Re: [holistichelping] Community currency for our endeavors and Mornflake outreach
Dear Andrius, Janet and all,
Thank you for all your endeavours made daily which we struggle to read all the postings you make so as to follow up the work you are doing for all of us.
Where have you kept us now? We hope that you still remember us and our problems and projects too and that we are still included on your list too.
We wait to hear from you both.
Sincerely ACTWID members led by Wendi
--- On Fri, 6/5/09, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
Subject: [holistichelping] Community currency for our endeavors and Mornflake outreach
To: minciu_sodas_EN@yahoogroups.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, "help group" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, "nafsi Afrika acrobats" <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, June 5, 2009, 2:39 AM
John Rogers and all,
We're working further to engage UK online communities on behalf of
Mornflake cereal http://www.mornflak e.com and their online video contest
http://www.mornflak ecompetition. com Minciu Sodas is receiving 1,000
GBP of which I will keep half and I would like to give half to others on
our team. That balances my need to make a living and our ability to
have the greatest impact.
What is the most effective way to apply this 500 GBP and other such
resources in the future? I ask for our help to think this through.
What is our purpose? Minciu Sodas serves and organizes independent
thinkers. We focus our energies on clarifying our values, on pursuing
questions that we wish to answer, and on making progress on our
endeavors. I think it would be very practical to distribute our
resources so that we might help each other advance our endeavors. We
have a list at our wiki:
http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Endeavors
I try to group the endeavors on this list and understand which endeavors
are "strategic" in that our work on them might support many other
endeavors as well. Such strategic endeavors include:
* the Includer - and Sneakernets - for those with marginal Internet access
* an online Help Room (or simply chat room along with other effective
online interfaces) where people can get help or response on any matter
(as we did with the Pyramid of Peace)
* open source textbooks and learning materials, including for "classic
* video bridges for global villages
* global village index for self-rating (and encouraging and promoting)
global village hubs
I'm thinking that an effective use of our resources might be to channel
them to support our endeavors. We could see which ones are we most
passionate about? Which ones can we advance in a practical way? Which
ones might share resources? and build momentum for each other?
An effective system (and perhaps, a community currency) might encourage
us to help each other and circulate our resources. For example, Edward
Cherlin could do wonderful research for Stuart Oliver's Clean Tech
Scotland website, which we're working to collect links for. But I and
our lab and perhaps Edward and certainly Sasha would benefit much more
if Edward worked on Clean Tech Scotland, say 5 hours, but rather than me
pay him 100 USD, I would pay Sasha (or another participant, as Edward
might decide) to work, say 30 hours, to help with Edward's Earth
Treasury initiative to create open source textbooks. The more our
interests converge, the more value can build amongst us, and I am very
interested in that, and I hope that others might be as well. And if it
were possible to write open source textbooks (including my own on
"classic math problems") that relate to technology for sustainability
(such as Factor E Farm or relevant for Samwel Kongere and others in
Africa interested in sustainability) then that would be great, too.
Today, Pamela McLean led a wonderful chat to help Folabi Sunday in rural
Nigeria think through solutions, what kind of electricity source might
be most appropriate for powering one laptop or even a computer center.
Ricardo, Sasha Mrkailo, Graham Knight, Fred Kayiwa all helped in
different ways. How can we exchange our ability to help with each
other's endeavors? For example, Fred Kayiwa might try out Graham
Knight's DIY Solar panels for recharging mobile phone batteries - that
would help Graham's endeavor. Who might then help Fred and how? And so
on? How can we complete the circles?
Or, for example, Janet offered to help me write a Nordplus proposal for
next year (mine failed this year). I appreciate her help and expertise,
but would rather have that for other projects. How could we negotiate that?
I like the focus on endeavors because each endeavor has a person behind
them who cares to see them happen, and each endeavor is meant as an
advance for us all. I expect that supporting each other's endeavors
works a bit differently than supporting each other's property (which is
the conventional economy).
I also like the idea of having online assistants for our leaders.
That's not too difficult to organize resources for and I think it could
have great effects.
