Category - Cooperative Effort

WTC is Popping Up All Over the Place!
Thank you to All the Free Information Sources on the Web!
Progress is Exciting
Dynamite Team
Meet the New Team
Our Meeting on Tuesday
And the Winner Is……….
The Running Possibilities…
The Great News Just Keeps Coming!!!
Gino Brann – Our South Korean Friend and Connection

WTC is Popping Up All Over the Place!

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Behind every great open source website is the people who contributed to its creation and support crew. This site will be no different. Our goal is to create a site that will fit practically anyone and is enjoyable to use because it does what you want it to as a result of you having a say in the layout and design. That will be a work in progress of course, but will be a quickly evolving product the more and more people who contribute their ideas and suggestions. We’re calling for all your help now, at the very start, to be a part of the force that creates the spark of life that is World Tree Circle. In all the websites you use, what are the characteristics of each that you really love – and really can’t stand, about them?

Thank you to All the Free Information Sources on the Web!

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WTC would like to send out a thank you to all the great folks who have made sites that provide free information for anyone interested. Sites like Wikipedia, Khan Academy, YouTube, and so many others. THANK YOU!

Progress is Exciting

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Just a quick update for our followers.  We’ve met with our new team several times now and have a game plan that will be going in to action soon.  What have we been up to?  Here’s what we’ve got going on:

  • Planning a Focus Group study for next week.  We will be meeting with 5-10 WCU international students to talk about social media and there likes and dislikes over yummy food and good company.
  • Finalizing our online survey that will go out to the entire student body at WCU.  This 10 question survey will help us get a stronger handle on what people are looking for in their social media.
  • Our computer team, Christian and Pat, have started  to create the foundation for the website.  Soooooo exciting!!!!!!!
  • In the “design stage” of creating a new short video to talk about WTC that we will use on a crowd funding site called Indiegogo as well as our site and other online advertising.

And check out “Pictures on the Run” on our Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see what Clarke has been up to during his runs to train for next summers epic run!

Dynamite Team

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This past week was a full week for us here at Team World Tree.  We have some very creative thinkers with great drive.  This past Friday we got to meet up in person for the second time.  The team (minus Nadya – get well soon!!) met up at our house in Franklin and fill each other in on what we’ve been up to over a wonderful meal of organic 5-Layer dip and nachos.  YUM!  Thanks Clarke!

It was also a long anticipated meeting for us and a sign of the positive forward motion that World Tree has accomplished.  We got to finally meet Andrew Reed in person!  We have been working with Andrew since almost the very beginning – all via Skype and email.  We’ve become really good friends over the past year and it was absolutely wonderful to finally hang out in person.

So, that busy week I mentioned:  We were all working on various tasks over the past few weeks and Friday was our time to share the great things that were coming together for us.  Our W.C.U. team members have put together a great plan that will being going into action very soon.  They have to get some things approved in order to start, but we promise – you won’t have to wait very long to find out what they have been up to.

Clarke and I have been plugging away at the necessary details for next summer’s run.  We’ve learned a lot about diet and have been able to start planning what we’ll need to have in order to be prepared.  You’ll have to stay tuned for more details in a later post.

I think we are all back on the same page again and can gather more momentum as a team as a result.  We’re going to be chatting more often as ideas start to be implemented and we hope to have some great pictures and updates to share with you all.

Meet the New Team

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We have exceptional news!  This past Wednesday we met with four Western Carolina University Seniors who will be joining the team at World Tree Circle.  Clarke and I are so very excited about the great things these students are bringing to the project.

For the next couple months (and if we are ,lucky indefinitely 🙂 ) we will be working with Christian Crawford, a Business Management and Computer Information Systems major, Patrick Ballance, a Computer Information Systems major, Vin Pratt, a Business Administration and Law major who is also taking a semester of International Business Law, and Nadya Heller, a Sales & Marketing major.

We have tons of great ideas that we want to set in motion and we are getting off to a great start.  Among the many thing we will accomplish, the following are some of the most exciting….

Christian and Patrick will be creating a strong foundation for the open source website.  They are very confident they will have a working “prototype” by the end of their time with us.

