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  • asif.daya@trainerspod.com
    Jinan: You lead me to an area that I focus a lot on - PBL - Problem Based Learning - or Evidence Based Medicine. You say (and I agree with you): Because the
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 11, 2007

      You lead me to an area that I focus a lot on - PBL - Problem Based Learning - or Evidence Based Medicine.
      You say (and I agree with you):

      "Because the direct message is what is imbibed immediately and the hidden reason slowly. This is the problem with ‘teaching’. The child acquires the ‘teacher’ mind and not the ‘learner’ mind."
      "Most of what I had memorized are all forgotten. What I ‘know’ is what I have ‘done’"
      For this reason and many others I believe the Problem Based approach to learning is vital rather than the lecturing that is commonly done.

      From: learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com [mailto:learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of jinan kodapully
      Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:33 AM
      To: learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [learningfromeachother] two questions in my mind

      Dear Andrius,
                              Its is interesting that you ask two questions that I always discuss about 2 issues that I am engaged with. But these questions will cover the whole issues confronting us.
                              The first problems is about knowing and the knower. Is it possible to know without fragmenting the knower and the known? Because this is the most basic fragmentation that we do to ourselves. The destruction of ecosystem is due to this fundamental issue. Because we are not realizing we are doing this to ourselves. We are destroying ourselves. The ecosystem is us.
                              The second issue is regarding children. Is it possible to create a situation for ‘creating’ an environment where this division does not occur?
       Let me elaborate these two questions a bit more.
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      What are we ‘teaching’ to the child? Whatever there is, is the ‘teaching’ to the child. If you are a free man in the true sense, you will stop controlling – including nature, situations, children etc. Because if you ‘control’ you become ‘control’. Like wise if you are angry with someone you become ‘Anger’.  If you are angry with your child and beat him then your state, your actions is the message (teaching) to the child. He learns about anger, he learns about beating and not the reason for your anger. Because the direct message is what is imbibed immediately and the hidden reason slowly. This is the problem with ‘teaching’. The child acquires the ‘teacher’ mind and not the ‘learner’ mind.
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      When I look at myself after all this education, 12 years of school, 5 years of engineering and three years of designing at NID, Ahmedabad. What is that I truly know? Most of what I had memorized are all forgotten. What I ‘know’ is what I have ‘done’. That is when I began to ask questions that are relevant to me  - not for degree but for existential reasons. When this happened I automatically stopped fragmenting my life activities into work, learn, play etc. All this was happening holistically.
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      The rural /tribal communities do not ‘waste’ anything. They do not have the concept of waste and hence do not have a word for that. They use everything that comes in their way without claiming that they are recycling waste. This is an important cognitive condition. In our situation we have waste paper basket, a designated place to put waste then the learning has already taken place for the child. The message has already been given out. (The subtle and the fine are far more powerful than the evident and the stated.) The reasoning and controlling mind cannot grasp this.
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      You know control is done by reasoning minds. The fragmentation of intuition and reason is due to the division of known and unknown (?) ( Paradox! Difficult to grasp with reason) we insist on knowing the world on our terms.
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      Anyway these two questions can take your whole lifetime or may be if there are no questions the issue is solved. Re read McLuhan ‘ Medium is the ‘message’. Do not try to ‘understand’ using reason. Just read it and leave it.
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      Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:

      Yes, I did get to meet George Por
      http://www.communit y-intelligence. com/blogs/ public/ and talk with him on
      the train from Amsterdam to Brussels! He told me his deepest value:
      "Evolution of consciousness" and his investigatory question "How to
      shoot an arrow of curiosity into the mind of a person without destroying
      his or her autonomy ?" (a quote from Earth Thunder in One is the Sun).

      I'm intrigued by your Kids2020 project. http://kids2020. blogspot. com
      I alert you to Jinan Kodapully in India, he has an insightful and
      radical approach to learning by which we simply appreciate how children
      naturally learn in nature as children. See his "Sensing Nature
      http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/learningfr omeachother/ message/423
      Perhaps there might be a way for you to work together? Perhaps our lab
      might help? We have been successful in working with investigators in
      Africa in increments of 100 USD and I would like to do something similar
      in India.

