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Re: [globalvillages] Re: Video bridges

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  • Pamela McLean
    I haven t been able to follow all the discussion on video bridges - but feel there is overlap with some other things that I am more in deeply involved with. I
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16, 2007
      I haven't been able to follow all the discussion on video bridges - but
      feel there is overlap with some other things that I am more in deeply
      involved with. I am therefore sharing information on the other things
      for anyone who may want to join up the dots. Perhaps there are areas for
      closer collaboration.

      I look at ICT projects under three general headings -
      Information (the content),
      Communication (the "people with a purpose" - who need to communicate
      with each other)
      Technology (not just the hardware - but everything relating to getting
      it working and keeping it working)

      The content and "people with a purpose" are all connected in some way
      with community development projects in Africa - mainly, but not
      exclusively, in rural Nigeria.

      For now I simply want to describe some Technology that we are using,
      within a couple of our project areas (related to education and to
      health) which probably overlaps some Video bridge ideas and approaches.

      It is Elluminate (Google it for more details). We were introduced to
      Elluminate through Trainerspod (Google it for more details) and their
      Webinars. We found that the technology was attractive and comparatively
      easy to use. We are now exploring the free version of Elluminate called
      VRoom (details on their website). So far on the Nigerian side we have
      been limited because we have not been able to join in with sound input -
      only keyboard input (but that seemed to be because of an old mic giving
      fuzzy sound rather than any limitation of the software).

      Most recently we joined in a Webinar during the Teachers Talking course
      at Fantsuam. The theme was "Collaboration" The TT participants were most
      impressed by the experience - both for the novelty of being involved in
      such a live event taking place in USA - and for the relevance of the
      content. Participants were impressed by the way that the difficulties
      described in the USA were relevant to their own situations and
      feelings. Some participants had never touched a computer until the
      previous day - so the Webinar experience was a tremendous eye-opener to
      the potential of ICT for new kinds of educational experiences.

      In addition to linking with Projects on the ground in Nigeria (and
      elsewhere) I am starting to make contacts with some schools back here in
      the UK - hoping to help to link them all up (to learn from each other
      etc). I am hoping that Vroom (or similar) will help me to keep the
      schools interested and updated without involving me in travelling for
      F2F meetings every time.


      Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
      > Franz, Thank you very much for your very strategic letter
      > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/globalvill ages/message/ 2260
      > <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/globalvillages/message/2260>
      > and I look forward to various parts of our lab taking up in English what
      > your subgroups in Austria are pursuing in German. How might we do
      > this? I also share your letter below.
      > Andrius Kulikauskas, http://www.ms. lt, <http://www.ms.lt,> ms@...
      > <mailto:ms%40ms.lt>
      > Franz Nahrada wrote:
      > > Synnöve Mathè <synnovenature@ yahoo.es
      > <mailto:synnovenature%40yahoo.es>> writes:
      > >
      > >> I was reading your last mail to GB, and each day I found your porject
      > >> more interesting.
      > >>
      > >
      > > I am very glad to hear that. Also that you are professionally
      > engaged with
      > > film and video.
      > >
      > >> Maybe it's better you speak with Lucas from Canary islands, but in
      > Spain
      > >> your project will be very interesting to develop, and we have here some
      > >> public and europeans funds whic it could be "easy" to have.
      > >>
      > >
      > > I think its no contradiction to have Canaries and Spain in one boat.
      > I am
      > > just overloaded currently with tasks, I need groups that self - organize
      > > along globalvillages ideas. If I speak with Lucas it means at least five
      > > new assignments for me. So currently I need people internationally
      > to self
      > > - organize. If there are concrete questions we can always solve them
      > > together. We will achieve standards together. But as you can see from my
      > > assignments I cant add an extra hour to the day and my schedule is very
      > > full. And Lukas by the way has reduced his communication greatly.
      > Are you
      > > in touch with him?
      > >
      > > The same problem I seem to have with Jeff Buderer, who is very much
      > > capable of organizing a videobridge project in the US. I think the
      > pattern
      > > that we invented in Austria - talk to local educational institutions to
      > > expand their range of teaching activities for their local clientele by
      > > reaqching out to similar institutions elsewehere - is transferrable
      > > worldwide. But Helas! - it seems that the US is an archipelago of
      > > communities that think they dont have very much to talk to each
      > other. Or
      > > they are completely satisfied with YouTube? I dont know!
      > >
      > > We are developing a certain pattern here, and as each pattern it is a
      > > structure that coresponds with similar patterns. I will write about this
      > > in the globalvillages group. I think it is important to keep in mind
      > that
      > > "corresponding patterns" develop power to change the world. So
      > Videobridge
      > > is a pattern that is embedded in the GlobalVillages idea...as
      > Andrius has
      > > put it, a "local circle" organizing a local learning community
      > around many
      > > tasks, corresponding with other "local circles". But the material
      > emerging
      > > from this is also a beacon for the home user, it will become a viable
      > > alternative to TV and internet as we know it. If we get it right, we can
      > > even start getting businesses with money to support infrastructures
      > > interested in what we do. After all they are desparate - enough of
      > > everything and nothing to sell any more. Couch potatoes are worn out.
      > > Whereas Global Villages are economically viable, local communities will
      > > develop purchasing power on the world market. Because they engage in
      > > Neosubsistence, something which is vital to our content.
      > >
      > > http://www.p2pfound ation.net/ Neosubsistence
      > <http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Neosubsistence>
      > > http://www.oekonux. org/list- en/archive/ msg02862. html
      > <http://www.oekonux.org/list-en/archive/msg02862.html>
      > >
      > >> I'm thinking in some places like Jaca in Aragón. A very rich village
      > >> which council town is the council town of several more smallers
      > villages,
      > >> and video bridges could be a great opportunity here.
      > >>
      > >
      > > I had also good conversations with the founder of Piazza Telematica,
      > > Giuseppe Silvi in italy. He presented several Italian cases to me.
      > > Unfortunately he is in London and far away from where his target
      > area is.
      > >
      > >> That's only an idea, because if you win/obtain the level of "european
      > >> model project" you will have funds for big part of your project.
      > >>
      > >
      > > We must prepare for future projects. But I can do just my homeworks
      > here,
      > > somebody will have to do them in Spain. Or France that you mentioned in
      > > your previous mail. Or Italy. Or the US. At the same ttime we will
      > be one
      > > community, enforcing creative commons and open content as standards.
      > >
      > > all the best
      > >
      > >>
      > > Franz
      > >
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