Technology and Culture
Monday, March 2, 2015
Norbert R.O. Pintsch
What has technology to do with culture? a question asked by many professional technology fans. A more exact consideration will however reveal, that culture is the larger dimension and technology is just a part of it. In different eras, some areas have been more influencial and in others less. This way of considering things in itself testifies to a technical way of looking at things. Technical way of thinking is characterized by representation in a manner, the roots of which are to be found in mathematical calculations. There, where abstract thought cannot be explained due to missing power of imagination, we make use of drawings in order to achieve clarity in understanding. It probably never happens that a development process runs as a straight line, rather it is more like a chaotic structure in which now and then a certain regularity becomes visible, which is lost once again after a certain period of time to once again appear as a logical pattern at a later time (see illustration below).Read more »
Cameroonian Dolls Widely Appreciated Around the World
Monday, February 23, 2015
Thatta Kedona Artisans
Friday, February 20, 2015
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My first impression of Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The plain of Punjab seems endless and from a distance village TGD looks like a little toy village made of clay bricks. As I enter the village I feel the pulse of life there; vibrant and lively. There is no hurry there. People live in peace and are happy at a slow pace. I could also see solar energy panels mounted on the building of Woman Art Center.
I am here in TGD to be with kids in the schools. On my way to school on the first day I am latterly surrounded (and escorted) by girls. As I enter the school for the first time, set of big, brown eyes look at me with curiosity and joy. I find the little school girls happy to find me among them. Their joy says welcome to me.
And so I am glad to teach English lessons and a bit of basic math to girls. I had brought magnetic letters and number from Germany and they are not only amazing for young girls but also a great help in teaching. The girls really love them.
As the school blackboards are not magnetic so we converted doors in to into blackboards. While I teach, I wonder how much potential these students have. They are so keen on learning. It is a sheer pleasure to be with such students. And the pleasure of being with little girls makes me forget my urban life.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Volunteer Zephanja Arzt is working on a new product at TTTC in TGD. The images show various steps of the product development process.
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Thatta Kedona Welcome Stephanie Walter
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Stephanie Walter has master degree in Social Studies and Anthropology. She is in Pakistan for the first time. During her stay in Pakistan village, Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (known as called Dolls Village), she is active in the government girls school for teaching English and playing with them.
Volunteers are a very helpful and welcome exposure for the students (also for people) to outside world. Lot of foreign experts and volenteers have been to the village over the past two decades. They bring along their own experience and expertise and everyone of them makes a different. You are welcome Stephanie Walter.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Mud Housing Project
Monday, February 2, 2015
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One Baby One Tree
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Friends of Thatta Kedona already know about our beautiful tradition of "one child one tree" that is practiced in Toys Village since last decade. A-e-F-e-A presents one fruit tree on the birth of a baby and one flower tree to a newly married couple. Results: almost every household in Toys Village has a fruit and flower trees in their yards. And it looks so good. Here are some of the impressions from tree distribution ceremony in BHU.