Active citizenship and math for climate change
- Dear Hans Jørgen Vodsgaard,
I'm glad to learn of your NordPlus search for partners for Active citizenship
I note your website: http://interfolk.dk/page9.html
I lead Minciu Sodas, an online laboratory for serving and organizing
independent thinkers around the world. http://www.ms.lt see also our
letters at http://www.ms.lt/news.php We have many participants in Africa,
Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the USA. We are based in Lithuania. We
led a fantastic effort in "active citizenship" by organizing 100
peacemakers in Kenya and 100 online assistants to avert genocide during
the post-election turmoil in 2008, see our Pyramid of Peace
http://www.pyramidofpeace.net We'd love to work with you on more such
Currently, I'm looking for partners for my own NordPlus proposal
"Classic Math Problems for Changing Realities"
Perhaps you might help us collect input on practical questions and
problems related to climate change that we might answer and include as
examples for our lessons? That would be great!
I invite you to join us at any of our working groups such as Holistic
Helping led by Janet Feldman,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/ send a blank message to
firstname.lastname@example.org to join or please let me know.
We would like to work with you!
Andrius Kulikauskas, Ph.D, is writing "Classic Math Problems", a set of
self-standing lessons in mathematics, especially algebra. Each lesson will
consist of a practical problem that illustrates a deep idea. For example,
if the price of oil goes up by one-third, and then down by one-third, did
its overall price change? (Answer: Yes! if the price was $90 per barrel,
it went up to $120 and then down to $80) Such a problem illustrates a deep
idea, that algebra is the study of thinking step-by-step. About thirty
problems would be enough to teach all of algebra. We will publish them in
the Public Domain on the web and also as a small book. We will illustrate
each problem with many practical examples, especially related to the
consequences of climate change. Math is useful in a world where we need to
understand each other and share experience, help people adapt to new
climates and accept climate refugees.
We are looking especially for institutions that work with adults who might
try out our materials. We are especially interested in helping adults
learn math so that they can help children learn math. We also need
partners who can help us find problems related directly or indirectly to