Archive - April 2014

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Sun Ray
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Being Different is Reason to Celebrate!
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Not as Overwhelming as You May Think!
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Care to Join Us?
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It Begins with an Idea. Take Action!
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Translation?
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A Percentage of the Company
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Scavenger Hunt
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What Sort of Questions Would You Ask?
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Imagine our World Tree

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People all around the world thrive on gathering information helpful to their passions, work, creativity, and etc. One of the ideas for World Tree Circle is to facilitate a website where people everywhere can publicly post what they are doing and how, in order to help someone else that may be doing something similar.  World Tree Circle has the potential to not only be an inspirational tool but also an educational one.  When a user posts something similar to another users work or interests, that user will get a  notification called a “sun ray”. If you are planning to start a club or group activity and you post on WTC publicly about it, the site can help you to find other people interested. You could request a “sun ray” for just about anything you post.  The algorithm would be very simple.  Similar to a search engine.  It would use the words you wrote to find you similar posts from others.  Perhaps, it would be better if the leaf holders specified which areas of interest they would prefer their “rays” to come from. This feature would enable the users to learn more about projects, ideas, and pertinent information happening all around the world while letting them tailor information to their specific interests.  It could also be used as an open source forum.

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Being Different is Reason to Celebrate!

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We have been stressing how important our similarities are for a little while now.  Maybe a little too strongly.  Our differences are very important as well.  They are what help to define us and we don’t mean to belittle that AT ALL.  Differences are most definitely worthy of celebration.  Our similarities bring us together, help us relate to one another.  Just like making new friends when you move to a new school or town.  But our differences are what make us interesting.  It is what allows us to shine.

Take Holidays as a very easy example of how we differ.  No one celebration is more special than another.  They are special to us for reasons that aren’t always apparent to an onlooker.  Some of us practice very elaborate celebrations while others barely observe the same one.  To me, they are all so interesting and unique.  How, and why, each detail is included.

Most, if not all of us celebrate January 1st as the first day of the new year, according to the Gregorian Calendar.   However, China has an incredible celebration with a riot of colors and sounds and smells that lasts for 23 days!  Starting January 31st,  many people clean their homes to welcome the Spring Festival.  Red is a predominant color for the New Year, or Spring Festival, celebration.  There are red posters with poems, red lanterns and Chinese Dragons dancing in the streets.  The Dragons come in all colors, too.  Unlike here in the states, the Chinese Government and many of the businesses are closed from the eve of the Festival through the seventh day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Russia and Serbia observe two New Year celebrations as well.  They have an informal celebration on the 14th of January, based on the Julian Calendar, called the Orthodox New Year or the Serbian New Year.  This is generally less elaborate.  It is now used more as a way for them to wind down at the end of the busy holiday season of Christmastide and the Gregorian New Year (January 1st).   They enjoy a more quiet celebration with traditional large family meals, singing, and celebratory drinking.

Another country with a new year’s tradition all their own is Peru.  They do celebrate with a festival of drinking, good foods and having lots of fun.  However, they also believe in bringing in the new year in new duds.  Underwear to be specific.  Yellow underwear.  Yep, you read correctly.  The belief that wearing new clothes signifies a new beginning and the yellow signifies luck.  You can also start the new year in red (for love) or green (for money) if you can’t find yellow or have love or money on your new year’s agenda instead.  You could also eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each month of the upcoming year, to bring yourself luck.

Hopi Indians have a ceremony called the “Prayer-Offering Ceremony” that is related to the Sun and coincides with the Winter Solstice which is celebrated by many earth-based belief systems as away to celebrate the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.  It is one of the Hopi’s most sacred ceremonies because it is when they say prayers for the New Year and wish everyone prosperity and good health.

So, you see?  That is just one holiday and we only got to 4 countries.  Don’t even get me started on Christmas.  Or should I say Yule?  Or Hanukkah?  Orrrr Kwanzaa, Ta Chiu, Sviata Vechera, Ganna.  Hahahaha, you get the idea.  Each is amazing and significant, but only celebrated in one or two countries.  Though more and more they spread to other countries as we move around and share our traditions with others.

