Monthly archives for April, 2010

29 April, 2010 | Uncategorized

… Still a little sore, but for such a GREAT cause!

Sunday, five Helixers and one… uhhh… make that one and a half (congrats to Ryan and Adria!) Helix supporters braved impending storm clouds to join thousands of other participants in the 22nd annual Trolley Run. This race, benefitting the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, is the largest timed 4-mile race in the United States. The race’s course winds from Waldo, through Brookside, and into the Plaza where a huge party awaits the tired, but cheerful finishers. Scattered reports indicate that a Krispy Kreme booth may have been spotted this year somewhere in the vicinity of Central Street and Ward Parkway, but confirmation is pending.

Helix’s dream team (in no particular order) consisted of:
Bryan “The Bullet” Gross
“Get There in a Jiffy” John Waller
“Recklessly Rapid” Ryan Hunter
Adria “The Accelerator” Hunter
“Lightning” Leah Nordhus
Curtis “Speedball” Simmons

We won’t brag too much, but race results may be found at www.trolleyrun.org.


Dale Duncan Presents to the United Nations

On March 18-19, Dale Duncan visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York and made a presentation on sustainable development of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) model village centers to world leaders at the Infopoverty World Conference. This conference was organized by The Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication in the Mediterranean and the World (OCCAM). According to Dale, the trip was a huge success and big step toward solving global poverty issues.

Backing up a bit for some history… In the last 10 years, the UN, in their quest to reduce world poverty, has developed ICT model villages for impoverished and disadvantaged communities. The current model stresses the importance of satellite connectivity and e-services among other ideas.

Recognizing that sustainable development in these models is the next obvious step, Helix and ACI (Affecting Change International) developed a model for a village center made of discarded shipping containers. Breaking the concept into three separate functions – medical, educational, and sustainable – Dale presented the efficiencies and economy of housing these functions in self-contained, durable units. Among the initiatives discussed were ways to provide tools for conserving water, managing wastes, and providing distance education to remote communities. His ideas stressed the importance of adapting the contents of each village center to regional needs via partnerships with organizations that have existing relationships with the communities served.

The team members working on this project included David Neeley with ACI and multiple Helix associates: Dale Duncan, Lora Everett, Trudy Faulker, Linda Glazier, Sarah Godfrey, Bryan Gross, Ryan Hunter, Erica Muhlenbruch, Mark Neibling, Jacob Palan, Carly Pumphrey, Andrea Regnier, Shawn Sanem, Dustin Schafer, Curtis Simmons, and Kristine Sutherlin.