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update of appreciation

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Welcome all GigaOM and NewTeeVee travelers!

Thanks for clicking on the buried link and visiting a site that hasn't been updated in a week. I'm currently working on a project that you might have read about - huffington post and newassignment.net team up to build a citizen journalism publication covering the 2008 presidential campaign. it's been eating more time than anticipated, and by middle of next week i'll have a few interesting posts for you.

in the meantime, i urge you to do the following...

1. Donate $11.11 - doing so will get you a copy of the book, put you on my email list, and will help me cover open source communities, free culture and global change.
2. Find me on Facebook, MySpace and Couchsurfing.com - doing so is like exchanging business cards... ;)
3. Subscribe via RSS - and start monitoring the adventure.

btw, if you're around for podcamp nyc, i'll be in attendance and hosting a session on politics and media... check out noneck.org for more information

many thanks for sstrudeau & theburg.tv for giving me the heads up.
thanks again to sstudeau for helping out with
a simple bit of php.
thank you
lillyliane for your donation!!!

back from austria and austin, thank you donors and check out matt's dance

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the past eleven days have blown my mind! from austin and SXSW to austria and salzburg seminar on The New Information Networks: Challenges and Opportunities for Business, Governments, and Media. through the panels, conversations and the people, i am invigorated to change the world.

as of today, we have reached $1220.54 and this could not have been possible without your generous donations! thank you club 777 and i'd like to welcome some new members!

while i gather some notes for a big announcement, i leave you with an inspiring video from Matt Harding, a fellow world traveler.


ps - you should also check out user's responses to this great video.


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a seventh of the way!!!

20 Feb 2007, at 1.01pm EST, Peter Deitz, a fellow couchsurfer, activist and new yorker (albeit now in montreal), placed me over the US$1,000 mark!

What's quite interesting is that Peter and I met on the notion that I could build a few Drupal sites for a client of his. What it is also interesting is that Peter Deitz is embarking on a "full time preoccupation" with peer to peer banking/micro-financeing/micro philantrhopy. After spending a few years working with the World Federalist Movement, Peter was stuck by the lack of sites that aggregate data on micro-philanthropy. So what does any good person do? Start up their own site...

In February 2007, Peter founded First-of-its-kind, aka foik. Check out Lo7's foik entry!

I'd also like to thank Dinah Sanders for her donation!

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DOH!!! How we got to $778...

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i need to increase the ticker on the right from 31 to 38 donors. for more info, read below.

We were so close... Oh-so close we were...

My father, god bless him, had been in the hospital with a UTI and something that he rarely uses the size of grapefruit. In my infinite concern for his health, I called his cell phone and left a loving and cheerful message. In my father happiness, he decided to put me over the $777.77 goal. Mind you he was medicated and his heart, which faces another ailment, has always been in the right place. This is really one of those jokes one might say, but never think could really happen.

For the past 24-hours I've been speechless, and now I wonder how to accomplish the next fundraising hurdle. Kris' matching donation would have sent me on the fast track to making this site public and therefore fundraising a good amount of the $7777 within two months.

Kris' new proposal is more intriguing than the last. Every day I have exactly seven donors, he'll make a donation also featuring the number seven. It's a ambiguously ambitious goal... One that makes, this next fundraising bout much harder.

I can only promise you that this is just the start of the interesting situations...

THANK YOU WEEKEND DONORS!!

  • Noel Hidalgo <- Thanks dad!
  • Olaf Bertram-Nothnagel
  • Veronica Dougherty
  • Hilary McHone
  • Lauren Stolzar


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bre and brooklyn hillary culture hack nyc

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right at the end of last last year, i was randomly introduced to an unbelievable personality - Bre Pettis. as a former teacher, Bre is known for his delightful humor, ability to build things, and wacky antics. sure enough, Bre arrived here in nyc refusing to deal with another seattle winter, yet only experience new york city for a month. as is the story with many who come to "visit" new york, once Bre started exploring... well, needless to say he's coming back in three weeks!

over the weekend, Bre and Brooklyn Hillary did a bit of culture hacking. check out Charles' blip clip. using the rastorbator software, they blew up self portraits and took them around town. if you're in the area of 11 spring street, check out their work! in the meantime, Brooklyn Hillary is raising money to purchase a new camera. Check out her chipin campaign, and help a fellow brooklynite purchase a new camera.







photo in post used with permission by bre pettis


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oh so close...

