Thank you, John! and I share with several other Minciu Sodas groups. Andrius
> I forward this message received from Will Ruddick, who is going to work in
> Kenya with Peace Corps for two years. His Skype ID is <will.ruddick> if
> you wish to contact him directly. Any replies you make here, I will
> forward to him.
> Best wishes
> John Rogers
> Harambee is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, eg.
> fundraising or community development activities.
> From talking with several Kenyans this tradition has stopped because of
> corruption. Basically the money raised from the events is getting taken
> by corrupt officials.
> I was imagining revitalizing this tradition with something like a time
> currency but in the format of a game.
> The basic idea is as follows:
> Let’s say there are five players.
> You can score two different types of points. Giving points and Receiving
> Giving points are rewarded when you give an hours worth of work to someone
> Receiving points are rewarded when you accept an hour of someone else’s
> You are only allowed to get 2 of each type of point from each other
> The maximum number of points would then be 2*(# of players - 1). In this
> case 8 Giving points and 8 receiving points.
> Let’s say a winner is declared when someone gets 6 Giving points and 5
> receiving points.
> The winner is then named the reigning Harambee champion and a
> party/potluck is thrown in his or her favor (or if there is a tie – they
> have a bigger party).
> But the party can not happen until the game finishes via everyone
> finishing to the maximum 8 Giving points and 8 Receiving points.
> There is also the possibility of having the rest of the players help the
> winner with a certain project – agreed upon at the start of the game.
> That’s the basic idea in a nutshell. The details are yet to be fleshed
> out. What do you think? Have you heard of anything like this before?
> The maintenance of this game could be a website... or in a small village I
> was picturing a circular game board with pegs and a ledger for recording
> the transactions.
> I like the idea of having it be a monthly or weekly game instead of an
> ongoing currency project because of the existing traditions in Kenya - any
> excuse for a party is a good one. I also like the ability of everyone
> going back to zero and starting over.
> I could certainly do this with kids on a smaller scale then work up to
> Have you heard of anything like this before? Any suggestions for pulling
> this off? (Note: I will be in a Kenyan village for two years with the
> Peace Corps teaching high school physics - starting in January (with 2
> months of language training before that starting November 10th)).
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