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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Greetings from Bosnia! I just came back from Sombor, Serbia where I visited Sasha Mrkailo and his family and greeted the New Year. This week I give and grade
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 4, 2009
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      Greetings from Bosnia! I just came back from Sombor, Serbia where I
      visited Sasha Mrkailo and his family and greeted the New Year. This week
      I give and grade algebra finals.

      Then I fly to Boston where I arrive Sunday, January 11, early evening and
      meet up with Edward Cherlin of Earth Treasury
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/ We're attending the One
      Laptop Per Child's XO Camp 2 miniconference, January 12-16.
      http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XOCamp_2 Edward leads an endeavor to create
      open source electronic textbooks. I've agreed to create mathematics
      learning materials in the Public Domain. Edward and I and others will
      look for funding and business opportunity. This will be a priority for me
      for the next few months, whether or not I teach here in Bosnia next
      semester (and it's still not clear). I will be writing up a set of
      "classic math problems" and consider how they build on each other, much
      like architect Christopher Alexander's pattern languages. I encourage us
      to join our efforts. I look forward to staying with Barbara Horst and, if
      possible, visit Janet Feldman. I would like to visit Wolfram Science.
      Education will be a key theme for our network this year.

      Janet Feldman, Franz Nahrada, Jeff Buderer, Benoit Couture and others have
      brought up another key theme that we've grown to take up. That's the idea
      of "we", what does that mean? and how does that work? I look forward to
      our new ideas. My own aspirations are:
      * to lead Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt as founder and owner as a haven
      for independent thinkers where all are invited to work openly on their
      projects in the Public Domain, share and give free services, and come
      together for work for pay. Minciu Sodas should be large enough for me to
      make a living and support my projects. Perhaps a few hundred active
      members is enough. I'm interested that all at Minciu Sodas participate at
      their fullest, but I want to downplay any sense of "we" and instead by
      sensitive to what our individual interests truly are. I would like to work
      together with many more such laboratories which have their own
      founders/owners.
      * to organize WorkNets http://www.worknets.org as a culture of independent
      thinkers, perhaps 100,000 active and 1,000,000 supportive, enough to take
      up every issue in life; to nurture creativity that encourages people to
      care for each other, fall in love and raise children; to have a strong
      economy, self-learning program, technology base, festival calendar; to
      reach out to all; to intervene for those who ask for help; to govern
      ourselves as relevant; to engage and enjoy God. I aspire that WorkNets be
      what Jesus calls the Kingdom of Heaven and that it merge constructively
      with all other such networks.

      I'm very interested how to define the WorkNets culture as the minimal
      expectations for including all people, inasmuch as they are self-directed.
      Pamela McLean and I recently spoke by phone, which I found very helfpul,
      because she's very sensitive to when I'm speaking what I myself think and
      when I'm implying that we all accept some value. My thought is to author
      a WorkNets charter with the expectations for participants, starting with
      the basic rules and ideas. This charter might be updated as we go on. I
      think a simple way to accept this charter would be to put up at one's
      website a banner or widget with our feeds (Meet with us! Shop with us!
      Network with us! Chat with us!) I look forward to our thoughts and our
      alternatives. A related theme for me this year will be making our
      websites cohesive so that we can access and contribute content in
      productive ways.

      We have almost 4,000 euros in travel money to attend the COMMUNIA meeting
      on March 26-27, 2009, in London, hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation
      on the topic "Accessing, Using and Reusing Public Sector Content and
      Data" which very much relates to open source textbooks. The COMMUNIA
      meetings are becoming more work-oriented and can include additional topics
      we bring up. Also, they are an opportunity for us to come together as we
      did last March in Vilnius.

      Natural topics for London include:
      * Public Domain textbooks, especially in mathematics. I will be able to
      share my results.
      * Open source hardware. Graham Knight of DIY Solar is in the UK, and we
      could fly in Peter Ongele and Samwel Kongere, for example.
      * Public Domain fashion. I have given Sasha Mrkailo $260 of which $60 is
      for sending the Pyramid of Peace videos to Rachel and Kennedy and me, and
      $200 is for 2 months work at $100 to develop business opportunities for
      our lab, small and large. In particular, I encouraged him to support his
      wife Zdenka's talent in fashion design. We met in Sombor at Cafe des Arts
      with Ana Ilic Lagundzin, an experienced fashion designer and creative
      organizer. They were all very interest in Public Domain fashion which
      would invite all people to use, share, modify, copy African textiles, to
      use and change designs and patterns that Ana and Zdenka will make, and
      also to be interested in the people who create these works and learn their
      stories. I even suggested "high fashion sanitary pads" made in Africa as
      a business opportunity. Fashion may be perfect for showing the value of
      the Public Domain. COMMUNIA meets this summer in Torino and we might
      organize a related event in Italy.
      * We will also bring together all of our topics, our individual endeavors
      and our shared concerns.

