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Monthly Archive for November, 2005


Berkman Center SSET CyberStrategy
Growth Facilitators is facilitating the growth of SSET
Grow Growth Facilitators

SSET Projects to be grown by Growth Facilitators.
SSET Radio
SSET CyberSchool
SSET Landscape Care
SSET Connection with CHINA through AFRIKA UNITED

Trinidad and Tobago

At 02:56 PM 11/25/2005, you wrote:
Dear Professor Nesson,

My name is Ayesha Wharton and I work at the Distance Learning Secretariat for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in Trinidad and Tobago. I found your organisation online whilst doing research on education programs for prisoners in Jamaica. The Ministry wants to start a program similar to the Students and Staff Expressing Truth here in Trinidad and Tobago. It will be called “rehabilitating Inmates through Training and Retraining”.

I am wondering if you would be willing to give us more information about that Jamaican project.
I read about the Reverence for Life project, which from what I see online was terminated. Is that still existence or has SSET replaced it? I am also trying to source contact information for those individuals running the program in Jamaica.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Ayesha Wharton
Distance Learning Secretariat
Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education
T: 868-622-9922 ext 146
C: 868-746-7004
F: 868-622-7640


Dear Ms. Wharton,

I will be pleased to supply whatever information you wish about Jamaica’s rehabilitation program. It’s essence lies in being inmate-driven. The strength of our program comes from the bottom up, not top down. There is helpful and supportive oversight from the ministry and correctional department, but the drive comes from the teammates in the program. Reverence for Life is alive and well, at the spiritual core of our program. Incarceration brings a person face to face with fundamental need to understand and learn to deal with authority and freedom. We teach a process of self recognition and development. Become aware of your breathing, what you eat, how you dress, how you speak, how you exercise, how you relate to others. We demonstrate the nature and need for trust, peace and respect. We teach and learn human and digital skills. We learn to believe in each other and in our selves. SET is an outgrowth of Reverence for Life, Students Express Truth, becoming now SSET, Students and Staff Expressing Truth. Our program succeeds as staff comes to support students and participate in their learning process. Engaging staff by expressing our program in a manner that serves and respects their professional and personal needs is presently our most important challenge. Our objective is to extend the spirit and practice of reverence for life from the depths of Kingston’s prisons up to the warders of authority and out to the children of our schools.

Kevin Wallen leads SET. Major Richard Reese leads the correctional forces. Desmond Green and John Prescod lead Reverence For Life. Marguerite Orane leads Growth Facilitators.

The development of our program is documented at
Search on Jamaica.

If your ministry wishes our help in developing a related rehabilitation program you need only invite our consultation.

Thank you for your interest.

Charles R. Nesson
Weld Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
E: (how did you get yours to light up? :

Reading Jah Cure’s Trial Transcript

my study, early morining, thanksgiving, 2005, cambridge, massachusetts, united states of america, planet earth, sitting before the blinking lights of my modem, back against the roller of my massage chair, stevie nicks singing in my ear, jah cure’s transcript now finally open before me on my lap. thank you roderick for obaining it for me and sending it fedex to me. hello my evidence class. let your advance reading and preparation for nesson’s winter evidence begin. hello jackie, alex and diane, hello first year reading group, hello fans of socrates and poker, hello to the categories listed to the right, a taxonomy of thought and action i&i will organize. shall we reproduce copies of the transcript at the copy center? shall we ask pitf fellows to help us reconstruct the crime? shall we use flash software that will enable all to ask their questions, with each question represented by a pyramid that shows up along a time line so that we can see where our questions and suggestions cluster?

read with respect and empathy for the victim. she has been twice victimized, once by being robbed and raped, a second time by the pressure she has felt from some of those who would free Jah Cure. she must not be victimized again.


[email – read from bottom up]

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 06:17:43 -0500
To: Roberto Mangabeira Unger “unger”
From: Charles Nesson “nesson”
Subject: Re: Jamaica/Brazil + China
Cc: ronaldo Lemos”rlemos”

Roberto — Are you interested?

Jamaica Express

Jamaican Flag - 30%

Jamaica Express Rolls Out December 4

Jamaican Flag - 30%

Posted 11.20.5 by Andy Herz (at my request and with my permission and encouragement. :eon)

    Dispatch #1: Nov. 18, 2005 Meeting with Charlie Nesson and Colin Channer

My name is Andy Herz. I am an entertainment/technology attorney and writer based in Brooklyn. Most of all, I am blessed to be working with Charlie and an incredibly talented group of people on the SSET collective filmmaking project. Truly blessed. My assignment, if I choose to accept it, is to document the story of the story; the way in which we all interact, teach, conflict, and create together; the “making of” our film.

And I’ll tell you what. This film is going to be amazing in every facet.

Our new film is inspired by and will pay thorough tribute to Perry Henzell’s groundbreaking 1972 motion picture, The Harder They Come (“THTC”). Perry’s gritty, authentic vision introduced Jamaica and reggae to the world. Our new film is The Harder They Come – thirty years later. Everything’s the same. But everything’s different.

