Re: [holistichelping] How might we work with Time Dollar Tutoring?
- Dear Calvin, Andrius, David, and All,
Hello and terrific to see this note! I have indeed heard about your amazing program, Calvin, and the wonderful things it has accomplished. Definitely a model we will all hope to emulate. I'd love to discuss how we might introduce this to the African countries in which we work and/or live, and also in Asia and globally!
We would greatly appreciate you being among us, and hope you will subscribe to Holistic Helping and other forums! This goes for both Calvin and David! David, very sorry to hear about your struggles, but it sounds like you are addressing them in a way which is turning pain to purpose, and suffering into a helping spirit, the best possible use of a difficult situation.
Please know that we are with you on this, and others of us have comparable experiences with tough challenges in our own lives, which can help us to create a strong bond of understanding and support.
On the sewing machines, this is a wonderful idea, and there is a great need for such machines. Members at HH and in many other places would be happy for same, both for handcrafts projects and to sew school uniforms, for example. All with income-generation as a goal.
There may be some airlines and others we can contact for shipping help, and hope we can brainstorm abt this and get such a project off the ground, as well as all sewed up, haha! For subscribing to HH, send a blank mail to email@example.com.
With all best wishes and blessings, Janet (Feldman), kaippg@...
>Sent: Jan 15, 2007 10:39 PM
>Cc: calvinpearce@..., firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
>Subject: [holistichelping] How might we work with Time Dollar Tutoring?
>Dear Calvin Pearce,
>Thank you for helping my friend David Ellison-Bey! I'm using his computer
>which he earned through your Time Dollar Tutoring
>http://www.timedollartutoring.org I'm very impressed with how your program
>addresses so many needs including computer literacy and ownership, tutoring,
>parent involvement, community participation and more. And your scope, more
>than 5,000 computers have come to disadvantaged homes!
>These next two weeks I'm staying at David's house 6726 S.Parnell Ave,
>Chicago. I lead the Minciu Sodas laboratory http://www.ms.lt for serving and
>organizing independent thinkers around the world. I would like to organize
>more independent thinkers like David here in Chicago, but especially Black
>Americans, or as he says Moors, Asiatics, because we benefit from the widest
>variety of thinkers.
>You are a key person that we might organize around. We have eighteen working
>groups, including one for community currency and participatory society
>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cyfranogi/ led by John Rogers of the Wales
>Institute for Community Currencies.
>I also alert our working group Holistic Helping led by Janet Feldman
>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/ We have a strong presence in
>Arica including Samwel Kongere who will be experimenting with Wifi Internet
>access where he lives in Rusinga Island on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria.
> David is also interested how we might help him ship used sewing machines to
>Africa and promote various craftsmanship.
>Pamela McLean leads our working group on distance learning and ICT,
>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfromeachother/ and so I alert them,
>David is a great person with a penetrating mind and a compassionate heart.
>Indeed, his deepest value in life is "compassion". He is particularly
>concerned about his mother, who I understand his sister took away from
>Chicago against their will in 1997. I think he has climbed out of the deep
>depression that consumed him, but he is zealous to resolve this crisis. He
>is a noble man who I believe that people of integrity might organize around,
>and perhaps we might help him, and certainly as an elder he inspires me.
>Calvin, I would be very excited to meet you soon. I will be in Chicago for
>two weeks and I return here every few years. I lived here for about nine
>years in all.
>My phone number is (773)659-9852 and email is ms@... and David's phone
>number is (773) 874 3332.
>I include below my recent letter on "the state of the lab".
>Here is "the state of our lab". Thank you for circulating it to various
>groups with your thoughts for those particular groups! Andrius
>Thank you for thinking and writing about your plans for the coming year. I
>share my plans for our Minciu Sodas laboratory. I look forward to working
>I founded Minciu Sodas in 1998 as a laboratory for serving and organizing
>independent thinkers around the world. As independent thinkers who pursue
>our own ideas, we have various needs:
>* involve the widest variety of minds so we can think on a higher level
>* make our dreams real through a community
>* keep growing as thinkers, despite any frustrations
>* make a living and have resources for our projects
>I am very happy at the range of activity at our lab. We now have 17 working
>Some new working groups that have really taken off this year include
>Peacefully (Eluned Hurn), Social Agriculture (Steve Bosserman), Holistic
>Helping (Janet Feldman) and Learning From Each Other (Pamela McLean). Others
>are just getting started and they will need our help to assemble
>and to build momentum.
