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  • Janet Feldman
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      Subject: [nafsiafrikasaana] Mathematics for Global Villagers


      > Hi Ricardo, Jacob, Mihal, Ed, greetings from Vermont! Yesterday I spoke
      > for two minutes with Stephen Wolfram about my proposal
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?ANewKindOfCulture
      > We agreed that a good next step would be for me to write a proposal for a
      > smallest bit of work, which would be $2000, that is $1,000 for me as an
      > Investigator Coach and $200 each for 5 Investigators, for one or two
      > months of part-time work. And then if that was approved and went well it
      > would make sense to write a proposal for $15,000, which is $5,000 for me
      > as a Social Newtorker leading our work on a Challenge, and $10,000 for
      > five teams.
      >
      > The next two weeks I encourage us to think through how mathematics might
      > relate to our endeavors and our interests. I think that Stephen is most
      > interested in work that might show the value of our global team. He is
      > skeptical that such a team can do high quality work, yet he is very
      > interested in the possibility. So we should offer a project which we know
      > that we truly want to do and which we are interested to commit to in the
      > future and be a reliable source of mathematical information such as
      > numerical data, word problems, etc. The Includer project involves many
      > such design decisions that we do have an interest to collect data for.
      > And more generally, I think the project of "design for global villagers"
      > which would include Marcin Jakubowski's work, Mark Roest's vision, Ben de
      > Vries work, Peter Burgess's community impact accountancy, etc. would be
      > good to flesh out, start work on, and suggest. I ask for our ideas.
      >
      > Ricardo, I will be traveling in Boston next week so its difficult for me
      > to schedule a call but much easier simply to try to call you when I am
      > online. The following week I should arrive in Chicago at David
      > Ellison-Bey's house and then it will be straightforward to schedule a
      > call. I think your ideas are great and we can set up our website
      > http://www.includer.org to organize the information. I think it's great
      > to have clearly defined, competing versions of the Includer idea and
      > document the progress being made on each one. Data relevant to design
      > including reports from the field on people's personal situations such as
      > the cost of Internet access, the bandwidths, all the variables including
      > personal income and expenses would be very relevant and a good
      > mathematical project to propose to Stephen Wolfram.
      >
      > I hope next week to meet with Walter Bender of Sugar Labs (the novel
      > interface for One Laptop Per Child) thanks to Edward Cherlin and discuss
      > working together.
      >
      > Thank you to all who gave answers at our survey
      > http://www.worknets.org/survey/ This was a very impressive part of my
      > presentation to Stephen Wolfram and all at the NKS Summer School!
      >
      > Ricardo, I suggest that we design a survey of our participants in Africa,
      > India etc. regarding their access to the Internet and the computers. And
      > then based on that we consider the variants so that is driven more by our
      > participants situations rather than the technology. And then find leaders
      > for each situation and consider the technology that they might help us try
      > out.
      >
      > Andrius
      >
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Minciu Sodas
      > http://www.ms.lt
      > ms@...
      > +1 312 618 3345
      >
      > Hi Andrius
      >
      > Is it possible for us to have a phone call some time this week about the
      > way forward for Includer development? I can call you. If so, when is a
      > good day and time for you? The UK is 8 hours ahead of San Francisco at the
      > moment.
      >
      > My diary is free nearly all this week, except for a chat with William
      > Wambura from Uyoga from 9 to 11 UK time on Monday.
      >
      > You may have seen a few recent postings I made in learnhowtolearn, saying
      > I've been working on PDA-based Includers.
      >
      > I've also added these updates to Worknets. Could you look at them before
      > we chat please? They are works in progress. I still need to add some info
      > to them. :-
      >
      > PDA Inlcuder based on a Palm Z22 + Targus Infrared keyboard...
      >
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?PdaIncluder#PDAIncluderConcept2PDAInfraredkeyboard
      >
      > USB SyncBox flash drive copier, useful for Sneakernets and local File
      > Libraries...
      >
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Sneakernet#SyncBoxUSBFileCopier
      >
      > I'd like to discuss which types of Includer to concenrate on,
      > team-building and setting up some online working area or website.
      >
      > It could show the development-status of each design, with 'Reviews' in a
      > consistant style, like a magazine review or user-feedback :-
      >
      > Design-concept
      >
      > List of parts
      >
      > Cost
      >
      > Good/Bad points
      >
      > Useability
      >
      > What you can/can't do with it
      >
      > What sort of 'ecosystem' each design needs to work in
      >
      > Alternative products i.e. cost/benefit versus buying something else/a
      > different Includer
      >
      > etc
      >
      > This acts like a check-list, so we do the same analysis for each potential
      > design. We could fill in pages for Includer designs we have thought of so
      > far. Then we stand back and see which designs we want to pursue first. We
      > can chat about whether to work on a single design for a start or work on 2
      > or 3 in parallel. Working on a single design at a time a) Keeps the labour
      > and cost down, and b) Reduces confusion by only talking about one variant
      > at a time. We can discuss whether there are any advantages to doing 2 or 3
      > in parallel.
      >
      > The main thing to discuss is who does the work and how it's organised.
      >
      > Let me know a good day and time for you please.
      >
      > Bye for now.
      >
      > Ricardo
      >
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