Vin is going to help us make sure all of our Is are dotted and our Ts crossed, as well as looking into what we need to be aware of when dealing on an international level of business.  I also noticed that she has a great talent for picking up on important points that we have overlooked, making sure that we aren’t missing any important details that will make this project an incredible success.

Nadya is also taking care of that.  She is also a “take charge” kinda gal.  She has so many great ideas about how to get the word out and promote WTC.  She is thinking it will be best to start right there on campus with the international students and has already taken steps to find out who we need to talk to in order to initiate some collaboration on that front.

In keeping with the spirit of communication and open source we will all be posting our “progress reports” right here on the blog.  So stay tuned to read what we are up to.  Feel free to post your thoughts, suggestions, and constructive criticism!

Our Meeting on Tuesday

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JB Media Group, LLCOur recent meeting with Adrianne Gordon from JB Media Group, LLC and Wendy Cagle from WCU went really well.  Adrianne and Wendy gave us some very valuable advice and information that we will be acting upon over the next few weeks and months.

We’re really looking forward to meeting the 4 Western Carolina University seniors that we will be working with this fall.  We keep coming back to how important it is to have the website up in order to accomplish many of the other tasks that we have, so this mock-up the students will be building is really important.  Everyone who hears about WTC thinks that it is a great idea and can’t WCU College of Businesswait to sign up for their leaf.  Our hope is that these 4 students will feel that same way and want to stay involved with the project beyond the mock-up that they create.


We are going to start attending some Meet the Geeks in Asheville social events to get to know the industry better and meet some great minds.  We’ve also joined to find groups that have similar great ideas or the expertise that World Tree would benefit the geeks

You can now find us on Google+, Twitter, Instagram (content there will grow as Clarke starts to document his training, and eventually the run itself), and LinkedIn.  After years of having nothing to do with computers, Clarke is going to immerse himself in social media!  If you have any great advice for him on how best to do that, please comment below or send us a message from our Contact Us page.

So, in short, we have come a long ways and yet have a good list of things to accomplish in the coming months.  We are really excited by all the great things happening for World Tree Circle.  We can hardly wait!

The Running Possibilities…

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With the help of Google Earth and Wiki, I’ve got a rough draft, so to speak, of the places Clarke could run to.  He’d like to stay on the East Coast as much as possible.  However, some countries aren’t represented here on the East coast so he’ll need to travel to California and/or Hawaii among others.

Here’s the list in the order he may have traveled around the globe and the U.S. locations that have the highest populations from there.

1. Mexico (This is close enough that he may just run to Mexico for real) Guanajuato has 3 wk international festival of the arts in October.

2. Brazil: East Newark, NJ; North Bay Village, FL; N. 34th St New York, NY

3. Nigeria: Prince George’s, MD; Baltimore, MD; Nigerian-American Council in DC (

4. Egypt: Dearborn, MI; Great Jones St, between Broadway and Lafayette St. in New York there’s an Annual Arab-American & North African Street Festival (was held June 21st this year)

5. Spain: St. Augustine, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York; Florida; West Virginia

6. France: (Louisiana Creole) New England, Northern New York (Statue of Liberty from France)

7. UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales): North Carolina, specifically Western North Carolina in and around Macon and Jackson Counties. (Home!!)

8. Germany: Lely Resort, FL; German-American Steuben Parade held the 3rd Sat in Sept.

9. Italy: Manhattan or the Bronx, NY; South Philly, PA; Newark, NJ; Johnston, RI; Staten Island, NY; Cincinnati, OH

10. Turkey: NYC; Rochester, NY; Washington D.C; Detroit, MI; Turkish-American Festival on 4/23

11. Iran: Bergen County, NJ; Las Angeles, CA (“Inraneles” to Iranian-Americans according to Wikipedia); Washington, DC; New York

12. Russia: New York Metro Area; Pikesville, MD; Roslyn Estates, NY; Peaceful Valley, CA; Sharon Springs, NY

13. China: San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; Ann Arbor, MI; Everett, WA

14. India: Jersey City, NY; Plano, TX; San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA

15. Vietnam: San Jose, CA; Garden Grove, CA; “Little Saigon” in Orange, CA; “Little Saigon” in Houston, TX

16. Indonesia: Southern California (historically Berkley College)

17. Philippines: Greater LA Las Angeles County, CA; Oahu, HI

18. Korea: Bergen County – Bergen County – Palisades Park, NJ Broad Ave. in Koreatown; Las Angeles, CA; Anaheim, CA; New York, NY

19. Japan: Honolulu, HI; Gardena, CA; Dublin, OH (5th highest)

20. USA – Put it to a vote?

The Great News Just Keeps Coming!!!

