From now through November 26, the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) non-profit association is offering a unique opportunity to help provide connected laptops to the poorest and most remote children of the world, while receiving an XO laptop for your own child. Please look at www.laptopgiving.org. You have the opportunity to Give One Get One for $399, or give many, if you wish. By popular demand, there are ways to direct 60 or more to your favorite school, as well.
OLPC is an education project, not a laptop project. Children are a mission, not a market. After 30+ years of research at the MIT Media Lab, based on Seymour Papert's theories of constructionism, we have had three years to pilot in primary schools around the world, in Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Brazil, Peru and other places. The XO laptop is now in mass production. It was reviewed recently by the NY Times. If you have a chance, I urge you glance at David Pogue's video as well.
Our goal is to reach the poorest and most remote children, in countries where as many as 50% do not even go to school. The long term purpose is to eliminate poverty.
The reason you are getting this e-mail is that at some time over the past ten years, you received or sent an e-mail from or to me, or were on a cc list. I know, this is a kind of spam and, in some cases the recipient will be somebody I wrote this week, in other cases the recipient may not even be alive. I did not try to edit the 30,000+ e-mail addresses. But more than anything, whether you join Give One Get One or not, please tell your friends and family. This really could change the world.
PS: If you participate in Give One Get One, your donation comes with one year of complimentary access to T-Mobile HotSpot locations throughout the United States (a $350 value). Details are on www.laptopgiving.org.