Seeking Partners for Local OCI NOVOSTI projects

Submitted by ydubel on Mon, 2007-01-15 14:00. :: | | | |

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in Cultural Fusion and/or Oci Novosti.

We're now seeking partners to develop local Oci Novosti magazine projects.

The idea we're inviting input and feedback on is for a contest to introduce the project. Oci Novosti means Eyes News which is community, regional, national or even international news seen through the eyes of artists. The contest involves finding an image that would be regarded as or represents a problem in the community and then frame some part of it to find or create an image of beauty.

Essays, poetry and mixed media works exploring this concept are all welcomed. One thing that is needed are sponsors for the contest to contribute gifts and prizes for winning works. We can invite people in the community (online and offline) to log on to cast their votes.

This is a great project for communities seeking to take initial steps toward cohesion, exploring democracy at the grassroots level, informing about issues impacting those typically ignored, to generate ideas to tackle community challeges, and to develop public-private partnerships that can leverage existing resources. 

The magazine can be delivered in print and digitally with a small subscription fee as a fund raiser for local arts organizations to provide discounted or free classes to talented students. A scaled down digital version can be delivered for free as part of the Cultural Fusion newsletter to promote specific magazines with geographical focus. This is one CRM Strategy that can work for NGO and nonprofits as well as promote private partnerships that emerge to support these projects at the local levels.

Once we can get a few local implentations on a small scale we can work as a group to seek funding for this as an international magazine with grassroots focus...expanding to other forms of digital distribution. 

Are you interested?

Do you have ideas or talents to contribute to get this ball rolling?

 

Submitted by krisdev on Tue, 2007-01-16 04:57.

Dear all,

I am not sure if I understood right the Local OCI NOVOSTI Projects.

I am always in a hurry to reach across with my message.

I have done some orginal grassroot level field work among the poorest of the poor rural tribals in remote parts of india.

I have field tested the concept of biometric tracking of citizens and benefits received by them.

A biometric linked smartcard and a communication software that can introduce total transparency and accountability, to create a level playing field, eliminate corruption, alleviate poverty and help achieve UN MDGs.

I am looking for projects and partners to support such a societal transformation initiative. It can transform the entire developing world.

My work was recognised by the Digital Empowerment Foundation for the prestigious Manthan Award 2006 for creating India's Best e-Content in the category 'e-Inclusion & Livelihood' (www.manthanaward.com)

I can send more details and photos taken in the field to anyone who is interested in more details.

Kris Dev, ICT Consultant

Submitted by ydubel on Tue, 2007-02-06 14:41.

Brief update....

Kris and i are exploring a few paths for collaboration with other organizations in my network.

The first edition of the magazine is actively in development...more artists in the Balkan region are invited to contribute. If you know of anyone pass this along :-)

 

Be well!

 

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller

Submitted by krisdev on Tue, 2007-02-06 17:19.

Biometric tracking gives a tamper proof identity to villagers

Jaya Menon - Chennai

Remote Gurrampeta, a tribal hamlet, seemed hardly the ideal place to distribute smart cards after an experiment with sophisticated personal tracking or access control systems. The backward village with 150 families was poverty-stricken and calamity prone. All that the tribals here wanted was a decent livelihood that would give them at least a meal a day. So, when Kris Dev and his IT savvy team from Chennai hit this rural reach of Andhra Pradesh, carrying their 'access technology' equipment, comprising a biometric device, a 9" by 6" equipment weighing barely 500 gms, and a laptop, the villagers did not exactly jump with joy.

''In fact, after setting up the equipment to start their experiment, it suddenly struck us that there was no power supply to Gurrampeta village,'' says Kris Dev, a management and ICT consultant, specialising in decentralization and e-governance, co-founder of the Life Line 2 Business (LL2B). He recently won the Manthan Award in the category of 'e-inclusion and livelihood creation.'' The April 2006 experiment by Kris and his team in three villages of Andhra Pradesh, Gurrampeta (V R Puram Mandal in Khammam District), Mohammedabad and Jakulla Kootha Palli (Amadugur Mandal in Ananthapur district) coming under the National Rural Development Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) for 'Biometric Tracking of Payments under NREGA and others' was adjudged the best among 25 states in India.

Back in Gurrampeta, Kris and his colleagues, found a 6-volt car battery and kicked off their experiment which promised to usher in radical changes at the grass root level ''where villagers working in agricultural fields, construction sites or factories were always being exploited by greedy, corrupt middlemen.'' Their village initiative had been possible only after several rounds of counselling and explanations. It was quite understandable, as the villagers had only recently been taken for a big ride.

