Re: May 6th First Thursday - India, Africa, Europe and USA
- Pamela, what a productive chat! Thank you for your update! Andrius
Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
> Hi All.
> I have published the archive of First Thursday May 6th
> I will copy and paste a few quotes from the archive (marked*) so you can
> the times when the focus of the chat changed - I have no idea what time
> it refers to. The time reference will help you to find any bits you want
> read in detail.
> We started with informal greetings, then after ten minutes or so moved to
> slightly more formal discussion between Shubham Nagar (in Delhi), the
> Executive Officer (CEO) at InfoAxon <http://www.infoaxon.com>, and Tobias
> Eigen (in Berlin I think), the founder and director of
> * [15:58] *<pam>* In fact our idea of comparing rural Nigeria and rural
> India could be a great starting point
> Gradually they discovered a shared interest more specific to their own
> of work
> * [16:21] *<Shubham_Nagar>* Tobias , do you offer any services to Africa
> NGOs or simply a communication platform?
> Then John Dada <http://www.dadamac.net/about/john> arrived
> *[16:27] *<John_Dada>* Hi folks, our apologies, Chief of Kafanchan police
> has been visiting
> We started to focus on some practicalities of rural Africa with John, and
> others from our UK-Nigeria team. It is often difficult to make the time to
> join the chat - as we heard from "the other John"
> *[16:31] *<JOHN_I>* have i missed so much cos am a bit late due to some
> of stress from students
> *[[16:33] *<pam>* we are about to let T and S learn the current realities
> life in rural Nigeria
> and with Zoneziwoh from Cameroon
> * [16:33] *User Zoneziwoh enters the room English.*
> and Clement from Lagos
> * [16:38] *<Clement_Aigbogun>* Hello all
> Graham Knight (UK) rejoined us while we were discussing mobile phones
> *16:41] *<Graham>* Hi Everyone. I' interested in use of mobiles. Some of
> will know why
> People discovered various useful areas of overlap (which will be followed
> later through our usual emails, Skype chats, Thursday chats, or whatever
> suits people best).
> Areas of shared interest included:
> *[16:49] *<Zoneziwoh>* in this case, JD, how lasting can the lowest fone
> qlty withstand, i mean an average of hw many calls b4 the battery runs
> * [16:50] *<Shubham_Nagar>* hi John, i am curious to know about how NGOs
> (large , medium and small) solve their knowledge management needs. Yes, we
> are curious to know more about Nigerian market in this context but dont
> where to start
> *[16:54] *<John_Dada>* There are NGO networks and clusters around specifc
> issues, but wdespread internet access challenge makes networking quite a
> [16:55] *<Shubham_Nagar>* international development is an existing area of
> interest for us to contribute as we already work with HIV AIDS communities
> in Africa
> *[16:55] *<Kelechi>* Am interested in what solutions you might have, am
> much inclined toward software developent and deployment
> By now, in theory, we were getting towards the end of our chat. Then
> arrived. It was still early morning in her time zone.
> *[17:00] *<Pauline>* Hi everyone, my name is Pauline and I work for a US
> doing development in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially Togo
> As usual there was a flurry of agreeing to send emails as the hour long
> session drew to its expected end time.
> *[17:04] *<Shubham_Nagar>* sure Pauline - shubham.nagar@...
> [17:04] *<Kelechi>* We will followup on email S, nice chatting with you.
> [17:04] *<Shubham_Nagar>* i will email John and pam
> [17:05] *<Pauline>* Thank you, I will email you shortly
> [17:05] *<John_Dada>* Thanks Shubham
> And as usual there was still more waiting to be said
> *[17:08] *<pam>* Graham at the meeting yesterday Bala was reporting on
> he had learned about the sotoves from you and Clement
> *[17:11] *<Bala>* Graham, I am thinking seriously of making a bucket stove
> Most people had to leave but not everyone
> *[17:17] *<pam>* who else is still here?
> Clement and Pauline were able to chat longer
> *[17:21] *<Pauline>* So I am a French Intern doing my masters in
> International trilingual management and I am doing a final internship for
> US NGO near Washington DC. The foundation was created several years ago by
> Mark Noar, MD and recently evolved to enlarge its focus. We are
> in rural villages in Northern Togo for now and are focused on a
> *[17:23] *<Clement_Aigbogun>* am the managin consultant of NiCan
> environmental technologies. based in Lagos
> *[17:23] *<Pauline>* we are working on empowering members of remote rural
> communities throught education, agriculture ( the introduction of tea as a
> cashcrop), cottage industry (the conversion of kerosene lamps into solar
> ones, thanks Graham!), because we understood that without deveopping the
> cottage industry aspect there will vbe a continuous loss of community
> identty and cohesivenne.
> *[17:23] *<Pauline>* we are looking for educational material and ways to
> empower people through education, so we can implement improvment on the
> As usual in Nigeria power was causing problems
> *[17:30] *<Clement_Aigbogun>* got problems wth power
> Graham and Bala (from Fantsuam) rejoined the chat and and various topics
> were being raised.
> *[17:31] *<Graham>* I wouild like people to find out about what biomass is
> to be found locally. It seems there is MILLIONS of ton
> *[17:34] *<Pauline>* we are in contact with another NGO which is producing
> tea plants and would be interested in opening a nursery
> *[17:35] *<Clement_Aigbogun>* pauline ls tell me about the tea
> * Graham, Bala and Clement touched on their shared interest in the bucket
> stove and decided they wanted another Topic Thursday together (and agreed
> May 13th)
> With that sorted, people left... except
> *[17:57] *<Pauline>* Pam - it seems that there is only tou and me left
> [17:58] *<pam2>* so.. wheww - hello Pauline [image: ;-)]
> I was happy Pauline was still there so I could greet her better. She was
> only person in the chat room that I did not already know. Obviously the
> better I know the individual people, and their overlapping interests, the
> easier it is to try and help everyone to get something useful from the
> session. Kelechi was also still there. He is another of the UK-Nigeria
> in Fantsuam (NB People seem to use the place names "Fantsuam" and
> "Kafanchan" for more or less the same place. I was once told, by a man on
> plane, that Kafanchan is the name in the regional language - Hausa - and
> Fantsuam is the name in the local language, which is itself called
> Sometime I must remember to check if this is true)
> *[18:00] *<Kelechi>* yes, I'll be off now, its raining at the moment,
> however, I have another meeting shortly with my Staff
> Then pauline left
> *[18:04] *<Pauline>* Pam, I am going to leave the chat - but I will wmail
> you right after I have a look at your website
> So - the end of another First Thursday. My phone rang, I carried it out
> the balcony and sat in the sun for a while - enjoying relaxation of a
> one-to-one voice chat after the concentration of typing in the chat-room.
> Next "First Thursday" will be June 3rd. Next "Topic Thursday" is 13th for
> "Bucket (biomass) Stoves" and whatever else Graham, Bala and Clement have
> a shared interest.
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> Now back to local realities - and off to vote in the UK general election.