      I ask us now to think, who might like to come to London? who would we like
      to see there? who might help organize our meeting there? who might write
      invitations for our African participants?

      Pamela McLean is interested to participate, but not as the chief
      organizer. So we need help to organize this. It's not that complicated,
      but I ask for our leadership, especially those of us living in the UK.
      Certainly, we'll adapt our program to the goals of our UK leaders, and
      together we'll think through who we might best invite.

      I encourage us to act quickly so that by the end of January we have a
      clear plan and we can write invitations to our African participants. This
      meeting could be a great catalyst for our work. Please let us know why
      you might like to participate!

      P.S. By "our" I would encourage us to think more and more in terms of
      WorkNets as we can "share" that much more than we can Minciu Sodas, which
      I own. I am taking the lead to organize WorkNets as a culture of
      independent thinkers, and so ultimately it must be shared and thrive
      without me. Whereas Minciu Sodas is a business for me to make my living,
      if at all possible, living from Lithuania, and need not persist.

      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      http://www.ms.lt
      ms@...
    • Janet Feldman
      Dear Andrius and All, Hello and thanks for this inspiration posting! Also to all who have posted recently, such as Wendi and Graham, Sam and Peter, Ken and
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 4, 2009
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        Dear Andrius and All,

        Hello and thanks for this inspiration posting! Also to all who have posted
        recently, such as Wendi and Graham, Sam and Peter, Ken and Pam, Franz and
        Jeff, Edward and Benoit, Fred and Cathy, Rachel and Sasha!

        This is a too-quick acknowledgement to say that I would love to see you--and
        hopefully Meadowlea/Barbara--in January!! I will keep that time open, and
        we can see how to make that happen. If a visit doesn't work out, definitely
        a call.

        I will hope to post more soon in response to some of the mails, and in
        particular for Wendi, other AK members, and I to start writing in a more
        regular and formal way.

        On the flashcards idea that you have discussed with Fred and Dennis--linking
        their development to theater--this is a brilliant concept and one I would
        like to explore further in both HH and ActALIVE. I hope to discuss this in
        the forums and also with you in a visit or call.

        With Happiest New Year wishes to everyone, and to a peaceful, productive,
        passionate, and persuasional 2009! Love and blessings, Janet



        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
        To: <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>; <globalvillages@yahoogroups.com>
        Cc: <netbrotherhood@yahoogroups.com>; <minciu_sodas_EN@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:23 PM
        Subject: [holistichelping] WorkNets meeting in London, March 26-27


