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PracTICE: LEARNing About Sustainability UP From The Early Age, A MUST!

PracTICE: LEARNing About Sustainability UP From The Early Age, A MUST!

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PracTICE: LEARNing About Sustainability UP From The Early Age, A MUST!

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It is a MUST for LEARNing about Sustainability UP from the early age! THE Love of Nature MUST stick in people so that WE know about WHAT WE have and WON’T have missing it anymore! The sentiment about WHAT nature really is MUST get learned over years to make sure that it remains ALSO when the students, learners, leave the school! THE BEST way is to use ===> PracTICE <===.

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How Could This Been Done In Practice?

Red Rose-Wild-GardenWhen youth is used up from early age to take care about nature, by giving THEM responsibility, about animals and ALSO flowers, gardening habits, bringing THEM in to the circle of taking care of nature by engaging THEM on practice, be doing it themselves, THEY will learn about:

  • Knowledge about seeding, knowing about the process how plants and flowers growKnowing from where the products THEY find in supermarkets come and how difficult it is to produce them. THEY are NOT ONLY one click away ;)

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  • Knowledge about dangers for their project (pests, disease, bad weather conditions…)
  • Pride about the results of THEIR efforts => photos, slideshow, video, podcasts…
  • Curiosity to find out with experiments, guided by people who could give professional advice (gardener, experienced hobby-gardener)…

Proactive-Thinking mentality would be a result, THEY would THINK about what could destroy THEIR efforts! Something very important to get a Proactive-Thinking mentality! THEY would understand WHY it is important to fight for a BETTER world, getting the daily habits (reflexes) to make sure to preserve the beauty of nature! SO, let us start to think about How WE could teach the kids to get that Proactive-Thinking in PracTICE, if YOU won’t mind. Personally I would suggest this:

  1. Take the kids out for a walk in nature and ask them to take photos with THEIR Smartphones about what is interesting for THEM; YOU do the same and later YOU show THEM the difference and discuss about WHY YOUR photos are different. Take photos on different stages of the growth from the plants and flowers and document it in the blog. I suggest, when taking the photos, that YOU implant the date in the photos through a Photo-Editor program. I suggest the FREEWARE “Photoscape” which is very easy to use. As more photos YOU make, as it would be possible also to create a slow-motion video about the taken photos to show the growth of the plants and flowers in an interesting time laps view
  2. If your school allows it and has place for it, YOU may ALSO create a small garden in the school area. If so, apply the same advice as mentioned above.

Advice for creating a blog. I suggest to use WordPress as it is easy to learn and ALSO because they deliver a lot of FREE templates fitting for such projects. Personally I use the THEME “The Visual Theme“, where YOU can see the result of my blogging here:

Get a preview on a possibility of a YouTube video made by using “CamStudio” while recording the following SlideShow:

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Stay tuned for next blog posts :)

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Keywords: NO costs, low costs, engagement, photos, observing, love of nature, slideshow, video on YouTube, FUN, Learning by Doing, early age, Nature, World-Life, Pollution, Energy,

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Preparing our children for a better world

Preparing our children for a better world

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Preparing our children for a better world

Chat iconMost teachers accept that Climate Change is a reality.  All around us we see extreme and unpredictable weather events occurring and the devastation they bring to our people and fellow creatures on our beautiful planet.  I was born in the 1950′s and never thought I would live to see the day when so many iconic animals would be on the verge of extinction.  I rue the day that the only place future generations will see Elephants, Rhinos and Lions will be in a zoo!  Yet it seems as I write that this may well come to pass unless we take positive action to protect our environment on a global level.

As educators I believe the most critical issue of our time is sustainability.  It is our duty to help prepare our students for what may well be the fight of their lives to save the planet and our precious wildlife.  The human population is now over 7 billion worldwide and we all need shelter and food.  Food security will become an increasingly pressing issue, as will the availability of clean water for our crops and consumption.  Realistically, we cannot ignore the fact that fundamental resources are becoming increasingly scarce.  Hence we must arm our students with the knowledge and passion to live in a sustainable and less consumer driven way.

THUMBS-UPIncreasingly in Australian schools I see teachers setting up vegetable gardens and chicken runs, in order to foster in our children an understanding of how to produce their own food in a sustainable and humane way.  We also need to make our students aware of where the food in the big supermarket chains come from and how they are produced.  More than ever before our mainstream food is full of pesticides and is genetically engineered.  The meat we eat comes from unsustainable factory farms, which are not only inhumane but also highly polluting.  When we talk about carbon and pollution, our children and we ourselves, should be aware that livestock production in it’s current numbers is one of the biggest contributors to destroying our planet.

I note a growing awareness in my global social media connections, that to eat meat on such a massive scale as we have become accustomed to, is simply ecocide.  For example, did you know that every half kilo of beef we produce takes 6,810 litres of water, 3 kilos of grain (plus irrigation), 16.4 kilos of roughage for feed (plus irrigation), and an addition 70 litres of water for drinking and processing!  This is staggering and we need to start to seriously question our diet in the light of these figures, or else face the consequence of being unable to feed our burgeoning population.  Here is an excellent National Geographic post with an interactive diagram of just how much water different types of livestock consume:

National Geographic is a very credible source information and this particular site is full of useful information for teaching sustainability issues.  The following infographic makes it clear that reducing the animal protein we consume will make an enormous contribution to the health of the planet.

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Plastic is another terrible polluter and is destroying our oceans, which are the very lungs of the Earth itself. Birds, marine mammals and fish are full of plastic.  Creatures are often caught in plastic garbage and die slow, torturous deaths.  This is a sad fact, but in reality it is an easy problem to fix.  Don’t use plastic bags and don’t use plastic bottles for your water.  When I was a child we took string bags to the shops for our groceries and water never came in plastic bottles.  We used glass bottles for our drinks.

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.As teachers we are in a unique position to help the next generation to protect our planet and we become like a pebble dropped in the ocean, with the ripples of awareness spreading far and wide.  

We teach so many students our potential sphere of influence is enormous. Our access to social media makes it possible now to spread awareness all over the globe and connect to others we can exchange information with instantaneously.

Twitter has become an exceptional tool for spreading news and finding out facts the mainstream media do not cover.  Hence teaching students to use social media and twitter properly is also vital.  Just consider some of the recent uprisings and environmental disasters.

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The first news of these came out on Twitter;  we have never had such a powerful tool to connect globally and unite against corporate greed and keep Earth and it’s creatures alive and healthy.

My plea to educators is to make the effort to connect with not only other teachers, but also to groups who are dedicated to saving our planet for future generations. We can take advantage of technology such as Skype to have live sessions with scientists and conservationists to further assist our students to cope with the challenging times ahead of them.

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===> WE ALL need to learn about “Critical-Thinking” and “Proactive-Thinking” to understand THE importance of “Sustainability“!!! <===

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A BETTER World is Possible: It Needs YOUR Action

A BETTER World is Possible: It Needs YOUR Action

For A Better World

Multi-Cultural Blog

A multicultural effort on showing how the world could become better. This blog is an example of multi-cultural author collaboration. This world that we live in is divided into different continents and countries. We still can make it as a better world, by finding areas of common interest among ourselves as humans, as well as sharing our knowledge about what could be done for a better world.

Actually (06 November 2010) we are present authors of Egypt, Luxembourg, Australia, United States, Switzerland, India and Italy, awaiting soon more countries to join in.