We’d love to hear more about your traditions.  Please feel free to ask questions about a holiday tradition you’d like to hear more about. OR share your country’s holiday tradition for others to read about.  Eventually we’ll have our question and answer board up for just that sort of thing but for now, we’d love to get a head start with our comments section below…..Thanks!!!

Not as Overwhelming as You May Think!

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If you are following our posts of late, you have an idea of how big our BIG ideas are and some of you may be thinking, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”  And the answer is no.  We understand this is big, we want it to be big.  Global, in fact!  We also believe it is very possible to get there.

When we started making this idea a reality about a year ago, it did seem overwhelming at times.  We just took it one step at a time.  Still are in fact, and some of the steps have been retraced.  But we have learned so much and become more confident in the ability to make it real.  In all of our research we’ve found tons of cool organizations and even cooler people  behind it them all.  That’s also when we heard about open sourcing.

What is open sourcing, you ask?  According to the Open Source Initiative, “Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.”

Open sourcing is a very successful way to get an idea out and make that idea freely available.  Some great examples of successful  open source software on a global scale are Mozilla’s FireFox (check out their video below for a brief autobiography), WordPress and Wiki.  I’m sure you’re familiar with Wikipedia?  They use the wiki, originally thought up by Ward Cunningnham.  According to Wikipedia  itself, “wiki (Listeni/ˈwɪki/ wik-ee) is usually a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others.”

So, still think this is overwhelming?  Think again…..

 

Care to Join Us?

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As a small start-up with BIG ideas, World Tree Circle needs a team of mellifluous, forward thinking people from many different skill sets.  Some of the jobs we know need filled are:

  • Programmerslearning_chinese_people
  • Web Designers
  • Marketers
  • Team Leaders
  • Problem Solvers
  • Travelers
  • Human Relations Reps

Some of you can answer more than one of these needs, others will specialize in just one.  We’d love to hear from you all.   Our horizons will expand as we come together.

If there is something you see we are missing, please don’t be afraid to let us know.

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It Begins with an Idea. Take Action!

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Do you think before you act?  I know, cliche`.  But do you?  Most of our actions are conscience.  We have a thought, however brief, and then act on it in some way.  I believe this is universal.  We all have ideas.  Big ones.  Little ones.  Some of us are geniuses.  Some of us have tons of common sense.  Others don’t.  We all contribute to the chain of events that are Life.  In all those jumble of ideas there are some truly amazing and some mundane.  I have many of both every day.  Don’t you?

Some people have AMAZING ideas and when implemented change the lives around them for the better.  Even if only in a very small way.  It still counts.  Below are two videos.  One is  by a Group called Life Vest Inside (check them out here).  The other is a commercial that has been circling Facebook about a man in Thailand, inspiring and making people smile. It’s just an insurance commercial.  Or is it?  I think it is the product of someone’s great idea that met with others who shared the same vision.  This is something WTC is meant to provide more of.  A place to help others and be helped.  Make friends.  Teach each other.  There are people out there of every nationality that share the same creative ideas and dreams that you do.  Wouldn’t you love to find a mentor, no matter where they might reside?  Or think of how good it would feel to BE the mentor?

There may be folks out there that don’t feel inspired to help others.  That don’t feel the tug at their heart when they see the smile on a face that, until that moment, had known only sadness.  But for the most part, this world is FILLED with giving people.  We just get carried away with our daily grind.  We get so stressed about what WE are lacking that we forget that there are others with less.  We get swept away in worries.  Then, we see someone have an “Aha!” moment and spend the last bills in their wallet to buy a homeless person a meal.  Or stop in our rush from point A to point B to put a smile on a fussy child’s face.

There are tons of sites on the web with this theme but we find most of them at random, rather than knowing where to look.  What if all those organizations, people with ideas similar to our own, could be found in one place?  What if there was a venue for us to meet and share ideas without having to pay anything?  Even if that person or group was on the opposite end of the Earth?  World Tree Circle is meant to do that.  Help us gather a team of experts on electricity, water, or architectural design from the Renaissance.  Whatever your interest, you can probably find at least one that shares your interests.

