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Event Theme & Title: ICOS2009 - oneVillage + GELI Community Day is
Dissemination of Innovation.
Event Design: This morning discussion is a sub-event of the ICOS2009 Summit, which
is a two day event going from Sep 25th to the 27th. Go here for more general information
about the ICOS event: http://icos.org.tw
Location/Venue: The Technology Building in Taipei, Taiwan.
Schedule Time and Date: Sept 27th, 2009 between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM (Taipei is
located in the GMT+8 time zone). For more about the ICOS Scheduling go here:
Background: oneVillage Community Day is an event first launched in May 09 to build
momentum for the 2009 oneVillage Ecotour Service and Learning Program. OVF's
oneVillage Initiative / process seeks to disseminate these kinds of best practices using the
example of Ghana.
As part of OVI, we seek to promote multipurpose, hub-centered models of collaboration
and capacity building approaches to information development called Open Digital
Villages. The Winneba Open Digital Villages (WODiV) is an example and flagship
engaging human networks and defining building blocks towards dissemination and
human capacity building. We see such integrated approaches as key to the successful
deployment of open source in emerging markets.
The OVF Community Day presentation will also look at the work of our colleagues and
partners involved in Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University's International Volunteers
Student Program; in particular those involved in the EMate Program (coordinated in
Taiwan by Apple Jia of the Bamboo Community University), which supports Indonesia's
Gayo E-Learning and Informatika (GELI) Project.
Event Focus: The morning's discussion will focus on the idea that it is not just about the
development of technologies, but how they are designed, implemented and deployed with
the stakeholder's needs as the first consideration.
ICOS2009 - oneVillage + GELI Community Day on "Dissemination of Innovation"
27 September, 2009
OVF and GELI Introduction of two Unique
Section I Speakers
OS Development Concepts
Joy Tang will talk about OVF's mission and vision and how we
use ICT as an enabler of human capacity development and
improvement of human Collective IQ (for more see our wiki Joy Tang - Founder
page on Doug Engelbart's Collective IQ work). OVF
Zulfikar Ahmad will introduce a wonderland in Indonesia
called Central Aceh, 1,200m high above the mountains, Zulfikar Ahmad -
including Gayo people, coffee planting and rain forest Central Aceh Gov.
conservation, and why they initiate the Gayo E-Learning and
Informatika (GELI) Project there.
Open Source Deployment and Development from OVF
Section II Speakers
Open Digital Village and Gayo E-Learning Center
10:30-11:30 Taiwan National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) Students: NTHU Volunteers
Field Agent Report on Open Source Deployment - Recently Ghana Team 2009
10 National Tsing Hua University students traveled to Ghana for oneVillage
for one month to get service learning experiences focusing on Ecotour Service
Information Development and Digital Philanthropy. Their and Learning
activities included basic ICT training for junior high school
students and their teachers as part of the New Academic Year
IT School which took place at Winneba Open Digital Village, Ahmad Haris -
a human capacity training and innovation & incubator center. AirPutih
Before traveling to Ghana, the NTHU students recieved
training from Prof Hung in Taiwan. Once in Ghana through the
trainings at WODiV, they introduced his OS USB system to
the "digital accelerators" in the field - disseminating the OS
concept and practices for rural ICT center development.
The NTHU youth also went to the following areas while in
• Went to Jukwa and produced a digital archive for
• Went to Okurase and documented the production of
the African drums and to study region's forestry
habitat at Okurase.
• Attended Maker Faire Africa, an event that promotes
grassroots innovations in appropriate technologies,
which was held at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre
of Excellence in ICT in Accra.
These efforts combined further builds the bridge for ICT4D
that's empowered by Open Source collaboration between
Ghana/Africa and Taiwan!
The GELI Partnership: A Case Study of how Community
Development Advocates & Open Source Techies can Worth
together - Ahmad Haris is a developer on Indonesia BlankOn
Linux distribution, working at AirPutih (White Water) ICT
Foundation. in 2004 he went to Aceh, just like hundreds of
other NGOs, to join the Tsunami and Aceh conflict relief work.
There, he met Prof. Taufik from Syiah Kuala University in
Banda Aceh, Mr. Zulfikar from Central Aceh County
Government and even E-Mate ICT Volunteers from NTHU
and the Bamboo Community University, Taiwan. These
groups agreed to collaborate with the Gayo people to:
• Develop a mission focused on conserving the ecology
as well as enabling the development of their
communities and facilitating this process with the
effective use of ICT and open source solutions.
• Collaborate with Universitas Gajah Putih (UGP =
White Elephant University)
• Build up a Pelita (Light and Hope) community among
the youth, that includes an e-learning center;
• Utilize BlankOn and Sabily - a Linux distro designed
• Cultivate ICT + ecology volunteer project called
GELI (They will sign an MOU with UGP this year to
develop a global partnership between Aceh,
Indonesia, Taiwan and - Ghana! That's the spirit of
oneVillage + GELI!)
Section III A Process-driven Discussion: Where do we go from here? Speakers
11:30- - Considering the IDEO Model: Exploring a Process- Ilya Eric Lee -
driven Approach to ICT4D - Ilya Eric Lee will lead a Academia Sinicia
12:00 discussion on IDEO's design process, which focuses on the
human behavior / thinking and communicating rather than the
technical driven mindset. We will explore how oneVillage
Initiative or a similar design concept could be used in
international/digital development for such purpose. While the
settings, practices and experiences from oneVillage's and
GELI's Case Studies, may be different, the IDEO approach to
solving problems and creating an innovation culture may be
relevant to both. Ilya will compare and contrast the
development of 'social networking' (collective IQ) verses the
top-down traditional academia model (which is how IDEO
evolved prior to the Internet's development) to find solutions
in the field. Common themes of the two projects in relation to
the vision of oneVillage Community Day will also be
Discussion Talking Points:
• How do we manifest the larger vision;
• How IDEO model can be implemented in the field;
• Break down barriers between OS users and designers;
• Consider the hub training and capacity building
• Empower the end-user with open source tools that are
easy to use.
The outcome of this discussion is expected to provide some
understanding of how combine community development
process and appropriate technologies in synergistic and
complementary ways to promote a regional approach to
sustainable development using Open Source diven ICT.
Additional Event related Links and Downloadables:
• OVF Blog Post about Community Day July Launch Event: http://blog.onevillage.tv/?
• OVF Holistic ICT Blog Post about Upcomoing Event: http://blog.onevillage.tv/?
• Press Release: http://docs.google.com/fileview?
• 3page overview: http://docs.google.com/fileview?