The authors are not “dreamers”, they have a “realistic thinking” background, they know that this world can not be changed in a short time, but they want to share their ideas and Tips to make it move forward

This article was a knol created on November 02, 2010 and was migrated to WP on December 29, 2011.

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Disclaimer


1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-trafficlightgreendan01Authors are trying on their best to present content which is accepted in any culture, that is why it is a Multi-cultural Blog. If you, dear reader would find something which you think is hurting you, or this could happen, so please let us know and we will try to clarify it… We don’t want to harm anybody, but it could be possible that we publish(ed) something without knowing that it could be not well accepted by some cultures. We are humans and trying to present something useful, so please if you find it not acceptable, just let us know and we will take care of it.. Thank you very much and we hope you enjoy it.. :)

Welcome To Our Readers


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[GM]: Good manners, such as greeting somebody (Hello, Hi…) also and especially on Internet (on Internet it is disappearing almost), saying “Thank you” to somebody and “please” are “keywords” for showing “Respect” to each other.

In my country (Luxembourg) we even say that those words are the “keys” that open all the doors…


Different authors with different cultures are trying to meet and share their knowledge on a Blog to break out the distances among themselves. Most of the authors present here have an educational and/or medical knowledge background and are using this knowledge to give you, dear readers, a guideline, an impulse for thinking on it how it could be, when wished so

In this blog we will try to give as much as possible guidelines about what we authors present here think what could be done for a better world and also we will show on this knol how it could possible be realized by using ICT and Education as possibilities…

We are not “dreamers“, we have a “realistic thinking” background, we know that this world can not be changed in a Century Time, but we want to share our ideas and Tips to make it move forward…


If you, dear reader and/or knol author, have the same mentality, please let us know it by a comment. 

Thanks to do so, you will be welcome ;-)


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When I do something for other people, I feel good, “says Peterson“. When you do something voluntarily for others, not only for its own interests, it is rewarded. In some mysterious way, serve as an “altruistic” (the opposite of selfishness) gives his own life more important. It seems that nature have put it in our genes, or that people are happy when they have the spirit of sharing, community spirit.

So, dear readers, make yourself feeling good and share this knol (unit of knowledge) with other people, thanks in advance ;-)

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Introduction

1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-trafficlightgreendan01We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
There are multiple ways existing already to make this World better, to let you know what could be done authors of this knol have created different sections to show you what exactly is existing, such as:
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  • Alternative Energies for a better world
  • New Architecture Technologies for a better world
  • Science for a better world
  • Traditional medecine for a better world
  • Sharing our knowledge for a better world
  • Multicultural Events
  • New Knowledge in Psychology, the positive thinking
  • Education for a better world
  • Generation Exchange for a better world
  • Helping The Poor to take part of the already present knowledge
  • Financing with MicroCredits to give opportunity to learn
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PS: Give your brain a kick and start thinking on how yourself can contribute to a better world, the solutions are described here in this blog ;-)

Some wise words:

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama

By developing a sense of concern for others’ well-being, then no matter what others’ attitudes are, you can keep inner peace. Dalai Lama


What Is Multicultural???

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What is multicultural??? It is like a rainbow, lots of different colors and most lots of different mentalities, different ways to see the same things…

This blog tries to show the common things for everybody with different mentalities but with the same goal “For A Better World” and I am sure we will be able to find a common point of interest and also a common point of on how to change things ;-)


The World, Our Home, Let Us Preserve It…



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This video is a must to watch it: We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.


The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.

—> HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet. <—

Yann Arthus-Bertrand


For Education: This is the BEST video ever made to explain what our World is, it takes 1h33 minutes, so prepare your courses in advance considering the time of the video… But it is worth to show your students this video and later on the other videos  who are shown in the section below. After watching these videos, try to make a “Question and Answer” session together with your students and learners, a need…
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Our World, What Is Happening Now With It?

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Me profiting from when I help other people, it is me who gives something and not the other person???” Such may be your thinking, but…There are new ways in Psychology who are describing this very well such as:

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When I do something for other people, I feel good, “says Peterson“. When you do something voluntarily for others, not only for its own interests, it is rewarded. In some mysterious way, serve as an “altruistic” (the opposite of selfishness) gives his own life more important. It seems that nature have put it in our genes, or that people are happy when they have the spirit of sharing, community spirit.
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When I am happy and talking to other persons so my positive karma is going over to other persons as well and they will learn also to become happy (without taking drugs) and happy persons are more open minded and constructive thinking as well. Constructive thinking means also doing and/or creating something new related to new acquired knowledge and sharing this new acquired knowledge again makes things move forward, a positive step who will get amplified by other people following that same good mentality…

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By sharing our knowledge, like we authors do here, people will know what happens with the world, what could be done to help for a better world and also how people can come together by respecting each other. The Sharing Of Knowledge over the Internet has the Power of 24/24 hours availability and the information could get read where ever, Internet connexion provided…

 


Prominent People For A Better World…

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Traditional Medicine

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Krishan MaggonBefore World War II, medicine was mostly traditional all over the world except few drugs like aspirin, insulin and few vaccines. Advanced in medicine and science and imaging have contributed to the resurgence of modern medicine in most of the Western and developed world.

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womanchemistgeraldg.01Lack of health care insurance in developing and poor countries and the high cost of modern medicine has made it out of reach for over 70% of global population. Thus over 5 billion persons in our world rely mainly on the traditional system of medicines like the Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Shaman, Persian, Arab, African/Asian/local tribal medicine men, phytotherapy, homeopathy and a diverse variety of remedies, cures and treatments. These cures are often derived from nearby forests or local resources. The early practitioners of traditional medicine were saints, community leaders or learned scholars and were recognized as well wishers of the society. This tradition still continues in rural communities, where traditional medicine men are sought after for health care and general social problems of the family.
The main ethical issue in poor communities and populations today is how to deliver modern healthcare and make it accessible to all. It is a moral dilemma that even over 60 years after the foundation of WHO, the world is not able to educate all its children or provide an efficient health care to the poor sections of its population or eliminate misery and poverty.
 
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The cost of traditional medicine is much lower, it is closer to the community, and patients get personal attention or the healing touch of the practitioner who speaks the same language. Traditional medicine until a few decades ago has never been practiced as a commercial service like modern medicine and patients pay according to their ability and financial status. The World Health Organization has recommended for the incorporation of the traditional systems of medicine for communities where it is accepted, into the primary health care system. Although traditional medicine did not learn from the rest of the world or incorporate modern ideas from science and medicine, there is no reason for modern medicine to ignore traditional systems of medicines. These systems must be reinterpreted in the light of our new knowledge and incorporated in modern medicine along with other forms of traditional medicine.

 





New Drugs Offer Magical Cures To Save Lives 

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New anticancer drugs in development offer us the possibility of dramatic and complete cure for Metastatic melanoma.
The story of the 2 new wonder drugs Ipilimumab and BRAF inhibitor PLX 4032 have been extensively covered in the media.
New drugs acting on the nerve growth factors NGF offer us the real possibility of relief from chronic pain for 1-2 months with a single injection. In addition, these drugs are non addictive and free from liver, kidney and gastrointestinal adverse drug reactions of current analgesics.
The central role of beta amyloid protein in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease has highlighted its role in memory loss and cognitive functions. New drugs aimed at beta amyloid protein may slow, stop or even reverse degrading cognitive function and memory loss.

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What Can Education Do For A Better World???