        > Greetings from Bosnia! I just came back from Sombor, Serbia where I
        > visited Sasha Mrkailo and his family and greeted the New Year. This week
        > I give and grade algebra finals.
        >
        > Then I fly to Boston where I arrive Sunday, January 11, early evening and
        > meet up with Edward Cherlin of Earth Treasury
        > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/ We're attending the One
        > Laptop Per Child's XO Camp 2 miniconference, January 12-16.
        > http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XOCamp_2 Edward leads an endeavor to create
        > open source electronic textbooks. I've agreed to create mathematics
        > learning materials in the Public Domain. Edward and I and others will
        > look for funding and business opportunity. This will be a priority for me
        > for the next few months, whether or not I teach here in Bosnia next
        > semester (and it's still not clear). I will be writing up a set of
        > "classic math problems" and consider how they build on each other, much
        > like architect Christopher Alexander's pattern languages. I encourage us
        > to join our efforts. I look forward to staying with Barbara Horst and, if
        > possible, visit Janet Feldman. I would like to visit Wolfram Science.
        > Education will be a key theme for our network this year.
        >
        > Janet Feldman, Franz Nahrada, Jeff Buderer, Benoit Couture and others have
        > brought up another key theme that we've grown to take up. That's the idea
        > of "we", what does that mean? and how does that work? I look forward to
        > our new ideas. My own aspirations are:
        > * to lead Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt as founder and owner as a haven
        > for independent thinkers where all are invited to work openly on their
        > projects in the Public Domain, share and give free services, and come
        > together for work for pay. Minciu Sodas should be large enough for me to
        > make a living and support my projects. Perhaps a few hundred active
        > members is enough. I'm interested that all at Minciu Sodas participate at
        > their fullest, but I want to downplay any sense of "we" and instead by
        > sensitive to what our individual interests truly are. I would like to work
        > together with many more such laboratories which have their own
        > founders/owners.
        > * to organize WorkNets http://www.worknets.org as a culture of independent
        > thinkers, perhaps 100,000 active and 1,000,000 supportive, enough to take
        > up every issue in life; to nurture creativity that encourages people to
        > care for each other, fall in love and raise children; to have a strong
        > economy, self-learning program, technology base, festival calendar; to
        > reach out to all; to intervene for those who ask for help; to govern
        > ourselves as relevant; to engage and enjoy God. I aspire that WorkNets be
        > what Jesus calls the Kingdom of Heaven and that it merge constructively
        > with all other such networks.
        >
        > I'm very interested how to define the WorkNets culture as the minimal
        > expectations for including all people, inasmuch as they are self-directed.
        > Pamela McLean and I recently spoke by phone, which I found very helfpul,
        > because she's very sensitive to when I'm speaking what I myself think and
        > when I'm implying that we all accept some value. My thought is to author
        > a WorkNets charter with the expectations for participants, starting with
        > the basic rules and ideas. This charter might be updated as we go on. I
        > think a simple way to accept this charter would be to put up at one's
        > website a banner or widget with our feeds (Meet with us! Shop with us!
        > Network with us! Chat with us!) I look forward to our thoughts and our
        > alternatives. A related theme for me this year will be making our
        > websites cohesive so that we can access and contribute content in
        > productive ways.
        >
        > We have almost 4,000 euros in travel money to attend the COMMUNIA meeting
        > on March 26-27, 2009, in London, hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation
        > on the topic "Accessing, Using and Reusing Public Sector Content and
        > Data" which very much relates to open source textbooks. The COMMUNIA
        > meetings are becoming more work-oriented and can include additional topics
        > we bring up. Also, they are an opportunity for us to come together as we
        > did last March in Vilnius.
        >
        > Natural topics for London include:
        > * Public Domain textbooks, especially in mathematics. I will be able to
        > share my results.
        > * Open source hardware. Graham Knight of DIY Solar is in the UK, and we
        > could fly in Peter Ongele and Samwel Kongere, for example.
        > * Public Domain fashion. I have given Sasha Mrkailo $260 of which $60 is
        > for sending the Pyramid of Peace videos to Rachel and Kennedy and me, and
        > $200 is for 2 months work at $100 to develop business opportunities for
        > our lab, small and large. In particular, I encouraged him to support his
        > wife Zdenka's talent in fashion design. We met in Sombor at Cafe des Arts
        > with Ana Ilic Lagundzin, an experienced fashion designer and creative
        > organizer. They were all very interest in Public Domain fashion which
        > would invite all people to use, share, modify, copy African textiles, to
        > use and change designs and patterns that Ana and Zdenka will make, and
        > also to be interested in the people who create these works and learn their
        > stories. I even suggested "high fashion sanitary pads" made in Africa as
        > a business opportunity. Fashion may be perfect for showing the value of
        > the Public Domain. COMMUNIA meets this summer in Torino and we might
        > organize a related event in Italy.
        > * We will also bring together all of our topics, our individual endeavors
        > and our shared concerns.
        >
        > I ask us now to think, who might like to come to London? who would we like
        > to see there? who might help organize our meeting there? who might write
        > invitations for our African participants?
        >
        > Pamela McLean is interested to participate, but not as the chief
        > organizer. So we need help to organize this. It's not that complicated,
        > but I ask for our leadership, especially those of us living in the UK.
        > Certainly, we'll adapt our program to the goals of our UK leaders, and
        > together we'll think through who we might best invite.
        >
        > I encourage us to act quickly so that by the end of January we have a
        > clear plan and we can write invitations to our African participants. This
        > meeting could be a great catalyst for our work. Please let us know why
        > you might like to participate!
        >
        > P.S. By "our" I would encourage us to think more and more in terms of
        > WorkNets as we can "share" that much more than we can Minciu Sodas, which
        > I own. I am taking the lead to organize WorkNets as a culture of
        > independent thinkers, and so ultimately it must be shared and thrive
        > without me. Whereas Minciu Sodas is a business for me to make my living,
        > if at all possible, living from Lithuania, and need not persist.
        >
        > Andrius Kulikauskas
        > Minciu Sodas
        > http://www.ms.lt
        > ms@...
        >
        >
        > ------------------------------------
        >
        > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HolisticHelping
        >
        > Please note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group
        > enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise. Thank
        > you! http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org
        >
        > Yahoo! Groups Links
        >
        >
        >
        >
      • Franz Nahrada
        I just add here that the Oekonux community is meeting up in Manchester from 27th to 29th. a very preliminary list of invited people is here:
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 5, 2009
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          I just add here that the Oekonux community is meeting up in Manchester
          from 27th to 29th.

