[OLPC-Philippines] Public Information
sather.jm at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 20:43:58 EST 2008
2008/12/15 19:23 CST (Saskatoon, Canada)
*Reply to Antti intrduction re:OLPC Phil web-site *
Greetings Uncle Antti,
I am also new to the OLPC web forum. I have been 'watching' the chatting
and agree with you that all the good people using the forum are very
involved but also very comfortable with Wiki language and the use of this
What you suggest, using a dedicated web site, is a great thought, I suspect
the main drawback would be the cost to set up and maintain a web service -
those good server folks like to be paid.
I would suggest you check out this OLPC forum as well;
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Talk:OLPC_Philippines. I suggest you creat an
account for yourself, it's quite simple and allows you to track your
contributions, it also lets other folks know when you have mad a
Hope to hear more from you. Paalam form a very cold Canada,
2008/12/15 Antti Lahtinen <uncleantti at gmail.com>
> I am Uncle Antti, from Parañaque City.
> I have just joined the mailing list and tried to find out more about what
> happens with OLPC here in the Philippines.
> Honestly, I am not sure what I am looking for, but I know that the entire
> concept is great and I believe the kids in this country deserve a big break.
> Let me write a line or two about the initial observations.
> I am looking at the available "material" with fresh eyes and from "end user
> usability point of view". I believe it would be beneficial for the cause to
> try to somehow organize the necessary Public Info into more "user friendly"
> way. Seems that participants have been very comfortable with the tools and
> material what is done and used until now. That is all ok as those tools
> should be used that are available and serve the purpose.
> However, fact remains that most of the "normal" people are not very
> comfortable with with kinds of IRCs and Wikis and what have yous. Especially
> "a bit older folks" are not that keen on jumping into the depths of Social
> Media and Web 2.0, new extra software in their computers, etc... Thus,
> anybody who tries to find out the extend of the operation here, essential
> contacts or any other local info in few minutes, will turn away as all of it
> seem to be difficult to find and scattered over different locations and
> I understand that there will be web domain and likely some sort of web
> site. This could be used to promote the "OLPC Cause" for LOCAL Media,
> Politicians and potential Donors. Thus, it could be efficiently used to sell
> the idea for people with interest, money and power. I have a feeling that
> many individuals in these three groups belong to what I classified as "a bit
> older folks" or "normal" people, e.g. not very well versed with computers.
> "Promotion" could mean readily usable material for different media, write
> ups about current happenings as well as "war stories", logos and pictures.
> This also could mean "ready packages" for potential Donors like the global
> pages. This HAS to include a way to pledge donation or purchase then and
> there (for example a link to global)! This ALSO could mean suggestions to
> local Politicians as how to participate the gain good publicity within their
> constituents (yes, how to benefit from the good cause as that is the only
> way to get them interested...).
> There might be other things, but this is what crossed my mind during the
> good one hour trying to get some idea what is happening here. I know
> everybody are doing this on voluntary basis and I have to commend the good
> start. I am not a computer specialist, but I do have quite some exposure
> with various business aspects, including PR and Marketing. Also I do not
> have excessive amount of time available, but it could be possible to use
> some of it for helping to figure out where to get more doers and other help
> as well as what could probably be possible ways to go promoting the "OLPC
> For now, this is the way to catch me. This was not a great brief
> introduction, but please bear with me.
> Uncle Antti
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> OLPC-Philippines at lists.laptop.org
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