Virtual University Of The Villages
|The "VideoBridge" requires a place of high bandwidth internet access also equiped with computer, projector, sound system (that is necessary to receive lecture streams and share them with a local community) and ideally a videoconferencing system to upstream own contributions and to provide interaction.
If many places of this type are linked together, one option they have is to become a Virtual University Of The Villages. The theme of the lectures and seminars that can be held in that way would be the improvement of local life circumstances.
Of course this includes a dramatic shift into shared design and open source knowledge: no patents, but a shared technology base with information anyone has the freedom to analyze, use, improve and share. This is the bottomline of the emergence of truly global-minded villages, an environment in which many of us like to live and get healed. Imagine the ingenuity of thousands or even millions of villages, the whole planet working on refinement and improvement of solutions, that are reproduceable and scaleable, and most of all, doable in small circumstances.
There is increasing resonance to this thought, and a widespread assumption that there will be a positive explosion of activities once the structures of efficient knowledge exchange are in place. The secret is to start small activities with the intention of linking them together later. So these pages serve as starting point for a collection of small activities and opportunities, they should collect pointers to people and institutions active in various parts of the world which hold the potential to become nodes in the network.