          a very preliminary list of invited people is here:

          http://www.oekonux-conference.org/program/index.html

          I applaude the statement of Andrius to make a clear difference between the
          Minciu Sodas enterprise and the Worknets culture which it is instigating
          but which should eventually find its own governance based on a shared
          system of values that awaits ist formulation.

          One idea to put this intention to the test is to consider offering the
          worknets idea to other communities. This requires thorough analysis of the
          shortcomings of existing forms of collaboration and the way not to
          "compete", but to "complement" - technically, organisationally, socially,
          psychologically etc.

          The combination of Worknets meeting with subsequent Oekonux meeting seems
          a good point to test.

          Franz
        • ACTWID KONGADZEM
          Dear Janet and all, Thanks for your emails which we have all read. We look forward to reading more emails from you as you have said in a more regular and
          Message 4 of 4 , Jan 5, 2009
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            Dear Janet and all,
            Thanks for your emails which we have all read. We look
            forward to reading more emails from you as you have
            said in a more regular and formal way.
            Best Regards from all of us led by Wendi.
            --- Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:

            > Dear Andrius and All,
            >
            > Hello and thanks for this inspiration posting! Also
            > to all who have posted
            > recently, such as Wendi and Graham, Sam and Peter,
            > Ken and Pam, Franz and
            > Jeff, Edward and Benoit, Fred and Cathy, Rachel and
            > Sasha!
            >
            > This is a too-quick acknowledgement to say that I
            > would love to see you--and
            > hopefully Meadowlea/Barbara--in January!! I will
            > keep that time open, and
            > we can see how to make that happen. If a visit
            > doesn't work out, definitely
            > a call.
            >
            > I will hope to post more soon in response to some of
            > the mails, and in
            > particular for Wendi, other AK members, and I to
            > start writing in a more
            > regular and formal way.
            >
            > On the flashcards idea that you have discussed with
            > Fred and Dennis--linking
            > their development to theater--this is a brilliant
            > concept and one I would
            > like to explore further in both HH and ActALIVE. I
            > hope to discuss this in
            > the forums and also with you in a visit or call.
            >
            > With Happiest New Year wishes to everyone, and to a
            > peaceful, productive,
            > passionate, and persuasional 2009! Love and
            > blessings, Janet
            >
            >
            >
            > ----- Original Message -----
            > From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
            > To: <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
            > <globalvillages@yahoogroups.com>
            > Cc: <netbrotherhood@yahoogroups.com>;
            > <minciu_sodas_EN@yahoogroups.com>
            > Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:23 PM
            > Subject: [holistichelping] WorkNets meeting in
            > London, March 26-27
            >
            >
            > > Greetings from Bosnia! I just came back from
            > Sombor, Serbia where I
            > > visited Sasha Mrkailo and his family and greeted
            > the New Year. This week
            > > I give and grade algebra finals.
            > >
            > > Then I fly to Boston where I arrive Sunday,
            > January 11, early evening and
            > > meet up with Edward Cherlin of Earth Treasury
            > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/
            > We're attending the One
            > > Laptop Per Child's XO Camp 2 miniconference,
            > January 12-16.
            > > http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XOCamp_2 Edward leads
            > an endeavor to create
            > > open source electronic textbooks. I've agreed to
            > create mathematics
            > > learning materials in the Public Domain. Edward
            > and I and others will
            > > look for funding and business opportunity. This
            > will be a priority for me
            > > for the next few months, whether or not I teach
            > here in Bosnia next
            > > semester (and it's still not clear). I will be
            > writing up a set of
            > > "classic math problems" and consider how they
            > build on each other, much
            > > like architect Christopher Alexander's pattern
            > languages. I encourage us
            > > to join our efforts. I look forward to staying
            > with Barbara Horst and, if
            > > possible, visit Janet Feldman. I would like to
            > visit Wolfram Science.
            > > Education will be a key theme for our network this
            > year.
            > >
            > > Janet Feldman, Franz Nahrada, Jeff Buderer, Benoit
            > Couture and others have
            > > brought up another key theme that we've grown to
            > take up. That's the idea
