I am Patrick Williams, and I am a Resource Manager for Franklin County Youth Center Inc. We are a 501 c3 organization that is based in Rocky Mount, Virginia. For the last 2 years Michael Patterson, our Chairman of the Board, has been holding fundraisers for the Youth Center Building Fund. We have land, but we are raising money for our 6million dollar facility. We are selling raffle tickets for a truck, and we are also holding a free Bluegrass Festival October 8th. If you want any information concerning the center, call 1-540-483-8008. If you would like to email me, do so at Sapunza@aol.com.
This week's episode of This Week in NetSquared News is up on the Net2 podcast. For the past month, we've been uploading audio recordings from the NetSquared Conference sessions onto the NetSquared podcast channel. To help you decide if you want to download an hour-long conference session, I'll be including clips from some of the sessions each week in This Week in NetSquared News. This week, I've included a 5-minute clip from the Gender and the Social Web panel.
This is pretty much one of the coolest things I've ever seen online. The Jane Goodall Insitute has created a geoblog with Google Earth, the Gombe Chimpanzee Blog, that allows readers/viewers to view Gombe National Park in Tanzania while they read entries by Emily Wroblewski, a field researcher who is studying the Gombe Chimpanzees. The photo above is a screenshot during my Gombe Flyover Tour.
I can't imagine a more powerful tool for environmental nonprofits and NGOs than to "fly" your supporters and potential supporters over the area of the world you are working in. It is really an awesome experience. It has the color, movement and visual richness of Second Life, but it is First Life, it is our Earth.
Google, Microsoft, AskJeeves and Yahoo! are supporting through their technology recently launched Goodtree.com a search engine that at each query donates profits to a charitable cause a user chooses (environment, health, poverty, etc...). The site also enables to invite friends and keep track of growing network of users (aka charity tree) and homepage customization. Charities are selected by independent third-party groups (their about page) and users can select the benificiaries of their searching. A brilliant example of social enterprise.
Fishermen in Guimaras are in dire need of protective suits and masks to continue helping in the clean up. Some of them are using their bare hands to sift the oil out of the coastline. There are some who are developing skin rashes and coughing from working in this condition.
In another twist, people are starting to cut their hair in the Philippines. Parlors are teeming with people who are getting a makeover and donating their hair samples for Guimaras. Greenpeace has announced that hair has absorbing properties and is proven effective with oil-spill incidents.
Well, as many may recognize... this is very new to me.... but so has just about everything in the last year!
My husband, David, and I are the new Executive Directors of Walker Study Center, a non-denominational faith-based non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Southern Oregon. (that's a mouthful) We are transplants from Southern California and came to Oregon after accepting this position last October.
Walker Study Center is a residential facility that will house 22 young men age 18 and above. They will commit to a 10 month program where they will have the opportunity for Discipleship, counseling, family counseling, Biblical Studies, Educational Instruction, Job skills and preparation and much more.
We Believe that "Restoration" is a more favorable word than rehabilitation. It takes more than just 30 days in a crisis center and 12 steps. These men need to be restored to their faith, themselves, their family and to society.
We will be opening the doors to Walker Study Center this Fall... and it's been a long road getting here. A lot of planning, meetings, paperwork, etc... However, it will be so rewarding to see lives changed when all is said and done.
Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts as we seek to open the doors of opportunity to these men, leading them to God and away from the drugs and alcohol that have held them hostage for so many years.
This is an abstract from a paper I'm writing on Google and socialimpact, it's specifically around its merits over the $100 laptop.. Would love to know your thoughts on it and more broadely on Google and itsimpact on development. Feel free to email them to me and I would ofcourse recognize any contributions in the papers merits.