My Video Story
AndriusKulikauskas November 27, 2009 18:13 CET Franz told me a story about a handicapped man who couldn't travel to the conference but he prepared and arranged all the materials on his table desktop, and with his webcam he could turn it away from his face and go to all the little things he had arranged and prepared on his table. He showed all the tools he relies on in his everyday life.


Hi Franz and all, I share my proposal which I will send to potential sponsors for this study of video bridging. I appreciate our thoughts! Andrius Kulikauskas,

I am looking for collaborators and funders to explore new usages of video communications such as video bridges. Franz Nahrada has championed such technology as key for the success of global villages and the education of the future. Our study of these new patterns is useful for market research and for promotion of new uses.

In January, thanks to Franz Nahrada's Video Communications Workshop, my laboratory Minciu Sodas took the first steps in this research. Sasha Mrkailo of Serbia collected for us 80 examples from the Internet of how people are using video communications. We call this "My Video Story":

I then grouped examples and noted four types of dynamics for video bridges:

  • "Strangers" Two or more groups may be curious about each other and use video bridges to get to know each other.
  • "Friends" Two or more groups may have a common interest and share experiences.
  • "Experts" One or more experts may share their expertise with one or more groups.
  • "Family" One or more groups spend time as if they were all in one place, perhaps having a meal, dancing, praying, celebrating.
And there may be other dynamics.

Next, I am looking for "recurring activities" in these events. What kinds of actions are taken over and over again? As Christopher Alexander noted, such repeating actions evoke "patterns", which is to say, solutions that optimize practically a theoretical structure. I am looking for such "recurring activities" and related solutions. For example:

  • School children have a discussion with an author or guest.
  • A musician teaches music lessons to students, how to play the harp or other instrument.
  • A priest performs a ritual through a video link.
  • A group plays Dungeon and Dragons.
  • An artists paints her subjects.
These are not one-time activities. They happen over and over again as part of people's lives. I wish to interview such people by text, audio and/or video to document what they have discovered about organizing video communications in their particular cases. What principles, what "rules of thumb" can they suggest to others who want to do what they are doing? My thought is to document each such "pattern" in English and German. I will share our text, audio and video interviews. I will show how different "recurring activities" interact. I will show how their solutions, their patterns are related and form a skill set or "pattern language" for organizing video bridges. This skill set is useful for video bridge facilitators.

I can work more on this if I can find funders, especially businesses that might benefit. I could focus for them on stories and patterns related to their strategic interests. For example, where is Video Skype not enough to do what people really want to do? For which activities is fast broadband especially desirable?

I have led a global team for similar projects, most notably, My Food Story for Greg Wolff of Unamesa Association to collect 2,000 food stories around the world to illustrate the world's food supply chain. Our original content is in the Public Domain so that all may use it for other projects according to their own best judgement. We also make "fair use" of short excerpts from websites. We are working on My Video Story at DorfWiki.

I work at a rate of 1,500 EUR per month full time. My team collects stories at a rate of 1 EUR per story. We can translate our work from English into German at a rate of 250 to 500 EUR per month. We include and support people who care about video bridging. As we work, we attract and energize this community. Also, I can write reports and consult as part of my work.

I look forward to your thoughts how with your help we might do this work! I am staying with Franz Nahrada in Vienna, Austria until the end of February.

Thank you,


Andrius Kulikauskas



Hey Andrius,

I would add an important dynamic for video-bridging which is, the reconstruction of separated and fragmented communities and families originally from (war) crises areas. There are millions around the world carrying home inside and can not share it the physical world because of lack of human security. New social-business can emerge of such video bridge application. Palestinian are for sure not the only target group. I cam imagine how VideoBridging "rethink the concept of diaspora" in two-dimensional world, and can revive broken nation/people harts by applying third-dimensional communication layer.

Good Luck, All the best in all life WaelAlSaad

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