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August 19, 2006 - San Francisco Bay Area Nonprofit Boot Camp

wow goldYears ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly

advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms

that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job,

he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. "Are you a

good farmhand?" the farmer asked him. "Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man. Although puzzled by

this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk,

and the farmer felt satisfied with the man's work wow gold. Then one night the

wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired

hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow

away!" The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows." Enraged by

the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his

amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens

were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow

awaywow goldThe farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he

returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew. MORAL: When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically,

you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep

because he had secured the farm against the storm.

Craigslist Foundation [1] is hosting the Third Annual San Francisco Bay Area Boot Camp to be held at the University of California, Berkeley on Saturday, August 19, 2006. The Berkeley event will have almoost three times the number of participants as in New York and twice as many thematic tracks.
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June 21 - September 22, 2006 - Free Summer School

With an opening theme of Discovering and Gathering a Wealth of Knowledge and a commitment to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) and related United Nations Decades, a Free Summer School will be in session between the 2006 Summer Solstice on June 21 and the Fall Equinox on September 22. The Free Summer School is being hosted by Seasons of Peace Cooperation Circles [2] in support of the NGO Committee on Education of CONGO - the Conference Of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations [3]. The NGO Committee on Education has made a decade-long commitment to support the United Nations Decade on Sustainable Development, and is seeking to draw on, and gather together, the vast wealth of knowledge and experience in the hearts and minds of people and organizations that make up the rapidly evolving NGO community / civil society.
The Free Summer School is being hosted on a holistic evolving information ecology platform that has emerged in the course of the systematic use and promotion of information and communications technology and appreciation of the transformative significance of the zero-based properties of information - zero mass, zero physical size, and virtually zero travel time - that are the "material" basis for the zero marginal cost of digital goods.
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Free Summer School, NGO Committee on Education

June 10, 2006 - New York Nonprofit Boot Camp

Craigslist Foundation [4] will be hosting the first New York City Nonprofit Boot Camp on Saturday June 10, 2006 at the NYU Stern School of Business, an all day event from 9 am to 9 pm. The registration fee of $50 includes all meals and a closing reception. For more details on this event and to register, visit
Craigslist Foundation has organized several very successful Boot Camps in San Francisco, and the first New York City Boot Camp promises to be a remarkable gathering of people and organizations who are invvolved in a nonprofit networked information economy.
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New York Nonprofit Boot Camp

May 13-26, 2006 - UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Fifth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. There is active interest in the development of an online forum in support of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Second International Decade on the World's Indigenous People. See organizational domains for a preliminary outline of a framework for such an online forum. For more information on the Permanent forum, visit
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Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 14, 2006 - Launch of The Wealth of Networks

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 540 W. 21st Street, New York, NY

Please join Yale Professor Yochai Benkler for the launch of his new book, "The Wealth of Networks". The book explains how a new form of distributed collaboration is transforming the world economy, heralded by innovations such as:

  1. Open Source software like Linux and Apache that have surpassed commercial software made by huge corporations
  2. A free, collaboratively authored encyclopedia called Wikipedia that rivals Encyclopedia Britannica, and
  3. Volunteer research projects like NASA Clicks that are as accurate as the work of paid scientists.

Benkler does not see these projects as isolated examples, but rather as exemplars of an emerging mode of economic production. His book shows why labor done outside the constraints of free markets and giant corporations can still have a huge impact on the economy and social relations. He argues that a "third mode of production" offers the promise of a more free society, but only if we make the right collective decisions.

The evening started at 6pm with wine, cheese, and informal conversation. At 7pm Jonah Peretti, Eyebeam's Director of R&D, introduced Benkler and gave a quick tour of important and emerging open source and collaborative projects. Then at 7:15pm, Benkler gave a brief talk presenting the core ideas of his new book.

The Wealth of Networks was available for purchase in the Eyebeam bookstore the night of the event and can also be ordered on Amazon:

This event was open to the public free of charge.

(based on the Eyebeam website)

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