Teacher iconEducation, if well managed can do a lot for a better world. The teaching system (worldwide) should teaching more about sensibleness of nature and social conflicts, not only the basics what is already on the teaching schedule, more teaching of sensibleness how humans are destroying our planet, trying to make learners sensible to the planet problems…

What is Education already doing for a better world??? There is a worldwide Student Exchange Program for cultural understanding existing as well as a special Concept of knowledge sharing from the European Commission, called “COMENIUS“, please watch here “Comenius“. Other possibilities from the European Commission could get found here “Education & Training“.

Education should be FREE for everybody worldwide, there is already something happening, not known by most of the people, have a look here please “Khan Academy“. Khan (The Founder) intends nothing less than “tens of thousands” of tutorials offering the “first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything.” Have a look on here as well, please: Bill Gates’ favorite teacher

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Starting On The Beginning, Education To Youth


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Youth is the future anyway, so Education to Youth with their own actions should be promoted, the European Commission is doing so as a lot of other worldwide known organizations such as:

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Generation Exchange / Café des âges / Dialogue Café



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.In collaboration with the Alliance of CivilizationsCISCO launched Dialogue Café at the Istanbul Forum. The project is based on a radical but simple idea: ordinary people have more in common than not and given the opportunity will explore their common interests even across radical geo-political divides.

Dialogue Café links diverse groups of citizens from around the world through third generation video-conferencing technology, thereby creating a new space for social innovation and exponentially expanding our ability to solve problems and innovate as a global community. Dialogue Café’s development is being supported by an international multi-sector consortium of partners, enabled by cutting-edge technology, and most importantly is driven by ordinary people.

The Café proof of concept will commmence with preparations for pilot cafes in New York, London, Istanbul and the Middle East.

In the French Speaking Community there are already similar activities running, those cafés are called “Café des âges“, places where young and older generation come together around a good drink and where they are discussing about a “daily chosen” theme.
One of those themes is as example (we published it already here): “Music, A Link Between Generations?“.

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What Can ICT Do For A Better World???

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So as most of you know probably, Internet is like a trap when people are not aware about the dangers and the security. Security is a must on our days, we need to protect our computers and also we need some special tools to know if the web sites we are visiting are secure. One of those tools is WOT (World Of Trust)…



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WOT, protect yourself from online scams, sites with adult content, spam and other Internet threats. The Wot community has rated millions of websites so you can search, shop online and surf for fun without worrying. 

—> Get WOT now! <—


Un homme averti en vaut deux (FR) / Gefahr erkannt ist Gefahr gebannt (DE) / Forewarned is Forearmed (EN)

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First of all, Internet must be present in any country of the world, as also a good broadband of Internet services, below you will see the last report from Cisco about “The World’s Broadband Leaders in 2010“, who gives you an overview on how “bad” certain countries still are, there is still a lot of work to do to give customers in certain countries the possibility to use Internet…

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What is the need for the near future (2015)??? Please follow this link.




Architects For A Better World

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Our planet is in danger.The film below is about architecture that cares about nature, about people and about our future. 10 world famous architects share both their vision and solutions on sustainable building. It’s called also Green architects or sustainable architecture.
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Alternative Energies For A Better World


Our planet is in danger.The films below are proposed solutions to use energy on alternative ways…

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Fair Trade Labelling And Rainforest Alliance / Coffee

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Why fore “Coffee” here as part of a better World??? “Coffee” stays here for “relaxing“, “tasting“, “taking part of social life” by drinking “Coffee” together with other people, which is also “harmony”. By buying also only Coffee from small companies “Fair Trade” and/or Rainforest Alliance you will help to survive small earning people and not only sponsoring the Big Concerns…

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Fair Trade“: “Tackling Poverty And Empowering Producers Through Trade
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FLO is a group of 24 organizations working to secure a better deal for producers. They own the FAIRTRADE Mark – the product label that certifies international Fairtrade standards have been met. 
Rainforest Alliance: The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversityand ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Fair Trade Labelling and Rainforest Alliance are not only trading Coffee, please visit their web sites to learn more…
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Our Existence Depends On Managing The Earth Resources


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In the modern world of ours even the authorities are chopping down the trees in the name of development. This knol pin points the great damage we are causing to the very existence of human beings by cutting down trees around the world.

A knol by Philip Verghese (PV Ariel): http://knol.google.com/k/our-existence-depends-on-trees#

Trees, Fishing and other resources… in preparation…



Helping The Third World


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The UN General Assembly held a meeting on 13th October 2010 in which the role of microfinance as a path out of poverty was discussed… learn more…
You can help also by buying gifts for Xmas on different organizations where the money will get distributed to whom who need it, such as:


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Music As A Link For Multicultural And Generations Living Together


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Music is a very good possibility for sharing feelings and for showing also the taste of different generations and nationalities. But it is not only the music, people forget much often to understand also the lyrics. So when listening to a music video why not searching to find the same with lyrics.


By understanding the meaning behind a song (Music and Lyrics), it is possible to feel how a generation and a culture is thinking. By organizing Multi Cultural Music Festivals in a country, this allows to bring together different cultures…
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What are other countries listening for music??? The Charts of different countries… coming soon…

     
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United Kingdom (Europe) TOP of the charts UK from MTV
United States
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Luxembourg (Europe) DNR Hit-Café + RadioAktiv
Egypt El Sawy Culturewheel
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News Around The World


newspapernicubuculei01To understand better each others mentality it is good to know the news of each country and/or continent, here below some news around the world. These News are automatically actualized 24/24 hours… So, come back often to watch…




     
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Luxembourg (Europe) Luxembourg News from Luxembourg Portal
Egypt Egypt News & Egypt Daily News
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Icons used in this knol are Open Source (Freeware) and are part of “Open ClipArt” and the Flag Icons used above are from “Flag source: http://www.printableworldflags.com/“. If you like those flags and you would like to use them also, so once on that web site, click on “Icons”, you would have the choice from different sizes. My choice here was 24×24 pixels.



International Food, Eating and Hunger In The World…

chefjarnovasamaaInternational Food, why fore is this section in here, sounds strange to me??? Answer: by knowing what other people are eating and also their habits on how they are eating we could understand a bit more about their lifestyle and their mentality as well as their social status…

Eating is a must for every human isn’t it??? And by eating different dishes from different cultures we are knowing a bit more about other cultures isn’t it??? By creating exhibitions about international food we are creating places where multicultural people are meeting to know each other better, isn’t it so???

Aware of the issues represented by the Greater Region in the economic development of the catering sector, EXPOGAST is located in Luxembourg, the business heart of the region. The opportunities offered by the international dimension of Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany are enhanced by the specific features of Luxembourg where 44.66% (1) of residents are foreign, expecting the highest added value to be offered, but demonstrating the particularly high level of loyalty among traditional Luxembourg visitors.

 

The social criteria of current and potential visitors to EXPOGAST: the international community, multiculturalism, multilingual skills and a high purchasing power are some of the factors favouring the economic development of gastronomy, culturally embedded in custom and usage.

Visit this link, please to understand more about it: EXPOGAST and the Best Link here ONT-LUXEMBOURG. 51 nations are present…more than 2,300 cooks from 5 continents…

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Hunger In The World…


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Be aware: you will see shocking photos, are you prepared for reality???

We have seen in the section above the luxury and now here below you will see the reality of poverty and Hunger in the World, think on it, please…

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What’s about about a small QUIZ??? Do you think you know really everything about “Hunger In The World”???

