Thibaut Camdessus

Thibaut Camdessus

Tibo has volunteered his rich experience in websites' conception and development for designing the original version of eRENLAI and supervising its coming to life.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007 05:20

Knowledge Network

Networks link people and groups, allowing for exchange of resources and information.

Within knowledge networks, “information” becomes “knowledge”, allowing a group to think and to act together.

The globalization of issues such as environment, violence, international trade and workers’ rights induces people to connect to groups that share similar concerns.

Capacity for learning, room for discussion, and openness in membership, discussion and sharing are requisites for the efficacy of the network.

The flexibility of the network helps it to facilitate exchanges, action and empowerment.

The debate on climatic change shows that scientific conclusions are themselves reached through the nurturing of a permanent network of information and debate.

The policy debate is nurtured by networks of citizens, experts and companies. Interconnection between these groups helps to go from traditional lobbying to innovative networking

The mobilization of cultural resources for nurturing sustainable is exactly what a knowledge network might want to achieve.

What are the knowledge networks that I am presently engaged into?

What kind of knowledge networks does my environment need, and may I be instrumental in fostering such alliances?

Our participation in knowledge networks should encourage us to become active citizens of a world whose destiny will be determined by the quality and intensity of our interactions.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2006 02:11

Introduction to Spiritual Computing

In this animation, Tibo illustrates and interprets Benoit Vermander’s article on Humankind Spiritual Computer (see below).

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Wednesday, 30 May 2007 07:52

The Kaohsiung Momentum

Taiwan and the rest of Asia need to go from “community culture” to “sustainability culture”, devising a new strategy of development based on the riches of cultural exchanges and grassroots inventiveness. This was the message sent by the Kaohsiung International Forum organized by the Ricci Institute and eRenlai on May 25-26.

Largely covered by the media, gathering policymakers and experts from Taiwan, Europe and the Pacific Islands,, the Forum has set up a new agenda for the region.

President Chen Shui-bian pledged to make Taiwan a beacon of sustainability and cultural diversity, while calling for the setting up of a World Environmental Organization.

He also delivered their prizes to the ten eRenlai “Life Sustainability Awards” recipients.

In introduction, Wong Chin-chu, head of the Council of Cultural affairs, Yang Tzu-pao, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, and Benoit Vermander (Ricci/Renlai) all called to make global challenges of sustainability and cultural interaction the true basis for Taiwanese internal and international policies.

Michel Camdessus. Former Director General of IMF, described cultural diversity, ethics and spiritual values as the “three pillars” of sustainability.

Wu Chin-fa, vice-president of the Council of Cultural Affairs, showed how Taiwan diversity was already and should be even more the basis of its developmental model..

French Senator Garriaud-Maylam pointed out that a global policy of intangible heritage protection could nurture a culture of peace within and among cultural groups.

Likewise, writer Ping Lu suggested that the creativity and diversity of Taiwan could make it an “extraordinary” member of the international community provided that Taiwanese themselves choose to rely on this part of their heritage.

Dominique David, Executive Director of IFRI, showed that sustainability challenges were modifying the world strategic equilibriums, stressing the challenge that environmental refugees will bring to the global system.

Tuvalu representative Enele S. Sopoaga gave a vivid illustration of this point, by describing the ordeal met by the Pacific islands due to global warming.

Guy Ledoux and Henrik Laursen, representing the European Commission, described how Europe is taking up the challenge, insisting on the fact that environmental protection could become a motor for high-quality economic growth.

This was also the view offered by Guu Yuan-kuang, President of Pingtung Technological University, who described the progresses made by sustainable agriculture in southern Taiwan.

In conclusion, Tchen Yu-hsiou, Secretary General of Taiwan’s National Cultural Association, called for a renewed dialogue of equals between Europe and Asia so as to enrich the cultural assets that will allow us to invent a integral model of development adapted to the new challenges met by the global community.

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Monday, 23 April 2007 06:49

Mhike: Bridging the Digital Divide

Michael J. So (his friends call him Mhike) was born and grew up in the Philippines. Fourteen years ago he came to Taiwan and now is married with two children and living in Chungli. He is an executive assistant at Kuangchi Program Service and serves as secretary of Signis Asia-World Catholic Association for Communication based in Brussels, Belgium. 

One day Mhike at the Chungli Hope Center(which is next to the Catholic church where he attends Mass every Sunday) saw an overseas worker fumbling with a computer and was asked to teach him how to communicate with his wife and family in Vietnam. The problem was that his computer was not on line.

This encounter gave him the idea to help them. So he started by collecting old computers and repairing them and put them on line for the overseas workers to use. Later on he started a computer training course at the center. The number of students grew rapidly, so that today there are more applicants than can be accommodated at one time.

Now Mhike’s students not only can use the web to interact with their families and alleviate their home sickness, these torn away from home students have acquired information technology to enrich their lives and find even better jobs in the future.

Mhike received the Renlai Life Sustainability Awards in 2007, listen to his testimony below:


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