From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Mon May 08 2000 - 09:05:26 MDT

Thought this would interest the list----Brian


This is an introduction to Greenstar; we
identified you as someone who is interested in
solar power, renewable energy, and in furthering
balanced economic development around the world --
growth which gives voice to traditional cultures,
respects human rights, and preserves the

We have two living laboratories in progress in
a small Palestinian village in the Middle East,
and in a rural village in the hills of Jamaica,
which I believe may interest you.

We're trying to demonstrate that a co-ordinated
package of solar power, health and education,
telecommunications and ecommerce can provide an
off-the-grid community with the tools it needs to
transform itself, and to reach economic independence.

As the foundation of an ecommerce business for
the village, we have developed original art and music
in this village, and are now offering it on the Web.
The income goes directly into development projects
designed by the village.

Twenty original Bedouin musical pieces and
eighteen pieces created in Swift River, Jamaica,
can be heard at:

And you can also see the artwork created by
the people of the small Palestinian village for

The San Jose Mercury-News ran a story in a recent
edition, after a visit to the West Bank by
one of their reporters. It says, in part:

"This is so important for us," said the village's
English teacher, Suleiman Najada, who now
uses a computer to print out test papers and to
look up information for the first time in his
career. "We are very far from the world. But
now we feel like we are at the center of the

The complete text of the Mercury-News
article can be seen at:

Two current newsletters can be seen at:

We are preparing to scale this model to other
countries in the Middle East and the Caribbean,
and to other regions of the world. Expressions
of interest in partnering with Greenstar have
come in from over 30 countries.

Our next projects will be in Tanzania, Egypt and

We are actively seeking partners who wish to develop
renewable energy, telecommunications and ecommerce
activities in all regions of the developing world, and
welcome any questions or ideas from you. Please feel
free to forward this note to others of like mind.

I'd like to send you periodic updates on Greenstar,
wholly without obligation of course. If you prefer not
to receive the Greenstar newsletter, you may send
a blank email to

Michael North
Director, Greenstar

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