Thank you for your reading my profile:
- why I'm helping out in the olpc community: just soo much talent that lays there unexploited because of stupidity, dictators, maffia, warlords and the like. I mean just have a look at e.g. these X-Factor shows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLekEVjHI2w I'm glad some of these talents fled their countries and moved here. Their countries loss is our gain, I then think to myself. And that's just the spectacular talent that's so easy to spot. Think of all the more silent talents, like people who could become brilliant entrepreneurs, surgeons, teachers, lawyers, you name it. I don't even have 10% of their talent. Anyway ...
- Since 2004, I present myself on the market as a "Kyoto Protocol-Green Economy Consultant and CO2e-Reducing Project Promotor".
- former manager of OLPCO2e - as a consultant for http://www.olpceu.org at the Brussels OLPC Offices at Ter Hulpen/La Hulpe.
- in the link section of my blogspot, you can learn about me in pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/SvenAERTS228/Iam#
- I've been co-writing on this wiki since april 2006.
- skype: svenaerts
- email: SvenAERTS at laptop dot org
- phone: + 32 2 7 876 7 21
- irc ... during my time at OLPC Europe I was on most of the olpc channels, announcing all other collaborators worldwide that OLPC Europe had logged in and ready for action.
- OLPC Belgium
(Some of) My experiences with OLPC, what I'm doing now and why
OLPC is an open hardware and open software project. As with any other open software project, say Linux or Open-Office, it is impossible making money by selling e.g. Linux or Open Office because everybody knows it's open source and free downloadable. So, in order to AND support such a project AND make a living is an equilibrium that's not alway easy to find and must be approached with a lot of common and very realistic sense. Especially on ICT projects because very quickly you find yourself competing with very brilliant people from all over the planet, including countries that might be lower wage countries, etc.
Independent consultant to OLPC Europe
I'm a keen user of ICT, but I'm not a programmer, and I don't have a whole MIT behind me. So I'm working from a pretty weak position versus others. I managed to get hired by OLPC Europe for the combination of my knowledge about the project but most of all because of my knowledge on how to bring additional resources and money to the table via the generation of CO2e certificates by OLPC deployments via the Clean Development Mechanism under the CO2e certificate Emission Trading System as defined by the http://UNFCCC.int.
That was a specific job nobody else could do as good as me, so I got hired, but it only took 2 months.
Lobbying the EU Directorate Generals for Education, Development Aid = EuropAid, and the EU and World top players in the Educational Landscape
I assumed that the educational landscape - teachers, especially ICT teachers, and for sure the university level, specialists on the use of ICT in education in cabinets of the Ministries of Education, etc. - would get involved in the OLPC XO-XS educational initiative, develop capacity, fill-out grant forms to get OLPC-Schools / -labo's where people could come and see, touch, work with the XO-XServers, get a feel, meet the OLPC Community leaders, learn about the project, etc. After all, teachers can work from a structured, organized setting with a salary every month. So I thought, let's certainly not get into that lane because I'll be run over as I'm not backed by a school/university of paid job. I'm an independent entrepreneur. So I left.
To my growing disbelieve I kept on hearing more and more about teachers setting up iPad labs / test-projects, smart-board is now the big thing (2012-2013), Microsoft here and Microsoft there, the dangers of wifi and overuse of computers by kids, etc. and absolutely NOTHING about OLPC XO-XS, nothing. Not even in 2009-10-11 when Uruguay and Peru did their full deployment and all kids 5 till 15 had received an XO-XS. Meanwhile our son was born, became 3 years, entered kinder garden. So I poked around a bit what was the ICT strategy in schools, in his school, if they'd heard of OLPC and the XO-XS, what was happening in Uruguay and Peru? Nobody ever heard of it. WHAT?! People in the educational landscape had not even heard of the largest educational initiative ever undertaken my humanity? OLPC XO-XS deployments are supported by the UN, Unesco, the secretary general Ban KI-MOON and Kofi ANAN ... there's plenty of pics of them out there with XO's in their hand. What happened?
