FW: [minciu_sodas_en] Organizing around Joy Tang of Accton and One Village Foundation
I think that if we can get Wi-Max into Africa (which is measured in Km’s as opposed to Wi-Fi which is measured in meters) – we can link up a lot of rural neighborhoods in Africa to pipelines that go nearby the main cities. We also have satellite abilities in Kenya in the Rift Valley. There is fiber-optics at the Univ. of Nairobi , donated by the EU. But rural areas will stand a chance with Wi-Max, I believe.
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Subject: [minciu_sodas_en] Organizing around Joy Tang of Accton and One Village Foundation
I am very happy to invite us to consider how our Minciu Sodas laboratory
might organize around Joy Tang to advance her work as Vice President of
Marketing at Accton http://www.accton. com and also further her vision as
founder of One Village Foundation http://www.onevilla gefoundation. org
Joy Tang, Jeff Buderer and I have been communicating about the role that
our Minciu Sodas laboratory might play in research and development,
especially as organizers on-the-ground in Africa and online as well.
We're considering how we might apply our organizational strategies as we
have with MyFoodStory.
Joy joined Accton in February, 2007. Accton is a global corporation
with headquarters in Taiwan . It started in 1988 as a creator of
Token-Ring and Ethernet products. It currently has 1,000 engineers and
is a leader in the design of Application- specific integrated circuits
(ASIC), high performance chassis switches (for telecommunications) , and
Internet integration and applications. Accton has grown to own 2
brandings: SMC and Edge Core to sell networking products worldwide. SMC
is an established brand in North America focusing on Small Office Home
Office (SOHO). Edge Core is a young brand focusing on the enterprise
solutions and now operates in Brazil , China , India and Russia . Accton
is beta testing a Wi-Fi phone and is active in WiMAX technologies.
Joy is working with leaders at Accton to encourage flexible, dynamic
thinking throughout the company. They appreciate her dedication to
emerging markets, both as markets for community infrastructure and as
catalysts for global innovation. They seek to link with her vision of
unity centers as she has developed through One Village Foundation and
its business dimension OneVillage.biz I am thinking what our approaches
at Minciu Sodas might contribute.
Since 2003, Joy Tang has been a great inspiration at our Minciu Sodas
laboratory. She has:
* challenged us to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is raging
against children, women and men in Africa ;
* presented this global catastrophe as an opportunity to rethink what
villages can mean for us;
* championed the idea of "unity centers" where education, wellness,
governance, economy, ecology, culture are always relevant;
* appreciated the enormous human resources that might fuel a better life
through community-oriented business.
Our work with Jeff Buderer, Janet Feldman, Samwel Kongere, Rick Nelson
and Pamela McLean all grew out of Joy's impact on our concerns and the
people she has brought together, directly or indirectly.
Kafui Prebbie of One Village Ghana is leading the creation of their
first Open Digital Village http://blog. onevillage. tv/wp/?p= 214 that
provides wireless Internet access at the University of Education Winneba
Ghana . One Village is developing a model for replication from village
to village. Joy is also interested to foster associated business models
Joy is exploring the opportunities of empowering the social networks by
increasing "contribution edge" to create new markets together. She is
providing alternatives to the attitude of "competition edge" which
defeats the logic that the marketing is "emerging".
Minciu Sodas is able to reach out and include individuals who might
benefit from these opportunities and share them with others. We are
skilled at discovering and encouraging "independent thinkers" and
learning to "meet each other halfway" in our personal projects.
We can encourage innovation as to how the (wireless Internet) Skype
phones might work in the widest variety of situations. We can help
organize the associated community and business opportunities in setting
up wireless Internet access, providing computers, assembling them,
maintaining them, customizing them, and applying them locally, across
Africa and around the world. We are able to bring out the relevance of
people far away and build connections, including with the 1,000
engineers who work at Accton. We can set up community-strengthe ning
alternatives to traditional networks for sales and technical support.
Also, I and others might possibly travel with Joy to Africa, India or
Taiwan to learn from each other how we can best work together.
I emphasize that at this point these are simply discussions. However,
I believe that by "thinking out loud" about them we might find a way for
them to become real. I think it also helps us learn to place ourselves
with One Village and other networks that Joy is engaging. I am glad
that this approach fits with her vision at Accton. I will also look for
We invite discussion especially at Jeff Buderer's worknet Back To The
Root ("being connected to ourselves")
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/backtother oot/ (send a blank message to
backtotheroot- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com to subscribe). We also welcome
our ideas at all of our groups.
Joy is interested that we map out our network, especially in Africa , and
how we might apply ourselves. I will be working on that and asking for
our help. I will also write a business proposal to Accton.
Joy, Thank you for this opportunity! and for including us in your
progress towards your vision!