Values and ideas! by Samwel Kongere
- Samwel, Thank you for joining us at the COMMUNIA meeting in London and
thank you to Prodromos Tsiavos and Steve Smithson for the invitation by
which we have met in person for the first time! a great joy. Thank you
also to Janet Feldman and all who helped with Greg Wolff's chocolate
project, which is how we earned the money so that you could attend
Summer Source Africa in 2006. Andrius Kulikauskas, ms@...
I wish to thank you a great deal for making who i am today let me give
you some food for thought!
Early 2006 January you and Janet Feldman sent money to help me attend
Africa source II meeting at Kalangala my intention and our aim was to
find people who are interested in knowing there deepest values! A
question which they do not know answers to but would want to get answer!
Yes i went down here in search of values from strangers, great. The
workshop was having 140 participants from all over the globe.
It has been the most inspiring and motivating workshop according to my
value; i have ever attended in my career; people were free to talk' the
organizers, the sponsors, partners, delegates, participants, the hosts
and even the staff from the community, think of even Mark Shurtleworth
the honor of Ubuntu, who was the main sponsor and financier was amazing
man. I had all the pleasure i needed.
My group was headed by a lady from South Africa Called Heather Turner,
she was from the creative commons; she introduced me to
copyright/copyleft phenomenon, what was amazing; was that, they wanted
everyone to feel wanted because they were telling us about migration
from Proprietary software with licenses to open Source without
Licenses. The opportunity of sharing was high mmm! everyone intermingled
with each other, fantastic.
My search was values! Yes my previous volunteering with Christian
children's Fund for eight years down the line taught me how sponsors
relate to their sponsored children, our letters were sometimes adding
value to them or not at cases eh!
I had taken two children to the field one day and wanted to study and
understand their values. We talked, played, ate together and asked them,
what they would want to take home with them? At the back of my mind I
wanted to know their deepest value and what they care most. One child
told me, Sam, I will carry my ball and food to share with my sisters and
brothers, the other said, I will eat everything here because these other
relatives at home beat me too much; but because I am satisfied I am
going to keep my portion in my pocket eat it alone whenever i am hungry
mm! Amazing results.
This how public domain ethics and private issues interrelate with
governments, cultures, nations, corporations and individuals, there is
always something behind their thinking. One will want it openly the
other will need it privately. They will always go parallel with ideas
and policies but not perpendicular to T junction, they will never
What do you think?
N/b You can print it if you want