Andrius and Jeff chat about 1800 MyFoodStory entries
- I share my chat with Jeff Buderer about our work on MyFoodStory
http://www.myfoodstory.info to collect 1800 entries about farmers and other
people working in the world's food supply chain. We have to do this by March
31, 2007 to get our bonuses! That is about 35 per week for each of our 6
teams. I ask each of our team leaders to think and write how we will
accomplish this. Special thanks to Awne AboZant and his team in Nablus,
Israeli-occupied Palestine, for especially good work and great photos, too.
Pamela, how is your team? Andrius Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt
Andrius: Hi Jeff, How are you?
… I wanted to check in regarding your travel plans.
… Also, I plan to visit Tianadara Ranch in Missouri
… in March some 100 miles from Kansas City
… I was wondering, where are you in Missouri?
Jeff: when will you be there?
Andrius: I plan to go in March
… to visit Chris Langan
Jeff: when wil be in SF area?
Andrius: he is a thinker who is working on conceptual ideas similar
to my philosophy.
… I will be in SF area in February.
… I am trying to set my dates now for my trip to Mexico
… it looks good that I will go to Oaxaca.
… How is your and Joy's Africa trip?
Jeff: well we can meet then
… we may postpone the trip until april
… Joys parents are ill
Jeff: so she wants to spend soem time with them
… hi to Joy and her parents
… where are you now?
Jeff: and she is pursuing some important leads in taiwan
Andrius: oh, great
Jeff: Springfield MO
… and you are in Chicago?
Andrius: yes for another week
Jeff: have you met with Steve yet?
Andrius: Thank you for your work on MyFoodStory
… Steve and Linda and I meet on Friday
… Jeff, I need help to meet our bonuses
… to collect the stories
… Do you have a plan for that?
… I need 300 entries from each team and 10 stories.
… The stories we seem to be doing well with
… but the directory entries are more of a challenge.
Andrius: My agreement with Greg Wolff
… is that he will pay our lab $12,000 which he has
… and also we will get $12,000 bonus
… if we meet his targets:
Andrius: 60 stories
Jeff: so what aout the entries
Andrius: 1800 directory entries.
Jeff: so you have template right
Andrius: I have set it up at http://www.myfoodstory.info
… See "Add a new storyteller"
… it leads you to:
Jeff: i am checking now
… what is the deadline date
Andrius: March 31
Andrius: It's doable but I need help
Jeff: i am adding to my caledar now
… i understand
Andrius: because it doesn't make sense for me to do it myself
… the value for Greg is if it's a team effort.
Andrius: And what makes it "organic" is if we optimize this work so
… we all benefit as much as we can from it.
… The directory entries can be quite short.
… Just a bit of information on why a person is interesting and how to reach
… It could just be one sentence.
Jeff: i dont think this will be a problem
Andrius: Or for example you can focus on "aquaculture"
… for example look up "aquaculture" on Google News
… and there are many news stories.
… If you can help and if you can involve others, that would be great!
… Thank you.
… And please let me know if you run into any difficulties with the
Jeff: you know my focus is on integrated farming
… and so this can be a directory of people you'd like us to reach out to in
… and so that might be useful for you
… Which might include people in traditional aquaculture
Jeff: why did greg specify a certain quantity
… was there some logic to that
Andrius: who haven't heard of integrated farming but would appreciate
… I don't know for sure but I imagine that he wanted to make it "real"
… and he wanted to challenge us
… and I think he wants "critical mass".
… So there's certain advantages to quantity
… rather than quality.
Jeff: well some may say so
Andrius: Because quantity is easier for people to see
Andrius: and so can be quite convincing
… and also more engageable.
Jeff: i like the targetted approach
Andrius: So yes I want to achieve what he's challenged us to do
Jeff: so that you specifically identify the quantity
Andrius: and also make that worthwhile to us.
Jeff: in relation to a specific deliverable
… like say we need 1800
… to develop enough of a database for moving forward to the next phase which
… I am just trying to say that when you do a prposal it is most ideal
… when you outcomes are linked to improving the quality of something
Andrius: He is treating us very well and so I want to do likewise so
that he is happy with what we have achieved and feels confident regarding
it's future prospects.
Andrius: Jeff, I know that you are working on many things... but is
there a short term goal regarding the directory entries that you might commit
Jeff: I am saying to look at the sustainability of the work
… there are about 8 weeks left before the deadline?