Now of all places where I could be living, we live in Brussels. And I am there because Brussels is also the Capital of the Largest Emission Trading System on the planet, and I take part is quite some events here organized by the European Commission and that sort. The OLPC-EU Brussels office was full time lobbying and working - had worked their way into just about ALL the embassies here in Brussels and got appointments with the Presidents/Ministers of Education/Ministers of Economy/Prime Ministers whenever their job brought them to Brussels. Even me, I showed the XO's from the office at some of the EU events. So how on earth could it be that OLPC is not taking of here in Europe or even at other places or so slow? That the test-deployments have such a hard time spinning out in region wide deployments. But here in Europe, hardly anybody seems to take the OLPC initiative any further to at least make sure there's test-sites in every major region in Europe or country. And than these iPad "class rooms", they really give me the creeps. It's so completely what OLPC and the XO-XS are not about. To me these iPads are just good to learn our youth techniques to evaluate if they want to get on board with a hype or not, what criteria to use to make up your mind. Don't get me wrong, I think iPads are great, but at 750€, they are not the e-tool you want to put in the hands of kids / youngsters. I think the OLPC XO-XS is the preferred choice.
So I started analyzing what went wrong. Tried to take up contact with as many EU OLPC contacts as possible. And I found out that everybody who knows or gets to know OLPC thinks it's great - but for poor countries and poor kids, and their kids deserve something better, like a real laptop. People make that assumption because mostly they see pics of black-brown/poor kids holding these XO's. But the XO-XServer combination, is THE etool, the BEST e-tool out there and you want for your kid and school: a strong box, that can be easily updated, repaired with a normal screw-driver and all the same screws, open hard and software, made to be updated, puts itself automatically in a network with the other kids-XO-laptops, and with its video-call capability probably good for a large portion of their communication needs. There is no way you can get a better price/quality if tens of thousands are being ordered month after month after month for several years. It's a real money saver. And it pays for itself because they generate CO2e certificates and secondly from increased tax revenues because a better informed society - better educated society is able to generate more additional value more efficiently and quicker, so tax-revenues increase and that's important if you're the minister of education/prime minister/minister of economy because you have to defend the investment.
So, since nobody else is explaining this, I've taken it upon me to take the OLPC XO-XS in the core of my activities as an independent entrepreneur and Leadership Developer of the Low Carbon / Green Economy with its carbon-money / CO2e currency. Just about every week I get invited to a networking event - lunch-time conference by some Directorate General or large ngo who has a lobbying office here and I always take my XO to it.
Since 2012, about 90% of the Top NGO's and federations in the field of education are misled by an article in "The Economist" about OLPC and are against OLPC
Based in Brussels as a lobbyist, just about every week I get invited to a networking event - lunch-time conference by some Directorate General or large ngo who has a lobbying office here and I always take my XO to it. I discovered that though just about everybody knew about olpc around 2004-2006 - this has completely changed anno 2010-12. A new generation got in power who don't have a clue about OLPC because their "bosses" just know 1 thing about OLPC: "OLPC oblidges us to change, to learn stuff like ICT, we are reluctant to change as most people and organisations, we're jealous about OLPC's successes, we don't understand open community project, don't understand how to become part of it, we don't have time/ressources to really look into it. Let's just be against it. OLPC: Nice try, but it doesn't work. OLPC is / was a bunch of engineers who were so naïve - but even to the point of being arrogant, insisting, incompetent regarding education etc. - to think that their XO - a magical hardware pill - was going to solve all of the education's sector's problems." When I ask them "Yes, but OLPC is an open community project, just like linux and the wikipedia, wikibooks, etc. Why don't you jump in as an organisation, set-up an olpc department in your organisation and start contributing, join the discussions? Well, people just mumble something and walk away. To me it is clear 99% of people in the educational landscape were taught with books, paper, pens and a teacher in front of the class room and that's what they're going to repeat. All their support to "break away" techniques are just words, they don't implement it themselves. They don't know how. Since 2012, they've been comforted in their believe and inaction towards engaging in olpc by an article in the Economist on the research / evaluation of the olpc deployment in Peru- financed by the Inter-American Development Bank February 2012. Very bizarre. I knew the research paper and read it: it's only 40 pages and full with graphs. And what I remembered was that it was very positive: in 15 months olpc kids are 5 months ahead in cognitive skills, every kid loves using their XO, they know damn well how to use them and how to find stuff - bit it on the internet, be it books on the XO -, how to use the programs for reading, writing and doing basic calculus and programming. But when you read the article by "The Economist", the tone is more: you see, 15 months after an OLPC-XO deployment and the computers didn't teach the kids how to read, write and know basic math - no difference in these fields with their peers. Conclusion: OLPC is bogus, throw it away and forget about it. Nice try, didn't work.". It is really badly written. And if you leave that for a couple of months in the heads of these top educational ngo and federation people, all they remember is: olpc doesn't work forget it. It is these ngo's and federations that are the only ones who have the numbers of people they represent, staff, proof they can manage grants of over a million euro, etc. and ... they just don't want to let me or olpc in. The result is what you know: no olpc kids in Europe, no olpc deployments in developing countries via EU development/aid funds, it's all pens and papers. Kids in Europe have iPad classes and turned into nice docile consumers versus the olpc kids in Uruguay/Peru ... they've hacked their open hardware, open software, open community project XO, drilled 2 holes in the battery pack, and turned their XO's into robots: the Butia.
