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Re: [holistichelping] Janet, Leon, Neil, Kerry at Voiceful

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  • Masimba Biriwasha
    Dear Friends, I am writing to acknowledge that I have found the Mornflakes project to be highly empowering and mind-opening. It has led me toward an avenue
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 5, 2009
      Dear Friends,
      I am writing to acknowledge that I have found the Mornflakes project to be highly empowering and mind-opening. It has led me toward an avenue that would have take me years to discover had I not participate in it. Of course, its been quite a challenge but that is exactly what has made it appealing, at least for me.
      First, I have discovered so much about online communities in the United Kingdom, and, in general, have learned so much about the concept of social networking from the communities that I joined as part of the project.
      Second, I am interested in pursuing MA in Publishing studies at Oxford, and doing the research was an important to discover the nature and content and increasingly popular online phenomena in the United Kingdom.
      During the process of doing the Mornflake research, I began investigating more about multi-level marketing, essentially the theoretical idea behind the project, and found that there are more effective ways of doing marketing.
      In fact, my training session with Andrius made me realize that marketing ought not always be based on self-interest. Rather, you can market a product in a win-win manner, i.e. winning by sharing.
      Winning by sharing is not driven by profit seeking alone, or self-interest, rather it is a paradigm of expanding what is there for the benefit of everyone concerned.
      Anyhow, in the process, I discovered how some small business are also embracing online networking http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/business/smallbusiness/04sbiz.html?em.
      According to this report, there is a almost a grass-roots quality to online networking, which suits the mission of our togetherness.
      I just though I should share these few sentiments
      Many thanks
      Masimba Biriwasha

      On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 10:46 PM, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:

      I welcome all who have joined us at Leon Benjamin's working group Voiceful,
      part of the Minciu Sodas laboratory http://www.ms.lt which I lead.

      Janet Feldman (who leads our working group Holistic Helping)
      I'm very glad that you are thinking about our culture and subcultures.
      How might we best support and foster each other? You're good at that
      and I look forward to your thoughts and impact.

      Originally, I started Voiceful as a working group (a Yahoo! email group)
      organized around Rachel Wambui Kungu http://www.peace-caravan.org and
      her deepest value, "giving voice to the voiceless". Similarly, I have
      set up about twenty such groups around our leaders. Usually, I would
      wait for a person to be active at our lab at other groups. But we were
      in the middle of our Pyramid of Peace to help Kenyans
      http://www.pyramidofpeace.net, and Rachel (along with Dennis Kimambo and
      Kennedy Owino) was a key leader. We were receiving 20 letters per day
      at Holistic Helping and we had the chance to expand our lab. So I
      encouraged Rachel and Dennis to lead groups and they agreed. I also
      signed up practically all of the 30 or so participants, including in
      London at the Open Knowledge Foundation Conference. I introduced Rachel
      to Leon Benjamin when we were in London. In April, Rachel decided and
      then twice affirmed that she no longer wanted to lead this group or be
      active at Minciu Sodas's other online groups.

      I'm very glad that Leon has agreed to lead this working group. Leon's
      very thoughtful, the author of "Winning by Sharing"
      http://www.winningbysharing.net and having a great impact on our lab
      through our work for him to promote Mornflake cereal
      http://www.mornflake.com and their online video contest
      http://www.mornflakecompetition.com We've had more activity in the six
      weeks since Rachel left than in the fourteen months that we were
      assembling around her. It's all unexpected, but I wouldn't want to halt
      our work forward here after she's so clearly stated her desires. That
      would not be fair to me as I spend a lot of energy to assemble us.

      Leon and I are also in touch by phone. I imagine and hope that, in
      time, Leon will find a new name for this group which we can identify
      with his deepest value. Several years ago, Leon phrased that for me as
      "Becoming zero - total quiescience". And he asks, "How do I become
      zero?" I imagine that his business motto "winning by sharing" may also
      be related.

      Neil McEvoy http://www.neilmcevoy.name , thank you for joining us!

      I'm also glad to welcome Kerry Santo! She and I spoke for about 45
      minutes today. It was a great moment in my life to be on good terms
      with Kerry after experiencing her disappointment in me. Kerry is a star
      of Leon's book "Winning by Sharing", especially her story how she became
      the person on Ecademy with the most friends. (Leon led business
      development for Ecademy, a pioneering social network, especially for UK
      business, and where I first met Chris Macrae, Ed Daniels, Michael Wolff
      and others). Kerry led Modo Fac Central, a campaign to sign up
      supporters to buy office space and start a business center in Edinburgh,
      Scotland where the homeless and at-risk could be included and develop
      their business skills. Minciu Sodas worked for a few months for Kerry
      on a Drupal website, but our efforts fell apart, I would say that I was
      hoping that we might discover how to fit together our cultures (as
      Janet, Franz, Pamela, Samwel, Benoit and I and others are ever
      discovering!) and it may have been impossible.

      Since then, Kerry has pulled back from the online world and ended her
      Modo Fac Central efforts. She's focused on Scary Birds
      http://www.scarybirds.com her fun network of creative people and ideas,
      which is quite alive. She wants that to be a space for collaboration.
      She's learned to administer her own Drupal website. She's writing
      stories and screen plays. She's become a believer in working openly for
      all to see. She's also working with the founder of
      http://www.fallenangel.co.uk and wants to move from Edinburgh to Bristol.

      Kerry's also very supportive of our Mornflake outreach. She's
      unconventional and for that reason - and her frankness, her friendliness
      and authenticity - I know that she opens up all kinds of links to online
      communities. She's also very experienced at engaging online. One idea
      she proposed was that we have a logo for our outreach which we could put
      on our sites or include in our profile images. I liked this idea and
      I'm thinking how we might do that more generally (like "outreach" or
      "includer"), so the logo could work for all manner of sponsors, who we
      could then specify by adding their name to the logo and the picture.

      I think it's also timely and wonderful to know that after four years we
      can come together. I think it's quite likely that Rachel and I and
      others will work together again, yet unclear how and when.

      Neil, Kerry and all, Welcome!


      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      +370 699 30003
      Vilnius, Lithuania

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