For
        example, Noah Samara is founder of WorldSpace Satellite Radio
        http://www.worldspace.com/about/ and they have a need for content that
        our "offline file sharing network" might help generate.

        I am greatly encouraged by Ricardo's and Jecel's contributions at Samwel
        Kongere's Mendenyo working group
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mendenyo/ I very much need the hardware
        advice that you are providing, thank you! And thank you also to Peter
        Kaminski. My plan is that we are creating an architecture that serves
        "independent thinkers" by including those who are hardest to reach.
        These are generally literate adults who may lack in means, however. My
        main goal is that they be able to participate in email exchanges as we
        do even if they have irregular connectivity. So a simple text editor is
        fine, so long as it can deal with large volumes of text. And then it
        can also work for editing other text files. It should also be able to
        share files. However, I think it makes sense to pursue a modular
        approach so that one can replace or upgrade devices, and so rely on
        standard keyboards, AA batteries, USB flash drives. We're organizing
        the manufacture of one device, but truly we have in mind an architecture
        where there can be many such devices. The functionality that I'm
        seeking is like the monochrome Amstrad word processor which I had in the
        1980s. One idea is to separate the "file sharing hub" (and "brain"?)
        from the "display" so that it is straightforward to upgrade a display.
        Once the basic devices are working then it makes sense to keep expanding
        with more hardware modules like a wifi module or a sound file recorder etc.

        Thank you to Sasha Mrkailo and Josephat, William and all in Tanzania for
        help with the content for the flash drives that I hope to mail soon to
        Africa: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?FlashDriveContent
        I wrote a script to download our emails (some 25,000!) and soon they
        will be available for download for offline use.

        Chris Macrae, As you suggest, I have started a page to collect our
        information on Internet Access, our costs and challenges and alternatives:
        http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?InternetAccess
        Sasha, perhaps you could create the metadata based on our chats from
        August 16 and August 23 and August 9 ?

        Dante, I'm very interested in your system of tools for global mapping.
        I invite you to help with our current system at http://www.worknets.org
        and expand that. We have information about our participants deepest
        values, investigatory questions, endeavors, proposals and more.




















































































        it would be nice to integrate everything indeed :-)

        a few hours ago , I sent a mail to a friend who is a programmer and also a specialist of wiki s , and asked him some questions regarding mapping wikis ... which could be a first experiment - although not exactly the tool I described earlier in my brainstorming following Stella s reply.

        But maybe you already know of such kind of tools that can integrate the structures of relations within wiki s ?
         

        Stella, thank you for your deep letters! and I include a link to my own
        attempt to "know everything and apply that knowledge usefully":
        http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?LivingByTruth/Overview






        Absolutely. I also forgot to mention in my last letter how glad I am about the reference shared by Stella about

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bohm

        which was unknown to me , and which I find very interesting. Thanks Stella.

        Good night,




        Oups , yes  , its already half past five in the morning...

        Andrius

        Andrius Kulikauskas
        Minciu Sodas
        http://www.ms.lt
        ms@...
        +370 699 30003
        Vilnius, Lithuania


      • subscribe@studynook.com
        Janet: If ActALIVE wants to reach an audience that is dispersed but connected via the internet, and wants a conference, you can let me know and I will set up a
        Message 3 of 5 , Sep 2, 2007
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          Janet:

          If ActALIVE wants to reach an audience that is dispersed but connected via the internet, and wants a conference, you can let me know and I will set up a Webinar.
           
          Asif.


          From: holistichelping@yahoogroups.com [mailto:holistichelping@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Janet Feldman
          Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 10:04 PM
          To: holistichelping@yahoogroups.com; globalvillages@yahoogroups.com; mendenyo@yahoogroups.com; holistichelping@yahoogroups.com; fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Topics for Video Bridges?

          Dear All,

          Exciting activities, plans, and possible synergies and directions!

          A couple things come to mind: several weeks ago I posted to Andrius about possible linkages--in the form of webinars, video-bridges, chats--between ActALIVE (www.actalive. org) and MS forums.

          ActALIVE is a global arts coalition whose members use arts to address HIV/AIDS and development issues, with members in at least 30 countries. Artists and anyone addressing health and development topics could be included in one of these bridges. There are some ActALIVE members at HH (and vice versa) already.

          Linking communities and individuals who are differently- abled, and/or involved/interested in same, is another possible topic. You have mentioned something like this to Tom Ochuka in a recent note, Andrius.

