Help build a Playground in the Cloud

by Fundacion SOLE Colombia
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Themes around the future we want!
Themes around the future we want!

Dear SOLE Colombia friend,

Thank you for your support! We finally completed our project Help build a Playground in the Cloud thanks to the generosity of many people like you, who supported us with their donations. 

Our Playground in The Cloud (Parque en La Nube) is now an important place to give access to SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environments) to different people all around Colombia and other parts of the world. On the Playground people can find the necessary information on how to do SOLE, connect with others and share what they have learned with the world. 

We also have used this space to share the voices of many people all around Colombia during this year. In 2020 we joined the UN75 iniciative, where diverse communities and people from different parts of the world met virtually or in person to talk about the future they want. Here you can see and listen to different voices: La voz de Colombia

Now that this project is already funded, we will deactivate it and you no longer will receive reports from us related to The Playground in Th Cloud. We will still be looking to grow and strengthen this space, being open to the transformations we experience. For this, we will be searching for further funding in the fufure.

Now we're inviting all of our donors to continue supporting SOLE Colombia on GlobalGiving through another project that's more relevant than ever: How to give longlasting peace to Colombia?. This year we had the chance to start a great conversation about the future as part on UN75, where more than 2000 people all around Colombia, had the chance to talk with their communities. For us this also meant an opportunity to contribute to peacebuilding in our country and that's why we want to continue talking with people from diverse backrounds and regions and looking together for solutions to the big challenges we face as a society. 

We invite you to explore this project, support us and share with your contacts what we do together to give a longlasting peace to Colombia.

Thank you again for your support!

 

Stay healthy and happy holidays!

Sanjay Fernandes, Maryam Tertel and the whole SOLE Colombia Team

People talking all around Colombia
People talking all around Colombia

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People talking all over Colombia
People talking all over Colombia

Dear SOLE Colombia friend,

The last months have been intense and awesome at SOLE Colombia. This year is the 75th. Anniversary of the United Nations and we have been invited to join the great worldwide conversation about the future we want (https://www.un.org/en/un75).

The actual worldwide situation has been challenging, but has also brought some new opportunities for the people to connect and talk in new and different ways. At SOLE Colombia we are happy to be part of this iniciative, that has been also an opportunity to bring people together from different parts of the country to do SOLE and start a conversarion. The SOLE methodology is a great fit to begin a conversation basing on Big Questions, and many diverse people have also diverse questions about the fufure. We want the voice of Colombia on this great conversation to be the most authentic as possible and give as many people as possible the chance to talk and have their voices being heard. That's why we shared this invitation to SOLE ambassadors, grannies from The Granny Cloud (a network of volunteers from all ages and genders), and also new people interested in SOLE and in talking about the fufure. 

Teachers, librarians, community leaders, students, parents, and many other people from other profiles have joined in and started their own conversation by using their own questions about the future. Excepeting a few people who had the chance to come together in person to talk, all the conversations have been remote until now, where SOLE ambassadors, grannies and the participants, have had the chance to do a Virtual SOLE using StartSOLE (www.startsole.org) and do an asynchronous conversation using Loomio (www.loomio.org). 

For all of our process during the last months, the Playground in The Cloud has been a common place where people can find, not only the tools and route to start a conversation on their own about the future, but also to see what has been happening all over Colombia, like you can see here on our map: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/lavozdecolombia.

Beyond UN75, we are motivated to continue the conversation about the fufure. We know the importance of bringing people together from many different backround to talk and take action towards that shared future we long for. We have to start now and we hope we can do it together by offering new spaces and grwowing this network of communities and different people all over Colombia and the world.

Thank you for believing in us and contributing to mantain, not only The Playground in The Cloud, but all the work that we do at SOLE Colombia. 

If you would like to join the conversation about the future we want or know more about the work at SOLE Colombia, please write us a message to hola@solecolombia.org.

Thank you!

Stay tuned and stay healthy.

Warm regards,
Sanjay Fernandes and Maryam Tertel
SOLE Colombia Team
www.solecolombia.org

Conversation route on the Playground in The Cloud
Conversation route on the Playground in The Cloud
One of our conversations about the future
One of our conversations about the future

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Toolkit_How to have great conversations

Dear SOLE Colombia friend,

We hope you are safe and healthy. We know that the last 3 months have been challenging for all of us, no matter in which corner of the world we are.

