[support-gang] Community Book Sprint: Mini Deployment Guide (Washington DC, Sept 6-11)

Holt holt at laptop.org
Fri Aug 14 02:49:24 EDT 2009

Yamandu Ploskonka wrote:
> I am confirming I will be there.

Thanks to the (1) MANY Sugar/OLPC enthusiasts opening their homes across 
DC (2) flying in from around the continent on their own dime (3) making 
our Community Invitation truly more beautiful every day ( 
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Class_Acts ), (4) Gallaudet University 
teaching us the real meaning of Accessibility, with likely professional 
facilities (5) organizers of lovely extracurricular/evening cerebral 
shakedowns Sept 6-11 keep it up! (6) nevermind OLPCorps Africa 
participants I never expected to attend as they return to their own 
schooling, but will contribute so much on-the-ground small deployment 
insight, (7) embracers of remote conferencing access for the 
geographically-challenged, (8) ETC, takes my breath away the way folks 
slave to build a movement behind the scenes -- some see it and some 
don't. But it's a Cathartic experience and there is no other word. (9) 
OLPC/Sugar community-glue-since-1864 union T shirts forthcoming...

Craftsmanship = Pride.  And 2 public news/blog invitations by 3 
different volunteers are apparently imminent, but here's a fun preview I 
stole from volunteer Sarah Burns who'll hopefully later publish under 
her own name:

OK: Now begins our real work digging thru the last 20 months of our 
forgotten life lessons.  Ask someone that cares to draw their your own 
world map of every different deployment that Meant Something since 
2007.  Pass it along: many different deployment entrepreneurs have 
articulated *very* compelling visions for the Table of Contents, so 
please now get over your shyness (you know who you are!) and humbly get 
crackin' editing this outline, even if you cannot attend in person :)

(Volunteers who made this come together in the last week generally 
advocated for something like a National Geographic-style 30-page 
explanatory visual guide, to build very clear 1st Line Support 
expectations for people who don't read FAQ's -- highly multi-authored 
but w/o unnecessarily dashing worldly antipoverty/educatory/pen-paling 
dreams -- and PracTiCal.  Longer works of great battled-tested 
deployment stories you uncover/write/photograph/map should later appear, 
in a lengthier/dreamier if less polished, while 
similarly-community-curated "mosaic" .../a near-universal request.../ 
but only we can teach teachers to stumble, pick themselves up in 
multiple languages, AND finally make National Geographic jealous with 
full cartographic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazetteer eg. watch out 
for Caryl Bigenho showing us up yet again yesterday with her Pakistan 
deployment photos/precis.....)

> Holt wrote:
>> */Thanks Mike Lee, Mel Chua and Support Gangsters all who pulled this together into a major event:
>>    http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Class_Acts/*
>> The OLPC/Sugar community will be creating a mini-Deployment Guide for technically-strong teachers,
>> with more vivid photographs and illustrations than anything our community has yet produced.
>> This idea arose from our Support Gang (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Support_Gang) volunteers wanting
>> to pull together our community's greatest work over the last 2 years, to give classrooms and
>> after-school programs _the_ very best creative tools out there.
>> The guide will be short and professional, possibly only 30 pages long -- drawing on innovations
>> from successful rollouts around the world -- with separately downloadable chapters.  It will
>> enable entrepreneurial teachers in small schools to begin formulating real-world plans
>> jumpstarting 21st century learning using XO Laptops.  We'll be working extremely hard (business
>> hours) for 5 days straight (Monday thru Friday) then socializing most every evening, exploring
>> the Washington DC area with groups like http://OLPClearningclub.org, http://hacDC.org and others:
>>    Sunday Sept 6: Dinner to meet fellow writers
>>    Monday Sept 7: Labor Day (no holiday for us!)
>>    ...
>>    Friday Sept 11: National Day of Service (no holiday for us!)
>> Evening events open to all, and they WILL be memorable, guaranteed.  If you also want to dedicate
>> yourself to our work sessions, please email holt @ laptop.org or grassroots @ laptop.org
>> (http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/grassroots) explaining your skills in shaping a Quality Product
>> -- along with a bit about how and why you want to make a difference :)
>> Possible Book Title: (very tentative)
>>    20 Cool Class Acts With XO Laptops:
>>    Real Success Stories from Real Schools Using Real XO Computers
>>    Written By: The Real People Who Are Using them
>>    Compiled And Edited By: The OLPC Support Gang
>> Needs:
>>    ALL Related Manuals you can find -- whose ideas we should crib
>>    Graphics designers (inkscape, gimp, whatever)
>>    Experienced tech writers, copy-editors
>>    Photographs!
>> Likely Attendees:
>>    Mel CHUA
>>    Luke FARAONE (invited)
>>    David FARNING (invited)
>>    Adam HOLT
>>    SJ KLEIN
>>    Mike LEE
>>    Yamandu PLOSKONKA
>>    Bryan STUART
>>    Sameer VERMA
>>    Seth WOODWORTH (invited)
>> Remote Attendees:
>>    Caryl BIGENHO
>>    Sandy CULVER (invited)
>>    Christoph DERNDORFER
>>    Daniel DRAKE (invited)
>>    Pablo FLORES (invited)
>> Daytime/workroom venues currently under consideration:
>>    http://www.careercenter.arlington.k12.va.us
>>    http://www.gallaudet.edu
>> Accommodations -- until the White House accepts us, we instead recommend:
>>    http://hostels.com
>>    http://airbnb.com
>>    http://melchua.com
>> Please Join Our Online Venues Today!
>>    support-gang at laptop.org (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Support_Gang)
>>    grassroots at laptop.org (http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/grassroots)
>>    http://forum.laptop.org/chat (#olpc-help and #sugar)
>>    http://flossmanuals.net/ClassActs ??
>>        "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the
>>        work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
>>               --- Antoine de Saint Exupery
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