[gu-new] (03/02/07)-B Follow-up to the previous list distribution on the possible creation of GUS/Poland made on 2/17/07
Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.
utsumi at columbia.edu
Fri Mar 2 18:02:34 EST 2007
<<March 2, 2007>>
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Jaroslaw K. Ponder <Jaroslaw.Ponder at itu.int>
Bert van Lamoen <dean at ebbs.eu>
Dr. Paul Baran <paul at baran.com>
Kaisa Kautto-Koivula, Lic.Techn., Ph.D. <kaisa.kautto-koivula at kolumbus.fi>
P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D., Professor <tapio.varis at uta.fi>
(1) This is the follow-up to my previous list distribution of;
> (02/17/07) Possible creation of GUS/Poland
(2) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).
I am very delighted to know of your strong willingness to help the creation
of GUS/Poland. We will definitely count on you.
(3) BTW, pls visit the following web site;
> Internet Pioneers, Paul Baran
> As you see in it, he was born in Poland, though emigrated to Boston in his
> infant age.
You can also visit very interesting stories about the pioneers of modern
digital telecommunication technologies at
Dear Kaisa and Marita:
(4) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) with very interesting and
exciting news about your new book.
I am very happy to learn that you have received tremendous publicity about
the book so far. My wholehearted congratulations to its publication.
I am very delighted to know that your Human-centric Knowledge Society and
Bert¹s ³gift economy,² ³Fourth Sector² or ³for-benefit sector² are the
future directions of industrial society of the world.
Yes, the timing is just good for the book, especially for the leaders of
industry and commerce.
(5) I would very much like to have Japanese leaders read this book.
When its English version comes out, it would be easier to look for its
On the other hand, you may ask Tapio if he knows any Japanese who has
> I am very happy to know that your son is now learning Japanese he may need
> to visit Japan someday?!
Pls reserve a copy of the English version to me and let me know its
(6) The title of the book (From Slave to Master) is very appropriate,
Although I mentioned in the Item (5) of my previous list distribution of
2/17th mentioned above, the title is similar to ³To Lead is To Serve² of my
following slide <http://tinyurl.com/2u8s22>.
(7) I am very, very delighted to read the last sentence of your msg. Thank
you again for your effort!! You have done it very well, indeed!!
(8) You seem to have very good friends for your creating GUS/Poland.
> From: <jaroslaw.ponder at itu.int>
> Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:52:33 +0100
> To: <utsumi at columbia.edu>
> Conversation: [gu-new] (02/17/07) Possible creation of GUS/Poland
> Subject: RE: [gu-new] (02/17/07) Possible creation of GUS/Poland
> Dear Professor Utsumi,
> I have just opened your mail today. Thank you very much for drawing my
> attention to this interesting initiative GUS/Poland. Originally I am coming
> from Poland but living in Switzerland for few years already. Project sounds
> interesting and if I may be helpful in some way please do not hesitate to let
> me know.
> Best regards,
> International Telecommunication Union
> Strategy and Policy Unit
> Place des Nations
> 1211 Geneva 20
> Tel.: 00 41 22 730 6065
> E-mail: Jaroslaw.Ponder at itu.int
> From: Kaisa Kautto-Koivula <kaisa.kautto-koivula at kolumbus.fi>
> Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 01:17:35 +0200
> To: <utsumi at columbia.edu>
> Subject: Our book is ready - here short introduction
> Dear Tak,
> Thank You very much for your valuable words and your excellent advices, again.
> I found really interesting connection between out paper of Human-centric
> Knowledge Society and Bert¹s paper ³gift economy,² ³Fourth Sector² or
> ³for-benefit sector² which terms Bert, both indicating the future direction of
> industrial society
> You asked about our book. Yes it is now ready. It was published in Finnish
> last October. WE wanted to wait the reaction before to tell more about it to
> you. We are at this moment very happy about the interest that book has risen
> up in Finland. We have got a lot of positive feedback. People have been
> excited and the book has got also a good amount of publicity in magazines,
> newspapers and even in TV. It looks like the timing was correct for this kind
> of book.
> We do not know yet when it is going to be available in English. We are open
> for suggestions! Would be nice to get it also in Japanese. (My youngest son is
> studying Japanese but he cannot make it yet!)
> I made here very short (it is 402 pages!!) introduction what that book
> contains. Here it comes:
> The Title of the Book is in Finnish Rengistä Isännäksi: Vapaaksi
> kvartaalitalouden talutusnuorasta (freely translated: "From Hiredman (slave?)
> to Master: Free from the leash of the short-term economy"). The content is
> devided into four main sections (steps).