Try it out and you might be surprised (GM: I was surprised how less I knew…)

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Here is the link: Hunger IQ




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Multicultural Events And Associations In Different Countries…

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Blues’n Jazz Rallye in Luxembourg


Multicultural Associations in different countries

Luxembourg:

About Multiculturel Luxembourg-PDF File From The Ministry



Country Origines (Roots)


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When working together as a Team with multicultural authors it is good to know more about the countries and the mentality of those countries. Also what are the origines, the roots of the people living there as well as the roots of the spoken language(s) of those countries.
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Luxembourg (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)

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Gust MEES: For not overloading this blog, I will present only short “keywords” about my country and I will present you knols where already those information are provided.

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The countries “Motto“:

Mir wölle bleiwe wat mir sin‘. It looks like German and Dutch, mixed together and means: ‘We want to stay what we are‘.

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luxembourgLuxembourg is one of the smallest countries of the world with 502,000 inhabitants only (2009), but also one of the richest countries in the world relating to “List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita“.

The roots of the people are Celtic and the spoken language is Luxembourgish, while the administrative languages are French and German.The newspapers are mostly written in at least three languages, Luxembourgish, French and German with sometimes also English…


Living myself in a country (Luxembourg) where there are living about 44% (2010) people from different nationalities, even that Foreigners could outnumber Lux nationals by 2020. It is the highest proportion of foreigners of any EU country, so I am used to it, living with different mentalities, but others probably not…

Luxembourg is situated in the heart of Europe and bordered by France, Belgium and Germany. In 2009 the abroad (frontier runners) working people in Luxembourg by per cent was 43% from the total working people in Luxembourg. From those 43% were 49,4% French people, 25,4% Belgium people and 25,1% from Germany. More information here in French: les frontaliers.lu

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Possible Problems When Working Together With Different Nationalities…

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We will try here to explain what could happen when authors of different nationalities and mentalities are working together and/or meeting on comments-section… As I don’t have yet prepared an English text for it, please have meanwhile a look on my knol in French, below:

As Knol discontinued on May 1,2012 the proposed links of knols don’t work anymore! One day there will be new links proposed once the migration of these knols are done to WordPress…



What Could Be Done For Sensibility About Planet Earth Problems???


  • Education can play a big role to sensibilize students about the problems of our planet by teaching learners and students about reality…

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Online games such as explained in the videos side could also help a lot for that people realize the present danger…

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Some Humor ;-)

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Humor is internationally accepted and understood… With humor things who normally would never get accepted could get accepted by the way of laughing about each other (very important)!


Humor makes it much more easy to bring people on a “win-win” situation, thus meaning (as example): somebody tells a joke about the country of his “conversation partner” and the other one replies also with a joke about the other ones “conversation partner” country. So at least they have “fought” on a social and peaceful wise, which is normally accepted and when there are good (peaceful)  characters this could even help to build up a friendship ;-)

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And now??? Don’t take it too serious, please ;-)
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Authors Point Of View On How To Realize A Better World

 Ibrahim H. Hussney

Ibrahim H. HussneyIn the world of managing and developing businesses; you need always to be near from the facts and working with the reality, the necessary existence of these two principals in the mind are for the sake of the business itself and also help not to lose the thread of the correct ways needed for developing its management, The question which may jump to your mind now, are you able alone to see this reality?. And if so; for what extend you can?

For a Better World, you need to work within a team considering yourself like a part of a bigger system, nowadays you are not able to isolate yourself and working everything alone, performing what we called “One Man Show” became not feasible anymore, twenty eyes can see better than two, also twenty eyes can see much more details and touch much of the realities especially when we talk about those what are hidden away from the only two eyes.
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Five tools you need to dominate in order to develop your talent of Seeing Reality Through Other’s Eyes, so you need to go through:

a-Establishing more relationships for widening and supporting your ideas.

b-Go for more conversations and brainstorming to determine the future shape.
c-Suspending your assumptions for a while and think systemically.
d-Balancing between advocacy and inquiry while implementing new policy.
e-Open your mind, heart and teach yourself the philosophy of keep moving to see new people and places.
  • More relationships mean more people to know, mean more ideas to discover, mean more opportunities to discipline your own ideas and mean finally to get the necessary support for these ideas.
  • More conversations and brainstorming to be involved with, mean to become more near to discover the better shape for the future you are looking for yourself and for your society; hence for the whole world.
  • Try to suspend your assumptions for a while which always pushing you, change your thinking style from linearity to non-linearity or in spite you are always logic in your thinking you need also some creativity to express. The best is to balance between both styles.
  • Never adhere yourself always to advocate your new policy; train yourself to inquire for more and more details, such behavior certainly will develop your ideas and support your advocacy at the end of the day, helping in implementing your new policy smoothly; also balancing between both issues is always required.
  • Open your mind, your heart; open all of your possible windows to learn and to know whatever is new and all whatever may help in achieving your goals; train yourself to adapt the philosophy of keep moving, that will help your talent of discovering things via visiting the new places and knowing new people and cultures.

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If you succeed in accomplishing these few missions, finally you are the one who become able to establish your own better world and sharing with the better world of the others.
“I have to extend my thanks to Peter Senge, Brayan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley; the author and co-authors of The Necessary Revolution, Working Together to Create a Sustainable World ©, the book  inspired me to write these few lines”.  




Abbreviations

ICT: Information and Communication Technologies
[GM]: Gust MEES
[MAK]: Moharram KHALIFA
[PeB]: Peter BASKERVILLE
[E1C]: Eric CLAUSEN
[KM]: Krishan MAGGON
[SC]: Silverio CARUGO
[PVA]: PV Ariel


Summary


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So, after having published that much in here in this blog, what is the most important???




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Gust MEES: We are ALL humans, wherever we are living, whatever our social status is, whatever our education is, whatever our religion is, whatever our character is, whatever our opinion is, whatever our ethics are, whatever our ethnics are. Acting as a human means also sharing our knowledge to ALL the people (not necessary on a commercial way)…



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Think on that and react on a “win-win” situation when talking (also comment on Internet) to other people, please.
Think “Constructive” and not “Destructive”.



TOGETHER we build a better world, if wished so…

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Ever thought about this??? Animals don’t destroy what is under their feet, but what are human people doing??? Humans (we, us) are destroying everything what is under our feet, and even in the space already now also. Is this serious???


Tolerance

Be tolerant with other people, try to understand them…


Share your knowledge with other persons, use Social Media, it is FREE…

Resources


Free web development resources on ENTHEOSWEB


Try to contact your local radio stations and TV channels to propose reporting about Hunger in the world…


This FREE HTML-Code from ENTHEOSWEB


Web Informer Button

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Ever thought to join in for helping to make a better world??? “L’union fait la force” (FR), “United We Stand“!!! (EN)

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Final Word


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If this blog makes you think and your grey cells are getting activated, so that your filter situated between your two ears (your brain) starts to get more activities as usual, than we as authors are very happy. Thus meaning that our message(s) made move something. Feel free to leave a constructive message and why not, if interested to join in, let us know please…

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Understanding THE internet: A Different Approach

Understanding THE internet: A Different Approach

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Understanding Internet-Internet, the virtual savant child

Internet is a “living producttechnique! To be viewed as a “childto be educated by millions of people simultaneously, with different traditions and languages, with different mentalities and this in real time.

“The child” Internet, with instant contributions from users around the world (all of us) will be “fed” so + / – “textual” and “audio-visual”. The quality of this “food” is dependent on ourselves, our contributions to the community!

This “child” Internet, is gathering all the knowledge of the world and we shall get an answer, as soon as we ask it, of course!

Character, honesty and credibility of this “child” is formed by those who educate it. Those who educate, are necessarily all of us, everyone, the community!