At SOLE Colombia we also have been facing a new reality, in the way we work and interact with the SOLE Colombia Community and with our different partners.

This worldwide situation brought us to rethink the importance of what we do. We have a big challenge: How to respond to this situation with the tools we already have, what can we do? what other ressources are available to respond?. Sitting at home, we saw how a new window of opportunities opend for us and many people and communities we are connected with.

We reconnected to other people doing SOLE worldwide, who had similar challenges, and this is how we received the support and great company form the StartSOLE team (www.startsole.org) to have access to a great platform to do virtual SOLE sessions with different people all around the world. This has been a big oportunity to open different spaces to talk, chat and learn together, and this has become the core of what we do at this moment.

Even if the actual crisis is hard, is has opened an opportunity for people from different regions and contexts to connect and start new conversations about the future we want. This is how we also are becoming part of the biggest worldwide conversation that the UN has started as part of their 75th Aniversary (https://www.un.org/en/un75). We at SOLE Colombia are being part of this, connecting 120 different communities all around Colombia to this great conversation. We have the challenge to do the whole project online and are thinking of and working on new ways to connect the people who are isolated and need more urgently that their voices are heard. We know that this actual situation has shown more cleary many problems, like inequality, that have been always under the surface and want to build together with many others the solutions that are needed for our actual and future world.

In this context the Playground in The Cloud has gained a new meaning and we're planning this virtual space to be the center that brings people together to have new conversations and gives them the access to different tools to support them. For UN75 we already started to build the toolkit that you can find here: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/home.

We will keep you up to date with this great conversations with many different people all around Colombia and the world. If you would like to join us on this big new adventure, please send us an email to hola@solecolombia.org and we will give you more information.

And also, if you would like to support us with your donation to help us bring more people in remote and isolated areas to this conversation, you would be contribuiting to a one of the big steps in the peace building process of our country. Here you can see other projects that are linked to this one: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sole-all-over-colombia/ and https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-the-cloud-for-pisamal-colombia/

Thank you for your support in so many different ways.

We wish you all the best and hope to hear from you soon, you'll definitely hear from us again during the coming weeks.

Stay safe,

Sanjay and Maryam

SOLE Colombia Team

First Virtual SOLE_March2020
First Virtual SOLE_March2020
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Chat with Suneeta Kulkarni_The Granny Cloud

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Julio's students

Join us on a walk on the Playground in The Cloud!

As you might have read from our last report, we alerady have been inviting different people around Colombia to come and visit, share, learn, connect and have fun on the Playground in The Cloud.

There are already people like Julio sharing their stories on how they're working to transform learning in their own commuinities. 

"We use SOLE with the students from 3-6 grade as a pedagogical strategy to develop mental skills and abilities in the formulation of questions, teamwork, collaborative work and appropriate use of ICTs." Julio, teacher in Bucaramanga.

Julio is a passionate and motivated teacher from the city of Bucaramanga who is working hard and has a big dream, to have a SOLE Lab, or special place in the school, where the students can create their own Self-organized Learning Environment and develop other skills necessary to navigate our present and future world. We invite you to read more about Julio's story here: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/compartetusole

There's also a lot happening in the rural community of Pisamal, in the coffee growing region in the department of Caldas. The community has re-activated their SOLE, and children and adults are coming together every week to learn together starting from their own questions and interests. Now, thanks to the generosity of many donors and SAP Colombia, they're preparing to build a SOLE Lab, an important place in the community with internet connection where the neighbours can come together to learn, research and solve their own challenges using the internet and connecting with other communities around the world. They're now learning how tu use The Playground in The Cloud, and you'll see soon some of their stories published on the platform. You can also read here more about this beautiful community in the middle of the mountines: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-the-cloud-for-pisamal-colombia/

Like Julio and the neighbours of Pismal, there are other SOLE ambassadors, librarians, teachers, community leaders and others, from different corners of our country who are starting to visit the Playground in The Cloud to connect with others and share what they're doing.