Collaboration with the EU Diaspora
My core business leads me to set-up multi-disciplinary, international, gender and age balanced teams to think up and develop sustainable projects that generate these CO2e certificates. For this I've set-up with the diaspora here in Brussels:
- a http://www.LeadershipInstitute.tk and the
- Our teams regularly get in touch with high ranked individuals in developing countries and pitch the OLPC - XO-XS as part of a Waste-to-Building materials demonstration project where we build Sustainable Schools using waste material. They have sets of 4 pager documents with lots of pics and relevant data on them.
Won an EU Tender that can help marketing OLPC and even demo-deployments in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories and Small Island Developing States
In 2014, I was contacted by a little network initiated by EU recognized Trainers from the EU Overseas Countries and Territories we have in the Caribbean. They heard about my work on CO2e financing, green entrepreneurship, youth trainings I was giving, my work on the
- 1. 2015–2024 International Decade for People of African Descent #africandescent
- 2. 2011–2020 Third (!) International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. 2015-YEAR 5 Time to take stock. Keep the Promise, Claim the Promise? #Colonialism
- 3. 2015 European Year for Development Aid - Our World, Our Future, Our Dignity. #EYD2015
The team invited me to become part of their team to enter a grant proposal to the Directorate General for Education and Youth... and we won! We secured some 36.000 euro to promote Erasmus+ in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories in the Caribbean for 3 years: 2015, 2016, 2017.
Contact me to team up: skype SvenAERTS . Send me your http://www.linkedin.com profile, what you want to do and what you need for achieving that.
- I've been hired as an independent consultant and worked in the offices of OLPC-Europe to calculate how many CO2e certificates an OLPC deployment would generate. The project was killed after 2 months and I was fired. The google representative and main sponsor to olpc were at the time in a fight with the EU Directorate Climate Change and DG ICT if the ICT sector should be put under the CO2e Emission Trading System or not. In the USA there was a complete state of denial that there was a global climate change destabilisation going on and that it was human based. Their own olpc printing CO2e certificates and thus being pro the CO2e Emission Trading System and the CDM was absolutely not what that google person wanted, so he instructed to kill the program and destroy all the research and my calculations.
Lobbying and Networking Events at EU top level
- About every week I get invited to networking events at top EU level and I always take my olpc with me. 50% of people don't know about OLPC, 25% know about it and remember an article in "The Economist" saying OLPC was bogus and get angry with me, 25% know about OLPC and are glad to get a status update: all kids in Uruguay, Peru, and Rwanda have an XO, and in just about every region in the world enthusiasts have brought XO's just to show and demonstrate the project. But olpc really needs the support of "pro's like you, who know that it takes several phases to go from a first intro lecture about olpc to a full scale deployment and .. if they want to team up?".
2015/09: Directorate General for Development Aid - EuropAid - supports funding for OLPC deployment in Syrian Refugee Camps
- I managed to be invited by the EU employee responsible for these funds, gave him a demo and he agreed that any grant form that entered and would have an olpc paragraph in it would be awared extra points hence increase chances of winning the grants. I don't know if I'm allowed to publish the progress in this on this wiki as I've been instructed by Quozl that this wiki has become only for technical information by the technical OLPC team and not for the rest of the olpc community. So please contact me to team up: skype SvenAERTS . Send me your http://www.linkedin.com profile, what you want to do and what you need for achieving that.
