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Oculus Riff

How Will Tech Affect Communities Worldwide

by Kitty Jellinek
In the USA, Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video this week of their latest Atlas robot. Atlas is 175 centimetres tall and weighs 81 kilograms. In the video, he takes a walk in the woods over uneven and snowy ground. He picks up boxes. He gets to his feet after being knocked over. He follows a box being dragged in front of him. These simple things alone represent a considerable advancement in robotics technology. How long before your local shelf stacker at the supermarket looks something like a friendly Terminator? The wave of technological innovation keeps getting bigger and bigger. […]
Connect local community world wide

How to Connect with Your Local Community Worldwide

by Kitty Jellinek
It doesn’t matter where your local community is located in the world – Mikode.net will connect you to it and enable you to communicate with its members. All local community sites are listed in the Mikode network via their respective post/zip area codes. If you join the Mikode.net membership and your community site is not listed, just contact support and request a site be built for your community. Mikode will build, host and maintain a site for your local community within 72 hours – these services are all free for members. As A member, the first step to connecting with […]
My Community

Understanding Neighbourhood Planning In Your Local Community

by Kitty Jellinek
Understanding Neighbourhood Planning In Your Local Community Want to have a say over where new homes, shops and offices are built or what new buildings should look like? Maybe you want to protect and enhance your local high street, choose where new industries should be located, or protect your local green spaces for generations to enjoy in years to come? Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a neighbourhood plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local community benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. Local people can also grant permission for […]
Sydney fireworks 2016

Communities around the world Celebrate the the start of 2016.

by Kitty Jellinek
  Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2016!
Eric Whitacre

Music and the perception of self in a community.

by Kitty Jellinek
There is a definite relationship between music and the perception of self in a community. The music of a given time period tends to reflect the emotions, political scheme, socioeconomic strife and ethical perspective of the society that has the power to communicate beyond words to evoke emotion, promote development and create a sense of identity and culture. With so much in the world being handled in digital media, what is the role of choirs in creating real community between individuals? Composer Eric Whitacre answers Classical MPR’s Brian Newhouse.
Local Business

Mikode Local Community Network Sites Help Local Businesses

by Kitty Jellinek
What a lot of people fail to realize today is that the well being of local businesses affects everyone economically.   The main reason why people shop in chain stores within their own localities, rather than at the local business outlets is twofold. 1] People mistakenly think that the chain store in their locality is a local business. 2] Local businesses can’t compete with the monopolistic advertising of the super stores. Above is today’s Woolworth’s online catalogue – For area 4221. When I see this type of advertisement I ask: ½ prices, compared to what norm? Is this ½ the […]
community crowd

Creating An Engaging Community At Mikode

by Kitty Jellinek
Consider the processes that individuals follow when moving from a non-member to an actively participating member in your online community. Visitors who have found your community, either by word of mouth or via a search engine will investigate whether this is a suitable community for them to join in. They will base their decision on several factors. Do they feel that other members in the community can be trusted? Mikode facilitates the use of member’s profiles – use them to engender trust. Do they feel that they can benefit from the information and help from the members within this community? […]
Basball

Community Discussion About Decency

by Kitty Jellinek
Ten Years ago I published the following article. I am publishing it again, here today, as I believe it is just as pertinent in 2015 as it was in 2005. At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. “When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot […]

Merry Christmas To The Community Of Mikode

by Kitty Jellinek
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal subscribers and readers for participating in interactions at Mikode. I especially want to thank Dr. John Carlyle and his wife; without their financial support over the past three years this site would not exist. Wishing everyone peace, love and joy over the Christmas festive season and for the New Year 2015.
community revolt

Social Networks Bringing People Together like Never Before

by Kitty Jellinek
The Hungarian government wants to implement an ‘internet tax’. What’s the best way to start a riot? Let me help you out…suppress free speech. It’s possibly the number one reason people protest. And if the crowds face heavy handed control measures, these protests sometimes turn into full blown riots. Communities rally with greater force now than ever before thanks to social networks. Today, if your cause is engaging enough, it’s easy to rally the troops. A strong social media collective can be as powerful as a state army. In fact, using social networks is the best way to start a […]