If we think through such a system supporting our endeavors - and it may
not be too hard, and it may be rather simple - then I can use that to
leverage the 500 GBP that I have for our Mornflake work, which now is to
engage UK online communities that are most responsive and might work
with us broadly and also encourage participation in the Mornflake online
video contest. Also, the system can be quite open, so that we can
encourage other communities, other people to include their endeavors in
our lists, and share resources as well.
John and all, please help me connect the dots! or what would you find
Thank you for writing.
Early this year I funded a $100 project for you. Janet agreed to mentor
you. And you would do several small projects and look for synergies
amongst them? How did that go? What did you discover?
Also, what kind of work could you do online? What kind of Internet
access are you currently using? What kinds of small projects would you
Dear Andrius, Janet and all,
Thank you for all your endeavours made daily which we struggle to read
all the postings you make so as to follow up the work you are doing for
all of us.
Where have you kept us now? We hope that you still remember us and our
problems and projects too and that we are still included on your list too.
We wait to hear from you both.
Sincerely ACTWID members led by Wendi
- Dear Andrius and All,
Great minds think alike, as I was just mulling over this project and
realizing we needed to cycle back to you!
From some research Wendi and others at AK did (which they posted here), it
appeared that they might not be able to make good use of DIY Solar products,
which is what--in my view--the correspondence would be based upon. Please
correct me if I misunderstood, Wendi and Graham.
I wasn't sure myself how they would proceed from there, and the Rising
Voices work focused my attention elsewhere thereafter.
We have had great posts lately from Mark (thanks, Mark, I will respond to
your post soon myself!) and Sam, mentioning solar power, so there seems to
be a convergence of people thinking and acting upon their interest in
exploring and utilizing it.
Conversations here with Wendi, Graham, Sam, Mark, and others so interested
would be of great benefit to us all. We might want to have some Worknets
conversations too. Mark, what you're doing now sounds very intriguing, and
might indeed prove both useful and empowering.
We would like to work with Graham Knight too, who is here and who you know
too, I think (I know Jeff does, because we had some 3-way emails a few years
back...I assume you do too, as I think there was an OVF link to the
correspondence and potential activities).
It will be great for Wendi to share what she and AK did by way of research,
and hopefully it can be useful as a springboard to next steps with solar for
AK in some capacity, as well as for others so interested.
Getting back to the past few months, from my end the interactive aspect did
not evolve as we had originally envisioned. The other "small projects" you
mention were linked to the solar project, which was the first point of
discussion and activity. When that seemed to be a "no-go" for the present
time, our activity together shifted more to the "Blogging Positively"
project, and we have not yet returned to the solar.
On that basis. how would you like to proceed, Andrius? I will not be able
to be a mentor for awhile, because I am offline a lot now or focused on a
couple other pressing projects for the next couple months. This is one
reason for suggesting a discussion here with others interested in solar, a
kind of peer education and activity that will benefit from "the more, the
Wendi and other AK members may have some other ideas about what they can do
for $100, or perhaps already have done a more substantial amount of
work--equalling $100--which has been for their own edification (ie not
posted publicly). If so, it would be great to post that now...and let the
lively discussions begin!
With blessings and best wishes to all, Janet
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 2:36 PM
Subject: [holistichelping] Wendi, what did you learn from your project?
> Thank you for writing.
> Early this year I funded a $100 project for you. Janet agreed to mentor
> you. And you would do several small projects and look for synergies
> amongst them? How did that go? What did you discover?
> Also, what kind of work could you do online? What kind of Internet
> access are you currently using? What kinds of small projects would you
> do on-the-ground?
> Andrius Kulikauskas
> Minciu Sodas
> Dukiskes, Lithuania
> Dear Andrius, Janet and all,
> Thank you for all your endeavours made daily which we struggle to read
> all the postings you make so as to follow up the work you are doing for
> all of us.
> Where have you kept us now? We hope that you still remember us and our
> problems and projects too and that we are still included on your list too.
> We wait to hear from you both.
> Sincerely ACTWID members led by Wendi
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