      Colby, I will be in Amsterdam on Friday, April 13th in the afternoon and
      evening if you are free to meet. That would be great! I fly out the
      next day to Vilnius, finally home! I am looking for a place to stay in
      Amsterdam and will check at http://www.hospital ityclub.org

      Jim Stone, Thank you for joining us at Living By Truth! I look forward
      to your thoughts!


      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      http://www.ms. lt

      Colby Stuart wrote:
      > Andrius
      > Unfortunately, I have a full schedule because we are busy with the
      > Kids 2020 <http://kids2020. blogspot. com> project.
      > I have been following your trail and can see that you are driving that
      > collective of intelligence into some purposeful projects. The book
      > project on crowdsourcing <http://www.wearesma rter.org> is exactly
      > along those lines - writing an academic book online as a collective of
      > intelligent and resource full people with many different perspectives
      > and experiences in this area, guided by academic research protocols.
      > Involving the publisher from the beginning gives everyone a focus on
      > the deliverable as well.
      > Give George warm hugs from me.
      > Hopefully, we can catch up the next time you're traveling through.
      > Enjoy your journey...Colby
      > M +31.646.001. 079
      > blog <http://colbys. blogspot. com>
      > On 3/23/07, *Andrius Kulikauskas* <ms@... <mailto:ms@...>> wrote:
      > Hi Colby,
      > How have you been doing?
      > I note your interest in "crowdsourcing" at your blog
      > http://colbys. blogspot. com
      > We've had quite a hectic year with our work on My Food Story
      > http://www.myfoodst ory.info to collect stories from farmers around the
      > world, both on the ground and online.
      > I fly into Amsterdam on Monday morning, around 7:30 am. Are you
      > free to
      > meet some time during the day? I will also try to meet with
      > George Por
      > http://www.communit y-intelligence. com/blogs/ public/ and Inga Zimprich
      > http://www.con- gress.net/ http://www.think- tank.nl/ and anybody
      > else who
      > might be interested.
      > In the evening I travel to Hasselt, Belgium for the Living Labs
      > meeting
      > the following day:
      > http://www.ami- communities. eu/wiki/20070327 _LL_Open_ Event
      > I share my latest "business vision".
      > Andrius
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Minciu Sodas
      > http://www.ms. lt
      > ms@... <mailto:ms@...>
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > I overview our future work and the business opportunities that I will
      > pursue with our help at our Minciu Sodas laboratory
      > http://www.ms. lt for
      > serving and organizing independent thinkers. I break up my letter
      > into
      > sections:
      > * Goal: Projects and teams on-the-ground
      > * Business principles
      > * Work for our participants
      > * Helping the market know, What is good?
      > * The optimal project size
      > * Thinkers we might serve
      > * Worknets, can they be viral?
      > Thank you to Jeff Buderer of One Village Foundation
      > http://www.onevilla gefoundation. org for hosting me for a
      > productive ten
      > days in Silicon Valley. It was great to meet after so many years
      > online
      > together! We thought a great deal about the business
      > opportunities for
      > our laboratory. We were fortunate to discuss them with Greg Wolff
      > (for
      > whom we are creating http://www.myfoodst ory.info), Kevin Jones
      > (http://www.xigi. net <http://www.xigi. net>) and Gary Bolles
      > (http://conferenzabl og.typepad. com
      > and http://www.microcas t.biz). I also had helpful phone conversations
      > with Steve Bosserman (who leads our Social Agriculture working group
      > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/socialagri culture) and Adrian Bowles
      > (OMG
      > Regulatory Compliance Alliance http://orca. omg.org/ ) I share my
      > resulting vision.
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > Goal: Projects and teams on the ground
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > First, I want to share my goals for our lab this coming year. I
      > am very
      > keen that we do more investigatory work. We have collected from more
      > than 300 people their deepest values in life, and from more than 150
      > people the questions which they don't know the answer to, but wish to
      > answer. I encourage us now to develop plans of investigation and
      > steadily, openly pursue them. As we work side-by-side we will all
      > grow
      > as individuals.
      > We are blessed by Greg Wolff for the work that he has given us to
      > start
      > up My Food Story http://www.myfoodst ory.info We have focused on
      > collecting personal stories so that our work is valuable and
      > sustainable
      > as a public asset. The personal stories are a step in reaching out to
      > others and learning from them about their world. They also allow
      > us to
      > investigate almost any personal question that we might think of
      > because
      > food is so concrete and of such basic and universal
      > importance. Ask any
      > question (such as How do people learn? How can we help others? How can
      > economy support liberty?) and you can find dozens of relevant stories
      > (and our tags help!) I hope for us to show, again and again, that
      > if we
      > empathize with such stories, we will run up against the limits of our
      > minds, as there are only so many ways (typically eight) that we can
      > empathize, and the stories are "data" by which we uncover these ways.
