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Andrius Kulikauskas Self Learners Network. Think Through Art with Andrius Kulikauskas. Directory of ways of figuring things out. Chicago Street Artist Blog. Video summary of knowledge of everything. Notes on Gamestorming. Living by Truth working group. Twitter: @selflearners Email: ms @ ms.lt
Edward Cherlin Earth Treasury
Kennedy Owino Nafsi Afrika Acrobats
Ben de Vries
Samwel Kongere Mendenyo
George Christian Jeyaraj
Lucas Gonzalez Santa Cruz
Christine Ax, Steve Bonzak, James Ferguson, Maria Agnese Giraudo, Marcin Jakubowski, Ed Jonas, Rick Nelson, Hannington Onyango, Linas Plankis, Proscoviour Vunyiwa
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What do we truly want?
I share my goals for the future. I encourage us all to share ours likewise.
I am very happy for the dedication that we are sharing at the many working groups of our Minciu Sodas laboratory http://www.ms.lt/news.php for serving and organizing independent thinkers. Congratulations to Marcin Jakubowski and all at Factor E Farm http://openfarmtech.org/weblog/ for your open source tractor LifeTrac, your solar turbine, your exemplary blog and videos. Congratulations to Samwel Kongere for arriving in Italy from Kenya and building bridges across the deep divides that isolate us. http://www.ms.lt/news.php?thinker=Samwel_Kongere Thank you to Maria Agnese Giraudo, Kennedy Owino and the Nafsi Afrika Acrobats http://www.nafsiafrica.org Our dreams are coming true. Thank you for inspiring us!
Our network and our culture have grown strong over the years. We have many opportunities, but also I have constraints that keep me running. Since 1998 I have accumulated more than $100,000 in debt to establish the Minciu Sodas laboratory. I make monthly payments of $1,400 on these loans and I need at least an $1,000 more for my needs and expenses. I don't have any income and I have about six weeks to find some. I hope to receive $7,100 this year from the Knight Foundation but that will only stretch things out for about two months more. I may have to take up a full-time job and bide my time for two or three years. This makes it all the more important to distribute our leadership so that we continue to grow and inspire. Most importantly, I ask myself, What do I truly want? I invite your leadership to let us know, What do you truly want?
My life's work is to know everything and apply that knowledge usefully. I work almost every day to make sense of my conceptual limits http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?LivingByTruth/Summary I am making steady progress as I try to imagine how all knowledge unfolds from God's point of view. I think about how God takes up the question, does God exist even if God does not exist? and this leads me to consider the potential for God as it opens up from God to I to You to Other around whom we may all unite. Day by day I am jostling concepts so that I might see how they make sense and how they might bring forth dynamic languages for how things matter, have meaning and happen. This is lonely work, but our lab gives me hope that more and more, it will have practical impact and others will care. Our laboratory's purpose is to serve independent thinkers with helpful minds, a social framework for making our dreams real, ways to make a living and find resources, a context in which to grow, and moral support.
I personally wish to grow in virtue as a human and a leader. I wish to empathize with others and live fully to take up every concern. I wish to learn how to accept hurt ably and transform it. I want to be masterfully creative, to learn what is meaningful to say, to recognize hurt and joy, and connect with others so that we might all live fully. I'm drawing http://www.flickr.com/photos/50525222@N00/ and writing a poetic drama in Lithuanian. I wish to write my Includer blog as episodes in a novel.
I wish to serve God as an independent thinker. I welcome God's leadership just as I welcome all of ours. I invite us to make evident God's values, investigations, endeavors as an independent thinker, and likewise include all who may not be able to participate directly, so that we overcome every divide. I believe that God endeavors to "reach out to the hard to reach" for this is the endeavor that it seems that all of our endeavors work towards. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Endeavors I think that he investigates, how can he reach every single person? I would like to help by working together to understand each other's deepest values http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Values This is also a way for us to accept each other, support each other, and foster our creativity to speak to and from each other. All of our deepest values are aspects of Love, which I take to be God's deepest value.
In the next ten years I wish with others to bring to life a culture of independent thinkers, with at least 100,000 active participants, enough to make evident in many villages and neighborhoods and some regions or countries, how independent thinkers address all aspects of life. This is a culture of investigation, of leadership through any individual who openly takes up the challenge to grow. I am encouraged that more and more of us grow confident to take responsibility for our culture, which includes principles that help us act on each other's behalf: Our venues are in the Public Domain except where content notes otherwise; money can bring people together, but you can't pay people to care; we want all to succeed.
