dawitt abraha

Retired--- reader/writer
Wailuku, HI, United States

About dawitt

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English

An idea worth spreading

Always question your assumptions.They are often based on the way things are or have been done.They are often not applicable to future ways of doing things.However they can be valuable tool of reference.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about ideas that ignite my imagination.

My TED story

Too many favorite talks and my commentaries on them .I just added to my short list; PICO IYER,s talk on WHERE IS HOME ? and SAKI MAFUNDIKWE presentation on AFRICAN ALPHABETS.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted 6 months ago
Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic
I enjoyed watching your Chris EMDIN's presentation talk on TEDNYC filmed on OCTOBER 2013. I am interested in the application of appropriate technology in the field in viable economic transfers of funds and machinery/equipment from a technologically more advanced region to a lesser advanced counterpart ;topics like natural building ; sustainable development occupy my thinking and part of my reading and writing time periods. I heard your talk with great interest.You rightly remarked and advocated that the appropriate "magic" of delivery to an exciting; and hence attention generating; system of content is that of a " master narrative builder" commonly found in the skills of Rap Artists /performers ;churches and preachers;barber shops [etc...]. Do not have to look any farther than in our own backyards--brilliant observation with universal applications !! Appropriate talents are all around us irrespective of whether we are fans of this or that kind of musical style and or religious belief or no-belief systems .I currently reside in Thailand ; a vastly predominantly Buddhist country . I am always amazed by how the Buddhist Monks capture their audiences in awe for a considerable amount of time.When I go to outdoor performances ; I observe the crowds attending Rap performances in a state of frenzy ( even though usually alcohol is not sold in outdoor venues around here). Chris; have you thought of an online EMDIN ACADEMY that could reach to all parts of the globe with emphasis on using the culturally appropriate methodology ; albeit with some nuanced NY style cultural input in the mix.
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Posted 9 months ago
Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality
I commend Shareen El-Feki on her bold and open treatise of the subject of " A LITTLE_TOLD TALE OF SEX AND SENSUALITY " in the reportedly mostly conservative Arab World and by connotation the Moslem World. I have a shortcoming in dealing with her subject in the sense that I am NOT a Moslem and did not grow up in the Middle East or places like that.I am not also a sociologist. My point of view is that She seems to primarily use the so-called "Western Industrialized Model " of sexual liberation as the only possible guide map to the mostly rural;agrarian and much less industrialized Arab and or predominantly Moslem women's sexual evolution.Well; that model has been found to be lacking in some aspects of empowering womanhood;notwithstanding the many positive forms and structures that THE American and western European Womens or Feminist Liberation Movements have been realizing and are calling forth. I would like to point out that there are more models of sexual empowerment in places like Africa;India and in China and in other traditional societies that are/have much more organic , natural , open and candid approaches to human sexuality .These structures may provide the West and The Arab/ aka predominantly Moslem World much more healthier structures of sexual relations that are worth objectively serious research and studying.
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Posted about 1 year ago
Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village
August 25,2013; ABSOLUTELY ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PRESENTATION. SARAH JONES IS AN ACTOR/HUMORIST , A PROFOUND OBSERVER OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR ; AN ANTHROPOLOGIST AND A SOCIAL CRITIC. I USED TO WATCH AND REWATCH THIS AND HER OTHER PRESENTATIONS A COUPLE OF TIMES EACH YEAR WHILE I WAS LIVING IN HAWAII . I AM NOW VISITING ASIA AND JUST FINISHED WATCHING THIS SHOW.I WILL MAKE SURE I WATCH THIS SHOW AGAIN AND AGAIN AND SHARE IT WITH MY NEW FRIENDS HERE. WHAT A MAGNIFICENT TALENT IN CAPTURING THE DIFFERENT CULTURES WE ALL ; EACH ONE OF US;ALL CARRY INSIDE US FOR WHATEVER THEY ARE WORTH.
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Posted about 1 year ago
Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets
I am grateful to Saki for such an enlightening and inspiring presentation. Regarding what you called "Ethiopian Alphabet "--it is best historically best described as " GEEZ " or ABYSSINYAN . "GEEZ" is the ancient Alphabet that was started in the Abyssinyan civilization.You can compare it to LATIN which gave birth to French,Spanish and Italian. From Geez there are a couple of languages that were derived ;namely TIGRINYA and TiGRE scripts in ERITREA and three similar language scripts;namely TIGRINYA,AMHARIC AND GURAGE that are alive and well in ETHIOPIA .The major ERITREAN AND ETHIOPIAN languages share the same GEEZ or Abyssinian alphabet. Regarding African design inspiration--I applaud SAKI for reminding us of the AFRO_CENTRIC resources that are in Africa,s own backyard.A few weeks ago ; I was reading a similar presentation by Japanese philosopher Takeshi UMEHARA who was advocating and cajoling the youth to be Japano-centric in their approaches to design. It is good to study Western ways--so much has been achieved. As Saki reminds us let us not bury down our own ingenuity--let us enrich the world with more and more African contributions to the mix. I agree and I request Saki to honor us readers/viewers with a sequel or two.
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Posted over 1 year ago
For people who have a hard time answering the question: "Where are you from?"
Pico Iyer was lucid as usual . I would like to raise some concerns around some possible losses of cultural values.And when that happens both the global citizen and his/her host country are not enriched culturally from the transplantation. Basically one sense of home is within oneself.Where one feels safe,accommodated, validated and accepted to pursue one's cultural values,one's investment or business acumen,one's technical expertise. We are all familiar with the third culture community and with the growing sub populations of residents/citizens of a given country who are foreign born. If a foreign- born or naturalized citizen/national of a given country happens to have originated from an economically/ culturally dominant culture[ let us designate these countries as A ] ,chances are high that he/she may preserve those aspects of his/her originating culture and hence enrich the cultural diversity of his/her host adopted country.If the same person was to have originated from a country that is of less dominant economically /culturally[ designated as B ] ,the opposite may be true .Hence there may ensue a loss of some aspects of that culture swallowed or diluted by the mainstream. I am in no way advocating that we stop global citizens from B from venturing out and or global citizens from A doing so ,similarly.My purpose is to raise awareness that conscious efforts be followed to make sure desirable/ exotic cultural values/practices be maintained and showcased to flourish into the fabric of host culture. For instance; It would be travesty if the Buddhist philosophy of harmonious living was to be sanctioned in communities that profess Islam or Christianity. We have regrettably already lost so many cultures in the developing world when the European or Arab colonizers ventured out into the New World We are also loosing more due to rampant " modernization'' and urbanization all over the world. Hopefully; we will learn from history !!!
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Posted over 1 year ago
What is the future of the global economy?
To Simon et al I have great hopes for India in economic progress ;the developments of science and innovation. There is so much to learn from American experiences--these include what to do and also what not to do. I would like to list ,but few points of interest to me. You may wish to know that I was born in Eritrea to Eritrean parents and left home to go to college and then lived everywhere in Africa,Europe and Asia --for the last about thirty years of my life I have been living in The US where I became a naturalized citizen. That gave me an advantage as a societal/political critic to observe the culture and the political economy .Unlike a native born American, I did not have the brain washing that comes especially with the elementary and primary school educational system and later with main stream acculturation. The American marketing regime is superb---a model to be emulated in my mind.American educational system also may be worth learning from. The American Constitution is worth studying--but in practice power has been usurped from WE THE PEOPLE. Immigration policy--has been one of the greatest renewal factor in The American tradition. Throughout its history a succession of immigrants came with new blood to recharge the economic culture with great benefits. American minorities and women have made a lot of strides in ensuring minorities rights and women s' rights.We almost had a woman President--I believe soon we may have one. But, definitely India may be best advised to avoid unhealthy American diets of junk foods. American obsession with guns violence and terrorism throughout its history.Avoid American pornography--who needs that when you have your tantra yoga.Please keep your Hinduism and Buddhism-- the two greatest philosophies of living harmoniously.You have given the world Mahatma Gandhi, Meher Baba, Osho, Deepak Chopra and others . Thanks for "listening " NAMASTE