Kondratieff Waves and Lithuania prof. Bernardas Lietaeras 2011 m. rugsėjo 28-29 d. Integralinės erdvės konferencija XXI amžiaus renesansas:inovatyvios mokymosi ir bendradarbiavimo formos. Bendruomeninės valiutos projektai Daugiau informacijos: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: 8 5 262 8622, 8 610 61272
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Advantages of Lithuania as Learning Country • Highestpenetration of fiberbroadband in Europe • ReplacedSweden in 1st place in 2010 • 60% of population is Internet user • Ubiquity of mobile phones • With SIM cards more than 100% of population • Fastestgrowingorganic agriculture (10x since 2005) • Deeppre-historical and historicalawareness • Gimbutas’ « Old Europe » • Geneticcontinuitysinceneolithic times • First university in Eastern Europe (1579) • First writtenEuropean constitution (1791)
Proposed Objectives of Lithuania as Learning Country • By 2020 all Lithuanians of lessthan 40 yearsold are fluentlybilingual, and preferablytrilingual. • All Lithuanians of lessthan 60 yearsold are Internet proficient (not just « users ») • Generalize fun learning in Yin way • Promoteinter-generational contacts • Prepareadults for healthyaging • Have foreignersvisitLithuania to learnsomething
Proposal #1: Exchange of PracticalCompetences • Lithuanian businesses and NGOsamongthemselveswant to exchange knowledge and competences • E.g. sales people from an IT firmcan do an internship in a logistics business to broadentheirskills. • Solution: a simple time credit system where the business thataccepts an internobtainscredits for the hoursthat are spentthere. • « Idealbehavior » is to go many times throughzero balance. • Businesses with a lot of « idealbehavior » getpriority to sendtheirown staff as interns in other businesses of theirchoice. • Can bestarted as a pilot by simple agreement among businesses. • Start-up manual and open source software availablenow. • Question: whatis the mostdesirablerewardthat businesses canobtain in beinggenerous by acceptinginterns?
Proposal #2 Wellness Token System Wellness Alliance (local corporations + health insurance + community foundations + local associations + ?) • Issues & redeems tokens • Services data bank & referrals • Refers clients to service providers Wellness Tokens National money Prevention Programs e.g. Obesity reduction, Detox, etc. • Accepts tokens • Provides wellness programs • Wellness therapies • Exercise equipments • Wholesome/local foods • Transport (bicycles, taxis) Wellness Businesses
Benefits and impact: • Broad promotion of „wellness“ in society in general and all participants in particular. • Pragmatic tool for a „healthy aging“ movement
Proposal #3a: A National Learning Foundation • Manages the National Learning Currency DORA • Shouldbe as much as possible a Yin-type system (bottom up) • Makesavailable to all, information agelearningtools • Organizes trips abroad for learningforeignlanguages, and exchange programs betweenforeign and Lithuanianyouth • Requires minimum DORA contributions for participation, and supplies costs in national money or otherresources
How to earn Doras?Ex: Intergenerational Learning • DORA iselectronic, mobile phone payment system • Software available in open source • Teenagers train adults in Internet proficiency • Both teenagers and adultsearn DORA • Creation of an online National Wisdom Archive • Children interview those over 80 with the question: « What have youlearned in your life thatisuseful to the 21st century? » • Bothchildren and elderlyreceive DORA, elderlycandonate DORA to someone, or a cause of theirchoice • Multimedia interviews get extra DORA • Competition for 10 « best entries » get more extra DORA, etc.
Proposal #2b: National Learning Foundation as a « Dream Contractor » • Remember the « littlegardens » of the Torekesproject? • National Learning Foundationmakescontractswith end users to realizetheirdream in exchange of DORAs • Question: whatisYOURdream?
DORA Economy Lithuanian National Learning Foundation DORA Flows Resources: National Money Euros, contacts, etc. End User Dream Project L Elderships NGOs Lo Elderships NGOs 500 Local Elderships NMA End Users Cause-Related Projects
DORA Organization Structure presidency Conventional Yang Presidentialfunctions Lithuanian National Learning Foundation (Yin Values) DORA Flows NGOs Resources: National Money, Euros, contacts, etc. NGOs L Elderships End User Dream Project Lo Elderships 500 Local Elderships NMA End Users Cause-Related Projects
Conclusions • Lithuania invests towards 6th Kondratieff wave • The best way to shorten pain from the on-going „Big Recession“ • Without burdening the government finances! • Complementary currencies make a lot more happen with same national currency budget • Because they connect unused resources with unmet needs