We are, in fact, making practical many of the principles that Jesus spoke of: give everything away, love your enemy, turn the other cheek. More and more, I hear his vision of a "kingdom of heaven" as an invitation to establish the culture I and others wish for. He relates his vision with parables that say, "What you believe is what happens", just as the tiny DNA of a mustard seed already has within it the giant plant that unfolds. I think of eternal life as God's wish for each of us that as individuals, we forever grow and unfold. We are blessed at our laboratory to witness each other growing in this way, even as adults. I think of a kingdom as the wish for authority, which is not power, but responsibility for power. Muscles have power, but will has authority. The kingdom of heaven is for the "poor in spirit", the independent thinkers, who do not want to fling themselves as martyrs, but who wish to walk step-by-step, in small leaps, with small risks, by reproducible miracles, small projects, a science of subjectivity. The kingdom of heaven allows each of us to exercise our will, to apply ourselves to human-sized concerns, and walk and fly and unfold step-by-step forever, alongside each other and together. The kingdom of heaven invites each one of us to take authority as creators, to share authority as co-creators, and so to be authors.
We will learn of more and more movements that make real such a culture. We know of Sarvodaya http://www.sarvodaya.org, the village movement in Sri Lanka, and of the Grameen social businesses in Bangladesh http://www.grameen-info.org We also have wonderful leaders, such as Benoit Couture's relentless passion for a "Kingdom Deep Net" http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KingdomDeepNet and his deepest value "Going from the spiritual division of human DNA to the Organic Experience of Spiritual Unity." I am delighted that we have leaders from such a wide variety of faiths and outlooks, and I embolden us to project our visions even wider. Thank you to Franz Nahrada, Pamela McLean, John Rogers, Kennedy Owino, Samwel Kongere, Janet Feldman, Peter Ongele, Ricardo, Edward Cherlin, Tomas Cepaitis, Dante-Gabryell Monson, Chris Macrae, Peter Burgess, William Wambura, Josephat Ndibalema, Audrone Anusauskiene and many others.
One of our great contributions will be to bring together all of our movements. Our culture is an eternal exploration of the minimal principles by which we might work together. The Internet should not be a requirement, but rather a catalyst and a metaphor for our network. I hope we might discover the structures for our online and offline venues that would allow us all to participate fully and freely. Minciu Sodas means "Orchard of Thoughts" in Lithuanian, which I later came to find quite prophetic for our haven as a Paradise, with trees of life and of knowledge of good and evil. Likewise, our "worknets" may be prophetic in the sense of Matthew 13:47. "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind, which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. So will it be in the end of the world." And likewise in his inviting disciples to be "fishers of men". This is all frightening, but the "kingdom of heaven" is about making belief, authority, truth, fear all human-sized, real and tangible, so that we might all participate. I expect that it is more about the absence of God than the presence of God, reaching out before God to the I and You and Other for whom God is understandably foreign, and to make sense of the world even as we transform it with a heart for living now and forever. I am sure we'll make progress by understanding what a "kingdom of heaven" might mean to the widest variety of people.
I will learn how to participate as one leader among many. Minciu Sodas is a base that I lead, but there should be thousands of such centers. I plan to headquarter myself at Zenonas and Audrone Anusauskas's center near the village of Eiciunai in Lithuania, but also stay at various centers such as David Ellison-Bey's house and Moorish Cultural Workshop at 6726 S Parnell Ave., Chicago, where I am now. How can we nurture our many centers for a vibrant network?
My priority is to set up our online infrastructure to open up more opportunity for leadership and to decentralize our venues yet resonate our energy. I will try to set up Ringside Networks http://www.ringsidenetworks.org which is open-source software that allows us to set up our own social networking venues (like Facebook, but in the Public Domain) at more than one location, to share IDs amongst those locations, to show our Facebook activity but at our own sites, to write applications that work both at our sites but also at Facebook, and to invite others to drift over from Facebook and into our venues. If this all works out, then we will have control of our own venues and IDs and can integrate our activity at Yahoo groups http://www.ms.lt/news.php , our wiki http://www.worknets.org , our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/ , our survey http://www.worknets.org/survey/ , our personal Facebook activity (for those who wish that), and our Ringside social networking pages. This might also open up work opportunities. Can we find programmers who might help us?
I look forward to speaking with Pamela McLean, Samwel Kongere, Ricardo and others who might coach and mentor our participants. Franz Nahrada and Janet Feldman have a great impact on our laboratory, and as they are available, I value their leadership. I wish though to make clear new leadership roles and acknowledge and support the people who take them up. We should design the roles so our leaders benefit. Our working groups are active to various degrees. We need people who might mentor four or five working group leaders so that they might all generate momentum. This is a role that I have played and which I need to share. This might relate to the idea of "schools", each of which supports dozens of related endeavors, and makes tangible the leader's vision. I also want to recognize the leaders of the "local centers" in our network and the teams they are building.
We have many opportunities to write proposals and engage potential clients. I would prefer not to pursue these all myself, but to work openly in teams. If you lead a proposal team, then you can decide how much paid work you wish to specify for yourself and others. If you help with a proposal, then we will work to include you in our paid work, if we win any. Here are some proposals that I have written in the past: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Proposals Please write to any of our groups if you would like to be on any of our proposal teams, such as the following, and how you might like to participate:
Thank you for writing!