            > > of "we", what does that mean? and how does that
            > work? I look forward to
            > > our new ideas. My own aspirations are:
            > > * to lead Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt as founder
            > and owner as a haven
            > > for independent thinkers where all are invited to
            > work openly on their
            > > projects in the Public Domain, share and give free
            > services, and come
            > > together for work for pay. Minciu Sodas should be
            > large enough for me to
            > > make a living and support my projects. Perhaps a
            > few hundred active
            > > members is enough. I'm interested that all at
            > Minciu Sodas participate at
            > > their fullest, but I want to downplay any sense of
            > "we" and instead by
            > > sensitive to what our individual interests truly
            > are. I would like to work
            > > together with many more such laboratories which
            > have their own
            > > founders/owners.
            > > * to organize WorkNets http://www.worknets.org as
            > a culture of independent
            > > thinkers, perhaps 100,000 active and 1,000,000
            > supportive, enough to take
            > > up every issue in life; to nurture creativity that
            > encourages people to
            > > care for each other, fall in love and raise
            > children; to have a strong
            > > economy, self-learning program, technology base,
            > festival calendar; to
            > > reach out to all; to intervene for those who ask
            > for help; to govern
            > > ourselves as relevant; to engage and enjoy God. I
            > aspire that WorkNets be
            > > what Jesus calls the Kingdom of Heaven and that it
            > merge constructively
            > > with all other such networks.
            > >
            > > I'm very interested how to define the WorkNets
            > culture as the minimal
            > > expectations for including all people, inasmuch as
            > they are self-directed.
            > > Pamela McLean and I recently spoke by phone, which
            > I found very helfpul,
            > > because she's very sensitive to when I'm speaking
            > what I myself think and
            > > when I'm implying that we all accept some value.
            > My thought is to author
            > > a WorkNets charter with the expectations for
            > participants, starting with
            > > the basic rules and ideas. This charter might be
            > updated as we go on. I
            > > think a simple way to accept this charter would be
            > to put up at one's
            > > website a banner or widget with our feeds (Meet
            > with us! Shop with us!
            > > Network with us! Chat with us!) I look forward to
            > our thoughts and our
            > > alternatives. A related theme for me this year
            > will be making our
            > > websites cohesive so that we can access and
            > contribute content in
            > > productive ways.
            > >
            > > We have almost 4,000 euros in travel money to
            > attend the COMMUNIA meeting
            > > on March 26-27, 2009, in London, hosted by the
            > Open Knowledge Foundation
            > > on the topic "Accessing, Using and Reusing Public
            > Sector Content and
            > > Data" which very much relates to open source
            > textbooks. The COMMUNIA
            > > meetings are becoming more work-oriented and can
            > include additional topics
            > > we bring up. Also, they are an opportunity for us
            > to come together as we
            > > did last March in Vilnius.
            > >
            > > Natural topics for London include:
            > > * Public Domain textbooks, especially in
            > mathematics. I will be able to
            > > share my results.
            > > * Open source hardware. Graham Knight of DIY
            > Solar is in the UK, and we
            > > could fly in Peter Ongele and Samwel Kongere, for
            > example.
            > > * Public Domain fashion. I have given Sasha
            > Mrkailo $260 of which $60 is
            > > for sending the Pyramid of Peace videos to Rachel
            > and Kennedy and me, and
            > > $200 is for 2 months work at $100 to develop
            > business opportunities for
            > > our lab, small and large. In particular, I
            > encouraged him to support his
            > > wife Zdenka's talent in fashion design. We met in
            > Sombor at Cafe des Arts
            > > with Ana Ilic Lagundzin, an experienced fashion
            > designer and creative
            > > organizer. They were all very interest in Public
            > Domain fashion which
            > > would invite all people to use, share, modify,
            > copy African textiles, to
            > > use and change designs and patterns that Ana and
            > Zdenka will make, and
            > > also to be interested in the people who create
            > these works and learn their
            > > stories. I even suggested "high fashion sanitary
            > pads" made in Africa as
            > > a business opportunity. Fashion may be perfect
            > for showing the value of
            >
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