      > Indeed, many thinkers (Mihalyi Czikszentmihalyi, George Lakoff,
      > Christopher Alexander, Stephen Covey, to name a few) identify or
      > espouse
      > sets of principles or metaphors or patterns, and they back them up
      > with
      > stories or experiences, but there is as yet no general resource
      > for such
      > stories, nor a general methodology for using such data from real
      > life.
      > Food stories are so down-to-earth that we are practically wired to
      > wonder about our food and its role in the web of biology and the
      > web of
      > technology. As Levi-Strauss noted, aboriginal societies make
      > cognitive
      > use of the food system as a sophisticated philosophical
      > spreadsheet for
      > mapping out and thinking through all manner of social
      > relationships and
      > analogies. I imagine that Aristotle proceeded from a similar impulse.
      > I encourage us to speak out about our interests in other kinds of
      > stories as well, such as what kinds of buildings are livable and
      > function well, how do people come to live in peace, what economic
      > relationships are satisfying, what activity makes for a global
      > village.
      > Let's see where this leads us!
      > I have learned from organizing My Food Story that at this stage,
      > for our
      > purposes, small stipends in increments of 100 USD are the most
      > practical
      > way to collect stories. Our archive of stories is not like
      > Wikipedia,
      > which is a communal work where people can add a sentence here, or
      > fix a
      > typo there, to make for an ever improving encyclopedia. My Food
      > Story is
      > a collection of individual stories, and each story is to be kept
      > as true
      > as possible to express the original storyteller. I will improve our
      > interface so that it is easier for visitors to suggest a url, a
      > storyteller or to add an excerpt or interview. But it takes some
      > editorial understanding to know how much of an excerpt is appropriate
      > (often less is better) given a website's copyright or terms of
      > service.
      > In our community, I have found that if I encourage people to work
      > for a
      > community currency (backed by 1 USD per 1 entry), then I won't get
      > response. But if I ask, who would like to add 100 entries to earn 100
      > USD cash, then response is very good. We are also receiving profound
      > articles and interviews from on-the-ground. And we are thus able to
      > give work to our participants both online and on-the-ground in Africa,
      > the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and potentially, India and Latin
      > America. Indeed, my thought is to pair our investigators online
      > (working for free) and on-the-ground (working for small stipends) so
      > that they can coach each other as they pursue their investigatory
      > questions. As they work together, they understand each other so that
      > they are ready for small material projects on-the-ground to experiment
      > with fish ponds, green houses, solar panels, wi-fi networks,
      > telephones
      > and so on. These projects can also explore small business
      > opportunities. I will certainly invest in such relationships and keep
      > looking for ways that our participants might fund such work or earn
      > funding for it. In Silicon Valley, I saw enormous interest in the
      > fact
      > that we have the human infrastructure that makes possible such
      > small-scale projects.
      > As our lab supports and encourages material projects on-the-ground I
      > will insist that we organize small teams locally. This is because
      > material projects demand a social investment and so they should
      > open up
      > social opportunity. They should link us to an individual along with
      > their community and not apart from it. I am very happy to see this
      > happening with teams in Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Uganda,
      > Israeli-occupied Palestine, Silicon Valley, Austria, Wales as well as
      > here at David Ellison-Bey' s home in the South Side of Chicago, where
      > children, youth and adults drop in for his good spirit. We hope to
      > learn from you how you build your teams, please write! And what are
      > natural expectations to go with our small investments? One idea
      > is that
      > cooking a meal together is a way for a team to demonstrate that it is
      > learning how to work together and at the same time tune into the
      > the web
      > of possibilities that our food alerts us to. This type of activity
      > might somehow fit with Ray Seddigh's vision for Cook Camp
      > http://www.barcamp. org/CookCamp Another goal is to have "video
      > bridges"
      > that let us connect as different groups around the world. This is the
      > start of Franz Nahrada's vision for global villages. I am setting up
      > this technology at David's home. Yesterday we bought a laptop
      > (700 USD)
      > and perhaps tomorrow we will buy a projector (recommendations? ) for
      > about 700 USD. Also needed is a broadband connection but around the
      > world this is becoming more and more possible.
