Neil, Paul, Video bridges? Global villages?
- Neil McEvoy, Paul Prueitt,
Thank you for engaging us at GlobalVillages and elsewhere with your bold
initiatives from very different corners of the world, rural Scotland and
northern New Mexico. I want to reply at least briefly. I am writing from
Cyprus where yesterday we finished the first meeting for the European Union's
MIR learning partnership for linking adult education and local development.
Franz Nahrada involved me and our lab, we've been accepted as new partners in
2007-2008 subject to approval and financing from Lithuania's Socrates agency.
Thank you, Franz, for all you do for us!
I had the chance to talk with Franz about his vision for global villages.
Crucial is the "video bridge" technology that uses a video camera, a
projector and Internet access to connect two locations so that the entire
wall becomes a view into the other location, and vice versa. This opens up a
new and stimulating kind of collaboration which, we imagine, helps us overcome
the "provinciality" of our villages.
In particular, Franz has come up with a business model that he is
successfully presenting to the Austrian telecom. His idea is that the
telecom offer a video bridging service which includes in the package the
basic technology that is needed. This is similar to a DSL provider providing
the DSL modem and folding the cost into the service. The advantage is that
the service user does not have to buy the technology and worry as to how it
will evolve in the future. In particular, the user can start out using the
current proprietary hardware standards but be free to switch over to open
source standards when they become available and usable.
Neil, please write more about your vision for rural Scotland and how we might
participate! I think that the video bridges would be for us a central
resource that we could offer a lot around. If you are interested, I and
others could write more about our vision of global villages and how it might
apply in your area. We're thinking of global villages as having a focal
point - the video bridge room - where people can come to engage each other
and the world with absolutely any issue on their mind, and learn where to get
a response and how to get involved. I am interested to map out some of these
dimensions and also consider how they are supported by various technologies
and methodologies including community currency, wi-fi Internet access,
solaroof and more.
Paul, Thank you for working openly and "thinking out loud"! I greatly
appreciate that. I also suggest if we might together draw up a plan that
could help you unfold your vision with much smaller resources. I recommend
considering the role that a "global villages" and "video bridge" approach
might play as you organize your community, both the real Taos and the virtual
Taos. What do you think? I imagine that Taos, New Mexico is one of the least
"provincial" villages in the world. Perhaps we could make a joint effort to
engage profound "independent thinkers" there in complexity science and other
Thank you for sharing your opportunities with us! And I look forward to
Franz's leadership for fleshing out his "global villages" vision for the next
three years. We agreed to focus our efforts on Austria. He foresees 50
global villages (with the video bridge technology) in the next three years,
and 50 more villages around the world. Also, he helped me with my own vision
for "traveling self-learning" which I look forward to sharing and implementing
these next three years.
in Cyprus and soon in Israel