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Dear Friends,

Today, marks a very special day, not only has Luck of Seven crossed the 20% goal in fundraising, but in two short months, I will depart from my beloved city of New York to explore this planet. On 7 July 2007, and traveling for seven months, my feet will wander the earth contemplating seven topics of freedom. On the way, I'll be documenting the experience on the "Luck of Seven" travel site (Lo7).

The seven topics of freedom are not some crazy manifesto, but an exploration of a world without any borders. Our ability to transcend, distance, time and culture are unprecedented. With more people living in urban environments, our world is growing and condensing at the same time. Fundamentally the seven topics of freedom boil down to four: open source communities, open source technology, social entrepreneurs and the greater conversation of global change. Ironically, a few weeks ago my mother sent me Leo Buscaglia's "The Way of the Bull." If you haven't read Mr. Buscaglia's books you will find them highly entertaining. While I instantly laughed at the outrageous cover, I found this motherly highlight, "The only thing that is certain for us is change. To battle change is to waste our time; the battle can never be won. To become the willing ally of change is to assure ourselves of life."

Now with 07/07/07 quickly approaching and my first month planned out, I look at my life and see a wealth of opportunities to explore this world. BUT I can't do it alone. I need your help in three ways...

1. A small donation of USD $11.11.

Thank you donors!! As of today, we have reached 20% of Lo7's fundraising goal! Not only will your donations help me go around the world, but in return, I promise you an autographed copy of the book. In the meantime, will continue to tell the story though rich media. < >

2. Spread the word and connect me with your other friends.

There is nothing more important to me than my friends. Though my past years of traveling and countless workshops, I know that we can make this a better place. Regardless if it's just a smiling face, a pint of beer or a hard floor to sit on, I want to visit your friends and say hello. Forward your friends this message and copy me < noel(at) >! Then, if you have a blog or social networking site, spread the word. I really need the link love ;)

3. Organizational sponsors for equipment and travel.

In Prague, Transitions Online has asked me to teach on new media journalism to former Communist countries. While "on the way," I look forward to teaching, conversing and interviewing citizens of this earth. If you know of an organization that might be a good fit, please don't hesitate to forward this email or make a formal introduction. I'm quite keen on helping organizations adapt technological frameworks for their own uses, elevate the seven topics of freedom, and share my experiences at an organizer. Otherwise, I'm looking for sponsors to acquire equipment: an HD Camcorder, a GPS device, an GSM cell phone, etc... I have a list and would love to entertain any ideas. Have your people call my people!

... and with that, I hope you place your luck on seven and at least give a donation.

be seeing you...

noneck noel

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Awesome concept, Noel!
(or should I call you No-Neck Noel, N-Cubed or N3???). :)

As soon as my Paypal bank transfer clears count me in.

As a 2001/2002 RTW veteran, I can honestly say you are in for the time of your life and a personal redefining event. While I like the concept of 7s I think 7 months is far too short to do just a RTW trip, not even counting a 7-seas and 7-wonders motif. I initially planned 7 months to do a 14-country RTW trip that ended up more like a 10-month and 16-country trip and in retrospect I wish I have spent more like 14-18 months to do it all.

I also wonder why you have so many short flights on your first leg (Madrid, Pamplona, Barcelona). Short flights are very non-economical and with the excellent train system in Europe I would think you can find reasonably fast trains at a much cheaper cost (though I believe Spanish trains are still on a different scale track and so are not as efficient as those on the Eurail system). So many short stops also leads me to think you are not using a RTW fare, so definitely check into those. I have more information about RTW tickets on my Travel Blog FAQ.

For the last 7 or 8 years I have been fascinated with the 7 Ancient Wonders but have thus far only seen The Great Pyramid and the site of the Alexandria Lighthouse. Trying to get around Iraq to see the alleged site of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon may be a big rough.
You might also consider any number of the 21 candidates for The New 7 Wonders if you have not heard of them (especially Petra, Machu Piccu, and Angkor Wat/Siem Riep).

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the 49 countries or the dozens of archaeological ruins that I have visited. PM Vagabum on Couchsurfing, or drop me an email.

Happy and Safe Travels. Stay real and keep the (travel) faith,

~ Vagabum Mike

P.S. Nice blog! Open source s/w rules and open world is a motivating concept!

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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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