From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ Hi chugalug community, As you might have heard, Jason Griffey hit the ball out of the ballpark with his LibraryBox Kickstarter campaign -- raising more than ten times his original goal. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/griffey/librarybox-20 The lesson learned? When you have a vision and you articulate that vision clearly and your goals are realistic -- then you might get a lot of people buying into your vision. Here's one Kickstarter campaign I'd love to support -- a campaign to get Linux laptops to the most academically motivated, deserving students in town. This initiative might be called, "Linux is for Leaders." Classroom teachers could use a web form (a Google form) to nominate students who have shown: 1. Strong motivation at self-betterment and, 2. A dedication to helping others in the community Chugalug might start a campaign to distribute 25 Linux laptops per year. Some of these might be purchased outright from vendors like ZaReason. Others might be refurbished laptops that are collected from donors in Chatt and elsewhere. (Pentium IV or better.) The laptops could be distributed at a ceremony at the Chatt library (or at some other appropriate location.) Anyway, just wanted to share this idea. With the blogging I'm doing for MAKE magazine, I'm in a position to help such a campaign gain some national visibility. To my mind, it would be just beautiful to be growing a steady crop of new community and academic leaders -- who are all using Linux. That would be an easy story for a newspaper to write about and might get Linux more on the radar of folks in the Chatt public schools. And if the campaign exceeds its original goals, such as the LibraryBox campaign did, then we could just distribute more Linux laptops to needy youth in Chatt. phil -- Phil Shapiro, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html "Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates "Learning happens thru gentleness."