[OLPC-Chicago] Hello to the Chicago OLPC group - and a question

Mel Chua mel at melchua.com
Sat May 17 11:41:35 EDT 2008

Whoops - sorry about that, Larry - try 
http://www.duke.edu/%7Eak86/proposal.pdf instead (actually, everyone 
interested in pilots, look at http://www.olpcatduke.com for a great 
independent initiative.


Langellier, Larry wrote:
> Hi Mel,
> I'm very interested in the proposal that the Duke University chapter created - it may help me better polish and sell our proposal here at Moraine Valley. The link you included no longer works. Do you have a copy of the proposal that you could email me?
> Thanks,
> Larry
> ________________________________________
> From: olpc-chicago-bounces at lists.laptop.org [olpc-chicago-bounces at lists.laptop.org] On Behalf Of Mel Chua [mel at melchua.com]
> Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2008 12:45 AM
> To: Edward Cherlin
> Cc: Michael Hurd; olpc-chicago at lists.laptop.org
> Subject: Re: [OLPC-Chicago] Hello to the Chicago OLPC group - and a question
> Howdy, Michael - and welcome!
> Semi-obligatory disclaimer: there are a lot of independent grassroots
> groups and awesome volunteers on this list, so you'll be getting the
> benefit of many different perspectives and offers for help here, but be
> aware that "people talking on this list" != "official statements by OLPC
> organization" ;) Welcome to the community!
> In terms of introductions: tight now I'm an intern at the OLPC office in
> Boston, and my assignment is actually to work on and improve (really,
> create) better support structures for independent pilots (like the one
> you want to start) and grassroots groups. I just started on this last
> week and haven't publicly released anything yet (soon!) and even before
> that happens early next week I'd love to get thoughts and feedback from
> you - and everyone on this list - what kind of help/support would be
> most useful so we can see how to make it happen.
> Also potentially semi-relevant: this summer I'm going to be a volunteer
> again, volunteering full-time at the independent ILXO grassroots office
> with a group of awesome engineers. We're going to have a physical office
> in the Chicago area this summer and our charter is to help other
> grassroots groups in Illinois, pilots based in Illinois, and people who
> want to start either kind (like your group) get started. Working
> directly with one of the other local grassroots groups (such as IMSA, as
> Kevin mentioned) would probably be even better since they may be able to
> provide longer-term support than the folks at the ILXO office can commit
> to, but we'd be glad to do what we can to help you get going between now
> and the start of September, at the very least.
> My suggestion would be to write up a proposal of the kind of pilot you
> want to run, how it would work, why it's important, how it will happen,
> etc - the Duke University chapter has a nice draft of their proposal up
> at http://www.duke.edu/~ak86/XO%20Laptops%20for%20Durham.pdf for an
> example (it's long, though - your draft doesn't have to be that long).
> Post that draft to the wiki (wiki.laptop.org), this mailing list and the
> grassroots mailing list ( http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/grassroots ),
> and solicit feedback and ask whether anyone has ideas or willingness to
> help you make it happen.
> Another potentially helpful resource: live chat! If you're familiar with
> IRC, many community members are often on #olpc (general discussion) and
> #olpc-groups (grassroots communities), and I'm trying to hang out in
> #olpc-illinois as much as possible. This is all on irc.freenode.net. If
> you're new to IRC, go to http://forum.laptop.org/chat, log in (no
> account creation required) and then type "/join #olpc" (no quotes). This
> will get you into the main chatroom and you can ask around for
> help/advice there.
> --Mel
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