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Mission and programs, draft

Alright. I’m going to throw this out there onto the interwebs. It’s the newest mission statement along with some of the latest program ideas. I haven’t been sitting on it for long. I’m trying to get some feedback and perhaps fail fast instead of a long, slow death.

Please note, I’m using the placeholder name, “The Tomorrow Project”, it’s not a serious name or anything, just a placeholder until we can come up with something really good.

Here goes nothin’:

The Tomorrow Project utilizes existing resources in the community to provide opportunities for individuals and communities through individualized and focused interactions with technology.

Some of our programs include:

Tomorrow Box
Earn-a-laptop program, 10 hours of community service gets you a laptop computer, orientation classes and general education

Student Tomorrow Box
Earn-a-laptop program, collective of 50 hours of community service from your class at your school or in your community, gets you, your classmates and your teacher, laptop computers, training, education, and tech support

Tomorrow Box Tech Support
10 hours of community service gets you and your Tomorrow Box life-time tech support from a certified Geek Next Door

Tech Support Mentoring
Hands-on mentoring program that matches technology professionals and underserved individuals to teach, understand, and implement basic tech support skills

Geek Next Door Training and Certification
Tech support training for young volunteers and students of the geeky persuasion. Graduates get their own laptop, office hours, a tech manual, business cards, and the opportunity to engage in one-on-one tech support with people in the community

Tech Education
100-Level classes, centralizing and providing a schedule for free introductory classes and workshops from existing community resources.

Thoughts?

Naming exercises continued

Posted in physical presence, planning, writing by forgr on April 10, 2008

Grand Rapids United

Technology United

Laptops United

Peregrine United

Technology Independence Initiative

Hi. Hey. Hello.

Free up

Connected

Noise

Matter

Sea Change

See Change

Nomad

Portable

Move Around

Get Around

Independence

Freedom

Free Change

Me. You. Us.

We. Us. Ours.

Center for things, inc.

We/are/one

Netter

Netr

FORgr

Piggyback

Handuptops

The Technology Workshop

artex (out techs)

Lighter

Lightr

Great Tech

River

Free Fall

HOMES

Community Connect

Socket

The Fire

Computer

Machine

Box

Laptop

Lapdog

Lapcat

Open Door

Free Key

Toolbox

Unique workshops/classes

Posted in education, membership benefits, organization, planning by forgr on February 27, 2008

Some ideas for community classes or workshops. I yanked some of these directly from Philly Is On, they have a good schedule there.

Use the Internet I: Introduction
So, this Internet thing. What can it do for me?

Use the Internet II: Websites
Learn the basics about using websites.

Use the Internet III: Email
Learn email basics and find out where to get a free account.

Use the Internet IV: Search Engines
Find information on almost any topic quickly and easily.

Set up a PayPal Account
Learn how to set up a PayPal account to use with eBay and other popular Web sites and services.

Find a Job Online
Learn tips and tricks for finding the job of your dreams online! Includes Philly-specific links.

Set Up a MySpace Profile
Learn how to set up a MySpace profile and use many of the site’s popular features.

Set Up a Facebook Profile
Learn how to build a profile on Facebook and use many of the site’s popular features.

Set Up an Instant Messaging Account
Learn how to set up and use AOL Instant Messenger to send instant messages (IMs)

Post Videos on YouTube
Learn how to upload and share videos on YouTube, the most popular video site on the Web.

Make Your Own Blog
Create a blog to share with family, friends and the world!

Create your own website
Scanning photos, art
Digital photos
Spam, scams, banner ads, identity
Safety and security for children
Safety and security for adults

Make your own videos

Make your own eNewsletter

What else? Help me out here guys.

Naming exercises

Posted in discovery stages, writing by forgr on February 4, 2008

Themes: Community, Trust, Knowledge, Good, Understanding, Passion, Listening, Empowering, Connection, Education, Resources, Facilitation, Guidance, Harness, Network, Technology, Tools.

Tech for GR

Peregrine Project

ForGR (or the accidental web 2.0 name that arouse from naming the blog “forgr”)

One Laptop Per Local Child