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- ----
      > Business principles
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- ----
      > We want our laboratory's activities to be sustainable at many
      > different
      > scales. I may be wrong, but I don't think it's healthy for one
      > scale to
      > depend on the other scales. Instead, we would like each scale to have
      > its own sources of income. That way the relationships between the
      > scales are voluntary.
      > Also, it is important for us as independent thinkers that we never
      > have
      > to compromise on that work which expresses our creative
      > purpose. We are
      > taught by our system to seek work that pays well and that we want to
      > do. But the result seems to be that people get jobs that aren't what
      > they truly want to do and don't even pay as well as they would like.
      > Instead, I think it's important to untangle the two questions as they
      > concern two different appetites. My goal is that every person who
      > builds public assets through their creative work in the Public Domain
      > should have "work on tap", which is to say, as much well-paying
      > temporary part-time work as they might ever want. Once they have
      > that,
      > then they can start to choose, which part-time work might help them
      > build relationships, develop skills, gain new experiences and explore
      > possibilities?
      > Division of labor is a fine way to break up work, but it is also a
      > ready-made excuse to neglect and shut down our potential. We
      > should be
      > willing to sacrifice short-term "efficiency" if we have the chance to
      > educate each other how to do our work. As independent thinkers
      > who are
      > forever learning let us be prepared to take up many new roles: sharing
      > and digesting our thoughts by means of wikis, blogs, tags, chats;
      > connecting with each other as organizers; investigating our questions;
      > meeting locally; experimenting on-the-ground and across-the-world.
      > Algis Cibulskis is setting up our chat channel at
      > http://www.myfoodst ory.info/ chat/ and I will pay Sasha Mrlaiko 200 USD
      > in April (and hopefully in the future) and he will be available to
      > help
      > us learn more how we can participate, including in the chat channel!
      > Indeed, I have spoken with Peter Kaminski, CTO of SocialText, how our
      > ability to assist in real-time would make us attractive to businesses
      > whose knowledge workers need help to be productive online, or to
      > relief
      > agencies that need to respond to emergencies such as Katrina or a flu
      > pandemic.
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------
      > Work for our participants
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------
      > We are finding that in many parts of the world people can do a lot of
      > good work for 100 USD. They can build online public assets. Greg
      > Wolff
      > emphasizes the value of our ability to listen and to respond. In
      > particular, our participants can be instrumental in interviewing
      > others,
      > highlighting their activity and presenting their story. It is quite
      > possible that individuals would pay 20 USD or 50 USD to those who
      > report
      > on the good work that particular individuals are doing. They
      > might also
      > pay tips for intermediaries or "online representatives" who help them
      > stay connected. I will be leveraging our work at MyFoodStory to
      > support
      > his vision to develop such an economy. He wants this to take place at
      > the wiki http://origins. wikia.com where it will have visibility and
      > neutrality as part of the Wikia network. Our lab can then organize
      > ourselves internally as we like at
      > http://www.myfoodst ory.info Also, we
      > can serve as an "integrity bank" for the online representatives who
      > don't have ready access to PayPal or other ways to receive
      > tips. We can
      > receive their tips and rewards and earnings and apply them as we agree
      > is fair and fruitful. For example, we can pool the money and spend it
      > or loan it, or use it to purchase and ship equipment for use or
      > sale, or
      > transfer it. Typically, as our lab's profit, we will receive
      > additional
      > work on-the-ground or online, and I'll also expect that our
      > participants
      > are active and making progress as independent thinkers pursuing their
      > investigatory questions. However, I don't expect that we'll ever
      > take a
      > percentage of the money because that would confuse us regarding the
      > nature of our relationship and the huge assets we are building.
      > Also, I am discussing with several businesses the sophisticated
      > data-entry work that our participants in Eastern Europe, Africa and
      > India might do, for example, to collect, describe and summarize
      > documents such as regulations. We can make portfolios based on our
      > ongoing work on MyFoodStory and elsewhere at our lab to show the
      > kind of
      > work that we are able to do. We will also use our wiki pages,
      > metadata,
      > tags and Touchgraph to create a database of our skills and
      > availability. I will try to attract more help with our websites
      > so that
      > we can keep improving them and show off our technological skills.