Even though we have this great news and have invited and reached many people, there are many other we would like to join us on our daily trips to the Playground. There are still thousands of people who are isolated and who would love to learn with others and connect to the world.

We thinks we're living in a special time where we have the opportunity to use the power of the internet to connect, know more about each other, learn from other realities and build together better ways of living, all these without having to move from our own community or special place in the world.

This is why we are also inviting you to join this effort to connect with each other using the Playground  in The Cloud and to share with us any idea you have in mind that could help us find more awesome people interested in supporting what we do, with their donations, time and any other great idea that could help us grow. All of our donors are for us part of this transformation and we are convinced that we together, are already changing the world. If you have any idea you would like to share with us, we're inviting you to share it on The Playground in The Cloud: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/home. You also can write to us anytime to hola@solecolombia.org

Thank you for your constant support and stay tuned for the coming news!

Maryam, Sanjay and all the SOLE Colombia team

Children during a SOLE in Pisamal
Children during a SOLE in Pisamal
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Julio from Bucaramanga shares a story

Have you already visited the Playground in The Cloud?

In our last report we shared with you some BIG NEWS about the Playground in The Cloud: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-build-a-playground-in-the-cloud/reports/#menu. Thanks to all the support we have been receiving from you and many other supporters from all over the world, we have now a platform where people who are interested in learning -no matter from what backround they come-, can connect, share, talk, ask, learn and have fun together with other people around Colombia and the world. 

After having the platform ready, we have been working during the last 3 months to reach and invite more people to visit our platform and share with the world their stories, questions, experiences and more. 

There are already more than 170 people registered in our platform who come from all over the country and from very different backrounds: teachers, librarians, entrepreneurs, community leaders, students, activists, educators from different kind and many more.

On the Playground in the Cloud all people can find useful information, connect, share, talk and enjoy feeling they're part of a larger community.

If people are looking to start a SOLE (a Self-Organized Learning Environment) in their own communities (schools, libraries, public spaces and more) they can go to the section PARA APRENDER (to learn). There they can find the steps and tools to start SOLE where they want. 

If people want to share who they are, their SOLE experiences, their questions and other kind of information, they can go the PARA COMPARTIR (to share) section.

And because we don't want anybody to feel lonely in this journey, if people are looking for connections with others involved in SOLE, they can go to PARA CONECTAR (to connect) and there they can coordinate a joint SOLE session with another SOLE in the world, connect to the Granny Cloud (Nube de Abuelitas) or just connect to other people who are interested in the future of learning.

We also opened a space for the people to start a conversation about any theme they want. Anybody who's interested, just has to go to the PARA CONVERSAR (to talk) section and start the conversation or participate in any other that someone else already started.

And last but not least, like any other playground in the world, people go to play and have fun. That's why there's also a section called PARA JUGAR /(to play) on The Playground in the Cloud. On this section people can find any kind of information and we are inviting all to share anything they find cool, useful, amazing, fun or just interesting.

Thanks to all the generous support you and many others have given us, many people all over Colombia and other countries and regions can have access to this platform and enjoy diverse aspects of SOLE and get more in touch with the future of learning. 

And even if we already reached many, we still want more people in remote places that have been isolated, -due to the armed conflict-, for many years from the rest of the country and the world, to get involved and connect with others.

From our initial goal of $10,200 USD, we already reached $7,749 USD. We are thankful with you and many people around the world who have donated to this beautiful project. To reach other regions with SOLE through the Playground in The Cloud, we still need to reach our initial goal so we can have the ressources needed to engage more people and dedicate more of our time and effort to those regions that need it most.

We will be working on this during the next months and will send you some news about the next steps we're taking. During this time we invite you to visit The Playground in The Cloud. Enjoy, explore, connect, ask Big Questions and have fun!

Thank you and stay tuned!

Sanjay, Maryam and all the SOLE Colombia Community.

Another story from Barranquilla
Another story from Barranquilla
Playground in The Cloud HOME
Playground in The Cloud HOME

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Location: Bogota, Bogota D.C. - Colombia
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Bogota, Bogota D.C. Colombia

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