We’re looking for some of those people with great ideas to do something similar now.  Help us bring the people of the world together in one “room”.  Think how good each small act of kindness you see or do makes you feel.  Now think how amazing you would feel if you were a part of making World Tree a reality…… Help us plant the seed that will grow in to the biggest, most friendly and comfortable tree with a branch made for each of us to call Home……

Translation?

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WTC will be a place for us to meet new people, make new friends despite any language barrier or previous knowledge of the area.  Therefore, translation software will be an integral part of the site.  There’s a lot out there.  My understanding is that they all have their challenges.  It might be a good idea to find an up and coming company that is willing to work with us.  Use their product, challenges and all, and as World Tree grows we will help them to grow their software too.

So what makes WTC different than any other site that offers translation, you ask?  Well imagine being able to have a live video chat with your new friend in Hong Kong, or get some spicy new recipe from an aspiring chef in Thailand in exchange for your divine sloppy joe mix.  Or best of all, what if today’s youth could talk to other students in a classroom on the other side of the world and learn about its culture?  This is no simple feat for your average software.  We are challenging the amazing minds of our brothers and sisters across the globe to help us create just such a program and implement it on WTC.

Here are just a few….

Smartling

Lingo24

SDL

G3 Translate

A Percentage of the Company

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A thought for those that will end up working on WTC…..

I was wondering if it would be an easy way to determine how much each contributor would own of WTC.  By having a log-in our network could track contributions of time and output.  What are your thoughts?  The more input we have the stronger our systems will become.

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Scavenger Hunt

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According to Wikipedia – “A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants – individuals or teams – seek to gather all items on the list – usually without purchasing them – or perform tasks or take photographs of the items, as specified.[1] The goal is usually to be the first to complete the list, although in a variation on the game players can also be challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner.

According to game scholar Markus Montola, scavenger hunts evolved from ancient folk games.[2] Gossip columnist Elsa Maxwell popularized scavenger hunts in the United States with a series of exclusive New York parties starting in the early 1930s.[3][4][5] The scavenger-hunt craze among New York’s elite was satirized in the 1936 film My Man Godfrey.

Notable scavenger hunts include the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt and the annual Tricadecathlonomania, a 24-hour worldwide event that began in Northfield, MN.[6] Now in its tenth year, Race/LA and CityRace produce Amazing Race-style scavenger hunts throughout southern California.[7] Scavenger hunts can easily be played either outdoors (around town, parks, back yards, etc.) or indoors (malls, houses, shops, etc.).[8]”        

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How about we provide a worldwide scavenger hunt in which you will need to communicate with people from other countries to get the correct answers to the clues given? We could provide a forum for people to be able to ask questions and post answers.  It could be possible for people to pose questions to specific countries, regions, or groups of people.   Scavenger hunts are always a great time for all.  Even if you don’t win, everyone usually ends up having a blast.  This one has the potential of being particularly fun because of the inherent challenges as well as getting to meet new organizations and individuals in order to gather the necessary information.  The content should be intriguing real world content that will not only entertain but also provide supplemental knowledge for participants.

What Sort of Questions Would You Ask?

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World Tree Circle (WTC) will provide a social network that includes translation software, video and typed chat and messaging center. We will be a conduit for people to be able to promote through monetary or physical contributions to any idea, event, organization or person that is willing to accept said funds. The purpose is to allow people the opportunity to make informed decisions on the entities that they wish to support and to be able to do this in a secure location with very little hassle. This is a way that people can follow, access, and asks questions about entities that they may want to support so that they may feel that their contribution is having the greatest impact.

http://www.peaceboat.org/english/

http://www.outreachmagazine.com/

http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/index.html

http://www.charitywater.org/

Just to name few…….

Imagine our World Tree

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A massive tree, made up of binary code and the individuals that helped to put it together.  The roots of old-treethis tree are the coding/programming, web design, the architects and engineers of this beautiful site.  The Networkers and Travelers that will sustain the flow of information.

Imagine the trunk of the tree being the internet itself.  The hosting and the flow of the information.  From group to group, individual to individual.  Ideas and actions linked together to help create the powerful creations that support the branches of this tree.

Should the branches of our World Tree be art, science, math, spirituality, outreach, history, etc.?  Where is your leaf going to be?  Or will you have a leaf that fits into several categories?

 

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