Michael Josefowicz is a founder and consultant of The Printernet Project. Information about the Printernet is available here. The Printernet is an informal global network of Independent Transmedia Publishing Centers. Each TPC publishes on paper and the internet in the service of achieving SDG 4. Inclusive Quality Education for All.
My working life as a project manager
Then some years teaching project management and team building at Parsons School of Design. When I first connected with Dasaratha Rama on her GSS group on Facebook, I saw how the Six Cs are based on the principles of modern project management and make explicit what I have done intuitively for 30 years.
Particularly suited to the problems of bootstrapping enterprises I first saw the technical possibilities of the Printernet in 2009. Digital printing had matured to make it possible. .
“The 'printernet' can have the same benefits as the Internet -- massive parallel manufacturing with standards-based interfaces, real time production information and easy access for everyone." - ‘Printernet’ Vision Brings Custom Print Publications to Masses http://bit.ly/1RZ3aeB
In 2019 my strategy shifted to align with United Nations Sustainability Goal 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The process of starting a business starts with a clear Vision. It is too early to make a Plan with to do lists attached. The first question to be answered is What do you want to see happen in 5 years?. There is no way to plan for serendipity or quick changes in the business environment.
Make your own luck Thinking with the Six C framework allows you to make your own luck.
The opportunity for the Printernet to become real happened by a lucky Connection with Jonas Fadweck in Thurchila village in Malawi on Facebook. We messengered me after seeing my Conversations with other people on Facebook. The Conversation began with some Clarity in that he told me he wanted some help getting to make grow his Facebook network. I helped as I could by responding to his Facebook posts.
After that was happening the Conversation got to Clarity about a specific goal with a deadline. I made the Choice to help him because I wanted to make connections to people who live in rural areas in the global south. I had the Competence to do a Facebook fundraiser so that Jonas could pay for T shirts for the celebration of his volunteers having worked together for 9 years. We Coordinated our efforts.The goal was met. A few days after the money got to him he posted pictures of his happy volunteers along with stories of how their morale increased.
I am glad I did it! First because of the immediate results. The second reason was more important. By Coordinating our work, I learned that Jonas is a man who says what he means and does what he says he will do. He learned the same about me. We now had a trust based connection. Trust based connections is the desired state of affairs to start a business or be successful in any project.
The same thing happened in Uganda and Burundi. As of September 2019 there are three Independent Village Publishing Centers in all three countries. All of them are beginning to earn profits.
All three of them are now building permanent homes for their IPCs.