Soon after the 2005 floods in coastal Andhra Pradesh spread over Khammam district, the Hyderabad-based Centre for World Solidarity, a NGO, announced solatium of Rs. 500 each for many villages including Gurrampeta. ''A middleman, authorised to distribute the relief money, put his thumbprints across 135 names of affected villagers and pocketed funds worth Rs. 75,000,'' says Kris. Only 15 villagers actually got the relief. Kris explained to the disillusioned villagers that this would never happen with a biometric device where each of them would have a 'unique identity' by registering their thumbprint into the machine and their photographs integrated through software. So, every time they put their thumb on the optical scan for verification, their photographs would pop up. The biometric device has a provision to enter the citizen's ID and displays the ID and name on a LCD screen.

''When a villager signs in for work, he registers on he biometric device. He does the same when he finishes work. So, there is an official record of the man days he puts in which cannot be tampered with and he has to be paid for work done on those days. We have work records (muster-rolls) in villages showing how supervisors have tampered with number of working days of villagers so that they could pocket the extra cash,'' said Kris. ''A biometric-based smart card where the citizen uses the information of what he has, what he knows and what he is, ensures a high level of security,'' he added.

Now, villagers of Gurrampeta, neighbouring Mohammedabad and J K Palli are thrilled with their new identity. But this was just an experiment. Convincing the policy makers to introduce the process on a permanent basis has proved to be more difficult. In fact, one officer wanted to know if the biometric device would work as well with work-worn hands as it did with his 'soft' fingers. ''We showed him that the device worked with everyone —a villager working with machines in a factory, whose work-roughened palms were full of corns and those working in cement factories,'' points out Kris. So, while he had convinced villagers that a unique 'biometric' citizen identity would dramatically change their lives, the greater challenge has been to convince the various state and district administrations.

The investment would be a mere Rs. 20,000 in every village for a battery-run biometric device in conjunction with a suitable software that can register citizens uniquely, avoid duplication, create a data base of citizens and permit online transfer of information for the district and state administrations to view online. Kris is still waiting with crossed fingers for the first invitation to a village in India for implementing the project.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/21904.html


Kris Dev ICT Consultant

Submitted by ydubel on Wed, 2010-06-09 22:35.

This project has continued to evolve but I have been remiss in posting updates. So much attention on the work that time for updates sometimes proves a challenge. At any rate, I share a link with you from the second issue of Oci Novosti which features contributions South Africa, Croatia, Netherlands, Macedonia, USA, Jamaica, and perhaps a few others that might surprise you.

 If you or your community would like to get involved step up and let me know in time to be considered for inclusion in the next issue. See the link below the cover image to download the magazine and ENJOY!

 

 

 http://comfusion.pbworks.com/f/ocinovostiv1i2-magazine.pdf

 

 

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller

Submitted by ydubel on Wed, 2010-06-09 13:51.

This project has continued to evolve but I have been remiss in posting updates. So much attention on the work that time for updates sometimes proves a challenge. At any rate, I share a link with you from the second issue of Oci Novosti which features contributions South Africa, Croatia, Netherlands, Macedonia, USA, Jamaica, and perhaps a few others that might surprise you.

 If you or your community would like to get involved step up and let me know in time to be considered for inclusion in the next issue. See the link below the cover image to download the magazine and ENJOY!

 

 

 <a href="http://comfusion.pbworks.com/f/ocinovostiv1i2-magazine.pdf">Oci Novosti</a>

 

 

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller

Submitted by ydubel on Wed, 2010-06-09 13:55.

This project has continued to evolve but I have been remiss in posting updates. So much attention on the work that time for updates sometimes proves a challenge. At any rate, I share a link with you from the second issue of Oci Novosti which features contributions South Africa, Croatia, Netherlands, Macedonia, USA, Jamaica, and perhaps a few others that might surprise you.

 If you or your community would like to get involved step up and let me know in time to be considered for inclusion in the next issue. See the link below the cover image to download the magazine and ENJOY!

 

 

 <a href="http://comfusion.pbworks.com/f/ocinovostiv1i2-magazine.pdf">Oci Novosti</a>

 

 

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller

Submitted by ydubel on Wed, 2010-06-09 15:13.

This project has continued to evolve but I have been remiss in posting updates. So much attention on the work that time for updates sometimes proves a challenge. At any rate, I share a link with you from the second issue of Oci Novosti which features contributions South Africa, Croatia, Netherlands, Macedonia, USA, Jamaica, and perhaps a few others that might surprise you.

 If you or your community would like to get involved step up and let me know in time to be considered for inclusion in the next issue. See the link below the cover image to download the magazine and ENJOY!

 

 

 <a href="http://comfusion.pbworks.com/f/ocinovostiv1i2-magazine.pdf">Oci Novosti</a>

 

 

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller