Why Cultural Fusion, Art as Philosophy? (revised)

In sharing this i have come to see with increasing clarity the potential art has to shift the discussion from a debate to a dialogue.

What's the difference? One is shouting to be heard, the other is expressing to share/grow/learn. One will create more of the same old same old, while the other illuminates our path to peace and progress based on radical inclusion.

Cultural Fusion - Art as Philosophy, asks Google, "Are you talking to us?"

Recently when speaking with Washington decision makers, Google's statements (unintentionally) framed the relevance of "Cultural Fusion - art as philosophy" that will be moving forward with "Hotel Infinity phase1" (i will post an update on this in the forum for comment) to officially launch on the UNInternational Day of Peace Sept. 21, 2007. This will premier the first step(s) in the artwork to benefit Foot Steps for Life, the start of my quest to automate global social responsibility as a CRM Strategy. When Eric Schmidt talks, people listen and what he's saying needs to get your attention. Anyone who knows the value of art in society and everyone who doubts this to be true needs to pay attention.

Heise.de: Governing coalition to push for the adoption of open IT standards

Submitted by BigBirdy on Wed, 2007-06-27 14:49. ::

" Within the context of a panel discussion at the LinuxTag event in Berlin Dr. Uwe Küster, the party whip of the parliamentary group of the Social Democrats (SPD) in the Bundestag, the lower chamber of Germany's federal parliament, said that the governing coalition would within the next two weeks submit a motion that would make open formats mandatory for the information technology of the federal authorities of the Federal Republic. This, Mr. Küster declared, would boost competition on the software market and strengthen the position of small and medium-sized enterprises."

Breaking Barriers: The Potential of Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Human Development

Submitted by BigBirdy on Fri, 2007-06-22 15:24. ::

"The benefits offered by FOSS have been particularly useful for poor developing countries around the world. In particular, the ability to obtain FOSS without licensing fees has proven to be very beneficial to the users in these regions as this makes information and communications technology (ICT) more affordable to them. The localization of software applications is also facilitated on a FOSS platform and this will further help towards bridging the digital divide." by Khairil Yusof

Bungeni, a United Nations collaborative development initiative, joins the PloneGov project.

Submitted by BigBirdy on Fri, 2007-06-22 14:51. ::

"Bungeni is a Parliamentary and Legislative Information System for drafting, managing, consolidating and publishing legislative and other parliamentary documents. It is being developed within the context the "Africa i-Parliaments Action Plan" of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). It is meant to contribute to making Parliaments more open and accessible to citizens ... virtually allowing them "inside Parliament" or Bungeni -- the Kiswahili word for "inside Parliament". PloneGov and Bungeni decide to join efforts to share experience and their developments."

Trans-European Innovation Platform TEIP-KIS EC co-funded project

Submitted by Ferran on Fri, 2007-06-01 08:25. ::

Trans-European Innovation Platform

FOSS infrastructure for Open Digital Villages Development

Submitted by Jenny on Sat, 2007-04-07 16:24. ::

Press Release:

FOSS infrastructure for Open Digital Villages (ODiVs):
iFOSSF and oneVillage Foundation Partner to Create a Difference

April 10, 2007 San Jose CA USA - oneVillage Foundation has partnered with the International Free and Open Source Software Foundation (iFOSSF) on efforts to develop "Telecenter Portals and Applications." OVF believes that iFOSSF's knowledge and vision is vital to the development of its Open Digital Villages (ODiVs), the first of which will be in Winneba, Ghana (WODiV).

Pakistan "Opens Up" Open Source Training Toolkit to Everyone

Submitted by Fouad Bajwa on Tue, 2007-03-27 20:15. :: | | | | |

When it comes down to developing and sharing ICT based open knowledge, Pakistan is never behind in the arena, the third largest low-cost IT enabled and offshore BPO services provider nation in Asia after India and China. Such is an example set forth by the Open Source Resource Center (OSRC), a project of the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan. OSRC has developed and released a FOSS resource kit titled "OSS Training Toolkit" [1] originally put together in order to facilitate OSRC's training comprising of free-of-cost workshops that it carries out throughout Pakistan.

Live Your Culture - DANKA's electronic subcultural revolution from South Asia

Submitted by Fouad Bajwa on Fri, 2007-03-02 12:34. :: | | | | | | |

       A subcultural revolution is evolving, taking place right here in Lahore, the city where I live! Whenever someone who is well connected with the beautiful history of South Asia, hears the name of Lahore, a grand culture signified and colored by a great history comes to their mind. Lahore has always been the peaceful cultural capital of the country hosting beautiful Mughal gardens, historical buildings, mosques, libraries, museums, shrines, forts, towers and monuments dating back centuries old civilizations and empires of great rulers.  

FOSS in E-Governance and E-Government - Perspectives on MDGs

As an active FOSS Advocate carrying out activities that facilitate governments around the world adopt and use FOSS for their sustainable social and economic human development, I would like to discuss how FOSS enables a model for E-Participation as a means to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals with respect to E-Governance and E-Government by Governments and Public Administrations worldwide. In order to express my point of view in relation to other contributions of great significance, relevent information references and sources have been provided at the end of this publication.