      > As we look for part-time work, I will also look for some for
      > myself. I
      > also will look for clients, especially independent thinkers, who
      > might
      > benefit from our services for their projects, as Greg and others have.
      > I will focus my efforts on leveraging our work on My Food Story. This
      > will include small projects for $1,000 USD to expand our resource
      > through useful research in some area, for example, for Andrea Mills's
      > Italy Innovation Lab http://www.bravebra ins.com And certainly
      > we'd like
      > to do more projects for $20,000 USD or more, for example, to
      > pioneer an
      > application of the semantic web for Steve Cayzer at Hewlett-Packard
      > http://www.hpl. hp.com/personal/ Steve_Cayzer/
      > But where should I put my efforts to find work for our lab? And
      > how can
      > I find clients who might provide us with $10,000 of work, or
      > optimally,
      > $100,000 of work?
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > Helping the market know, What is good?
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > Jeff Buderer and I had lunch with Kevin Jones of Xigi
      > http://www.xigi. net, a web resource for investors who want to
      > invest in
      > "the good". Greg has been encouraging our partnership. Kevin
      > explained
      > that they are focusing on the social entrepreneurs who have profitable
      > businesses that could use investment in the order of 1,000,000 USD to
      > expand. Of course, this is beyond the relevance of most of our
      > participants. He didn't have an answer, either, as to What is good?
      > But as Jeff and I drove back from San Francisco to San Jose, it became
      > clear that Kevin had an excellent point: The market cares about good.
      > Whatever strange reasons might explain that, it is likely that
      > somebody
      > actually cares, What is good?
      > I think that we can answer this question with the human infrastructure
      > that our Minciu Sodas laboratory has organized. As independent
      > thinkers, we have practice with a set of values that can suggest and
      > make verifiable what is good. We needn't pass judgement on
      > others, but
      > we can acknowledge those who make themselves ethically verifiable:
      > - Can we read stories from their customers and employees?
      > - Do any of them write blogs or participate in social networks?
      > - Do any of them share their deepest values and the questions they are
      > exploring?
      > - When they have a project in some remote area, do they draw a social
      > map which shows that they are familiar with the other local actors?
      > These questions don't tell us who is good, but they do tell us who
      > makes
      > themselves verifiable, who chooses to walk in the light rather
      > than the
      > darkness. And they have us collect precisely the kind of
      > knowledge that
      > lets us reach out to others, engage and include them, and also expand
      > our appreciation of the human experience. This also helps us orient
      > ourselves and organize our knowledge as to what to look for and
      > respond
      > to in our world, or what dimensions to be sure to include in our
      > global
      > villages and unity centers. My plan therefore is to invest myself to
      > develop a variety of tools and indexes that build on MyFoodStory, Xigi
      > and other sources so that we can show what we might do and find who
      > might benefit and provide us work. This might include the businesses
      > themselves, their partners, trade associations or organizations
      > fighting
      > for change.
      > Here again we can also benefit smaller operations, particularly those
      > who are doing great work but can't afford to be certified, such as the
      > smaller organic farms. Or we might get work from some of the
      > certifiers, too. I suppose that we're best off in the long-term if we
      > invest ourselves in that "ghetto" which is most conducive to our
      > values,
      > and that cares most that we use their resources
      > effectively. Perhaps I
      > should focus on medium-sized businesses. But we do have a strategic
      > interest to break across the corporate wall and connect with the
      > people
      > who are inside and help them thrive despite the anti-human nature of
      > corporate culture.
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- -------
      > The Optimal Project Size
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- -------
      > At this time, what is an optimal size of a project for our lab?
      > I would like to earn $3,000 per month so that I could pay for my
      > various
      > expenses and make progress repaying my loans. If I require
      > $36,000 per
      > year, then what team might I lead to deliver the maximum impact? I
      > believe that this is given by a fractal approach that pushes resources
      > out to as many participants as the strength of our vision allows:
      > * $36,000 - 1 laboratory director (me!) who takes responsibility for
      > the entire project and works especially with 6 coaches so that this
      > project advances their objectives as organizers but also develops
      > public
      > assets and fosters a shared culture of investigation.
      > * 6 x $6,000 - 6 organizers who each work part-time to coach 6
      > pairs of
      > investigators, helping them formulate their deepest value and their
      > investigatory question and to pursue that working together with
      > others.
