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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,
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      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.

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

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