Let's make plans
- Edwine, Charles, Lawrence, Fred and all,
Thank you for your letters that continue to move us to be concerned
about the troubles in Kenya, Uganda and all the world.
I encourage all of us to be bold as leaders. I myself am catching up
with lots of paperwork, including my tax papers, because I leave for a
long journey to the United States. I fly to Dublin, Ireland on Sunday,
April 20, then to Chicago on Tuesday, April 22, to San Jose, California
on Tuesday, April 29, and to San Diego on Saturday, May 3. I don't plan
to return home to Lithuania until the fall.
I urge us to consider the cycle "take a stand, follow through, reflect,
take a stand, follow through, reflect, ....". We have dedicated several
months to intense action in Kenya. Now, as much as possible, I
encourage us to reflect, to consider what we care and what we think, and
bring from within ourselves a new stand, what do we believe?
I am keen to listen to us, what do we care about? how do we wish to
grow? what questions would we like to explore? what would we like to
achieve? We have lists of our values, our questions, and a diagram of
I will be working with our answers and will try to organize them so that
we can know how we might best invest in ourselves so that we dedicate
ourselves fully even as we serve others.
I encourage us to think openly and write honestly about our personal
dreams. This is what makes us interesting to others. And this will let
us reach out to those who have resources. We can ask, what can Africa
do for others? and I think that will be much more helpful than asking,
what can they do for Africa?
I will be traveling to various events where I can include new people who
might share their dreams and work with us, too. April 30 to May 3 I
will be in San Jose for News Tools 2008 http://www.newstools2008.org for
the future of journalism. I invite all of our online activists to join
me there and sign up at their social networking site
http://newstools2008.ning.com and try to get to know the people there
http://newstools2008.ning.com/profiles/friend/list I am glad that
Kiyavilo Msekwa, Fred Kayiwa and Sasha Mrkailo are all there. By
interacting there we can make clear the value of our global team and our
ability to organize hundreds of citizen journalists. We can find people
who are interested in the Includer http://www.includer.org and other
projects and we can help them get a sense of what is the reality
on-the-ground around the world. We can help them think broader, think
inclusively, and think about the big picture. This makes us valuable
and helps us find work. The key is to know ourselves personally, what
do each of us want to be and to do and to think? and that is what makes
it meaningful for people that we engage them.
With your help, in three to six months we might find more work (just as
we did with My Food Story) and be able to provide paid work for our
This is what I can offer now. I will also offer more explicit
leadership as we sort out where and how we'd like to pursue command
structure and consensus structure. My priority is that we work on our
personal wishes, then come together for local projects (as in Kibera)
and also reach out to include others (especially in our online work) and
develop the roots of our work so that we are ready should we get funding
for a larger project for our global team.
Ediwne, Fred and all, I am sure it is frustrating if you see opportunity
but don't have resources to act. I encourage you to reach out to
people, even one or two, and help them participate in our online
community. If they have emails, then get their permission and we will
sign them up to one of our groups, be sure to write about their
interests so we know which group might be best. If they don't have
emails, then help them set up an email account, and likewise if they
don't have Internet, help them get connected. It may be just one
person, but they are a seed and they will give many more seeds in the
future. We don't have to do everything ourselves - we can leave plenty
for others to do - but we want to keep doing something. And as we work
for the long term we will be well prepared to help with profound change
when our time comes!
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