OLPC’s Give 1 Get 1 Program

Starting November 12, if you donate $399 to the OLPC program, they will send a laptop to a child in a developing nation and send one to your child at home.

10 reasons I like OLPC and this form of buying computers:

  1. It’s Linux and Linux rocks (oh yeah, it’s free, too)
  2. Hand cranked power option
  3. Portable computers let kids work at home and at school
  4. Long range wireless is cheaper than wiring everything for Ethernet
  5. Reasonable overhead: 95% of funds raised go to the kids
  6. OLPC set an aggressive price point then built a product to match
  7. Connections: OLPC users will be connected with the rest of the world
  8. The Five Principles
  9. “Buy 1 Get 1” is a cool idea to satisfy North Americans interested in buying the laptop while still helping needy kids
  10. “It’s an education project, not a laptop project.” Nicholas Negroponte

(hat tip to Seth Godin from his recent post titled This Changes Everything)

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