Access Point Project
Peace Portal partners, and those supported by the Peace Portal Humanitarian Trust through endowments, grants, or purchases of equipment, such asPlayPumps International water merry go rounds, One Laptop per Child computers, Aprovecho "Rocket Stoves", Inveneo, ICT systems, and Room to Readcomputer classrooms allow for an integrated plan to cooperatively:
- Develop buildings with computers, clean energy, and staff;
- Create a school for kids and adults in the computer room;
- Offer a place to exchange locally made goods or services using "credit";
- Provide health care access with tele-medicine technology;
- Install Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs); and
- Connect projects and beneficiaries on the ground with the entire Peace Portal collective of partners and beneficiaries.
Access Points provide a viable means for those in the 3rd world tin particular to develop out of poverty by accessing the global marketplace (utilizing the FDU commerce platform) where they can get Information Age jobs, with equal compensation for their labor.
To address economic growth of those living in poverty, particularly in emerging markets where the majority of people subsist on less than $2.00 a day, and for them to grow without further depleting the natural resources of their local eco-systems, will require something entirely new - access to the Information Age.
In the Information Age the poor will no longer be confined to creating wealth from their dwindling local natural resources, now their knowledge and ideas become the basis for value. Value that is iomported into their community, most likely by those most comfortable with new things, the kids. Kids using computers today will in the future (when they have a payment mechanism) begin to earn by selling artwork for brochures to corporations, take programming jobs, self-publish culturally unique digital how-to videos and music albums, they will offer consultation, market affiliate products and much more.
With access to the global marketplace new vistas of educational and commercial potential become available, manifesting that potential is the work of Access Point Partners.
Support, training, and services for accessing digital wealth in local goods and services will be need to supplement technology. Through a Co-op for example, only a few need to know how to use computers; craftsmen or farmers can drop off their goods to the Co-op for sales, the digital welath earned can be used to pay the farmer, who then uses it for dresses made by the dressmaker, and so forth. A cooperative can help create more exportable products by helping musicians be video-taped as part of a digital creation that can be sold and marketed over the Internet. Whole communities can prosper even if only a few know how to use the technology as long as their is a local exchange in place to access and account for the digital wealth, then others in the community who do not use a computer can utilize (through trade) this wealth too.
1. A private back-office application for accounting and aggregating of individual community Member funds, such as the Farmers, Dressmakers, and the Computer users - this application is run off-line and replaces the old general store style book ledger with secure and easier automated community accounting systems; Partners from AUM, ABBAYAH Ministries, and the ngo Directions International will provide staffing for the SCALE administrative needs until such time as a local community council may choose to take over the responsibility.
2. A support staff made up of various Peace Partners which help Co-ops with increasing their wealth by doing such things as distributing their digital content, helping them in creating digital content themselves, how to take digital photos of h
and-crafted goods and sell them via the Free Digital Market, and other support as appropriate;
3. Distribution networks for the relay, delivery, and tracking of physical goods and services moving into and out of the Access Points.
4. Access to conversion of the private Points of the digital platform into the Co-op Trustees public currency of choice.5. Help in establishing private regional trading platforms between Access Point Co-ops, with emphasis on attaining regional self-sustainability.