3458Thinking with Pamela: Gathering our stories
- Apr 2, 2014I'm writing a letter to Pamela McLean's group (Learning From Each Other)
and also my own (Living by Truth). Pamela is my first student at an
institute I'm creating for investigators. She was active for many years
at Minciu Sodas, my online laboratory for independent thinker which I
led from 1998 to 2010. Now she's reading my e-book "The Truth", which is
a summary of my thinking:
Pamela invites us all to an online chat tomorrow, Thursday, April 3rd,
at 9:00 Chicago time, 15:00 London time, 17:00 Lithuania time.
See more about that below.
Pamela and I are figuring out what it means for her to be my student and
me to be her coach or advisor. I imagine it as her being my graduate
student with her thesis and me being her thesis advisor. We'll chat or
talk by Skype about once a week. I'll also write and send my notes and
thoughts afterwards in between our meetings. Typically, we'll each do
some "homework" in between meetings.
Pam sees Dadamac Foundation (John Dada and Pamela McLean) as a mechanism
for connecting the combined knowledge of people on the ground,
changemakers, particularly in SubSaharan Africa.
She talked about her and others being so busy that they don't have time
to tell their stories. They need somebody to do that for them, as she
would do for John Dada in Nigeria.
I talked about working in an enviroment which makes it easier to tell
* working openly, online, so that all can see
* working in the Public Domain, copyright-free, so that all can share
* developing common genres
I learned from Pamela while we worked on MyFoodStory that a photo and a
few sentences is a great way to communicate. John Rogers also emphasized
"visual thinking". That's why in my book "The Truth" I illustrate every
few sentences with a picture or photo.
Pamela wants to include and connect:
* donors who contribute their money
* changemakers who contribute their knowledge
* information architects, agents who listen, live alongside, hear their
That reminded me of Joy Tang of One Village and her vision of pairs of
visionaries and techical support people.
Pamela, what do you wish for people?
Do you wish people to be specialists or well-rounded?
Do you wish people to be clones or individuals?
Personally, I want us to be well-rounded clones. I think that
individuality takes care of itself. But it's a weakness of our society
that we allow people to get away with being specialists. It's
understandable and it's a way of including everybody. But the real
reason for inclusion I think must be that deep inside we are the same
person. Otherwise we are just including people for external reasons, to
exploit them, their talents and powers. I know people who have told me
they don't want to be "clones". But as for myself, I would like to be a
clone of Jesus, a substitute for Jesus, or simply, a clone of God. I
think that's the attitude which lets my individuality shine to its
fullest. It's the individuality of my circumstances.
Homework for Pamela:
To think about the nitty-gritty issues in your practical work and how
they reflect on the network society. How does the network society
actually work (or not) in her case?
We'll work on a pattern language book for illustrating the particular
examples Pam is involved in. There will be anecdotes and general
patterns that she can draw from them.
My homework is to consider how to write such a book.
I think the first step is to make a list of 20 or 30 anecdotes worth
Then we'll see if any of them involve the same pattern.
We'll focus on those patterns and see how to write them up.
I'm writing up my own thinking at my wikis. I'm color coding parts of
the page to distinguish the description, my notes, examples, questions,
diagrams, illustrative art work, ways of figuring things out, exercises
and thoughts from God. Here's a sample page (in Lithuanian):
I welcome our help. I also invite us to share whatever we'd like to
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2014.04.01 22:09, Pamela McLean rašė:
> You are invited to join me in the First Thursday Group - April 3rd -
> *What is "First Thursday"?*
> On the First Thursday of each month I try to be online for an hour.
> It's a chance for friends and contacts, old and new, to drop in for a
> chat (a typed chat). It's very informal.
> Some of us have been meeting online for several years now, others are
> newly invited. It is usually only a handful of us, but usually from
> several different countries. This year I'm starting to invite people
> who I usually only meet face to face in London (at the GlobalNet21
> Africa and Change group).
> People drop in as it suits them, so we don't have a set agenda. We
> share what we've been doing, introduce people to each other, explore
> areas of overlapping interest and so on.
> *Start time *
> 14.00 GMT. *15.00 British Summer Time* 15.00 Nigerian time. For your
> local time see The World Clock Time Zone Converter
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.htmlor World Time
> Buddy http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/
> People in British Isles - please remember we've put the clocks forward
> so use British Summer Time**- not GMT any more.
> I look forward to our meeting
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