I hope that this practice visualization, pushes you to think a bit further and THAT it helps you to better understand and / or better-learn Internet!

===> There are no problems, only solutions! THE Whole (Community), WE will find the right solution! <===

Nature shows us (bees, ants) and history too. Misstep learn from the past and try to “set” to do better! Internet is the perfect tool for this, but beware, it’s us (community) that are building it! WE, those who feed and educate this “savant child“!

When I say “WE“, it means: our character, our beliefs, our weaknesses, our honesty, in short, our whole being. Internet, THE  “virtual savant child” is the product of our entire society!

Internet is THE “virtual savant child“, created by the world!

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Internet The Revolution, A New Mass-Media

As at the time the TV was as new means of communication, today a new mass media just appeared . Internet, mass media apart, which “a priori” has nothing extraordinary, but is it true ? No, certainly NOT. We have to do with a bi- directional mass media (two-way). Until now we used to click a button to access the music and multimedia content (stereo , TV, etc. .), BUT WE could not communicate with these technical devices , WE were only transmitter. Now , with the Internet it is different.

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Through actions and also a click (a button on the mouse) WE can do a lot with technique, involves writing texts, receive answers back …

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WE all newborns in the virtual life like in the real world, there are people who have more knowledge and experiences , which does mean that WE all must follow a lifelong learning

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Internet, freedom of expression and total anarchy?

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ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), are now irreplaceable and necessary in a changing world with new technology.

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A technology that is reflected in our real world, and both influence each other!
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Please NOTE: concerning Internet and its use there are many laws (must accept…)! And above all respect! This is comparable to our real world …
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“Computer mafia” (the bad boys) works very fast and it takes advantage of the non vigilance and lack of knowledge of Internet users (ourselves)! It is not only security software that can help secure and protect our computers , but first we must know how to use them too!

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Well yes, that’s us, the users of our computers (whereby smartphones and tablets are ALSO computers…) and the Internet, who are responsible and who will be more accountable in the future! .

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===> A “CLICK” solution, as with a remote control at home, does not exist and never will be invented to ensure 100% security. <===

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Anyway, a 100% security does not exist and is an illusion!

This new mass media (computers & Internet) is not only indomitable with the technique, but also with vigilance and knowledge necessary to use the software (programs) security!

===> It is up on us to learn how to use those software and learn to be vigilant! <===

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Well yes, we have no choice. It is not enough to use this technical tool and believe that everything works perfectly, but this “toy” (Internet), which is not but most people believe that it is one, is intelligent and it grows at an incredible rate.

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It is a “toy” that lives, it is a virtual world for which we are responsible. WE copy ourselves into this world with all our merits and shortcomings!

Internet is the mirror of morality in our society! Does this make YOU think and reflect? I hope, may be then you will understand how the Internet really works?

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My FREE courses about Cyber-Security are on the server of the Ministry Of Education in Luxembourg (Europe).

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L’auteur Gust MEES est membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEE-SECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The author Gust MEES is ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEE-SECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Introduction To Global Education And Social Media

Introduction To Global Education And Social Media

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THE Aim Of This Blog

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WE, as authors, co-authors with multi-cultural origins, want to express OUR experience about WHAT WE learned over the years where WE were (and STILL are) present on Social-Media, especially on Twitter.

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BTW: the blog will START with English, French and German language contributions, actually (15.01.2014) ONLY English, first French post was published on 16.01.2014. A German post will follow soon…

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How Did This Blog Start!?

THE start of this blog and project NOW was THIS, and I am HAPPY that it happend.

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Here below a preview of the Twitter Multilingual-Dictionary on Google Drive (added on January 23, 2014)…

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OK, I took THAT challenge and I will START this blog with some people TOGETHER, want to join in!? YOU are WELCOME for NEW adventures in 21st Century EDUcation…

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Let’s Explain Also What Social-Media Is

Why talking a lot about it when there is a great video existing who explains it visually…

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Let us ALSO showing that it is smarter to travel in groups, which is actually the intention of this blog ;)

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Keywords for this project and blog are:

Global, Global Sensitivity, community, Critical-THINKing, Proactive-THINKing, humanity, EQ, emotional intelligence, cross-knowledge, cross-disciplinary, cross-THINKing, Social LEARNing, knowledge exchange…

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Du Mundaneum à Internet : un changement de paradigme

Le 2 septembre 1969 le professeur Len Kleinrock de l’UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) et son équipe, avec deux étudiants, Stephen Crocker et Vinton Cerf, parvenaient à échanger quelques données entre deux gros ordinateurs reliés par un câble de 4,5 mètres. Ce premier essai est généralement considéré comme l’événement fondateur d’Arpanet, réseau à l’origine de l’Internet quelques années plus tard. Le 17 décembre 1997, j’ai envoyé mon premier mail en Pologne et en utilisant pour la première fois Internet, j’ai saisi toute la révolution qui s’annonçait. Un grand pas  pour pouvoir se connecter aux quatre coins de la planète et procéder à une nouvelle gestion des connaissances avec le numérique.

Dans cet article qui est un extrait de ma thèse de doctorat en science de l’information et de la communication, je rends hommage à l’oeuvre de Otlet qui est un précurseur d’Internet.

1. Une quête pour la construction des savoirs.

Déjà Jan Amos Komenský (dit Comenius) avait écrit La Grande didactique ou l’art universel de tout enseigner à tous (1627-1632) à travers des images. Un défi difficile à mettre en place pour une société des savoirs de l’époque limités aux livres. Dans cette quête vers la construction des savoirs accessibles à tout le monde, il est important de nous intéresser à Paul Otlet qui pour William Boyd Rayward et de nombreux chercheurs, en Europe et aux États-Unis, le reconnaissent comme l’un des précurseurs conceptuels d’Internet. Paul Otlet auteur du Traité de documentation (1935) avait imaginé le Mundaneum comme centre de la connaissance à son époque. Nous pouvons nous arrêter sur quelques croquis et schémas d’Otlet pour comprendre ce qu’il avait imaginé à l’époque pour « traiter la documentation ».1 Otlet avait imaginé le Mundaneum qui devait être le centre mondial de la connaissance. William Boyd Rayward chercheur et professeur, intéressé par son projet a fait des recherches sur son œuvre  et a réalisé un film accessible en ligne. On y voit des milliers de kilomètres de fiches, des boîtes, des schémas de codage pour traiter l’information. Si nous nous référons à ce film en archive libre, nous pouvons voir la collection des fiches « du monde » d’Otlet qui voulait classer le monde.2

1 Paul Otlet, (1934) le traité de la documentation disponible en ligne [en ligne] http://www.knowledge-mapping.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=1

2 Boyd Rayward William, film sur Paul Otlet, [en ligne] http://www.archive.org/details/paulotlet

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Figure n °1 Paul Otlet, Traité de Documentation, 1934, p 419

Il a voulu transcrire sur fiches de 12,5 cm x 7,5 cm tous les livres parus dans toutes les langues et dans tous les pays. Son objectif était d’instaurer un système de classification décimale universelle qui permette de codifier les idées et les faits. Dans ce film, on apprend que douze millions de fiches ont été remplies au fil des années.

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Dans son projet, il avait édifié une Cité Mondiale dédiée à la Connaissance dont les plans sont confiés à l’architecte Le Corbusier. Nous pouvons découvrir les grandes lignes de son œuvre dans le domaine de la documentation. Paul Otlet laisse derrière lui une documentation gigantesque et hétéroclite et des centaines de caisses non identifiées et des traces de son activité intellectuelle.

