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Response to "A Theory of Community Formation"

Much of what I do relates to communities and what enables the people in them to collaborate effectively so I was very pleased to disccover A Theory of Community Formation.and responded in the comments box - copied here:

The response 

Thank you for this. I appreciate your insights and hope to think about them more deeply, and ideally to explore them further with you.

Introducing Ostradef

Today I am with my friend Chief Gbade Adejumo from Okeho, in Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, Nigeria. He is visiting the UK and we are taking the opportunity to catch up and to see how we can collaborate in the future.

Ostradef

Gbade has been telling me about Okeho Strategic Development Foundation (Ostradef). It was founded in 2010, by a group of Okeho indigens who are concerned about the low level of development of the town and want to do something about it.

Looking forward

Gbade and I are looking at how Dadamac and Ostradef can work together in future.

Background reading for a fellow traveller in the #LandscapeOfChange

I was impressed by this explanation of The Purpose Economy which arrived this morning via Michel Bauwens and Peer 2 Peer Foundation. I decided to send it to a newly arrived "fellow traveller" in the Landscape of Change, following a conversation we had earlier this week. It covers a lot of ideas that are familiar to (and part of the life experience of) many pioneers in the Landscape of Change.

World reader - I need someone to explore this site for me

This world reader e-books project looks like a great opportunity. E-books would bring huge benefit to various projects I know about. For a start I would love to tell John Dada, Fola Sunday so they could get these e-books to use in their work with disadvantaged communites in North Central Nigeria and in South West Nigeria. Other people and projects also start to spring to mind. 

Looking forward to this year's Dark Mountain festival

I was at the Dark Mountain festivals in 2011 and 2012 and have booked for this year. If you don't know about it then you may appreociate this announcement which just arrived in my inbox.

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This year's Dark Mountain festival is approaching!

As you attended Uncivilisation 2012, we thought you might want to know about this year's festival, which takes place in just under four week's time. 

PEI #scienceAfrica UnConference - Enjoy the highlights

Last week I blogged enthusiastically about the PEI #scienceAfrica UnConference - Appreciating PEI's "Africa's Scientific Independence"

Now the highlights are avaliable - excellently done as a Prezi with embedded video clips. I'll copy some of the announcment below to give you the links and a flavour of the day:  

Veronica's story

This is a story from rural Nigeria of an attempt to learn through the Internet.

It is remarkable because of the effort involved in trying to learn, the hurdles that were overcome, and the benefits that could have resulted if it had been successful. However it failed. There are useful lessons to be learned by looking at the details of failure. The experiences of failure can become a firm foundation for systems that are more robust.

ICT4D - Nigeria, a ginger crop and the Internet

I've been reading "Development and ICT4D - Too many pilot projects and not enough regular service" Amongst the stories of failures and success were references to helping farmers. This reminded me of Veronica (who is a teacher and a farmer in rural Nigeria). I thought I would share the story of her experience of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).

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