>Each group is organized around one of our leaders and their deepest value in
>life. Some 265 people have let us post their deepest values in life, and
>about 140 people have formulated their investigatory questions which they
>don't know the answer to, but intend to answer.
>I am excited how Samwel Kongere, Benoit Couture, Markus Petz and others have
>helped us include others by asking them these questions. The variety of
>answers opens us up to new issues and reveals how we can best support each
>other. By the end of this year, I hope that we might have 40 working
>groups. Each group is in the Ethical Public Domain and that lets us
>circulate our energy. Here are instructions on how to start a new group at
>Our next step is to openly pursue our investigatory questions. They are all
>so bold and personal that they may constitute the most inspiring research
>program in the world. Each of our questions has us grow as individuals and
>also lead by our open example. We need both theory and practice in order to
>arrive at satisfactory answers. The practice is most real if it comes from
>first-hand accounts, our own as well as that of others. That is why
>collecting "stories" is so important. We were very fortunate last year to
>get work from clients who value personal stories:
>* John Rogers of the Wales Institute for Community Currencies funded us (750
>GBP) to develop an online learning environment for community currency, based
>on stories about our "money minds", and I want to see that happen with our
>help at John's group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cyfranogi/
>* Nikos Salingaros funded us (1000 USD) to promote his new book "A Theory Of
>Architecture" and pattern languages, which is Christopher Alexander's
>approach based on our first-hand sensitivity to whether we feel "alive"
>within various buildings. I want us to organize a home for the pattern
>language community and others interested in ecological architecture around
>James Ferguson's leadership at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ethicaldesign/
>* Greg Wolff of the UnaMesa Association funded us (12,000 USD) to start up
>MyFoodStory http://www.myfoodstory.info http://www.myfoodstory.com as an
>online resource for all to care about the origins of food through personal
>stories and encyclopedic articles. I have shared half of this work with our
>6 teams (great work!) and I will need all of our help to meet our targets by
>March 31, 2007 so that we could share in 12,000 USD of bonuses. That would
>be 6,000 USD for me, 3,000 USD for our team leaders, and 3,000 USD in
>community currency for our online community, so we do need our help! In
>particular, I am offering 1 USD for each directory entry and 20 USD for each
>webpage in bonuses (assuming we earn them) that we can use to fund our
>personal projects. Indeed, I can honor the points you earn with my own
>services, too, as you might need for your projects.
>My focus this year, especially as I travel to California in February, will
>to find new clients who might fund us to collect personal stories and show
>their value as data for all kinds of investigations. Steve Bosserman is
>pursuing new avenues in agriculture. We can also think of the value of
>personal stories in architecture, nonviolence, community currency, personal
>finance, global villages, mental health, self-education and other fields.
>An early priority is to flesh out our system for collecting stories
>http://www.myfoodstory.info so that it works without a hitch. Special thanks
>to inventor Helmut Leitner whose ProWiki http://www.prowiki.com is the wiki
>that we rely on at http://www.ourculture.info I look forward to providing
>subwikis in the Ethical Public Domain for Tom Wayburn, John Waters and all
>our leaders' projects. Indeed, I will work with each of our working groups
>establish a rhythm by which we draw from the energy of our correspondence -
>tag that as appropriate - and reshape it at our wikis.
>I also look forward to writing down more of our "culture". We have started
>an Almanac of our activities (now at the home page of
>http://www.ourculture.info) that we can layout and print as the need arises.
>I also look forward to creating an Investigator's Handbook (much like Lord
>Baden-Powell's "Scouting for Boys" or Alcoholics Anonymous's "Big Book")
>would serve as a workbook for the many kinds of methods that we can apply to
>pursue our investigatory questions.
>On December 23, 2006, in Riese, Lithuania, at the home of Alfredas
>Gabrijolavicius, I was able to show eight of us just what I mean. We started
>by listing out our deepest values in life and our investigatory questions.