- Yes, this Wiki is for technical information only. You may publish progress on your new personal project in a subpage of your user page, e.g. User:SvenAERTS/MyPersonalProject, but please clearly mark the information as personal, if the information conflicts with OLPC then I'll be obliged to remove it. --Quozl 21:59, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
Structuring the Types / Categories of Questions on OLPC - FAQ
i'm also trying to help in bringing structure in the questions people throw at you, especially sceptic ones, that can take you off guard. I've participated in such an initiative in the climate change debate. We found out there's a LOT of questions, but not an endless/infinite number of questions. In all there's about a 100 questions or so, and then questions seem to come back or fall back into variations on the same theme. So I've started to rank them into groups and categories to help speed up the learning curve for people that want to talk about the olpc educational initiative or who want to know about OLPC. Here's the kick-off page http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Types_/_Categories_of_Questions
If you're interested to team-up, send me an email with your http://www.linkedin.com profile, what you want to do and what you need for achieving that.
I've been co-writing on this wiki since april 2006.
- Thx Quozl for the reply and the link to the book. Debunking is something I've been working on since quite some time. It's nice to see there's professionals that have published a free book on the topic so we can improve ourselves. It's been a and it is a rocky ride and I'm sure it will smoothen the riding from now on. I hope I'm doing well responding here, or should I have copy/pasted the title on your discussion page and placed the reply there? I've never been able to find a place where it's explained who this use of the discussion pages actually works. --SvenAERTS 21:34, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Why I am involved
I've had the priveledge during my Youth to get involved in an International Youth Organisation called http://www.yeenet.eu - Youth Environment Europe, it made me a better person and I want to give back all I learned there to nowadays youth, to coach them the best I can, to share, built upon what previous youth generation have built and to take part in mankind's ultimate event: the creation of World Peace... and nothing less... and I think it is great to be part of this One Laptop Per Child, Universal Primary Education initiative in which the United Nations is a Partner, and knowing that I'll be able to tell my children and their children and their children and their children that their grand-dad was part of that exciting and inspiring generation, back in the old days of around the 2nd Millennium, transforming and leading humanity back into a sustainable society finally. And I hope to inspire others to be part of the movement. :)
- Everything I've learned there, I've most of it turned into Leadership Development Workshops: a.o. http://yeeseniors.tk/
- Till the age of 35, I was an official EU Youth Trainer (one of 200 recognized by the EU, as per EU Salto Youth Trainers Database)
- so far there was 1 seminar and trainingscourse that won a reward by the European Comission and the Directorate General of Education and Culture, and we had a workshop in Turkey in june 2006 where 25 youth leaders from 15 countries gathered on the topic: IT for Youth Initiatives, which resulted in the creation of a Virtual Office for all Youth Initatives in the world - hosted on the servers of a Polish University - and the YouthandtheOLPCinitiative.
- you can meet me regularly in http://www.fosdem.org :)
I live in Belgium-Brussels
- Louizalaan, av. Louise
- B-1000 Brussel - BELGIUM
- Skype: SvenAERTS
Brussels is considered to be the Capital of Europe and Capital of the Largest CO2e-Emission Trading Scheme on the Planet ... so I'm often at EU-meetings and conferences both in my own name and in name of customers I represent.
Countries supported by the Belgian Ministry for Development Aid
The 18 partner countries:
- Leadership Developer for the Low Carbon Green Economy - "Kyoto Protocol" Consultant and CO2e-Reducing Project Promotor
- Engineer Environmental Technologies
- - Post Graduate in International Relations & World Peace Deployment
- - Grad. as Car Mechanic in Hybrid/EV/Hydromix Vehicles
- - Grad. as Social Fiscal & Savings Advisor-Private Financial Planner
- - Free Wifi Internet+Virtual Offices in Open Source Software
- - EU Youth Trainer (one of 200 recognized by the EU, as per EU Salto Youth Trainers Database)
I've been working for
- Email: SvenAERTS228 at gmail dot com
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Have a nice day...