          On your immediate request, it seems the easiest way for these artists to gain exposure would be virtually, ie via virtual gallery. Also possibly organizing a physical exhibit for travel, and linking with diaspora communities around the world. Ask these communities to help do outreach to galleries and other venues.

          The European Union should have a cultural-exchange program and be supportive of cultural activities, so finding who to link with in that regard within Lithuania will hopefully open opportunities for travelling exhibits within the EU, and possibly beyond.

          With a bit more time, I might be able to find people to be involved in this kind of bridge. If I can do so this coming week, I will, but I have full-time care of my father until we can get help, so I may not have time to do outreach for next Sunday.

          I look forward to finding ways in which MS and oneVillage can work together, too, as both have so much in common re goals, outlook, and vision. If there is anything I can do to be of service in this regard, plz let me know.

          With blessings and excitement, Janet

          -----Original Message-----

          >From: Andrius Kulikauskas <
          href="mailto:ms%40ms.lt">ms@...>
          >Sent: Sep 1, 2007 11:59
          PM
          >To:
          href="mailto:globalvillages%40yahoogroups.com">globalvillages@ yahoogroups. com, mendenyo@yahoogroup s.com, holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com, fightingpeacefully@ yahoogroups. com
          >Subject:
          [holistichelping] Topics for Video Bridges?
          >
          >Franz, Dante, Markus,
          Synnove, Janet and all,
          >
          >I share my responses to a variety of
          activity going on at our lab.
          >
          >I ask for help for our video bridge
          in Lithuania next Sunday, September
          >9th, 2007. We want to explore with
          sculptor Algirdas Zokaitis his
          >question, "How can Lithuanian artists
          without money present their work
          >in other countries?" Do you know of any
          artists, curators or other
          >experts that we might engage? That would be
          great!
          >
          >Franz, I spoke today with Gryte Miseviciene, she is an
          elderly community
          >activist whose question is "In the 21st century, how
          can we stay in
          >touch with children and grandchildren? " She says she
          understands German
          >quite well and can speak, too. We could organize a
          high quality video
          >bridge I think from Kaunas or another location in
          Lithuania, we had
          >discussed earlier that either that would let us do it
          for free or we
          >might rent a location, it is not very expensive. Could
          you find a
          >speaker for us?
          >
          >Dante, Markus, would either
          of you be able to help us find speakers to
          >engage for this topic? I
          could easily devote 100 euros for such work if
          >you can help us find at
          least one volunteer speaker. Another question
          >that we need a speaker to
          engage is Fikratas Salimov's video bridge on
          >"Why don't the roma
          integrate themselves into Lithuanian life?"
          >
          >Also, Gryte, Alvydas
          and I are taking decisive steps in Pavilnys to
          >organize a grassroots
          takeover of the Pavilnys community organization to
          >which the Atzalynas
          building has been assigned. I have made many
          >unsuccessful efforts to
          participate in that organization, and to have
          >some kind of agreement
          with its leader or the local alderman. The
          >building is being renovated
          and no written assurance is being given as
          >to the role that Minciu Sodas
          or Atzalynas or I might play there. The
          >organization has not had a
          general meeting in three years even though
          >its supposed to organize them
          every six months. So starting this Friday
          >we will have weekly meetings
          of Minciu Sodas at the pizza place to
          >"revive" that community
          organization, to invite its leaders to give any
          >news of their activities
          and to invite new people to get involved. This
          >will infuriate some of
          the existing leaders, but Gryte and Alvydas are
          >strongly committed and
          so I think we will attract enough new people and
          >hopefully a few of the
          existing leaders to call a general meeting and
          >elect a new leadership.
          Then we'll have authority over the building's
          >future and a very strong
          base in the Pavilnys neighborhood. Also
          >helping is Alvydas Cepulis's
          work on a local one-page Minciu Sodas
          >neighborhood newsletter which
          features a local independent thinker every
          >week. We're learning how to
          organize these nonviolent "putschs" because
          >such civics is probably an
          essential part of the Global Village solution
          >as Franz you are finding,
          too.
          >
          >I have started a list of our "global villages" in our
          networks:
          >
          href="http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?GlobalVillageIndex">http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?GlobalVillag eIndex
          >and
          you will see there are 16 local hubs already in our network. I
          >invite us
          to add more either by creating wiki pages or simply writing
          >about our
          local efforts. From the list I think it also becomes clear
          >that we have
          a lot happening locally but we're not providing the global
          >support that
          we might to help overcome the obstacles which include
          >organizing the
          local community (as in Pavilnys), getting a computer (for
          >Uyoga in
          Tanzania), getting technical assistance (for David Ellison-Bey
          >in
          Chicago). I think that working on such challenges will give us quite
          >a
          different sense of what "global villages" mean.
          >
          >Perhaps this is
          an area where our Minciu Sodas laboratory might work
          >with One Village?
          http://www.onevilla gefoundation. org I have been
          >speaking with Joy Tang, the founder of One Village, who I
          first met in
          >2003 and who is now Vice President of Marketing at Accton
          in Taiwan. I
          >was very encouraged by her enthusiastic reception of my
          research towards
          >the manufacture of a USB flash drive file editor.
          However, we spoke
          >this last week and I was discouraged by Joy's
          frustrations regarding the
          >lack of synergy between Minciu Sodas and One
          Village. I don't foresee
          >our lab working for Accton. Joy's vision has
          inspired the steps that
          >I've taken that our lab respond to the
          challenges in Africa. Jeff
          >Buderer, Edward Cherlin, Mark Roest, Kafui
          Prebbie, Henry Migingo, Joy
          >Tang herself and others have all contributed
          to our correspondence and
          >good energy, but primarily as individuals,
          which perhaps makes sense for
          >our laboratory of independent thinkers.
          Our lab's work on-the-ground in
          >Africa has proceeded independently.
          Perhaps there are small projects
          >on-the-ground that we might work on
          together? Or our lab might welcome
          >participants from One Village or vice
          versa? Unfortunately, the lack of
          >synergy means, I think, that Joy
          doesn't recognize the strength of the
          >Minciu Sodas network in Africa and
          the leadership role we can play, for
          >example, in organizing the
          manufacture of a flash drive file editor, but
          >also researching,
          distributing, selling, servicing on-the-ground in Africa.
          >
          >Meanwhile, I am looking for strong companies that might
          fund our lab to
          >develop the flash drive file editor, about $25,000 for
          phase I
          >prototyping and $120,000 for phase II a run of 200 devices. For
          >example, Noah Samara is founder of WorldSpace Satellite Radio
          >
          href="http://www.worldspace.com/about/">http://www.worldspa ce.com/about/ and they have a need for content that
          >our "offline file sharing network"
          might help generate.
          >
          >I am greatly encouraged by Ricardo's and
          Jecel's contributions at Samwel
          >Kongere's Mendenyo working group
          >
          href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mendenyo/">http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/mendenyo/ I very much need the hardware
          >advice that you are providing, thank you!
          And thank you also to Peter
          >Kaminski. My plan is that we are creating an
          architecture that serves
          >"independent thinkers" by including those who
          are hardest to reach.
          >These are generally literate adults who may lack
          in means, however. My
          >main goal is that they be able to participate in
          email exchanges as we
          >do even if they have irregular connectivity. So a
          simple text editor is
          >fine, so long as it can deal with large volumes of
          text. And then it
          >can also work for editing other text files. It should
          also be able to
          >share files. However, I think it makes sense to pursue a
          modular
          >approach so that one can replace or upgrade devices, and so rely
          on
          >standard keyboards, AA batteries, USB flash drives. We're organizing
          >the manufacture of one device, but truly we have in mind an architecture
          >where there can be many such devices. The functionality that I'm
          >seeking is like the monochrome Amstrad word processor which I had in the
          >1980s. One idea is to separate the "file sharing hub" (and "brain"?)
          >from the "display" so that it is straightforward to upgrade a display.
          >Once the basic devices are working then it makes sense to keep expanding
          >with more hardware modules like a wifi module or a sound file recorder
          etc.
          >
          >Thank you to Sasha Mrkailo and Josephat, William and all in
          Tanzania for
          >help with the content for the flash drives that I hope to
          mail soon to
          >Africa:
          href="http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?FlashDriveContent">http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?FlashDriveCo ntent
          >I wrote a script to download our emails (some 25,000!) and soon they
          >will be available for download for offline use.
          >
          >Chris
          Macrae, As you suggest, I have started a page to collect our
          >information
          on Internet Access, our costs and challenges and alternatives:
          >
          href="http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?InternetAccess">http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?InternetAcce ss
          >Sasha,
          perhaps you could create the metadata based on our chats from
          >August 16
          and August 23 and August 9 ?
          >
          >Dante, I'm very interested in your
          system of tools for global mapping.
          >I invite you to help with our
          current system at http://www.worknets .org
          >and
          expand that. We have information about our participants deepest
          >values,
          investigatory questions, endeavors, proposals and more.
          >
          >Stella,
          thank you for your deep letters! and I include a link to my own
          >attempt
          to "know everything and apply that knowledge usefully":
          >
          href="http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?LivingByTruth/Overview">http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?LivingByTrut h/Overview
          >
          >Good
          night,
          >
          >Andrius
          >
          >Andrius Kulikauskas
          >Minciu
          Sodas
          >http://www.ms. lt
          >
          href="mailto:ms%40ms.lt">ms@...
          >+370 699 30003
          >Vilnius,
          Lithuania
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          href="http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HolisticHelping">http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?HolisticHelp ing
          >
          >Please
          note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise. Thank you! http://www.ethicalp ublicdomain. org
          >
          >
          >Yahoo! Groups Links
          >
          >
          >

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            Andrius:

            I already sent software versions that I do not use to Samwel - they include ADOBE software (Premiere, Photoshop) and MACROMEDIA Software (Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver, Cold Fusion) and 5 128 MB USB Bus'. This should help the women move forward with marketing their strengths via using the software and saving data onto the USBs. I am waiting to hear if he got the materials that were sent 3 weeks ago.
             
            Asif.


            From: holistichelping@yahoogroups.com [mailto:holistichelping@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Andrius Kulikauskas
            Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 12:00 AM
            To: globalvillages@yahoogroups.com; mendenyo@yahoogroups.com; holistichelping@yahoogroups.com; fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [holistichelping] Topics for Video Bridges?

            Franz, Dante, Markus, Synnove, Janet and all,

            I share my responses to a variety of activity going on at our lab.

            I ask for help for our video bridge in Lithuania next Sunday, September
            9th, 2007. We want to explore with sculptor Algirdas Zokaitis his
            question, "How can Lithuanian artists without money present their work
            in other countries?" Do you know of any artists, curators or other
            experts that we might engage? That would be great!

            Franz, I spoke today with Gryte Miseviciene, she is an elderly community
            activist whose question is "In the 21st century, how can we stay in
            touch with children and grandchildren? " She says she understands German
            quite well and can speak, too. We could organize a high quality video
            bridge I think from Kaunas or another location in Lithuania, we had
            discussed earlier that either that would let us do it for free or we
            might rent a location, it is not very expensive. Could you find a
            speaker for us?

            Dante, Markus, would either of you be able to help us find speakers to
            engage for this topic? I could easily devote 100 euros for such work if
            you can help us find at least one volunteer speaker. Another question
            that we need a speaker to engage is Fikratas Salimov's video bridge on
            "Why don't the roma integrate themselves into Lithuanian life?"

            Also, Gryte, Alvydas and I are taking decisive steps in Pavilnys to
            organize a grassroots takeover of the Pavilnys community organization to
            which the Atzalynas building has been assigned. I have made many
            unsuccessful efforts to participate in that organization, and to have
            some kind of agreement with its leader or the local alderman. The
            building is being renovated and no written assurance is being given as
            to the role that Minciu Sodas or Atzalynas or I might play there. The
            organization has not had a general meeting in three years even though
            its supposed to organize them every six months. So starting this Friday
            we will have weekly meetings of Minciu Sodas at the pizza place to
            "revive" that community organization, to invite its leaders to give any
            news of their activities and to invite new people to get involved. This
            will infuriate some of the existing leaders, but Gryte and Alvydas are
            strongly committed and so I think we will attract enough new people and
            hopefully a few of the existing leaders to call a general meeting and
            elect a new leadership. Then we'll have authority over the building's
            future and a very strong base in the Pavilnys neighborhood. Also
            helping is Alvydas Cepulis's work on a local one-page Minciu Sodas
            neighborhood newsletter which features a local independent thinker every
            week. We're learning how to organize these nonviolent "putschs" because
            such civics is probably an essential part of the Global Village solution
            as Franz you are finding, too.

