Dear GKD colleagues,

I'm very happy to learn of this discussion, and of the many people
working on these issues. My name is Andrius Kulikauskas and in 1998 I
founded Minciu Sodas <> a private business, and open
laboratory in Lithuania, that serves and organizes independent thinkers
around the world. Our mission is to use low-bandwidth but
high-customization technologies to link independent thinkers in efforts
that benefit a wide range of people, including the difficult to reach,
and are both economically and socially sustainable. Currently we have 50
active and 500 passive participants around the world. We work primarily
through online discussion groups such as:
<> in English, but also in
Lithuanian, Spanish and other languages.

Our projects build "social sustainability" by focusing on the
individuals and encouraging meaningful relationships. For this reason,
we drew up a vision to create software that might help us make effective
use of the marginal Internet access that we already have. We described
the functionality that we desire as a "Social Networking Kit (optimized
for marginal connectivity) by which activists may be heard, found,
informed, helped, integrated." (visit 

We start by customizing, by serving individuals, and overcoming the
obstacles facing the individuals, which might be training, tweaking,
writing scripts or macros, whatever is needed for the particular thinker
to participate in global society. Generally, we apply ideas from our
paper "An Economy for Giving Everything Away"

We assume, as in Lithuania, that many people may get access to a
computer ($200) but have marginal access. We suggest creating a modeling
language for web activity that manages "agents". It gives the user a
universal interface and allows people to work offline -- contributing to
a Wiki, or moderating a discussion group, or participating through a
business networking site like Ryze. Then when they have a connection,
their material is executed by a web service and some crude artificial
intelligence. We propose that such a system might be offered by Internet
Service Providers, or host services.

One example of this kind of low bandwidth functionality that we're
already working on is Common Channels, <>, by
which we're trying to let groups subscribe and contribute to information
channels. Here's a sample letter for "including people with marginal
Internet access":

These are the thoughts that bring me here. (And the sharp eye of Robin
Good <>) I'm very glad to feel that I'm in the right
place! I look forward to immersing myself in this discussion,
considering and contributing new ideas, and finding partners.



Andrius Kulikauskas
Minciu Sodas
+370 52645950
Vilnius, Lithuania

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