Minciu Sodas participants have greatly benefited from the COMMUNIA
meetings in all manner of projects. We have a worldwide network of
independent thinkers, and these are rare opportunities for us to meet
each other as well as get to know people locally. Here are some of the
ways we benefited:
Kennedy Owino and nine other Nafsi Afrika Acrobats
were invited by Norwegian Television to
perform live in Norway. They all agreed that they participate in the
COMMUNIA meeting in Vilnius which was held the week earlier. We used
the COMMUNIA money to fly them from Norway to Lithuania and back. At
the meeting, they represented an African perspective. They also gave
* 8 minutes on Lithuanian television's morning show
* Republic of Uzhupis independence day celebrations (organized by Tomas
* Butrimonys small town (organized by Zenonas Anusauskas of Eiciunai
* Panevezys school for the deaf and Panevezys television (organized by
* the COMMUNIA dinner, which was also a celebration of Minciu Sodas's 10
They raised several hundred euros for small projects in Kenya.
Odeta Abromaviciute http://www.cultureartfact.org
was first introduced
to them on this visit. Since then they have worked closely together,
especially on video bridges linking children in Kenya and Lithuania,
with help from Zenonas as well.
Zenonas and Odeta were introduced and have worked closely. Recently,
Zenonas gave a one-week video course at Odeta's summer camp organized at
the Kursenai children's home.
At the London meeting of COMMUNIA, I handed to Samwel Kongere an extra
video projector from the Folk Creativity Club "Atzalynas" to give to
Nafsi Afrika Acrobats for use including their work with children in
Zenonas, Irena, Thomas and Andrius's work on this meeting brought them
together as a team for other projects as well. Zenonas's work for the
Vilnius meeting of COMMUNIA was the major source of funding in 2008 for
his Internet TV http://www.internetinetv.lt
which has pioneered
Internet video streaming and broadcast in Lithuania's parliament,
Vilnius's city hall, the ELTA news agency and many NGOs. Irena
Buinickaite now works as an assistant in Lithuania's parliament and this
has opened possibilities further. Andrius now lives with Zenonas and
Audrone in the village of Dukiskes.
Andrius Kasparavicius in London hosted a meeting of London's Lithuanians
with the Minciu Sodas team. He was introduced to Zenonas Anusauskas and
Irena Buinickaite. Andrius Kasparavicius invited them to a meeting of
leaders of the United Kingdom Lithuanian Community. Subsequently,
Zenonas and Andrius have organized several live streaming video events
from the UK thanks to Zenonas's website, including a seminar held at
Lithuania's parliament building. They have also catalyzed UK Lithuanian
participation in the anticorruption movement Jungtines Demokratijos
Judejimas (United Democracy Movement).
Our 8 member team for the London meeting met twice with Leon Benjamin
of the advertising agency The Law Firm
Group. Afterwards, he gave 6,000 GBP of work to our Minciu Sodas team
to build a directory, in the Public Domain, of 500 UK online communities
and to engage 100 of them on behalf of Mornflake cereal's online video
This work led further to
introductions to Stuart Oliver for whom Minciu Sodas worked to create a
collection of links, in the Public Domain, about Scotland's clean tech
Leon Benjamin also linked us by video with Ken Thompson, founder of
Swarm Teams http://home.swarmteams.com
an SMS social networking
technology that they invited Rachel Wambui Kungu and Samwel Kongere to
implement, at no charge, for civic projects in Kenya.
Ana Ilic and Zdenka Mrkailo presented Public Domain Fashion at the Open
Knowledge Conference the day after the London meeting. (Several of us
spoke there). They also met fashion photographer Jovita Valaityte in
London who gave them a free fashion shoot. The London experience gave
them the impetus to work together and grow motivation that led to
business successes in Serbia, including a fashion show.
In London, we also met for the first time with Graham Knight of DIY
Solar, who gave free samples of his solar panels for recharging mobile
phone batteries. We're supporting his efforts in several African
countries. We also visited George Auckland at the BBC.
