Friday Chat to help Zimbabweans
- Masimba Biriwisha is back home in Zimbabwe. We invite everybody to chat
with us this Friday at 19:00 Nairobi time, 18:00 Harare time, 16:00 London
time, 10:00 Chicago time. Come to http://www.helproom.org (which leads us
to our WorkNets chat room).
Please join us! Masimba leads the collection of books for Zimbabwe. I'd
like to support distribution of "print-on-demand" books by our
participants and thereby build relationships. Also, I'd like to
experiment with community currency in Zimbabwe (which has a huge inflation
rate), for example, in the form of women's pads, possibly as a way to park
money. I share our chat. Andrius
Hi Masimba, how are you? I am showing Helen how to use Skype. May I call you?
29:44 Andrius: bye!
30:25 Masimba: i dont have headsets
30:30 Masimba: how are yu
30:39 Andrius: I am in Bosnia teaching math this school year
30:43 Andrius: how are you back in Zimbabwe?
30:50 Andrius: how can we help?
30:59 Masimba: its hot, literallly n otherwise
31:42 Andrius: I'm working a full-time job but I would be interested
in small projects with our global teams
31:56 Andrius: for example, we could do a weekly chat at our help room
32:27 Andrius: to generate ideas, interest people and coordinate help
33:02 Masimba: i have started the book project here
33:08 Masimba: and could do with some help
33:42 Masimba: to roll it out
33:43 Andrius: do you have a link for it?
34:04 Masimba: www.zimbablog.com
35:03 Andrius: Are you on the Internet a lot?
35:13 Masimba: yes
35:35 Masimba: and my own blog is http://zivizo.com
35:53 Andrius: would it be useful to have regular chats?
36:02 Andrius: we could start with one chat
36:31 Masimba: i will visit the link
36:35 Masimba: yes
37:06 Masimba: http://inside.org.au/2008/11
37:35 Masimba: i have an article: surviving zimbabwe
40:17 Andrius: I am reading it - interesting
40:28 Andrius: what day and time would be good for a chat?
40:33 Masimba: thanks
40:38 Andrius: are you free on Saturday?
40:38 Masimba: Fridays
40:41 Andrius: Fridays
40:47 Masimba: ye
40:53 Andrius: is the evening ok?
40:58 Andrius: what hours?
40:58 Masimba: yes
41:03 Masimba: like now
41:39 Andrius: I am traveling but could start around 5:00 or just
after that would be in 1 hour and 20 minutes
41:43 Andrius: what time is it in Zimbabwe?
41:50 Andrius: what time now?
43:58 Andrius: You are an excellent writer - I forgot that you are an
44:34 Andrius: it is 3:44pm here in Bosnia and 4:44 pm in Harare
44:50 Andrius: could we try 6:00 pm Friday Harare time?
53:56 Masimba: yes
Masimba: thats good
Andrius: then lets do that this Friday and see wht happens
Andrius: if I am late it is because I am traveling from Tuzla to Sarajevo
54:35 Andrius: but I expect to be on time
54:40 Andrius: I will write a letter to our groups
54:44 Masimba: i am coming to France
54:46 Andrius: and we go to
54:50 Masimba: i would to visit you
54:51 Andrius: http://www.helproom.org
54:54 Andrius: when are you going?
16 Masimba: december
35 Andrius: let's keep in touch
40 Andrius: it would be great to work together
46 Masimba: thanks
55 Andrius: will you be in Europe in January?
56:26 Masimba: yes
57:10 Andrius: we have a COMMUNIA meeting in London in January
57:13 Andrius: perhaps we can meet there
57:18 Andrius: we could fly you to London from Europe
57:26 Masimba: that would be great
57:27 Masimba: keep me updated
57:34 Andrius: yes I will check the details
57:39 Masimba: lets do that
57:42 Andrius: peace and see you Friday
57:49 Andrius: and how can we help with your book program?
57:56 Masimba: great
58:08 Andrius: Also, would it make sense to start a community currency
58:14 Andrius: that would be a good project for our lab
58:16 Masimba: collect books and you can send them to me in europe
58:27 Masimba: start collecting children's books
58:39 Andrius: in English?
58:46 Masimba: yes
58:49 Masimba: mainly
59:23 Andrius: also we might be interested in publishing our own books
for distribution in Zimbabwe and Africa
59:40 Andrius: because we have many writers on various topics
59:45 Masimba: let talk more about it
59:52 Masimba: great
59:54 Andrius: and so we could encourage publishing and that would be
a more personal connection
59:59 Andrius: and we could "print on demand"
00:07 Andrius: especially if there were definite readers
00:12 Andrius: we could make a catalog of writings
00:15 Masimba: that would be great
00:17 Andrius: and print them out as requested at libraries
00:20 Masimba: POD is the way to go
02 Andrius: yes I imagine because 1) shipping books is expensive 2)
books offered are often not relevant 3) POD could make for personal
relationships 4) POD encourages the "authors" for long term relationshps
and investments so for our lab it might be great
14 Masimba: i agree
41 Masimba: iv just tested the helproom
44 Masimba: its good
52 Andrius: also we might invest in a community currency (like perhaps
women's hygiene wear
05:10 Masimba: ltes talk more friday
06:09 Andrius: ok great
06:10 Andrius: bye