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Let's get this kickstarted!
Posted January 28th, 2010 - 5:01 pm by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
So, let's do what we created this group for.

I propose the following. We organise I first group meeting (I can host it at my house) in a nice quiet place.

We each bring the books we have already read and we create a small library, we wouldn't be losing the books forever as we would be able to borrow again if we want to read them again. We take a note of who donated what, who borrowed what and the date to keep track of books on stock. I can do a spreadsheet for this purpose.

For every 2 books we donate to the library we have credit to borrow one book at a time. We can borrow this book for say, one or two months, and when we are done reading it we return it and pick another one.
If we want to have two books at home at the same time, it's easy, we donate two more books. This is to ensure that there will always be enough books in the library, and the maximum return period will ensure that books circulate and people take them to actally read them, and not just decorate the shelves.

The ideal thing would be to have a regular place to meet and do the book donating / borrowing / return it. Maybe every 2 weeks? If the Mercadinho de São José could store the books for us that would be perfect, because a lot of people go there on a weekly basis anyway. Otherwise it can be someone's house, any other ideas?

But most importantly, we need to do some OUTREACH. We need more people to join the group and to come to the first meeting to get the CS library started. So let´s invite everyone we know to join. It's a great idea and we should make an effort to get it going. Who knows, it may get popular enough and we could even exchange films and music too.

So, send your thoughts!

Posted January 28th, 2010 - 5:54 pm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Posted January 29th, 2010 - 1:09 am by from Vitoria, Brazil (Permalink)
Cristina, você me trouxe à cabeça uma idéia muito, muito legal.

Alguns bons meses atrás eu li o seguinte artigo, do excelente blogueiro Alessandro Martins (Livros e Afins)
Mais sobre a Pote de Mel

Na verdade não foi por acaso, o Alessandro é parceiro do site e ONG do qual faço parte: Editora Plus.

Como a proposta da Editora Plus é livros digitais, ficaria meio estranho abrigar essa iniciativa. Mas eu tenho um outro projeto, o Livroduto, que poderia sem dúvida. Teria o maior prazer em manter/abrigar o blog para essa iniciativa. Se curitiba pode ter, porque o Rio, logo o RIO, não pode?

Teriamos que ter um estabelecimento (como o Mercadinho de São José) base. Poderiamos fechar uma parceria com o dono, mostrando o potencial que a internet pode dar ao estabelecimento dele. De quebra poderiamos integrar isso tudo com o http://foursquare.com, que a não muito tempo chegou a apenas duas cidades brasileiras: Rio e Sampa, e promete ser o "twitter de 2010".

E ainda: tenho uma PORRADA de livros pra doar, trouxe pro Rio uma mala cheia (parece que eu tava adivinhando), muitos são não-ficção, a maioria em inglés -- casa bem com a proposta do CouchSurfing pois seriam acessíveis aos gringos. E bom, na idéia da Pote de Mel, a pessoa simplesmente pega o livro sem o compromisso de devolver, então não tem problema o gringo levar embora pro país dele (muito pelo contrário).

Acho o tipo de coisa que bate com o CouchSurfing, tem base na confiança, integridade e valores das pessoas em torno de um ideal.

A Pote de Mel deu super certo.

Posted January 29th, 2010 - 1:42 am by from Vitoria, Brazil (Permalink)
Sorry about the post in portuguese. Amazing how we can read a message, assimilate it, and then forget completely the medium (language) by which we read it.

Follows translated my previous post (note, though, that all links are Portuguese -- no way around that!).

Cristina, you dug out from my mind an exquisite idea.

Some good ol' months ago I read the following article, from great brazilian blogger Alessandro Martins (from Livros e Afins)
More about Pote de Mel Library

It wasn't by accident, Alessandro is partner to the website and NGO to which I belong: Editora Plus (this one link I can offer partially in English, yay!).

As Editora Plus deals with ebooks and not printed ones, this initiative wouldn't be the best fit for it. But I've got another project, Livroduto, which definitely could. I'd have enormous pleasure in housing/keeping the blog for this initiative. If Curitiba's got one, why can't Rio?

We'd need a local business to host it physically (such as Mercadinho de São José). We could strike a deal with the owner, outlining the potential internet could bring to his business. For some icing on the cake, we could integrate it all with foursquare, which just recently expanded to two and only two brazilian cities: Rio and São Paulo (in S.America there's only Bs. As. in addition to those), and holds promise as "2010's twitter".

Furthermore, I have SCORES of books to donate and kickstart our library, I brought to Rio a full suitcase of those (as if I had foreseen this), mostly non-fiction and in English -- perfect for CouchSurfing since that'd make the library useful for foreigners, especially the ones staying shortly. And in Pote de Mel's concept, a person simply picks up a book from the shelf with absolutely no strings attached, no forms, no need to return it at all. So a Surfer can take it back to his country, it would actually be a great thing to happen.

