[Foundation-l] New ideas for fundraising needed. Start here!
damian at Igluve.org
Thu Dec 28 21:52:10 UTC 2006
> Damian Finol wrote:
>> David Gerard wrote:
>>> On 28/12/06, Teun Spaans <teun.spaans at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 12/28/06, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> On 28/12/06, Teun Spaans <teun.spaans at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> 6) Has there ever been an open call to all wikipedians to provide
>>>>>> suggestions to the foundationboard of ways to receive money?
>>>>> Does continuously saying "our traffic level is stupidly high and costs
>>>>> a fortune / everyone at our web ranking has an actual budget and
>>>>> income stream / we're operating on a shoestring / we're desperately in
>>>>> need of cash" count?
>>>> Did I really have to say that? ;-)
>>> Then take it as read ;-)
>>> Perhaps we can get going on creative new ideas for fundraising!
>>> Post your idea below:
>> Lobby the UN for Funds, I bet UNESCO might want to get involved given
>> the nature of the projects..
>> That's all.
>>> - d.
> I am all for getting a recognition by the UN for example.
> Practically, I am trying to ask someone to get me in touch with someone,
> who in turn will get me in touch etc...
> Note that lobbying big organisations like this requires
> * having good contacts. Usually implies previously meeting these good
> contacts somewhere
> * money. These people are not waiting for us. We need to call them, we
> need to go and meet them. We need to participate conferences when they
> hang around. Ey, we even need to pay ourselves good clothes to meet them.
> * persistance. The people in charge of doing that need to dedicate a lot
> of time. Meanwhile...
> Do not get me wrong. Yes, it is a very good idea. The first step for the
> recognition was the audit. In which a *lot* of effort was put, precisely
> for this reason. The audit also took money and time.
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That's really good, maybe we can get some help from the OLPC people?, I
remember some news and video about them being in really good standing
with the UN and other governments like Brazil's, India's and others for
the one laptop per child project. And I also heard they were going to
use Wikipedia as the encyclopedia on the laptop. Plus I remember them
being part of Wikimania 2006, so, if we are in good standing with them
and they are great people, maybe they can help us out getting in touch
with the right people at the UN?.
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