Andrius: Yes 9 or 10 weeks.
Jeff: so that means 35 of these need to be done a week to meet
Jeff: i set will set as a goal
… from now on
… can you count the process for each contributor
Andrius: When they put their name as one of the Editors
… then it will be clear that they have contributed
… and I will make a page to show who has done how many.
Jeff: that is good idea
… then we can measure specific progress and make sure we are moving along at
a pace to meet the goals.
Andrius: Yes and the gradual approach is very good for us because
… it let's people (and Greg) see how we are progressing
… and builds momentum.
Andrius: Also, as you include people in the directory
… we can simplify outreach to them
… as you like.
… I'm trying to show that this directory is useful for outreach
Jeff: i could make my case stronger if I knew what specifically
we were planning on doing with this information
Andrius: and also for investigation as I wrote to Tom.
Jeff: it is just for linking various agricultural projects
Andrius: For outreach, if we have a list of people then you and/or I
can write a standard letter
Jeff: wil it divided into categories
Andrius: for example, explaining how we found them and that they
might be interested in George Chan's methods
Jeff: so i need to be mindful of the tags
Andrius: and where they might join to pursue that further, for
example, at Back To The Root.
Jeff: Urls where we can find more information about the
storyteller and the excerpt above.
Andrius: You can use any tag, for example "integrated":
Jeff: so I put the URL of the project there
Andrius: pulls up the story we have on Integrated
… Or "integrated farming"
Jeff: I will have ten done by the end of the day
… Thank you very much.
… I will share our chat.
… Please let me know if you run into any obstacles.
… I will keep improving our interface.
… is there a word count limit on the story?
… is this long enough?
… Margaret Tagwira has used her expertise as a Virologist to create a
innovative sustainable development approach from her base at the United
Methodist-supported Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Inspired by the
ZERI methodology and George Chan’s work, she has pioneered a new type of
mushroom farming that has been showcased by Web of Hope and is truly an
inspiration to many of us.
Andrius: yes that's perfect
Jeff: or can I make it longer?
Andrius: you can make it longer if you are writing it yourself
… if you are copying from others than we want to keep it short so that we can
stay in "fair use" regarding copyright
Jeff: no i compiled that my research
Andrius: if you wrote it, then it can be as long as you like
… does it matter if use caps on the key words or not
… this are keywords i added: fish, integrated farming, george chan,
sustainable agriculture, Margaret Tagwira, Mushrooms, AIDS, ZERI , Zimbabwe
Andrius: It's not crucial
Andrius: I may write a program to sort that out later
Jeff: i thought it would be good to add the country
Jeff: so i am both storyteller and editor?
Andrius: no, Margaret is the storyteller
… and you are the editor
… it is her story
… can I add more than one url?
… and if so how do i separate them?
… thanks for helping me with this
Andrius: yes just separate them by a space
Jeff: Yes if you received their permission or if it is published
under a license that allows other to share, otherwsie No
… I have not recieved permission from her but gathered it from information on
Andrius: I think it would be: No
… but it's Public Domain
… because you wrote it
Andrius: just leave as is
Andrius: leave as is
Jeff: please complete this password?
Andrius: Minciu Sodas
Andrius: that's for spammers ;)
… Ok so she be one of the ten stories
… ill wrote and ill contact her in person for that ok?
Andrius: you don't have to contact for permission
… but instead you can contact to engage her
… for example, to invite her to your group
Andrius: and also to say that if she gives permission
… then we can feature her stories
Jeff: actually she is already in a group I am in
Andrius: Maybe let me wok on that
Jeff: ZERI US
… what is the URL for that group?
Jeff: but she only posted when George was sick
… 9 more to go
Andrius: Looks good!
Andrius: Where it says PublicDomainExceptAsNoted you left the
statement there - it should be blank.
… Somebody else can clean that up later
Andrius: or you can do it by "edit this page"
… which brings you here:
… But that's not important.
Jeff: i know that
… i saw the edit link
Andrius: I'm very glad for your help!
Jeff: thats good to have there
Andrius: Very much needed at this time and I think it will encourage
Jeff: i will mention it to our group
Jeff: to add any interesting stories
Andrius: they can also send them by email
… and then we can process them
… we can think how best to do that
… i will tell them to send them to me if they dont have time to go through