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this past weekend, i helped host drupalcamp nyc 2. once again, i was in total awe of organic conversations convening to network, discuss and hammer out problems. then this evening, i attended one of the first offical SXSW interactive happy hours, and once again was in total awe. the power of convening is one thing, but the power to network is a whole nother world.

isn't it time that conferences realize that their true value is conversation not broadcast?

on the way out, i had to profusely thank Megan Adams for taking the leap of faith and hosting this party. without fan fair, 60 or so people got together, mingled and chatted about why they would be attending SXSW. as long as i wasn't talking to a recruiter in some snazzy outfit, i was having a blast. thank you SXSW, i'm glad to know that you "get it!"

as for fundraising, we are $164.43 short from reaching $777.77, our first fundraising goal. as promised by my good friend kris swanson, once the chipin widget says $777.77, he will match all previous donations! that's roughly 14 more people!

maybe we'll reach that goal with in the next day or so. tomorrow night, i'll be presenting at the SF vlogger meetup. yeah!?!?! how freaking cool is that!

place your luck on seven and donate today!

thank you weekend donors!


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take me to 777.77!

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my old friend, fellow troublemaker and bevercreek graduate, kris swanson, is willing to match US$777.77, IF i can get the donation ticker to read $777.77. with 426.68 in the kiddy, i'm only going to need 38 donations of US$11.11 to get me there. mind you thats more donors than i have now... are you ready for the challenge? ps - if it's close, can you do me the favor and peg it at 777 and shoot me a photo?

on to the follow up...


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what's the focus

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yesterday, while my friend assisted in editing my first post, she kept asking me why are people going to care? from her point of view, everyone travels and writes about their journey. why would anyone care about this trip? after thinking about it, she is right i need to detail my rational for topics i will be covering...

the seven topics of freedom

  • free culture - originally a book by lawrence lessig. free culture is now a movement to break through the walled gardens of our minds and share information. if you scroll down to the footer, you'll see that this site is under creative commons. what does that mean? just like you have shared information with me, you can take this content and share it. as long as you don't make a profit; you are free to use this work. wikipedia on free culture.
  • free and open-source software (F/OSS) - there are many examples F/OSS, firefox, open office, wordpress, and drupal, just to name a few. (more on wikipedia) sadly there are only a handful of profiles and conversations of their products outside of their respective communities. as we will see, the agents of open-source software are diverse, eclectic, and highly lovable.
  • couchsurfers and bloggers - imagine opening up your house and letting a complete stranger sleep on your couch? believe it or not, there is a social network dedicated to couchsurfing. as an avid supporter of couchsurfing and people who share their life online, i am looking forward to the network of connections and a wealth of stories.
  • agents of progressive social change - if global agents of change are as unusual as my friends, their stories will be pure insanity. here's to the crazy ones!
  • barcamp & coworking - are two mimes espouse physical conversations organized through the internet. barcamp is a grassroots technology unconference where attendants are presenters and presenters are attendants. ironically, there is a workplace equivalent, coworking. coworking is a grassroots organized office with café culture. both mimes have demonstrated unbelievable levels of free thinking.
  • happenstance - happenstance is the art of random interaction. i bet you are thinking it is not possible to focus on happenstance. if you do not believe it, i will free your mind.
  • our environment - nature's beauty is quickly being consumed. i will spotlight locations and the people who are protecting them. my focus will be on the destruction we don't see on the evening news.

as you can see this project is about many things. many of these things i can no tolerate languishing on the back burner. if life is a fickle flame, i must let it burn brightly. last year at this time, i was stuck in a serious rutt. frequently, on my journeys, i quoted former fellow gemini henry kissinger, "there comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure."

for the past few months, i've been hung up on the fact we are losing every element of our freedom. the world i knew as a child is not the same; the world i knew ten years a go is not the same. as the years move on and information becomes entertainment, we are enveloping ourselves in a world devoid of freedom. from nature and property, to rights and intellectual property, i see our lives slipping into an abyss devoid of alternatives.

chip in and help support the dig.

where will the luck of seven take me...

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I've been sitting on my inaugural post for too long. It's been over a year since I first conceived of this, and despite all of my work on paper, I still can't think of an opening. Time and time again, I mention the same words over and over... seven, seven, seven...

contribute today and join the club of seven

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On 07 July 2007, I departed for a journey around the world to learn from you.

For seven months, I stood on six continents, and dove into seven topics.

For this project to be a success, I needed 700 people to contribute US$11.11 for a total of $7,777. instead, i got the following list of amazing people!!! if i've been a doof and somehow misplaced your name, please contact me.

contact me or join the google group.

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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