> - The First Step of book describes the spirit of current situation showing
> how short-term (Quartal) economy has dramatically changed the values and
> balance of our daily life, way of working, societies and global economy -
> making most of the people feel themselves unhappy or even ill. In this process
> human beings have become more like subordinates (slaves of this age because
> they cannot manage their own time and life) of economy, technology,
> production, competitiveness etc. The vehicle (economy) has become the goal of
> the whole society and it directs the daily life of people. In this shift
> process we are losing step by step our deepest values, our humanity and
> happiness of daily life (people are overloaded and stressed, families suffer,
> divorces increases, we have less time to the meaningful elements in our life,
> nearest, etc.). At the same time we expect that the rise of the economy in
> future will become from the immaterial economy that is based on the
> innovativeness of human beings!? This is a growing contradiction. The tension
> among (knowledge) individual/workers is growing fast. We think that the world
> and societies init have come to a crossroads: Is it the deadend of current
> economy, society or even humanity? The traditional thinking of the industrial
> age can no longer explain new economic, social and human tensions and
> conflicts. We have to find the new paradigm and the new direction.
> - The Second Step of book try to find how deep this ongoing transition phase
> (paradigm shift) is? Can we learn from the history? Is it the paradigm shift
> from Industrial age to New Knowledge Age or even to New Epoch? Many evidences
> exist that it could be even new epoch. If so, we need much bigger change in
> paradigm shift, new worldview. That is as big change as moving from
> agricultural epoch to industrial epoch starting 400 years ago!! How are we
> going to do that? Who are the forerunners (societies, countries, economies of
> that process)?
> - in the Third Step of book we describe in more details the expectations and
> elements of coming future society and economy. Creative knowledge intensive
> and network-based. The creative production is the new production model and the
> methods of Taylor do not work in that production. Effectiveness destroys
> creativeness! From current situation, deepness of paradigm shift and
> foresights we then create our proposition for the main framework of the new
> worldview (paradigm) of this coming new epoch. We believe it has to be
> human-centric and with new great respect for nature. From the basis of this
> new worldview we then outline our manuscript - new vision, new goal, new value
> base, strategic intent and strategy path - for the future of Finnish Society
> in 2012. Happy life and wellbeing of people are the main goals of that
> manuscript not the rise of economy nor the growing needs of materiality.
> - In the Fourth Step we describe via real individual stories how this paradigm
> shift is going on already under the surface among people in Finland. More and
> more individual people, (knowledge) workers, experts, managers have left/are
> leaving their ordinary (even well paid) salary jobs in big organizations (as
> we left Nokia) - starting their new, better and more value-based life. Some of
> them have established their own nanocorporations, some of them have taken new
> jobs with even less salary but with more spare time with families. These
> forerunners have the Mission: they want to show the way to the better future
> Society and Economy. That society and economy has new goals and values - where
> Human beings, Humanity and the real Meaning of Life have been found again and
> put them back to their right position as leading elements masters. Economy,
> technology, systems, materiality, competitiveness and productivity etc. have
> been returned to their right position to vehicles.
> After this heavy, two year process of writing this book, we are now more
> convinced that our Dream of Human-centric Creative Knowledge Society can
> become to true even faster than we expected. We have no other alternative.
> Best regards
> Kaisa with Marita, the Writers of Book
List of Distribution
Jaroslaw K. Ponder
Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU)
International Telecommunication Union
Place des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel: 00 41 22 730 60 65
Jaroslaw.Ponder at itu.int
Bert van Lamoen
EBBS International Business School
Head office: The Netherlands
mail: dean at ebbs.eu
Dr. Paul Baran
83 James Ave.
Atherton, CA 94027
paul at baran.com
pbaran at comcast.net
Kaisa Kautto-Koivula, Lic.Techn., Ph.D.
Docent, New Learning Environments
Mobile: +358 400 403 632
kaisa.kautto-koivula at kolumbus.fi
P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D., Professor
Acting President, Global University System
UNESCO Chair in Global e-Learning with applications to multiple domains
Professor and Chair of Media Education
Research Center for Vocational Education & Hypermedia Laboratory
University of Tampere
Tel: +358-3-614-5608--office in Hameenlinna
Tel: +358-3-215 6243--mass media lab in Tampere
tapio.varis at uta.fi
tapio.varis at hamk.fi
tapio.varis at helsinki.fi
www.ecml-eu.org -- about ECML project.
Principal Research Specialist
Unesco-Unevoc International Centre for Technical and Vocational
Education and Training
53113 Bonn, Germany
t.varis at unevoc.unesco.org
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.)
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education
* Founder and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of
* Global University System (GUS)
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-5913, U.S.A.
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Email: utsumi at columbia.edu
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