MISTICA: Global Learn Day

From: Michel J. Menou (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 08:59:17 AST


>Amigos disculpen el anuncio es en Ingles y no tengo tiempo para
>traducirlo. Pero este evento es excepcional. Esta año hay una particular
atención a la
>conjunción Internet y radio locales, como tambien a telecentros.
>This is a forwarded message
>From: John Hibbs <>
>To: <>
>Date: Monday, October 01, 2001, 12:55:51 AM
>Subject: xxx - A Personal Invitation
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>Dear ...
>I very much want you to try to reserve a little bit of time to join us on
>our fifth round the world Voyage this weekend. Yes, the event is Global
>Learn Day. It begins Sunday October 7 - unless you sleep in the Americas,
>in which case launch is Saturday afternoon, October 6. Here's why I hope
>you will accept this personal invitation - and why I would like you to
>forward this to others so they could come along as well.
>Why should you do that?
>First, we think putting on a non stop 24 hour event that features
>exceptional people undertaking extraordinary activities from 24 time
>zones is something no one else even attempts, much less will have done
>five years in a row. The event is free to anyone with an Internet
>connection; or in some cases only a radio. It's made possible by
>volunteers who provide the fuel for a Voyage which begins on the left
>hand edge of the date line, in Fiji, and ends on its right hand side,
>somewhere in the Cooks...or is it the Mariana's?
>We think few would dare to have on the same agenda scientists talking to
>the audience by ham radio from Antactica; and Africans talking from solar
>powered telecenters in Nigeria. We think it's pretty unusual that while
>in the South Pacific our friends there will carry our broadcast by
>satellite to people who are scattered over an expanse as wide as all
>We think the subject of Conflict Resolution is extremely important. Which
>is why we had long ago scheduled a stop in Burundi to visit with those
>close to the agonies of Rwanda. We think our stops in the UAE, Oman,
>Cairo and Karachi will give insights valuable to those who are far more
>than an ocean apart. And that both our keynoters and our stops in New
>Delhi, Sao Paolo and Belfast will make clear the role of the radio.
>We think our stop in Chicago to view recycling of old computers bound for
>Mexican e-learning centers in Baja will add to the example of some award
>winning South Americans who took 600 tired machines from America and
>turned them into 100 plus learning centers in outback Peru. Not to
>mention had work in Chicago by Hispanics with benefits that will accrue
>throughout the Americas.
>We think our stop in New Zealand with a young mother who makes her living
>on the Net and our stop in Australia about "A Development Vehicle in
>Remote Aboriginal Australia" are just different sides of the same coin.
>We think that Alfred Bork and Terry Redding are on to something when one
>writes brilliantly about very substantial reductions in education costs
>and the other is passionate about the imperatives of lifelong learning.
>We think Guy Bensusan is blazing a trail where the learners are the ones
>out front; that more might be accomplished by working with those under
>twenty than by those over fifty.
>We think the tools we use to make this event the most interactive
>conference of all time are not just the finest on the planet; but also
>the most affordable; and the best integrated.
>We think our conference is the model of the future, not so much because
>of it's global reach or innovative technology, but because so much of the
>content is available in advance - and all of it available from the
>archives. We think that the purpose of any real time meeting is as much
>to stimulate interest and excitement as it is for dialogue and debate.
>That while critical thinking comes best from quiet reading and deep
>reflection, nothing quite concentrates the mind like preparing for an
>event. And that you don't need to be belly up to the bar to have fun; or
>travel further than your desktop to meet new friends with something
>compelling to say.
>We also think that when our very long day is completed, a whole lot of
>people will better understand the prime message of GLD5 - that education
>is about convergence - radio, telecenters, e-education, e-training and
>e-jobs. That there is no single "solution". And, that even with
>cataclysmic events, changes in long held habits and long held practices
>are always slow, incremental and fragmentary.
>Finally this. We hope to make clear our solid understanding of a message
>sent to us by one of our strongest supporters, Blaine Berger: It reads:
>"Most people overestimate what can be done in one year; and underestimate
>what can be done in ten."
>Global Learn Day5 is halfway to Ten. Is it really possible we will turn
>our dream to make Global Learn Day as big as Earth Day? That maybe, just
>maybe, others with deep pockets and great reach will (someday) join us?
>To help prove our vision that Earth Day and Global Learn Day are also
>different sides of the same (planetary) coin?
>Please forward this message. That is if you think GLD5 is exceptional.
>And please forgive duplicates. It is a small world.
>John Hibbs
>Speaker Agenda
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