            I have started a list of our "global villages" in our networks:
            http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?GlobalVillag eIndex
            and you will see there are 16 local hubs already in our network. I
            invite us to add more either by creating wiki pages or simply writing
            about our local efforts. From the list I think it also becomes clear
            that we have a lot happening locally but we're not providing the global
            support that we might to help overcome the obstacles which include
            organizing the local community (as in Pavilnys), getting a computer (for
            Uyoga in Tanzania), getting technical assistance (for David Ellison-Bey
            in Chicago). I think that working on such challenges will give us quite
            a different sense of what "global villages" mean.

            Perhaps this is an area where our Minciu Sodas laboratory might work
            with One Village? http://www.onevilla gefoundation. org I have been
            speaking with Joy Tang, the founder of One Village, who I first met in
            2003 and who is now Vice President of Marketing at Accton in Taiwan. I
            was very encouraged by her enthusiastic reception of my research towards
            the manufacture of a USB flash drive file editor. However, we spoke
            this last week and I was discouraged by Joy's frustrations regarding the
            lack of synergy between Minciu Sodas and One Village. I don't foresee
            our lab working for Accton. Joy's vision has inspired the steps that
            I've taken that our lab respond to the challenges in Africa. Jeff
            Buderer, Edward Cherlin, Mark Roest, Kafui Prebbie, Henry Migingo, Joy
            Tang herself and others have all contributed to our correspondence and
            good energy, but primarily as individuals, which perhaps makes sense for
            our laboratory of independent thinkers. Our lab's work on-the-ground in
            Africa has proceeded independently. Perhaps there are small projects
            on-the-ground that we might work on together? Or our lab might welcome
            participants from One Village or vice versa? Unfortunately, the lack of
            synergy means, I think, that Joy doesn't recognize the strength of the
            Minciu Sodas network in Africa and the leadership role we can play, for
            example, in organizing the manufacture of a flash drive file editor, but
            also researching, distributing, selling, servicing on-the-ground in Africa.

            Meanwhile, I am looking for strong companies that might fund our lab to
            develop the flash drive file editor, about $25,000 for phase I
            prototyping and $120,000 for phase II a run of 200 devices. For
            example, Noah Samara is founder of WorldSpace Satellite Radio
            http://www.worldspa ce.com/about/ and they have a need for content that
            our "offline file sharing network" might help generate.

            I am greatly encouraged by Ricardo's and Jecel's contributions at Samwel
            Kongere's Mendenyo working group
            http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/mendenyo/ I very much need the hardware
            advice that you are providing, thank you! And thank you also to Peter
            Kaminski. My plan is that we are creating an architecture that serves
            "independent thinkers" by including those who are hardest to reach.
            These are generally literate adults who may lack in means, however. My
            main goal is that they be able to participate in email exchanges as we
            do even if they have irregular connectivity. So a simple text editor is
            fine, so long as it can deal with large volumes of text. And then it
            can also work for editing other text files. It should also be able to
            share files. However, I think it makes sense to pursue a modular
            approach so that one can replace or upgrade devices, and so rely on
            standard keyboards, AA batteries, USB flash drives. We're organizing
            the manufacture of one device, but truly we have in mind an architecture
            where there can be many such devices. The functionality that I'm
            seeking is like the monochrome Amstrad word processor which I had in the
            1980s. One idea is to separate the "file sharing hub" (and "brain"?)
            from the "display" so that it is straightforward to upgrade a display.
            Once the basic devices are working then it makes sense to keep expanding
            with more hardware modules like a wifi module or a sound file recorder etc.

            Thank you to Sasha Mrkailo and Josephat, William and all in Tanzania for
            help with the content for the flash drives that I hope to mail soon to
            Africa: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?FlashDriveCo ntent
            I wrote a script to download our emails (some 25,000!) and soon they
            will be available for download for offline use.

            Chris Macrae, As you suggest, I have started a page to collect our
            information on Internet Access, our costs and challenges and alternatives:
            http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?InternetAcce ss
            Sasha, perhaps you could create the metadata based on our chats from
            August 16 and August 23 and August 9 ?

            Dante, I'm very interested in your system of tools for global mapping.
            I invite you to help with our current system at http://www.worknets .org
            and expand that. We have information about our participants deepest
            values, investigatory questions, endeavors, proposals and more.

            Stella, thank you for your deep letters! and I include a link to my own
            attempt to "know everything and apply that knowledge usefully":
            http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?LivingByTrut h/Overview

            Good night,

            Andrius

            Andrius Kulikauskas
            Minciu Sodas
            http://www.ms. lt
            ms@...
            +370 699 30003
            Vilnius, Lithuania

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