>Then I chose one that we all seemed interested in, Alfredas's question, "How
>do we establish a system for helping each other?" I asked us to refrain from
>our opinions, ideas, principles, and instead to simply share first-hand
>accounts of how we helped others and how others helped us. We then went
>through the 30 or so stories and tried to hear the angle that each was
>taking. This let us group them into 8 different kinds of helping. And then
>I was able to show how those categories drawn from the data fit well with
>of the structures that I was familiar with (the counterquestions). This led
>us to structure the answers in terms of who was helped (the system, somebody
>we know, somebody we don't know) and the kind of help they were given (idea,
>attentiveness, or some extra action taken). From the structure it became
>apparent that we're not dealing with a single "answer" but rather with a
>complex of interrelated answers. And we can understand why some
>possibilities are eliminated, for example, that if we don't know a person at
>all, then our attentiveness can't help. I was excited that Alfredas and all
>found this useful and they were all quite amazed. So I am looking forward to
>having a strong repository of first-hand accounts so that we might apply and
>illustrate the conceptual tools that I have been working on for 25 years, as
>Inspired by Franz Nahrada, we'll be working locally around the world
>(Lithuania, Kenya, Austria, ...), and linking up our work by way of video
>bridges. We have received 10,000 euros of funding from the European Union to
>conduct 12 video bridges from Lithuania, and I will need to invest 4000
>to purchase 2 sets of equipment for that. Zenonas Anusauskas in the village
>of Eiciunai is keen to get started! We will be practicing with Skype for
>Windows and will purchase other equipment when I return on April 20th. We
>all hope to learn what this equipment is most useful for, but certainly it
>should stimulate our local activity. Please join us by organizing locally!
>Franz also asks us to think through a vision for self-education that might
>a lifelong alternative to a university education. Thanks to his initiative,
>Minciu Sodas is included in the proposal for the second year of the MIR
>learning partnership funded by the European Union, for relating adult
>education and local development. I expect that traveling self-learners will
>be a central part of our vision. So will the collaboration between learners
>with high-bandwidth and low-bandwidth Internet access as Pamela McLean is
>championing. Let's think!
>Thank you to Maria Agnese Giraudo for your love and generosity as you
>traveled to Kenya and linked Samwel Kongere there with your team in
>Thank you for your valuable gift of a laptop! I also thank all who have
>hosted me and cared for me through my many travels last year and this year,
>too. I will be in the US and Mexico until March 20th, then in Amsterdam,
>Ireland and the UK until April 21st. Jeff Buderer and Joy Tang are - I hope
>- traveling soon to Africa. John Rogers is moving to Germany and suggests
>the World Cafe meeting on May 3-5. Thanks again to Maria Agnese Giraudo for
>your invitation to Samwel Kongere that he visit us in Italy and Lithuania
>this fall! Here is our calendar:
>This year we created an interface at http://www.ms.lt by which we can access
>the almost 20,000 letters which 685 thinkers have written to our many groups
>since 1999. Here is some data from recent years:
>2006: about 5,000 letters from 244 thinkers
>2005: about 3,200 letters from 180 thinkers
>2004: about 2,200 letters from 204 thinkers
>2003: about 2,100 letters from 177 thinkers
>2002: about 2,800 letters from 126 thinkers
>2001: about 2,700 letters from 112 thinkers
>2000: about 1,100 letters from 72 thinkers
>Currently, we are receiving about 20 letters a day. At our web page
>http://www.ms.lt you can see the number of people (currently 127) who have
>written in the last 90 days.
>We are assembling in 13 languages.
>I think that as we write our more about "our culture" in English, then we
>translate that into other languages, and that will help us organize
>multilingually, which is very important!
>My overall dream these next ten years or so is that we double in size so
>we might have a full-fledged culture of independent thinkers: 100,000 active
>and 1,000,000 supportive. I am very happy that we have grown in the depth of
>our vision, commitment, understanding and friendship. I am excited that
>finding ways for each of us to invest ourselves - in groups, resources,
>projects, relationships - that give us strength and purpose to reach out to
>others and include them in our shared, unfolding culture. We are so various,
>but I believe that helps us know that indeed we can clarify principles that
>help us be "willing" to work together.
>Thank you to God for your patience as I wish to include you as an
>thinker who we might openly learn from. Thank you to Benoit and all of all
>faiths and outlooks for making ours a space of truth and love where that
>might and should be possible.
>Best wishes for 2007 and please keep sharing our visions and working to
>them to life!
>Please note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise. Thank you! http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org
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