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Lone Eagle Consulting 2009 Update

National and International Rural and Indigenous Broadband Training Best Practices



Since creating the Big Sky Telegraph in 1988 to connect one-room schools "online" I've been innovating in Montana regarding e-learning, community networking, and in 1998, became “Lone Eagle Consulting” creating and teaching online courses for Alaska Pacific University and Seattle Pacific University as well as working with multiple projects  teaching rural ecommerce and telework strategies.

Current priorities are: Youth E-entrepreneurship, Broadband Training Best Practices, Social Media Digital Citizenship, Global Service Learning, Teaching Everyone to be both learner and teacher, both consumer and producer, all the time.

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  "Frank Odasz" for a quick "visual search engine" ( www.searchme.com ) overview of the volume of online resources offered online without restriction by Lone Eagle Consulting. Select "Search All."  Add the keyword "native" or "Alaska" and you'll see only the Lone Eagle Native and /or Alaskan resources displayed. A published history is “Big Skies and Lone Eagles http://lone-eagles.com/history.htm

Examples of recent Lone Eagle events and articles follow:

Global Rural ICT conference in Tokyo, March 2008, Presented for a 21 nations:
The Global Rural ICT conference context is described at http://lone-eagles.com/tokyo-report.htm
The Lone Eagle formal 15 page whitepaper has MT and AK case studies: http://lone-eagles.com/social-engineering.htm
A short summary of the draft report advising global collaboration regarding rural telecenters best practices is http://lone-eagles.com/tokyo-summary.htm Final conference report http://lone-eagles.com/apecfinalreport.pdf

Health I.T, Rural Broadband, and Common Sense
Community Wellness and sustainable rural families and broadband entrepreneurship need to be integrated as "smart" community education programs. Immaculate Integration can lower costs and dramatically improve E-government services. Combining connectivity and caring with common sense to produce the authenticity of widespread citizen engagement is where the promise of broadband best meets specific rural needs.

The Rural Broadband Challenge: Use It - E-commerce successes in rural Montana
http://matr.net/article-32886.html Lone Eagle's published response to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs.

What's Broadband Done for You, Lately? A Primer on What IS Broadband.

America’s Historic Challenge to Fund Mass Innovation

Input regarding NTIA/BTOP and USDA/RUS stimulus program effectiveness. Broadband Best Practices for Sustainable Families.

Cyberbridges as Broadband Business Incubators
Can Broadband become THE Cyberbridge to an American Innovation Revolution?

What exactly IS Broadband, and Why should I care?
What you didn't know you needed to know about broadband.

Feb. 18-22, 2009 in Vancouver BC presented for the First Nations ICT Summit,  www.ictsummit.ca
The First Nations Technology Council site is www.fntc.info and is rich with resources. (BC First Nations have $30 million for BB and "capacity building/training"  which they are now plannig to define and operationalize. Ontario's KNET has $27 million for arctic satellite connectivity to remote villages.

Lone Eagle Presentation Title and Description
The History and Future of Grassroots ICT Socio-economic Capacity Building
President Obama's expertise with social media as demonstrated during his campaign will now be applied toward community service, civic participation, community education, and stimulating innovation at all levels in America. Rural broadband training innovations toward teaching global citizenship, global service learning, and opportunities for educating youth to create micromultinationals have already begun. This session will review lessons learned from the history of U.S. grassroots organizations for community technology centers, community networks and will address the latest trends in use of social media for measurable socio-economic capacity-building. Lone Eagle's published responses to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs: The Rural Broadband Challenge: Use It - E-commerce successes in rural Montana http://matr.net/article-32886.html Health I.T, Rural Broadband, and Common Sense http://lone-eagles.com/natoahealthodasz.pdf  Lone Eagle 2009 Update http://lone-eagles.com/update2009.htm

21st Century Citizen and Community Wellness Broadband Best Practices
http://lone-eagles.com/hit.htm This document is my input for Senator Baucus on health care reform and Health information technology policy - as related to wellness broadband applications.The links to the short articles on govt. use of social media and the longer Razorfish report on consumer social media indicate major opportunities for innovation, particularly with citizen service learning engagement.

Wanted: Broadband and Broader Minds (Frank Odasz Blog Interview) Daily Yonder Rural E-newsletter Article:
http://www.dailyyonder.com/wanted-broadband-and-broader-minds  Rural Telework, Youth E-entrepreneurship, and rural broadband benefits. This Navajo Youth Chocolate ecommerce entrepreneurial success story is worth a quick review.

