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Posting on Craig’s List

Posted in hardware resources, pilot, players by forgr on July 21, 2008

Wanted: Gently-used laptop computers (Grand Rapids)

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/wan/764569789.html

The Grand Rapids Digital Inclusion Project is running a pilot program and we’re looking for gently-used laptop computers. Your contributions will be given to individuals in need, looking to learn computer skills, and improve their lives with technology.

We’re looking for gently-used modern laptop computers that are wireless capable, preferably with a wifi card included. Any parts that you have to offer would also be appreciated. Please email us with a description.

We will wipe your computer’s data clean, uninstall the operating system, and all applications (we will be running Ubuntu Linux and open-source software).

Since we aren’t a 501c3 organization (yet), your contribution will not be tax deductible, (but know that it is going directly to a person in need in your community).

For more information, visit https://forgr.wordpress.com.

Let’s see what happens…

Hey. Hi. Hello.

Posted in breakthrough by forgr on July 20, 2008

My name is Marie-Claire. I started writing here, back in February of this year, about people’s lives and how they are (and could be) impacted by technology (computers, access) and community.

There were several meaningful conversations with community leaders, there were great stories, there were genuine successes.

Then I took a break in engaging with it. I originally took a break to write independently and get the ducks in a row, but then life happened. There were health problems, there was bad timing, there were a lot of crummy things that made things complicated for me personally. Life happened.

But now that I’m ready to give my time back to this project, I can see that IT never really stopped at all, the thoughts here never took a break, this project kept going without me pushing it. That’s how I know that it’s meaningful, and that caring about other people’s connectivity is not something that I hold by writing in a blog, it’s something that belongs to the community. I has legs, it’s bigger than I am.

Kimberly

Kimberly and the laptop.

While I was writing and planning, then dealing with the unexpected, people were still being touched. I got four emails, a phone call and several personal inquiries during the time that I was away. People were not only engaged, but concerned. People were worried that the project was going to stop.

“What’s going on with that project?” or, “What’s the next step?” and, “How is it working so far?”

To answer your questions in front of everyone: It’s not stopping. It’s going to keep going. It’s bigger than a single person. And you can help.

In one person’s opinion, all I’ve been is a lot of talk and little action. I’d like to change.

Stay tuned for a new leaf, and some fresh faces.