Category - Cooperative Effort

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We Are Super Stoked!
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They Are Our Future – It’s Reealllyy Good to See Them Smiling!
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Adventure Planning (Run Research)
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We Can Do Both
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Greatness. It Lives in All of Us.
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Small Acts of Kindness – The Beginning of a Great Thing
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We Are Taking a Page Out of His Book –
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Travel With a Cause or Cause for Travel?
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So Why Open Source?
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Attn: Translation Software Community

We Are Super Stoked!

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I met with Wendy Cagle at Western Carolina University (WCU) on Monday, June 30th.  It went really well!  We talked about WTC and how we think our working with the college would benefit this project.  She brought up some really good points.  Security is definitely something that will be forefront in our potential users’ minds.  We need to make sure that we have a way to insure that their personal information is protected against hackers.  We will need to work on a risk assessment as part of our process.

She also told me about an amazing entrepreneur right here in Western North Carolina that we should connect with.  His name is Justin Belleme.  He was recently  honored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville as Entrepreneur of the Year.  Justin is a 28 year old Asheville native and owner of JB Media Group, LLC, a marketing agency.  He has helped several other small businesses with their kickstarter or other crowd-funding campaigns.  He assists with many aspects marketing a company.  He’ll be the luncheon keynote  speaker at an upcoming seminar that Small Business & Technology Department is holding at the Biltmore Park Campus on July 8th.  We hope very much to attend and meet him in person to discuss our project.

We also talked about the possibility of working with a team of seniors from WCU.  World Tree Circle would be their “capstone” project and we would work closely with the group while they research and develop a portfolio on how to get World Tree up and running.  We may not use everything they put together I’m sure there will be all sorts of great information to use.  It would be phenomenal to  see this become a reality and those students have the opportunity to say that they were a part of this amazing website that everyone is talking about and using.  With international students in the program we may even have an opportunity to create a small scale prototype that they could test run, sharing information, testing translation and making corrections.  It would be invaluable.

We are so stoked to put all of this to use and meet these new people we’ve learned about in the coming weeks.  Please keep the comments coming.  Bing is doing its best to translate them for us.  They aren’t perfect, but I’m going through them and trying to make sure they don’t all go to the spam folder.  Another reason we are excited about getting WTC up and running with the software that allows those who are bilingual to correct those little errors.

They Are Our Future – It’s Reealllyy Good to See Them Smiling!

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“The young people, they love to be curious. This is good I think.”
“Why? And why is it they always seem to laugh at us?”
“It makes them smile, because they want to learn about the foreigners. They laugh at you to get your attention, so you will take the photo or speak with them, because some they learn English. They love new things.”

Yogyakarta, Indonesia, words from a tour guide

"The young people, they love to be curious. This is good I think."<br />
"Why? And why is it they always seem to laugh at us?"<br />
"It makes them smile, because they want to learn about the foreigners. They laugh at you to get your attention, so you will take the photo or speak with them, because some they learn English. They love new things."</p>
<p>Yogyakarta, Indonesia, words from a tour guide
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Adventure Planning (Run Research)

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Run Location Possibilities As we gear up for Clarke’s run and prepare to order the T-shirts I’ve been trying to do some research on all the places in the USA that have high populations of descendants or immigrants from all of the 21 countries we hope to launch in.  I’m also looking for places that are well known for those cultural ties.  For example, I didn’t know that West 46th St in New York, NY was dubbed “Little Brazil Street” because it is historically a commercial center for Brazilians who live and visit that area. We picked our 21 countries from the studies we did on the highest internet use, specifically social networks.  Those original 21 have changed so we will adapt.  According to Internet World Stats as of 2012 the top 20 countries are as follows (in order according to the amount of internet use):

  • China
  • USA
  • India
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Nigeria
  • Mexico
  • Iran
  • Korea
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Philippines
  • Spain
  • Vietnam
  • Egypt

According to another site that I found, Epoch Times, there are 10 that use social media more than others. Those are:

  • Britain
  • USA
  • Russia
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Italy
  • Turkey

So these are all the places where we thought we should aim his runs towards.  So far I have places like NY, NY, or E. Newark, NJ, for Brazil due to their high Brazilian population and/or culture (according to Wikipedia).  It’s really rather fascinating.  I mean, as Americans we are taught from very early on that our country is a melting pot, or maybe now more like a tossed salad, lol.  However, I don’t think it really hit home for me.  This makes it more real for me, I think. Statistics aren’t everything though, and the internet is vast.  If you know of somewhere that is culturally rich and would represent a country, any country, and is here in the USA where Clarke can run without having to acquire a visa we’d LOVE to hear from you.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  We can’t promise to use every suggestion.  Clarke will be trying to visit as many as he can though and invites others to join him.  Even from abroad.  See your country on the list?  Want to run in your area to raise awareness and help get WTC going?  Let us know.  We will try to coordinate your runs and send you some shirts to pass out in your area too.  This is a world project after all.

We Can Do Both

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Always, always love yourself first!  :)<br /><br />
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Greatness. It Lives in All of Us.

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Wow.  It’s good to see this.  May we all doing something so great in one action or another.   The best of us kind find the greatness in every act.

Today in Ethiopia we got to see Belay and his Hand Dug Well team in action, bringing clean water to the people in Salam Tabia Village.