Fort Peck Community Ecommerce Incubator grant http://lone-eagles.com/fort-peck.htm , Fall 2007, local trainers taught youth how to create their own free ecommerce pages complete with affiliate programs with Amazon.com and Walmart which return commissions of 10-17% for items purchased online. See "Rez Bread" at http://snarf2000.tripod.com/ Web-raisings were held where attendees created free ecommerce sites in less than an hour using the tutorial at http://lone-eagles.com/tutorial.htm  Web-Raising events have been conducted in multiple communities and for MT's SBDC directors. Montanan Ecommerce Successes are listed at http://lone-eagles.com/ecommerce-successes.htm and at http://lone-eagles.com/montana-successes.htm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Native American Division has posted broadband training best practices http://lone-eagles.com/best.htm on their www.fcc.gov/indians site (listed as Examples of Broadband Training Best Practices) in their Internet Resources listing: http://www.fcc.gov/indians/internetresources/     With a new FCC chairman anticipated and a new President we can expect to see a lot of innovation related to Broadband and Social Media.

Rural Community Global Competitiveness:  http://lone-eagles.com/meda2008.htm has details on the Fort Peck Community Ecommerce Project http://lone-eagles.com/fort-peck.htm   and the pending Wyoming Ecommerce Network - http://lone-eagles.com/wyomingrcdproject.htm    both as models for how Montana can grow rural demand for Broadband services.


First Indigenous ICT Conference Summary page
International Telecommunications Union sponsored First Indigenous Rural Telecenters conference. See the photo slideshow and video at the bottom of the page.  I took the photos and video - but note the poor quality resolution for what they posted. ITU and IDRC have both stated the intent to use new media to effectively promote Indigenous content but they do not seem to demonstrate any such expertise. Something to consider showcasing in order to motivate funding in the future. This commission was the result of this conference.

The Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas
http://www.iccta-citca.org    The Guatemala trip report http://lone-eagles.com/guatemala.htm

Nativehearts Virtual Nation:
A proposal for how to change the world, submitted to Google’s $10 million dollar competition:
http://lone-eagles.com/googleproposal.htm  See also: http://lone-eagles.com/aihec.htm http://lone-eagles.com/nativehearts.htm

June 11, 2008, Washington, DC: Attended a meeting with Native Affairs directors
from SBA, USDA, FCC to discuss an online clearinghouse for broadband training best practices. Also met with the program director of www.connectednation.org which has an E-communities leadership model with grassroots broadband awareness and adoption campaigns. Their online reports are well worth a review. And met with MT Senators Baucus and Tester to discuss the letter to the MT Gov. suggesting a Rural Ecommerce and Telework Support Network and to propose hosting a conference “Why Broadband?” focused on Montanan ecommerce and telework success stories.

June 2008, Reviewed grants for the Corporation for National and Community Service www.cns.gov  for their Higher Education and Social Media Service Learning RFP.

July 17th, 2008 , Salt Lake City: Presented for the FCC Indian Training Institute conference www.fcc.gov/indians on creating a broadband training best practices clearinghouse.


 Where does the Promise of Broadband Meet Rural Needs?

Lone Eagle Responses:


MOST RECENT: February 2009


Dillon Center for Broadband Excellence
A feasibility study proposal to become a center of excellence in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Supercomputer Centers, INC. Montana's first supercomputer to serve as a hub for regional business incubators.


Montana Center for Sustainable Rural Families


Dillon, Montana is getting Fiber Optics. How can the community benefit is the theme behind this feasibility study proposal
The original much longer Montana version :


Newly Funded Alaskan Youth Grant on 21st Century Workforce Basics:


A Proposal for an Alaska Statewide Digital Inclusion program based on one online course


Proposed online course on Youth E-entrepreneurship:    "21st Century Workforce Readiness for Alaskans"

This unique pre-employment online course will address 21st Century Workforce Readiness Basics and is designed for Alaskan young men and women who are entering or about to enter the workforce.  These are times of accelerating and dramatic change, and opportunity.  Career options and robust resources will be presented for traditional careers as well as new and emerging Internet employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. 21st Century financial, business, and entrepreneurship literacy will be addressed along with information literacy and media literacy using multiple Web 2.0 social media tools in a mastery learning format.  

Social media trends in education and government: An informal literature review
http://lone-eagles.com/social-media-trends.htm Included near the end is an update on my national and international activities from the past year.

"Alaska's Center for Sustainable Rural Families"
http://lone-eagles.com/alaskan-center.htm   A one page outline.

July 2008: Completed creation of a 3 credit graduate course for K12 Educators for New Mexico State University's RETA Program: 
"Web 2.0 for K12 Classrooms."
If you'd like to explore this new online course - go to http://reta.nmsu.edu/moodle and login in as ID: franko  PSWD: moodle1  and scroll down to "Web 2.0 for K12 Classrooms."  It covers social media basics; blogs, wikis, podcasting, social networking, widgets, and many multimedia formats. The lesson text for lessons 11 and 12 addresses global themes related to poverty reduction, teaching entrepreneurship in primary grades to grow a global entrepreneurial culture in 5-10 years, and the commercialization of online learning. In short; how we'll learn to earn, online as part of a global information society and economy.

Frank Odasz
Lone Eagle Consulting
Web: http://lone-eagles.com
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"In times of change, learners inherit the earth" - Eric Fromm