      > They would also help interconnect investigations, create
      > infrastructure,
      > open up business opportunities and lay the ground for them. This is
      > similar to the role that I have played with MyFoodStory, but part-time
      > over an entire year.
      > * 36 x $1,000 - 36 pairs of investigators, typically one working
      > online
      > with ample Internet access and one working on-the-ground with
      > marginal
      > Internet access. The on-the-ground researcher would receive part
      > of the
      > money for their work and apply part of the money for their
      > on-the-ground
      > projects. We would also look for other sources to fund these small
      > projects.
      > * 216 x $160 - 216 researchers who are contributing to our collection
      > of stories either online or on-the-ground. They would typically
      > receive
      > about $100 because of fees and taxes. * 1296 x $25 - 1296 researchers
      > who are rewarded perhaps for interviewing a person. This may be too
      > difficult, but it would interplay with Greg's vision, and it shows the
      > value of each layer by which we can push our vision outward.
      > My point is that this type of distribution is designed to have an
      > enormous impact for the funds provided. The total budget would be
      > up to
      > $140,000 for one year, but more likely $100,000 and we'd look for
      > other
      > sources for the smaller levels, perhaps by offering matching funds.
      > Note that at each level we are meeting participants half-way because
      > they have enormous liberty as to how to direct their work, so long
      > as it
      > supports the general effort and is in the Public Domain. Indeed, I
      > would be interested to take work on such terms from others at any
      > level
      > on the scale.
      > There are many ways to adapt this model but it suggests an optimal
      > scale
      > for our Minciu Sodas laboratory at this point. It is twice the
      > pay and
      > twice the months compared with the work we have done for 24,000 USD in
      > six months for My Food Story. And that is the money that might easily
      > be spent on a single corporate worker. If we are able to find and do
      > such work, then I hope that it shows that other laboratories can, too,
      > and that we can work together in an overlapping culture. This is the
      > business model that I wish us to demonstrate and replicate.
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > Thinkers we might serve
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      > I was greatly encouraged at the Tech Policy Summit
      > https://www. techpolicysummit .com
      > <https://www. techpolicysummit .com> that there is real interest at high
      > levels in business, nonprofits and the government for what our network
      > is able to do. On a human level, I feel that people inside the
      > corporate world appreciate the miracle of being able to connect
      > directly
      > with Samwel Kongere in Kenya, or with Wendi Losha Bernadette in
      > Cameroon. On a business level, the fact that we can do small projects
      > (such as between $100 and $1,000) is most impressive. If we can
      > do many
      > of them, then we are creating new possibilities for ventures
      > around the
      > world, a "nano-economy" of nano-projects for nano-niches. As we do
      > this, we are rolling out a human infrastructure that meets people
      > half-way, and respects and fosters their values as independent
      > thinkers.
      > Who might desire and benefit from us working openly on such a
      > scale? I
      > don't know, but I was encouraged by the many ideas that came up in
      > the
      > ten days that I spent in Silicon Valley. I focus our attention on
      > some
      > key independent thinkers who we might hope to serve:
      > * Gary Bolles has set up a blog at http://www.kanect. net
      > <http://www.kanect. net>
      > ("infrastructure for humanity") where he asks How can technology help?
      > and he suggests the creation of "a process, a place, a portal",
      > especially for a participatory Internet through wireless
      > networks. He
      > is a strategic thinker in Silicon Valley http://www.microcas t.biz,
      > http://conferenzabl og.typepad. com, http://www.gbolles. com/gbbio. htm,
      > http://www.muniwire less.com who is also focusing on the developing
      > world. His deepest value is Dignity and his questions are How to
      > connect islands of information? How to make explicit the solutions?
      > * Adrian Bowles leads the OMG Regulatory Compliance Alliance
      > http://orca. omg.org which takes an open source approach to helping
      > businesses comply with regulations. I have worked for Adrian and
      > appreciate the many opportunities here for working openly in areas
      > that
      > we care about such as agriculture, architecture, energy. Our global
      > network might provide global coverage. We might excite a lot of
      > interest if we could link up compliance and ethics.
      > * Paul Braund is Executive Director of the RiOS Institute
      > http://www.riosinst itute.org for "harnessing design innovation and
      > anthropological research as tools to improve social and technological
      > development projects". He organized the recent summit meeting of the
      > United Nations and Silicon Valley. He has represented the World Bank
      > and has worked in Silicon Valley as an industrial designer, and is an
      > accomplished educator.