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We met with Dr. Yue at Western Carolina University on July 10th.  It was an interview and Question and Answer session of sorts.  We discussed  what WTC has done so far, what our goals are and how we hope to have the students help with it.  It was very exciting and we are very hopeful that we will be picked as one of the businesses they work with.  She was careful to say IF we work together this Fall whenever we talked about the possibilities but also said that they’d probably assigned multiple groups from one class to work on sections of the project and then collaborate with one another for the whole.  VERY Exciting!


Gino Brann – Our South Korean Friend and Connection

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In true World Tree Circle spirit, we want to spread the word about Clarke’s run and our plans for the website with other countries and their many cultures.  We have found that the easiest way to make new friends is to start with the friends we already have and ask for introductions to their friends whom we haven’t met yet.  So we have been reaching out to our friends abroad.  One of those friends is Gino Brann.  Clarke and Gino have been friends since their youth and met through a mutual friend, Mark Claibourne.  They have stayed in touch and Gino has given us a window into life in South Korea since his move there just after college.  Gino was actually born there and was drawn back to learn more about his heritage.  But I should let him tell you about it in his own words.  Below is an interview Gino graciously agreed to.  We wanted all of you to get to know more about the folks who are helping to make WTC a reality.  Gino will be spreading the word and passing out our WTC T-shirts for us as we move towards Clarke’s run next year.  Take a look……
gino and violet lea                                                        Gino Brann Musician
June 28th, 4:49pm
Why did you go to South Korea?
I was born in Busan in 1982 and moved to the states when I was 2 years old. My mother is Korean and my American father lived in Korea for many years, originally in the late 60s with the Peace Corps. So there was a lot of interest in seeing this part of the world, perhaps in gaining a better understanding of my family heritage. So in the summer of 2004, with the ink still drying on my university diploma, I answered an online ad on and moved to Busan.
How long have you lived there? I lived in Busan from 2004-2005, then headed back to Ohio to take the LSAT and prepare for the next phase. A couple of months after taking the test I got a call from a friend in Colombia who invited me to travel with him, which sounded great, and somewhere on a beach in South America I decided to postpone my law school aspirations and travel a bit more. So I answered another online ad on and moved back to Busan, and here I’ve been ever since.
What are you doing (for a living) now? My time is mostly split teaching English conversation at a university and teaching guitar at an international school. The rest of my waking life is mostly spent playing music and hiking.
What do folks do for fun in SK? Welp…..I’d say your typical folks like to socialize during the daytime in coffee shops and department stores and the like, and during the nighttime in the many shops that cater to the drinking and eating, eating and drinking crowd. Singing rooms are popular here, which is kind of a private karaoke. Fortunately Busan has some great beaches, a couple of parks, and a few hills for hiking, which are all popular weekend activities, as well as a nascent arts and music scene.
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How would you describe life in South Korea to people who haven’t ever been there? I suppose it’s pretty fast-paced. Things in the city seem to be under a constant state of construction and turnover in the name of progress. There are certainly a lot of cultural differences that have taken me a lot of time to fully understand. Until recently, the country was almost completely racially homogenous and there is a deep sense of camaraderie among the people, which I was personally not accustomed to growing up in the states. But all in all Koreans are proud, hard-working people who are deeply generous and hospitable. Sadly, the youth suffer under extreme (by American standards) expectations in school and spend almost all of their time in some kind of classroom. With limited national resources, education is very important and competitive.
Music provided by Gino.  It’s some good stuff.  You might consider checking out his site: or

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