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Figure n°3 : Paul Otlet, Traité de Documentation, 1934, p. 41

Vannevar Bush avait considéré Otlet comme le père d’Internet et de l’Hypertexte avec son article de 1945 intitulé « As we may think ». Le projet du Mundaneum y apparaît ainsi, à travers certaines intuitions de Paul Otlet, comme une préfiguration conceptuelle d’Internet : « Ici, la table de travail n’est plus chargée d’aucun livre. À leur place se dresse un écran et à portée un téléphone. Là-bas, au loin, dans un édifice immense, sont tous les livres et tous les renseignements. De là, on fait apparaître sur l’écran la page à lire pour connaître la question posée par téléphone. Un écran serait double, quadruple ou décuple s’il s’agissait de multiplier les textes et les documents à confronter simultanément ; il y aurait un haut-parleur si la vue devait être aidée par une donnée ouïe, si la vision devait être complétée par une audition. Utopie aujourd’hui, parce qu’elle n’existe encore nulle part, mais elle pourrait bien devenir la réalité pourvu que se perfectionnent encore nos méthodes et notre instrumentation. Et ce perfectionnement pourrait aller jusqu’à rendre automatique l’appel des documents sur l’écran, automatique aussi la projection consécutive… » (Otlet, 1934)1

Mais ce sont aussi les traits de Wikipedia, comme l’indique Benoît Peeters dans sa postface à l’ouvrage, que « Paul Otlet esquisse assez étonnamment, en visionnaire d’une machinerie pour le travail intellectuel, support d’une encyclopédie totale et collective ». Pour Paul Otlet, « Le travail de documentation se présente sous un triple aspect: il importe tout d’abord de collectionner et de classer méthodiquement tous les titres de ce qui a été écrit et publié dans les différents pays et aux diverses époques ; puis, l’oeuvre s’élargissant, il y a lieu de réduire en leurs éléments toutes les publications et tous les écrits et de les redistribuer pour en former des dossiers conçus comme les chapitres et les paragraphes d’un unique livre universel ; enfin, devant l’abondance des documents, le besoin s’impose de les résumer et d’en coordonner les matériaux en une Encyclopédie universelle et perpétuelle. Une telle encyclopédie, monument élevé à la pensée humaine et matérialisation graphique de toutes les sciences et de tous les arts est l’étape ultime. Elle aurait en fait pour collaborateurs tous les penseurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays ; elle serait la somme totale de l’effort intellectuel des siècles… ». (Paul Otlet, 1934)2

1 Otlet Paul, 1934, Traité de la documentation [en ligne] http://www.knowledge-mapping.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=1 Bruxelles : Editions Van Keerberghen & fils

2 Dossier en ligne Paul Otlet, site knowledge-mapping.net, ressources de Christophe Tricot, [en ligne] http://www.knowledge-mapping.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=1(consulté le 01-02-08)

Quand on voit l’œuvre d’Otlet ( cf le film du scientifique), on voit qu’il s’est forcé à maîtriser l’information en la représentant. On peut découvrir son système de représentation de l’information dans lequel les symboles utilisés essaient de représenter des idées, des concepts, de préférence à des mots, dans une perspective de classification, de catégorisation, de mise en ordre, d’organisation. On y découvre aussi un début de code. Les tâches qu’il a définies sont : la collecte de l’information en bibliothèque, l’analyse puis le résumé descriptif, la redistribution systématique des données dans des fichiers ou des dossiers, le codage. Il invente des normes pour essayer de créer une base standard. Parallèlement, il développe des systèmes de recherche d’information. Les résultats des recherches sont copiés, mémorisés, conservés dans le Mundaneum avec la volonté de capitalisation des connaissances. Notons que le degré de généralité ou de spécificité de chaque question est déterminé par le contexte. Jo Link-Pezet s’est penchée sur l’organisation rationnelle que recommande Paul Otlet. Elle constate qu’il « dénonce la tendance, regrettable selon lui, à diviser le centre et à éparpiller les fragments en différents endroits en la diffusant du centre vers la périphérie : mirage de la connaissance totale, vue comme un corps actif d’opinions basé sur un entrepôt d’informations organisées pour favoriser la connaissance humaine.L’organisation du travail est basée sur la coopération de travailleurs individuels utilisant des standards de collecte et de traitement pour la création d’ensembles documentaires et leur gestion. Chaque publication scientifique fait l’objet d’un processus de division, de dissection. La base conceptuelle de ce travail repose sur l’enregistrement analytique, monographique, unique d’une unité d’écriture pour détacher (déconstruire) ce que le livre amalgame, pour réduire la complexité du contenu d’un ouvrage à des éléments séparés qui correspondent à la division intellectuelle des idées. L’idée de faciliter la consultation de l’information malgré les erreurs et les redondances prévaut, ainsi que l’intention de libérer ce qui a de la valeur en disséquant, en extrayant l’information. Ce travail énorme tend vers la création d’un livre universel par discipline afin de relier entre eux les différents matériaux qui existent dans les différents ouvrages et créer une encyclopédie « idéale » qui condenserait, synthétiserait, généraliserait toutes les données, pour ainsi permettre de relier la connaissance à l’action »1. Pour elle, « l’information est fondée sur l’interaction de deux éléments : l’organisation d’un système et des idées qui sous-tendent les documents, entre lesquels il définit des liens causaux et matériels ». Elle parle aussi « d’ ensembles de données reliées entre elles par des artefacts de gestion de l’information, de réseaux de communication savants ».

1Link-PezetJo, 1999, De la représentation à la coopération : évolution des approches théoriques du traitement de l’information, Revue Solaris”, nº 5, [en ligne] http://biblio-fr.info.unicaen.fr/bnum/jelec/Solaris/d05/5link-pezet.html

Par bien des aspects, le travail de visionnaire d’Otlet induit de nouveaux concepts qui sont toujours d’actualités: les technologies de l’information, les techniques de recherche d’information et les stratégies de recherche, l’émergence du sens à l’aide de tableaux et de cartographies pour représenter les aspects historiques, scientifiques et les grands thèmes. Otlet aurait ainsi mis à jour « les éléments invariants qui ont affecté la mise en mémoire de l’information dans les systèmes pour en gérer les accès ». Link-Pezet Jo note aussi ce qui peut être vecteur de sens dans les systèmes d’informations. « L’information mémorisée prend son sens dans un contexte précis qui renvoie au traitement qu’elle subit, ainsi qu’aux deux systèmes qui lui sont nécessaires pour s’actualiser (émetteur-récepteur). L’information est définie par son objet, mais aussi par ses modes de représentation. La question de l’organisation de l’information, du fonctionnement de cette organisation pour son usage est cruciale. C’est toute la question de l’organisation et des capacités d’apprentissage et d’adaptation tant de l’homme que des systèmes d’information, des machines intellectuelles qu’il a lui-même produites et qu’il utilise. Cela revient à se demander comment les choses se sont organisées, ont évolué, se sont complexifiées par le jeu même de leurs interactions réciproques ».