I think it's quite in line with the CouchSurfing project, as it grounds itself in the trust, integrity and values of the people around an ideology.

Pote de Mel has been making waves.

Posted January 29th, 2010 - 7:19 pm by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
Hi Be! Don't worry about the language, I speak Portuguese. I saw a similar idea to that Pote de Mel library in Brasilia that also seemed to be working well, and one that didn't go so well, as people took books and never returned them.

I didn't quite understand what Livroducto e Foursquare were about (I'm not big with the blogging language) but I suggest we have a meeting as soon as possible to discuss all these ideas and how it's gonna work, we could maybe have a small volunteer team to do the initial organisation till it gets going.

I think the meeting should definitely be before the Carnival because if we have time to get something set up then all international and national visitors around that time will be able to participate too.

What do you think? I can host it in my house this Sunday night or next Tuesday. I live in Tijuca, near São Francisco Xavier tube station.

Who would be able to make it? and when? how many more people, CSurfers or not, could you bring along?

Posted January 29th, 2010 - 8:15 pm by from Vitoria, Brazil (Permalink)
I agree on getting it ready before Carnaval!

Could the meeting be some time other than night? I rely on taxis for night transportation (due to a low night vision) and would rather take the subway while the sun is up.

But then I'll need to take a cab anyway when it's time to drop off my books, so if I could already drop off the books in this meeting then time of day wouldn't be a constraint for me.

It could be on Sunday, wouldn't Sunday afternoon work? Or Saturday afternoon?

Posted January 29th, 2010 - 8:59 pm by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
Sunday afternoon works for me too. But I'm not sure we should bring the books till we know which would be the definitely place that would host the library. Otherwise you'd bring your books here and then I'd have to take then to the other place by myself BY BUS (too poor for taxis).

The Mercadinho would be a great option if they had a proper safe place to put the books in (which they might have, we'll have to check that). Otherwise I was thinking about a space like the Multifoco in Lapa (they already have some books there) but it needs to have free entry, that's a must.

If we can't find any public place then I guess my house would go. I live with other CSurfers so I imagine this would be fine.

So who else is up for Sunday afternoon?

Posted January 30th, 2010 - 6:40 pm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Posted January 31st, 2010 - 2:22 am by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
well, it seems we don't have enought people for this Sunday, it'd be a bit rushed.

So what about Tuesday around 7.30-8pm? Who can make it then?

Posted January 31st, 2010 - 1:52 pm by from Vitoria, Brazil (Permalink)
I probably could. Would it be a problem if I arrived around a half hour earlier?

Posted February 1st, 2010 - 1:46 am by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
That could be oganised too. But first we need to know if enough people are interested in the meeting at all.

Who else is interested in coming to the meeting to help organise? it doesn't necessarily have to be on a Tuesday, we can arrange a better time, but we need to know how many people we are counting on and so far it's only been Be and me that have sown interest.

So who is in?

Posted February 1st, 2010 - 1:46 pm by from Vitoria, Brazil (Permalink)
I guess we could meet for lunch or something the two of us and Gabriela (what time works best?). We should iron out the model of this project and where the books could be stored.

Maybe we could meet in Mercadinho de São José (do they work during the day or only at night?), so we could talk with the owner already as to get it started this week.

I'm sure once we get something concrete, it will be much easier to get more people. And incidentally, the fewer we are right now, the quicker and easier we'll make the starting decisions and actions.

Posted February 2nd, 2010 - 2:05 am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Posted February 2nd, 2010 - 10:40 am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Posted February 2nd, 2010 - 3:22 pm by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
Leblon is too far off for me. Let's do either:

The meeting today at my house, can be 7pm, email me for directions.


we meet a bit before the Weekly encounter at Mercadinho on Thursday.

I'm also gonna be in the Lgo de Machado area tomorrow, so I could go there around 6pm too and talk to the onwer.

Gabi, who is it you were in touch with about organising the weekly meetings there, in Mercadinho?

Posted February 2nd, 2010 - 3:39 pm by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
Vinicious said that he could also make it this evening so I'll email my address to everyone and see how many people turn up.

Posted February 3rd, 2010 - 12:29 am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Posted February 3rd, 2010 - 4:42 pm by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
Johnny and Marcelo who?

Posted February 3rd, 2010 - 5:34 pm by from Vitoria, Brazil (Permalink)
Can we meet at 6pm on the Thursday's Weekly Meeting then? Johnny should be there sometime past 8pm as well, I presume.

Posted February 4th, 2010 - 11:12 am by from Macae, Brazil (Permalink)
Unfortunately I can't do Thursday night, I'm teaching. But you go ahead talk to Johnny and the owner and see if there is an appropiate place for the books that can be locked and if they are up for it.