Didzis Veinbergs attended the Vilnius meeting where he spoke about his
interest to start a publishing company of Public Domain works in
Latvian. Andrius later included him in a NordPlus proposal that he
wrote to publish an open source book for mathematics education.
Markus Petz and Thomas Chepaitis first met at the Vilnius meeting.
Markus and several others have become Ambassadors of the Uzhupis
Republic (a neighborhood of Vilnius) of which Thomas is the Foreign
Minister. Recently they organized two art exhibits in Uzhupis of
artists from the Pispala center, Tampere, Finland, including Markus.
Now Markus is awaiting our art works from Lithuania for an exhibit at
Pispala on Truth.
The COMMUNIA travel helped make possible many meetings including Franz
Nahrada to the Oekonux meeting (after the London meeting); Andrius and
Pamela made a road trip in Lithuania and attended the World Entrepreneur
Summit in London; Pamela, Samwel and Andrius met with Vinay Gupta of
in London; Andrius Kulikauskas addressed
Kofi Annan at the Open Davos Forum (after the Zurich meeting) about
replenishment of their Kenyan efforts http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
(featured in the January 2008 Torino meeting); and Andrius on his way
home was able to visit Franz Nahrada and work for three weeks on a
"hyperwiki" interface for the Public Domain wiki
Andrius and Maria Agnese Giraudo visited
leaders of the Binario Etico trashware cooperative after the January
The COMMUNIA meetings and these related activities featured prominently
in several posts of my blog http://www.includer.org
which I write as a
winner of the Knight News Challenge Award.
Most notably, the COMMUNIA meetings were the first opportunity for us to
invite and meet in Europe with our African participants: Samwel Kongere,
Rachel Wambui Kungu, Eric Wanjamah, Kennedy Owino and the Nafsi Afrika
Acrobats, all who were active in our Pyramid of Peace
and other projects in the Public Domain.
A special thank you to all who helped with invitations! and worked
Thank you to Juan Carlos, the COMMUNIA network and the European
Commission for supporting our efforts in so many ways. We look forward
to the third year, especially the June 28-30, 2010 meeting in Torino,
Italy. I invite Minciu Sodas participants to inform us of other good
consequences of our COMMUNIA meetings.
Thank you! and I look forward to contributing to the Draft Policy
(and see the letters below)
+370 699 30003
As promised in Torino, version 0.1 of the
COMMUNIA Policy Recommendations are online
in our private Wiki:
Federico did a great job (thanks!) in trying to put together something
consistent and thoughtful enough to make you want to contribute,
however please remember that:
1. it is a beta project: please pay attention to the substance, not
so much to details ;
2. please focus on _adding_ points that in your opinion are currently
from the list; there must be many, I am sure. We will prune / merge
3. if you are not adding, but rather commenting (suggesting a
split/merge, better wording,
references, removal, ecc.), please use italics, to help to read the
Also, do motivate your suggestions.
On *Tuesday, 22 September 2009* we will close the wiki,
to allow us to process the document in view of the Policy
Meeting in Barcelona on 1 October 2009.
prof. juan carlos de martin
coordinator - COMMUNIA project
J.C. DE MARTIN wrote:
> Dear All,
> If you have participated in (or are aware of) spin-offs
> or tangible externalities of the COMMUNIA project, such as:
> - a group of members has banded together to submit a EU (or other)
> - a group of members has started a project, association, etc. together;
> - members have met other members in COMMUNIA and then
> started to cooperate in some way;
> - etc.
> could you please drop me a line with a few basic facts?
> I am aware of a couple of such spin-offs, but I am sure
> that there are many more out there.
> If you tell me about them, I could include them
> in the 2nd year project report, as spin-offs of that kind
> are one of the main indicators of a functioning thematic
> Many thanks,
> juan carlos
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