Comme le précise Nauroy Dominique dans sa note de lecture sur l’ouvrage de Brigitte Juanals (2005), « comparé au projet de Diderot qui consistait à réunir la somme de tous les savoirs, l’internet se présente aujourd’hui comme le moyen permettant, grâce aux capacités de stockage d’immenses bases de données numérisées en interconnexion, de réaliser ce rêve utopique et encyclopédique d’une démocratie cognitive, pour un accès universel aux savoirs. Le nombre des bénéficiaires effectifs de la connaissance s’élargit de manière presque infinie. Mais cette démocratisation de l’accès aux données cache en vérité le fait que, plus que jamais, il convient d’être éduqué à la base pour être capable de juger de la pertinence d’une information et de sa source ».1

L’œuvre d’Otlet nous a permis de découvrir sa vision avant-gardiste d’Internet avec une volonté de représentation de la connaissance, pour qu’elle soit transportable, communicable. Otlet avait imaginé les téléphones, des écrans comme support et outils de médiatisation des connaissances, une documentation axée sur le monde.

1 Nauroy Dominique, 2005, Notes de lecture de l’ouvrage Juanals Brigitte, La culture de l’information. Du livre au numérique,Paris, Lavoisier/Hermès Sciences, 2003, 242 p. Revue Question de communication N°7

Le numérique et la production des connaissances 

Le numérique a apporté des changements fondamentaux : une rupture, un remodelage du paysage éditorial où chaque personne peut façonner son univers informationnel. Néanmoins, l’utilisateur doit apprendre à interagir et son statut change. Le statut du texte écrit change en prenant une forme différente, avec une possibilité d’y ajouter des images et des sons à volonté, des liens hypertextes. La navigation devient plus plastique. Avec l’arrivée d’Internet, nous avons des fonctionnalités qui se rajoutent apportant des caractéristiques qui n’existaient pas avant. Les sciences de l’information et de la communication sont plus que jamais concernées par la mutation fondamentale qu’entraîne la mise en réseau des systèmes d’information et des mémoires numériques. Les TIC, technologies de l’information et de la communication, par leur puissance de traitement, par les moyens de communication, à un accès accru à l’information confrontent l’individu à une mémoire immense.

Maîtriser l’information en la représentant

Jo Link-Pezet analysé l’oeuvre de P. Otlet dans lequel un système de représentation de l’information repose sur des symboles alphanumériques utilisés pour représenter les idées, des concepts, de préférence à des mots, dans une perspective de classification, de catégorisation, d’organisation. Dans son traité de documentation, P. Otlet avait prévu des étapes : la collecte de l’information en bibliothèque, l’analyse et résumé, la redistribution systématique des données dans des fichiers ou des dossiers. Il invente un catalogue standard. Il met en place des systèmes d’information. Les résultats des recherches sont mémorisés pour capitaliser les connaissances. L’organisation du travail repose sur la coopération de travailleurs individuels utilisant les standards de collecte et de traitement pour la création d’une documentation. Ce travail énorme tend vers la création d’une encyclopédie universelle qui condenserait, généraliserait toutes les données, pour ainsi relier connaissance à l’action. L’oeuvre d’Otlet a été visionnaire en introduisant de nouveaux concepts qui sont toujours d’actualité : mettre en mémoire l’information, mettre en place les techniques de recherche, gérer les accès.Dans ma thèse de doctorat, je fais le lien entre le Mundaneum inventé par P. Otlet et les potentialités offertes par le socialbookmarking, qui peut être en quelque sorte considéré comme un nouveau “Mundaneum” de la connaissance intégrant Internet, le numérique.

La pensée intellectuelle libérée ou explosée

Pierre Lévy, dans son ouvrage, évoque la “pratique sociale continue du savoir” comme “continuum vivant en constante métamorphose” qui affecte la production du savoir et l’accès au savoir, de façon dynamique et qui permet des transformations immédiates du texte initial : lecture, annotation; prise de note, renvoi à des sources conceptuellement voisines. Comme le précise Jo Link-Pezet, “le web et l’hypertexte nous permettent de créer des espaces de discussions et de rhétorique où s’expriment la conscience mutuelle que chacun a de l’existence d’autrui et de sa présence, une communauté et une complicité “.

Notre société de la connaissance, avec ces nouveaux paradigmes liés à l’usage du social-web nous incite à trouver les organisations d’un travail collectif autour d’un projet pour aboutir à la création et à la mise en oeuvre d’une véritable intelligence collective dans la perspective d’une société apprenante où le partage de connaissance et l’organisation du travail permettent de créer des connaissances collectives, de les mutualiser, ou les capitaliser pour mieux penser et agir. 

Michèle Drechsler

18-02-2014

Thèse :

  • Drechsler, M. (2009). Thèse de doctorat en sciences de l’information et de la communication. Pratiques du socialbookmarking pour l’Éducation. Affordances sémantiques, socio-cognitives et formatives.

http://eduscol.education.fr/numerique/actualites/veille-education-numerique/archives/mai-2010/these-les-pratiques-du-socialbookmarking-dans-le-domaine-de-l-education

http://www.theses.fr/2009METZ018L

 

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Using Social Media in Education to Effect Positive Global Change

Using Social Media in Education to Effect Positive Global Change

There is no doubt we now live in challenging times on Planet Earth.  Our burgeoning human population is seven billion and rising.  Resources are diminishing and our iconic species are disappearing at an exponential rate. We do not have to stand by and watch our beautiful planet destroyed and trashed.  In addition to reducing our own environmental footprint and teaching our students to do the same, we now have the power of social media at our fingertips to help raise awareness of important issues right around the world.  This beautiful image appearing in the Arctic Ice before the Sea Shepherd has become a powerful symbol and rallying flag for the cause of our wonderful marine mammals:

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When environmental disasters occur and there are social uprisings of oppressed peoples of the world, no longer do we have to rely on mainstream media, which are often in the pocket of powerful political interests.

We now have Twitter, which in my view is one of the most powerful tools for social change and raising global awareness we have ever had!  Through my own proactive participation on Twitter, I have been able to take part in positive social movements for change in unison with those of like mind.  

One of my most passionate concerns is for our increasingly fragile ecosystem.  Through Twitter I have witnessed the power of the people to shine a light on ecocide and to pressure governments and organisations to change destructive practices.  WE are able to connect with those of like mind and have the power to directly contact news providers and celebrities who have great power and massive followings.  Twitter is an immediate real time global conversation.

Just recently the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, and the captivity of highly sentient orcas in marine parks has triggered global outrage.  Twitter is playing an enormous part in bringing the plight of these wonderful creatures to the attention of the people of the world.  Groups have been able to organize and participate in a new phenomenon known as Tweetstorms, where many people act in union to make a topic trend around the world. For example the topic #tweet4taiji trended around the world for several days, and resulted in worldwide mainstream media coverage. We all have power when united on social media.  Every individual counts.

OUR students will inherit many difficult political, social and environmental problems, the severity of which we can only imagine.  We are truly derelict in our duty if we fail to empower our students to raise their own voices in the fight for our precious planet and the generations to come.  I intend to initiate a project involving my students researching, debating, creating digital projects and then using Twitter to raise awareness about the shark cull my own government has embarked on in Western Australia.  Using Twitter will enable my students to not only access an authentic global audience, but also to effect real change.  Other schools will also be doing similar projects.

Images and symbols are important in global Twitter campaigns and give students and people a strong focus.  Twitpic can be used to add images to our posts and we can also add links to youtube videos, online flyers, Thinglinks, Padlets and other digital media created by students.  Platforms like TweetDeck and HootSuite enable users to organise their twitter stream into topics and schedule their messages.  We need to teach our students how to use these features.

Never has a generation needed a voice more than now.  We are on the cusp of a major paradigm shift in the way we as humans view and treat our fellow creatures and our environment.  Our students need to become the stewards of the earth not it’s conquerors or exploiters.