      > * Phillip J. Bond leads the Information Technology Association of
      > America http://www.itaa. org <http://www.itaa. org> also the World
      > Information Technologies and
      > Services Alliance http://www.witsa. org I am very grateful to him
      > that
      > he alerted me to Laura Ipsen of Cisco, Peter Pitch and Jonathan
      > Williams
      > of Intel, and Barb Lawler, formerly of Hewlett-Packard, now at Intuit,
      > as outstanding people in the thoughtful development of emerging
      > markets.
      > * Dale Curtis of Dittus Communications http://www.dittus. com works
      > closely with SAP, the business software giant. I spoke with him
      > regarding the creation of an "ethics module" within the SAP system for
      > both internal and external "ethical transparency" as part of
      > accountability and oversight.
      > These are all people who appreciate the value of our work and care
      > that
      > we succeed for the right opportunity. I am delighted that quite a few
      > of them have agreed to join our working groups, notably Holistic
      > Helping
      > led by Janet Feldman and Mendenyo led by Samwel Kongere. This
      > reflects
      > my own conviction in our amazing work. I alert us to the "Academy
      > Award" that Janet has been awarded by a blogger for her exceptional
      > networking: http://tedernst. com/wp/?p= 471 Bravo, Janet! Thank you to
      > all who read our letters and we encourage you to write, to introduce
      > yourself, and to "think out loud" about growing our lives and shaping
      > our world.
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --
      > Worknets, can they be viral?
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --
      > This coming year I hope to learn how we our "working groups" might
      > become "viral" so that we are surrounded by them. Perhaps we
      > might call
      > them "worknets"? The basic ingredients of a worknet is an independent
      > thinker who "knows themselves" in that they can formulate their
      > deepest
      > value in life, and identify with it, and who is willing to lead by
      > example by openly working on questions that they don't know the answer
      > to, but wish to answer. A worknet has venues in the Public Domain,
      > usually an email discussion list, but we'll be creating subwikis,
      > blogs,
      > chat channels, tagging systems, graphs and other outlets. We have
      > eighteen worknets
      > http://www.ourcultu re.info/wiki. cgi?WorkingGroup s and
      > looking ahead:
      > * Stephen Bonzak leads our newest one on "understanding the optimal
      > life" http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/theoptimal life/ , he is a
      > practitioner of Chinese medicine.
      > * Edward Cherlin has set up
      > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/earthtreas ury/
      > <http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/earthtreas ury/>
      > for ending poverty at a profit, which I hope might be a working
      > group at
      > our lab.
      > * Terry Mace has proposed to lead a working group on his value The
      > Infinite Reality of Oneness.
      > * Synnove Mathe and I are discussing that she lead a working group on
      > her deepest value, related to Ecosynergy Art.
      > * Nancy Glock-Gruenich and I have discussed her value "creating the
      > conditions that bring out the best in us" and my interest that she
      > lead
      > such a group and host our work on a vision for higher education.
      > * I spoke with Tom Wayburn that he consider leading a group on his
      > value
      > The Triumph of Reason which might host our scientific thinking.
      > * I shared with Adrian Bowles my hope that he lead a working group on
      > his value "collaboration so that you can deploy better resources for
      > innovation". This would be a natural place for us to pursue around him
      > the possibilities my letter suggests and his questions of all
      > sorts such
      > as How do you raise good kids in affluent areas? How do you teach
      > kids
      > values? How do you know which affinity groups you are in? What are the
      > natural rules for collaboration?
      > * I was delighted to visit Robert Horn
      > http://www.stanford .edu/~rhorn/ <http://www.stanford .edu/%7Erhorn/>
      > in San Francisco, a profound independent thinker and theorist of
      > "Visual
      > Language", who I hope might in time provide leadership at our group
      > Working In Parallel and refocus that on his value "addressing complex
      > issues" and his question "How do we create larger visual
      > structures that
      > enable us to think bigger thoughts?"
      > Each "worknet" introduces a new leader and a new value. My
      > instinct is
      > to organize our wiki Our Culture to focus on supporting our
      > worknets and
      > their culture so that they might be viral both inside our lab and
      > beyond.
      > Thank you to us all for caring about thinking, thinking so openly,
      > and
      > for sharing so deeply of ourselves!
      > Andrius
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Direktorius
      > Minciu Sodas
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