This article and interview is from 2013 and we have come a long way. Now in 2018 we can see the open threat of control, manipulation, social credit guidance and more. Time for reflection and meditation, to feel in our hearts what we really wish and were we wish to go in which kind of future!
Michael McKibben: Facebook is built on technology stolen from us.
Article by Ave Tampere / Editor
(Estonia Daily) – from October 14, 2013 4:35 PM EET
Leader Technologies’ founder and CEO Michael McKibben talks to Eesti Päevaleht about the row with Facebook, and the security issues facing the Internet today.
On October 10-11, 2013, Michael McKibben was a keynote speaker at the Pärnu Leadership Conference 2013 – “A Matter of Faith.” About 400 of Estonia’s leaders in government, commerce and industry were in attendance. Pärnu is a popular resort city on Estonia’s Baltic coast. McKibben spoke about his work with Estonians in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s who taught him about leadership, faith, courage and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship.
A moment before the opening of the 25th Estonian Song Festival (2009) at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. It is one of the largest amateur choral events in the world. In 1987, 300,000 people (more than a quarter of all Estonians) gathered in this mammoth outdoor concert venue to assert national independence and protest continued Soviet occupation. Photo: Wikipedia.
His friends were systematically persecuted and harassed by a militantly atheistic Communist government; some were even imprisoned and murdered by the police state.
That collaboration resulted in an unimaginable ideological thaw in which members of the Supreme Soviet and Moscow’s cultural elite promoted and distributed music by Living Sound, an American Gospel music group, thorough the state-run Melodiyarecord label, on Soviet Central TV (CT USSR), and on the official 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic film. McKibben was Living Sound’s European Director.
McKibben, an Ohio State University engineer and professional musician, said the moral fortitude of his Estonian friends inspired him to step outside the programming molds of the 1990’s and invent what is now called “social networking.”
Estonia joined the European Union in 2004, and ranks high for press freedom, economic freedom, civil liberties and education. Estonia is often described as one of the most wired countries in Europe.
Estonia has been settled for 11,000 years. In the last millenia, Estonia has been occupied almost continuously by foreign powers, including Vikings, Germans, Swedes, Russians, Nazis and Soviets. Despite these occupations, Estonian culture and language thrived. Song festivals have played an especially important role in Estonian national identity. Estonia’s prestigious University of Tartu was founded in 1632, four years before Harvard University.
The Soviet Union occupied Estonia from the end of World War II (1945) until independence in 1991. McKibben just learned on this trip that his efforts as a part of the Living Sound musical ministry helped inspire the choirs and musicians behind Estonia’s bloodless “Singing Revolution” (1987-1991).
A member of one of those choirs, now a Tallinn harbor official, was attending the Pärnu Conference. He told McKibben that his Tallinn Oleviste choir recorded and distributed their songs on the studio equipment that McKibben and Living Sound’s British supporters helped provide 32 years ago.
In 1991, Estonia’s Soviet occupiers, then led by Mikhail Gorbachev, decided to leave Estonia rather than run their tanks over unarmed choirs. A number of Estonians told McKibben and his wife, Nancy, that their commitment to Estonia during those dark days “opened a window” of new possibility, faith and hope for them.
Ave Tempere took the Pärnu Conference opportunity to conduct this interview.