Today in Ethiopia we got to see Belay and his Hand Dug Well team in action, bringing clean water to the people in Salam Tabia Village.
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Small Acts of Kindness – The Beginning of a Great Thing

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We Are Taking a Page Out of His Book –

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Vishen Lakhiani with Elina Peek and 16 others in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our leadership team as of Mar 24 2014, 10 years from the day we registered the domain Mindvalley.com. I love building diverse teams. This one has people born in 13 DIFFERENT countries and is 45% female leadership. When you get people from so many different backgrounds together it forces you to communicate, think, and innovate in far more interesting ways. A team with one gender and one cultural background is like a person operating with just one part of their brain. Diverse teams on the other hand, are like operating with your full brain potential. I always bet on diversity.

Our leadership team as of Mar 24 2014, 10 years from the day we registered the domain Mindvalley.com. I love building diverse teams. This one has people born in 13 DIFFERENT countries and is 45% female leadership. When you get people from so many different backgrounds together it forces you to communicate, think, and innovate in far more interesting ways. A team with one gender and one cultural background is like a person operating with just one part of their brain. Diverse teams on the other hand, are like operating with your full brain potential. I always bet on diversity.

Travel With a Cause or Cause for Travel?

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ecotourism_ecotour-orgNow lets look at WTC from the business perspective of the travel industry versus from the travelers’.  Ecotourism is the specific field of travel that WTC would like to promote the most.  Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)  Its the more physical aspect of what this website does.  Uniting different cultures through education and enriched awareness of other places around the globe.

Groups like USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is one such company.  USAID has benefited many countries through ecotourism.  “USAID supports nature-based tourism activities as part of its biodiversity conservation programs in more than a dozen countries worldwide. The Agency’s ecotourism activities include support for developing national park systems, demarcating and equipping new national parks, recruiting and training park staff, and encouraging government reforms that promote regulated investments in private lodging, guide service, and other tourism ventures.”  According to Untamed Path.  So far they have helped to increase revenue and local involvement in conservation in the parks in Nepal, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Sri Lanka, just to name a few.ecotourism1_www-borneo-holidays-com

There are many many eco friendly travel companies and programs out there.  With a few clicks you can have an amazing and conscientious trip planned across the globe.  We did some looking and found some pretty cool ones in just a few minutes.  One site in particular was pretty informative.  Here we found the top 10 suggestions.  The first recommended was a company called Responsible Travel.  They do all the work of finding hotels, tour operators and other travel options that meet strict sustainability requirements and make them available to you on their site.  The second is Natural Discovery.  They specialize in eco friendly accommodations across England.  The 3rd is a company called Good Travel Company.  A lot of the accommodations they provide around the globe are by train and they put all the hotels, tours, etc. that they promote through a strict audit as well.  To read a brief description of the top 10 ecotourism companies highlighted on the site check out the article on www.theecologist.org showcasing them.

 

The scavenger hunt game will work through the ecotourism and businesses around the world to encourage learning from other cultures and people across the globe by promoting their wares and being part of the hunt.  A location to go to, or an unusual or unique product to find.  It will also provide a place for these companies to promote their product as well as network.  WTC could also be a place for the more adventurous to figure out their own eco friendly destination through their own investigations and interviews of fellow users.  World Tree is a place for us to connect, learn from one another, promote causes, help out and showcase our talents, whatever they may be.

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So Why Open Source?

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Why did we choose to open source?  If you do, or have done, any reading on Open Source you learn pretty quickly what  a rapidly growing idea it is.  More and more companies are using open source technology to grow their business.  There are many benefits.  Your software grows with you, it is more geared toward the users because they can give their opinion and help shape it.  And its friendlier to a tight budget.

Companies can save lots of their income by using open sourced products and creating their own to share.  World Tree Circle is no different.  As a small startup with no capital to start of with, on our own we have to raise the money to pay our contributors.  In the beginning we were all for that. World Tree Circle is going to be big news, and eventually it will bring a large income.  We’ll be rich.  We’d donate to whatever causes we wanted, buy nice, fair trade goods and foods, make our house more eco-friendly…the list could go on and on.  In the meantime though, WTC doesn’t have funds to get off the ground and we don’t have the technical knowledge to do it on our own.  We couldn’t pay the small team we had gathered and the challenges we faced discouraged some of them to the point of backing out, or at least only contributing now and again.  We were losing momentum and making tons of money and keeping it to ourselves was never the purpose of World Tree to begin with.

So why not share?  Why can’t we be comfortable and share the amazing technology that this project is bound to encourage?  This is a world site and should be a world project.  A place not only for all of us to hang out on to learn, sell, visit, get travel ideas or play games but also a virtual workshop for the most creative and innovative programmers and designers, social media gurus and any other techy to exercise their brain and share what they do best even behind the scenes.  So we started to research how we could do that.  And that is how we stumbled on Open Source.

The idea is very simple.  You put all the information you have out there.  All your notes, everything you’ve tried, and allow people to use it, modify it, rewrite it, with the purpose of correcting and/or improving it.  Open source has been around for a while.  Since the 80s at least.  It’s been used by business around the world for some time now.  Its gone through its hardships with regulations and changes but it is still around and growing more rapidly everyday.  We love the concept and can’t wait to experience the process firsthand.  We look forward to meeting all of you and building a website we can all be passionate about, enjoy and be proud of.

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Attn: Translation Software Community

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multi language helloWe are World Tree Circle, an open source project.  My husband, Clarke, and I have been working on the idea for the our website for about a year now.  It is still in its very early stages.  One of the major functions of this social networking site will be that it translates all chat and video so that you can communicate live as well as the current mode of email and posts.  Our site would benefit translation software companies, too.  We would help the companies with making the translation organic as we grew with fun games to play in order to learn a language as well as help with improving the software.  People would have more and more accurate translation software to use and we, meaning everyone wins.

We are sending this to as many companies as we can find, to see who has the imagination and resourcefulness to meet the challenge.

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