[Baypiggies] OLPC, Africa, Future Salon TOMORROW May 22 Thursday 6-9pm SAP Labs Palo Alto

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Wed May 21 12:22:28 CEST 2008


On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 2:18 AM, john_re <john_re at fastmail.us> wrote:
> Here's a great chance to meet someone from half way around the earth
> whos community might benefit from the OLPC, & get some insights about
> their community.  I thought people interested in OLPC &/or other
> cultures might find this talk interesting.
> I'm just sending this to svlug, cabal=conspire & ed cherlin cause I'm
> too busy to send it elsewhere.  If you know other local OLPC or other
> people or lists that might be interested, it's up to you to notify them
> & I encourage you to do so. (Like, for instance, doesn't san fran lug
> have a bunch of people interested in this? Isn't there some local olpc
> meeting? Are the baypiggies possibly interested? OLPC afficianados, it's
> up to you from here.)
> =====
> http://www.futuresalon.org/2008/05/may-future-salo.html
> http://www.futuresalon.org/
> May Future Salon with Kenyan Maasai Warrior and Chief
> Thursday 22nd of May 6-7pm networking 7-9pm talk. Please RVSP:
> http://snurl.com/284i3
> In a time of accelerating change it is of great importance to decide
> which of our traditions we will keep and which ones we throw overboard
> as not fitting into our new environment. It is also really important to
> understand others in our global community, to account for cultural
> differences, and find ways to ease people into this changing
> environment.
> We are really fortunate to host Kenyan Maasai tribal warrior and chief
> Salaton Ole' Ntutu to shed some light on these questions.
> Salaton Ole' Ntutu is a shaman from the nomadic Maasai tribe, where he
> trained in the age-old tradition to become a skilled warrior who can
> survive among wild animals in the harsh and challenging African Savanna.
>  Salaton spent seven years in the African bush, from the age of 14,
> surviving with only a blanket and a spear.  He now trains young warriors
> to carry on the Maasai tradition, while looking after his village. He
> continues to live in the traditional ways of his proud and fascinating
> people, including always wearing the traditional attire of the Maasai,
> carrying hand-made weapons for hunting and self-defense against buffalo,
> lions, and other aggressive wildlife, eating traditional foods, living
> in a hut of sticks and dung, herding cattle and goats, and so on.
> In addition to leading a village, Salaton works on social and economic
> issues pertaining to his tribe. He built a rescue shelter to protect
> young girls from the common, but illegal, practice of female genital
> mutilation (FGM) and to promote the idea of alternative rites of
> passage. He is also involved in education about HIV/AIDS and monogamy,
> and in health and sanitation projects. He supports widows in his tribe
> who would otherwise find it very difficult to support themselves.
> Through his tremendous knowledge of African wildlife, he has contributed
> significantly towards Kenya's community and tourist industry. He also
> helps to facilitate the in-country work of the Asante Africa Foundation,
> which builds and equips schools, and sponsors secondary education in
> Kenya and in neighboring Tanzania.
> Salaton is in the United States to forge a link between his tribal
> community and ours. He hopes to educate us on the ways of his people,
> and to educate his own people on sustainable development and
> conservation processes of land used to ensure protection of future
> generations. During his visit, Salaton is  speaking to youth and adults
> in the U.S. about his culture and background, including traditions,
> rites of passage, and the life of a warrior.  He will speak to us and
> will answer questions about these and related topics.
> ===
> SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross or Cafeteria
> depending on number of RSVPs. SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue,
> Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public. Please spread the
> word and invite others, but be sure to RSVP so we know how many people
> to expect.  This event will be appropriate and interesting for
> school-age children, who are welcome to join us. Please RSVP:
> http://snurl.com/284i3
> If you can't join in person we will webcast the event and tape it too.
> Point your Quicktime viewer to the following address:
> rtsp://
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Edward Cherlin
End Poverty at a Profit by teaching children business
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."--Alan Kay

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