"First Thursdays" are informal online meetings. This blog post is an experiment in sharing some of our discussions more widely.
As people arrive we introduce outselves. These are the May introductions, in the order that people wrote them:
Pamela McLean - UK using laptop at home. In the "Dadamac" collaboration I'm the "mac" part of the name Dadamac. I'm exploring how the Internet can help us to collaborate and learn - especially learning-by-doing and learning-from-each-other http://dadamac.net/
Jeff LaHay - Minneapolis, MN USA using desktop and high speed DSL from work. My colleague Fran and I train people to assemble small solar cellphone charging systems to create local cottage industries in the developing world. In March 2012 we trained 15 Fantsuam Foundation students to build solar cellphone chargers and also installed a solar charged LED lighting system in the pediatric ward at Kafanchan General Hospital. My email is email@example.com
Experimental projects photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/jefbj/sets/72157633236162123/
Filo- (Kafanchan, N Central Nigeria) volunteer with fantsuam foundation. assisting John Dada http://dadamac.net/people/john and Fantsuam in whatever way possible, also working and talking with Pam. I enjoy being at the weekly Dadamac meeting with the rest of the crew. Setting up the Agendas for Dadamac meetings makes it even more interesting for me.
Kelechi Micheals - (Nigeria)
Formerly Operations Manager at Fantsuam Foundation Now Operations MAnager at KElcrop Enterprises. Kelcrop Enterprises is an Agriculture Business venture. firstname.lastname@example.org and
Emeka Anyakoha (Port harcourt-Nigeria) - IT Network Engineer and currently an Entreprenuer looking to use my IT skills to create wealth and jobs. Also very interested in giving back to the society -via an NGO am currently setting up in my home country Nigeria and. Was introduced to this forum by Kelechi Micheals of Kelcrop Enterprises
Victoria Eze (Port Harcourt Nigeria)- A retired banker, currently running an NGO (Divine victory charity organisation) here in Port harcourt
Mark Roest (United States), now in a battery technology startup; got involved with Africa through oneVillage Foundation. William Todorof, the inventor I am working with, also spent 50 years developing solar PV, and invented a wind turbine and high-mileage hybrid cars.
Ana; Student of Sustainable Development and very interested in every issue to change the economic system
Archive of our discussions
We drew these comments out from our chat. They are not in the order then were written in the chat, but are clustered under the names of the people who made the comments. We use an etherpad - so we have a chat box, and we also have a larger space to create a shared document - which is what is shared here.
The names are in alphabetical order. Two main topics emerged
Chatting about solar
Emeka said : I run an Internet cybercafe in Nigeria and spend so much on petrol to run my generator every day
- electricity source, most commonly a small 1-5W solar panel;
- a modern rechargeable battery, increasingly lithium-ion; and
- a modern lantern or lamp, usually with an LED (light emitting diode) bulb.
Finance and other general business problems
The full archive of our discussion is in the chat box of our May First Thursday meeting - http://etherpad.openstewardship.net/May-2013-First-Thursday
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