ie of the year!
Despite some misgivings – not, mind you, in any way concerning the program or its intentions, but having to do rather with misplaced priorities and unintended consequences – I’ve just made my first contribution to One Laptop Per Child.
You know what? It feels kinda great. My USD400 donation, of which USD200 is tax-deductible, bought one child now growing up somewhere in the developing world one of OLPC’s technically brilliant, handcrank-powered, mesh-networking connected devices. (Along the lines of those annoying late-night adopt-a-child infomercials, it sure would be neat if I could somehow, through OLPC’s auspices, track just who gets the machine, and what they wind up doing with it.)
I know it’s not quite the same thing surgery to repair a cleft palate (USD800) or obstetric fistula (USD450), but it doesn’t have to be an either-or thing, does it? Those are urgent needs, but if you’ve ever uttered the words “information is power” and meant it, then you’ll recognize that the OLPC program addresses a universal human aspiration that, in its own way, is equally pressing.
If you believe, with me, that access to information is a foundational human right, OLPC is a great way to put your money where your mouth is. And through 26 November, with each donation, you’ll receive an OLPC machine of your own, to donate domestically, hack on, or otherwise do with what thou wilt. It’s something I’m proud to be supporting, and I encourage you to do so as well.