Thanks to Joshua Gay of CK-12 for his help in crafting this posting!
Help us spread the joy of education to children all over the world by becoming a Social Media Warrior. At OLPC, we have the tools, the educational materials, and learning resources to help transform the lives of millions all over the world. To do so, we need thousands of volunteers to understand what we have and what we are capable of doing for the lives of children everywhere - and we need three of you to help us get the word out to them using the social networking and media sharing sites that pervade our lives.
The Boston-area OLPC crowd are organizing a launch party for G1G1 this Sunday night between 7pm and midnight in Harvard Square. The party will be at John Harvard's Brewhouse. If you're in the area, it should be an amazing time -- come say hello!
XOs welcome; the first 10 people to bring a G1G1 machine from last year will get a sweet G1G1 2009 t-shirt. No word yet on whether any velociraptorz will be present. I'll update with more info and photos once I have them.
Special commentary by: Paul Fox
Most of the marketing and message surrounding the OLPC project, and the G1G1 fund-raising effort, is centered on the kids of the world who are our true mission. And that's as it should be -- you only have to look at some of the pictures from the deployments to convince yourself of that.
But let's face it -- if you're going to donate enough money to both "give one and get one", you might want to be convinced that the "get one" half -- i.e., _your_ cute little green machine -- is actually going to be useful. Call it enlightened self-interest. (I'm assuming you're thinking of this at least partly as a toy for yourself. Go ahead -- admit it -- it's okay.) I got my XO during last year's G1G1 promotion. Maybe I can help convince you.
One of the best parts, for me, is the screen. Shirtsleeve season always feels too short here in New England, so I like getting outside as much as possible when it's practical. Being able to walk outside to surf the web is a great feeling. Another screen feature: by flipping the laptop into "e-book" form, I take less space on the subway while reading email (offline reading, of course).
Another XO plus for commuting: the extra wireless sensitivity offered by the cute green antennae makes it possible to hit the web, courtesy of a nearby open access point, from my bus stop.
More OS tips and tricks after the drop.
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Todd Kelsey, long time OLPC volunteer who has helped with documentation and translation projects in the past, has a mesh proposal in to the Knight News Challenge. He writes of his proposal:
Mesh News is an entry on the Knight News Challenge, which has received a request for a full proposal. As of 12:30pm EST on 11-20, the 2000 entries have been narrowed down to around 350, and Mesh news is in 8th place in terms of overall number of views, and dropped from 3rd to 5th place in terms of "ratings".Read the rest of this entry
We have been running a Change the World [CTW] program since November, which (along with the Give Many program which preceded it) allowed groups that wanted 100 or more XOs to get them at close to their raw production & shipping cost.
This was a nice way to engage potential G1G1 supporters and others who were interested in supporting an entire school or educational work done by local charities. It has had only limited popularity, however, and minimal overlap with our goal of getting countries and districts to embrace olpc for their children at scale. As part of refocusing on our mission this year we are wrapping up CTW.
This is a program we would love to support if we had time to do everything -- it has produced some lovely stories, and on rare occasions starts a process that leads to larger, lasting commitments. In time we may make a similar program available again, and welcome feedback here from those who have taken part, or considered taking part, over the past year.
If you are waiting to finalize details on a Change the World request, including longer-term fundraising plans, please do so this week (emailing us; those who have written in already should have received similar updates by email). The page describing the program will stay up for a short while longer, and all current CtW conversations and transactions will be completed, even after the program has ended.
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