Includer Blog, Meaningful Dialogues, Learning to Be Family
- I have started blogging about The Includer at the PBS website
I'm writing it like a serial novel. I hope it makes for a story, a novel,
after one year. We'll see.
I will be blogging my rough drafts at
And I will be working on my ideas for blog posts at our wiki
I invite all of us to send ideas, texts, information about inclusion
and/or the Includer. I will draw from them. The blog is a great
opportunity to link to our people and our websites. It shows up, for
example, on Google News. More generally, anything that you think the media
doesn't cover but should, please let us know, and we'll think of a way to
link it to inclusion and to the Includer, and certainly, to you.
I ask for lots of photos, especially from our African participants. I
assume that they are in the Public Domain so that they are copyright-free
and all can share and use them freely without any restriction.
My parents sent me one month of support ($2,500), and I expect another
three months of support ($7,100) from the Knight Foundation in the next
month or so. This means that I can and will go to Lithuania on October
14. I will work from there until the New Year and then see what work I
Thank you to Robert Mostyn, John Rogers, Benoit Couture, Chuck Learned,
John Waters, for very meaningful letters about "meaningful dialogue" at
My own dialogue with us all and with my parents has helped me find my way
these next few months, not simply in terms of what "I need", but rather
what "we want". I ask us - I challenge us - to think how we can be there
for each other as we would like to, for that is a foundation for a real
I think of Tom Ochuka - rather than simply donations for Christine, can we
think through work or research that the deaf community might do for us all
to earn such money.
I think of Peter Ongele - can we think through what a mobile phone
recharging business might look like and what kind of loan or arrangement
could get it started? Peter, thank you for your great news that Graham
Knight's DIY Solar Panel is working fine. This is research - the
verification of a helpful fact - a great value for the $100 which I sent
you - which I have already benefited from in engaging prospects such as
Stephen Wolfram - and dependent on the personal integrity which you have
demonstrated in your letters. I ask now, please write us your thoughts
and observations, and think through what a business might look like - what
would people pay? what might a person earn? what persons might be like to
pursue such a business? and what is the amount of money and kind of
support needed to start such a business? what is a reasonable time in
which to return that money? Your answers will make this project a great
success for us and may open up many opportunities. We should also think
hard with Peter Burgess, what research you might do to study malaria
bednet usage, what is the smallest project we might start with? Perhaps
even the deaf can help if they think with their eyes and not their ears,
they may see things more objectively. I simply challenge your
I think of Marcin Jakubowski and his crowdsourcing strategy for Factor E
Farm - how might we work together, research together and invest in each
I think of myself - who would like to invest themselves in establishing a
help center or other projects and how might we share resources? who might
I turn to if I need help or credit four months from now? and who can I and
others help in the meanwhile?
Ricardo, thank you for your ideas and letters. It's great to think out
loud, and then to feel out loud, do the ideas spark anybody amongst us?
This is all "learning to be family" in David Ellison-Bey's words.
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