===> WE need to teach them how to use social media like twitter safely, responsibly and powerfully to help protect and nurture our planet. <===

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HowTo | TEACHing In The 21st Century | THE Change

HowTo | TEACHing In The 21st Century | THE Change

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WHAT Did Change?

First of ALL, WE as teaching persons are NOT anymore teaching in a closed room, NO WALLS anymore as WE are using NOW ICT, the internet and Edtech tools as well as Social-Media! We are visible and can use “Communication“, OHHHH, do We know what that is!? It is a two-way, a “bi-directionalway, MOST are certainly NOT used to it, ONLY used to give the directions to OTHERS and standing in front of the classroom. BUT NOW, there is a NEW pedagogy in general, check, please:

Teaching, blog posts shouldn’t be boring anymore, let us try to give this IMPORTANT message through, please, thanks. Engaging, Motivation, Fun, visual thinking, creativity, passion, should be part of it as well. To make a start, here below a music video ;)

BTW: if WE, as teaching persons don’t show OUR creativity in blogs, posts, HOW could WE expect that Students, Learners will learn it? WE need to be an example for THEM ;)

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And NOW while using the internet, Apps, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) there comes ALSO another BIG CHANGE: and every medal has its revere, so ALSO these mentioned :( WE, as teaching persons can’t and DON’T have the right to ignore that, OR are WE ONLYCherry-Pickers“!? WE have to look on OUR LEARNERS STUDENTS to give THEM BEST Education, right? An Education who follows the needs of the Century and the actual situation, an Up-To-Date Education! Thus meaning: WE MUST have Cyber-Security knowledge, the basics!

This said, it would be good to remind this, please. ===> I am NOT a TEACHER, I am an Awakener! <===

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WHAT SHOULD 21st Century Education be in short form? Check ===> 1.) Awareness 2.) Responsibility 3.) THE WHY 4.) The consequences 5.) TEACHing 6.) Collaboration

I would ALSO invite YOU to read the book of “Howard GARDNER” ===> “Five Minds For The Future” where YOU will see below about WHAT it is. In My Humble Opinion: A MUST READ to understand WHAT WE as teaching persons need to take care about for the 21st Century LEARNER.

5 Minds For The Future

help-books-aj-svgajash01To achieve the above mentioned, WE need ALSO skills about Critical-THINKing and Proactive-THINKing, check below, please, for more information:


Thus Meaning – Awareness Is A Must! ===> Adapting To ICT! <===

THUMBS-UPTeachers are getting seen, are visible through Social-Media, parents are ALSO used to ICT and Social-Media and have sometimes good knowledge about it and Newspapers are daily publishing about what is NOW already NOT so new anymore, the problems from the internet, the Cyber-Security issues such as attacks, Malware infections through visiting websites, the MUST of installing Antivirus and Anti-Malware solutions (the condom for internet usage…)…

If TEACHERS, EDUCATORS are NOT prepared for that (EDUcation SHOULD motivate that knowledge, anyway…) THEY will get seen by the masses as #21tCenturyiDiots, as this is already circulating through the Social-media, such as Twitter and Facebook! WE as teaching persons MUST adapt to that situation and learning the basics of Cyber-Security, which is actually NOT that difficult as most people think, it is mostly a REFLEX which WE need to adapt!

Teachers, Educators, who are showing up on Social-Media with mediocre knowledge are certainly NOT anymore that welcome, as THEY show a BAD reputation for the profession of teaching persons!

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TEACHING the Profession THAT creates OTHER Professions

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Mac Mentality?

Ohhhh, there I am touching some for sure, strange title, isn’t!? WHAT has a Mac-Mentality to do with 21st Century Education? WHY do I mention this here? MORE as MOST would THINK (?), WE go for Deep-THINKing NOW, OUT of School-Cocoon Mentality, WHAT happens in Real-World (BTW: I am NOT against Apple and NOT looking for an OS-WAR… Any OS has its right to exist! ;)

UnLEARNing the OLD 2 adapt 2 the NEW Pedagogy ===> http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Unlearning … 

Let me explain a bit: my sixteen (16) years of experience (2014) with people who are Mac users (where I have a lot of friends using a Mac) has shown me that these users don’t mostly care about Cyber-Security as Apple told them they shouldn’t have to take care, that Apple products don’t get virus! BUT that has changed over the years and even Apple changed the text as shown below, please check it.

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Apple related products have gained a great marked share now and they are NOW ALSO interesting for the Cyber-Criminals!  The same even for Linux also, Microsoft anybody knows that already since very long! Let us have a look on the market share of the different “Operating Systems” (OS):
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Please check ALSO my curation about everything malicious about Apple products (in English, French and German):
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Priority Change In Education, A MUST!

WE as teaching persons have FIRST to remind us THIS:

TEACHING the Profession THAT creates OTHER Professions

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When WE have a look on the left hand side picture, it SHOULD remind us WHAT OUR task really is, isn’t it!? A BIG Responsibility for sure, and one which WE can handle if WE are Up-To-Date with OUR “Professional Development“, especially when WE know where to set the PRIORITY!

WHAT does the market need? That SHOULD be OUR first THINKing! Employers NOW need people with computer and ICT skills, NO WAY to say I don’t know about that, even in the lowest career! THAT was YESTERDAY! Nearly everything NOW is handled with computer based Technology and every crafts man needs ALSO to have a basic knowledge about ICT!

.By knowing this, WE MUST focus on good basic ICT skills up from the early age to give OUR Students, LEARNers, these skills by teaching them about ICT! And by the way, when we are talking about ICT skills, WE can’t anymore forget about basic skills and knowledge about Cyber-Security! It is OUR responsibility to prepare OUR studenst, learners, for the real world as THEY (employers and WE) are confronted on a daily base with such problems!

In the 21st Century there is a MUST of Priority CHANGE in EDUcation: WE MUST adapt to the change and integrate Cyber-Security in OUR Mentality! YES, I said Mentality, the way WE are THINKING!

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If NO CHANGE, Then WE Are Creating A Society Of NAIVETY!

sharing iconSounds strange, the topic? Try to Deep-THINK and YOU will understand? Let me explain a bit: by being “Cherry-Pickers” and ONLY showing the positive side of the internet WE don’t show the REALITY! Remember YOU that every medal has its reverse, so ALSO the internet and any Apps as also any other EdTech tool! WE should first tell the students, learners that there are dangers and ALSO Cyber-Crime around and that ===> Nobody-Is-Perfect <===. Remind every time also this ===> Forewarned Is Forearmed <===.

SO… NOW by knowing this, remember ALSO that WE are living in a sharing society through Social-Media,OK? Imagine that there will be MORE people without the appropriate knowledge and skills and share it with OTHERS…

I invite YOU to read my blog posts below for more information:


Valuable Resources To Check

THUMBS-UPSee WHAT Researchers and OTHERS (great teachers) say ALSO:

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Keywords for me as a reminder to create this blog post: The filter between OUR ears needs an #upgrade 2 adapt for #21tCentury! After done this WE need daily #Updates 2 keep it up2date, different situation with internet, tools, cybersecurity, cybercrime, Internet-Safety, Digital Footprint, digcit, Responsibility, Awareness, Society, Learners are future workers, Economy, linking back to other created posts, teachers too much used on THEORY and NOW Praxis as well (hard to adapt), Mac Mentality, Naivety, Coach & NOT anymore Teacher, Critical THINKing, Criticism, Proactive-THINKing,reputation of teaching profession…

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Stay tuned for next blog posts ;)

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