The beauty part being . . . it will literally be our film, because the Jamaica Express is all of us. It’s not just the core creative folks, though they’ll have hands on the wheel of this magic bus. This film will be created by students in the SSET Program, by all our creative collaborators and by friends out there in the ether who love the original film and want to join the party.

Just as the original film blazed the way for indy filmmakers everywhere, our new film will explore collective, community-building filmmaking strategies which lie not only outside the studios’ playbooks, but also those of more traditional independent filmmaking.

The original THTC creative team, led by Perry and the film’s co-writer, Trevor Rhone, will be consulting and mentoring the folks involved in making the new film. Our director is Chris Browne (Third World Cop, Dancehall Queen, and the wonderful documentary on THTC – A Hard Road to Travel). As you’ll see in the linked meeting notes, below, we are hoping that Jamaican-born novelist and Calabash Festival chairman Colin Channer will contribute his vision and passion to the treatment, then script.

So this is an invite to all of you: come to Jamaica in just a few weeks for the opening of the new SSET offices. Meet our honored guest Ruben “Hurricane” Carter, and get on board. The Jamaica Express leaves the station on December 4.

Meeting Minutes and Priority To Do List

11.18.05 Meeting Minutes -Treatment/Screenwriting and Soundtrack Processes; Essential Story Elements; and more.
– Duke and Honey (nee Charlie and Fern), Colin Channer, Andy Herz, Marie Brown.

Next Steps for Jamaica Express – as of 11 21 05


early morning musing on the significance of this event and the substance of the Berkman Clinical Program for students and developing nations

Jackie Alex & Diane interview


[email – read from bottom up]

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 06:17:43 -0500
To: Roberto Mangabeira Unger
From: Charles Nesson
Subject: Re: Jamaica/Brazil + China
Cc: “ronaldo Lemos” ,

Are you interested?


Go to the Berkman Center home page,
Read the filtering report on Tunisia and consider its implications.
Read my blog response to Jimmy Wales,
Consider how you would address national regimes of the world on how they should think about filtering their national information space.


At 03:49 PM 11/15/2005, you wrote:
OK, but how in the future what can we do with regard to these international meetings?
At 02:27 PM 11/15/2005, you wrote:
You are late. This is the World Summit i spoke about with you back when you appeared to be curious about a cyber strategy for your campaign. WSIS – google it.

At 12:46 PM 11/15/2005, you wrote:
I don;t even know what WSIS is. How then can I be on top of what’s happening there?
At 11:36 AM 11/15/2005, you wrote:

Are you on top of what’s happening at WSIS?

WSIS – Focus 2

At 09:07 AM 11/16/2005, Jimmy Wales wrote:
What sort of provocative thing ought I to say in Tunis about this:

I’m going to try not to get stabbed, but getting thrown out of the
country early wouldn’t be so bad… my little girl has a daisy troop
thing I don’t want to miss. 🙂


Assume your audience has the facts, point those who don’t toward coverage of the report. Address the plight of nations and national leaders who are feeling threatened by our open global communications network and who respond by filtering, like Tunis. Do not talk down. Focus on the trajectory of freedom over time. See China PRP, for example, as a government in which the trajectory of freedom is positive. The operative point of focus should not be the state of filtering at any one given time but on the slope of the freedom curve. Are people looking up, or are people looking down. Rebecca MacKinnon sounds from China, Ethan from ACCRA. Sound this note for Global Voices.


WSIS – Focus

From: John Palfrey
Subject: Pretty Dramatic Actually

At 09:38 AM 11/15/2005, wrote:
I thought I was coming here to present my model anti-spam law, but much
more interesting is:
http ://
http ://
JZ and I and the ONI team are releasing our extensive report on Tunisian
filtering in the next 24 hours or so. Will make news.


To: John Palfrey, Jonathan Zittrain
From: eon

Congrats. Go with this as far as an otherwise focusless meeting of global internet activists assembled with world media looking on can take you, and all the others who will be pleased to join you in making this an active agenda item.

IVY – It’s the tags.

Over there on the right, led by berkmania – if i tag for ivy i can express the ivy thread. ivy, my niece, spirit of my sister. Courtney is ivy’s daughter and ivy’s mother.

From: “Courtney Ogg-Mancuso” courtneyogg
To: nesson
Subject: Hello
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 22:21:19 -0500

Hi Charlie –

Terribly busy weekend – figure I give email a go.

How are you? So glad to hear your voice.
We are entrenched in being a growing family. Ivy is loving 1st grade. Ty and I are having a ball with the last of our pre kindergarten days. Ivy’s school PTO continues to suck me in. Mark is wonderful, golfed today in RI. He received a recent promotion at work and is busy performing a ton of new duties. We just made a trip to Honeypot Orchards in Stow for the annual picking of apples (my favorite) and I enclosed two shots of the kids. They are wonderful.

Hope your clan is well. I look often at the save the date card Leila kindly sent. You and Fern made everyone feel so warm and welcome at Becca’s party, I can hardly wait to do it again at Leila’s.

Please say hello to Fern for me.

What are you working on lately?


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