Media, Technology, and Blogging All-Stars Launch Largest Online Literacy Experiment in History; Only One Week Left
Released on: October 24, 2007, 3:12 pm
Press Release Author: Megan Saulsbury
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: LitLiberation hopes to raise $1 million in 30 days; Organized by Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, this ambitious project also features celebrity Silicon Valley CEOs, world famous bloggers, and prominent media executives
Press Release Body: NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2007 -- Timothy Ferriss, author of the New York Times Bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, has a new passion. Ferriss has recruited some of the world's most successful and popular leaders in technology, media, and the blogosphere to conduct the largest online literacy experiment to date.
In conjunction with DonorsChoose.org and RoomToRead, LitLiberation has been on the run to raise $1 million in 30 days, and in the process, help educate children around the world - and there's only one week remaining.
30-percent of rural children in developing countries aren't enrolled in school. As one project, a group of people can choose to build a school for $17,000. When split among 10 friends, it breaks down to $1,700 each or $850 if 20 people contribute. Those involved will provide education to tens of thousands of children, have their names forever associated with the school, and also enjoy the opportunity to visit it in the future.
Described as a scalable education revolution, LitLiberation makes it incredibly simple for anyone to fund a specific project in developing countries or support U.S. public schools. It is the first time that anyone can, in five minutes, sign-up as a fundraiser and compete to raise money, winning world-class prizes in the process.
"LitLiberation is challenging people to take action now and offering a new model of funding causes," said Ferriss. "The wonderful thing is that each person can help to fund something tangible, whether it's a classroom, computer equipment, libraries or entire schools. Think about how incredible it would be to pitch in with a group of friends to build a pre-school in Cambodia and then go visit it together after it's built!"
LitLiberation supporters include:
- Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Netscape and Ning) - Rohit Bhargava (VP of Interactive, Ogilvy PR Worldwide) - Drew Curtis (Fark.com) - Jason DeFillippo (creator of Blogrolling.com, co-founder of Metroblogging) - Tom Foremski (SiliconValleyWatcher.com) - Sean Keener (CEO of BootsnAll Travel Network) - Dave McClure (500Hats) - Matt Mullenweg (Founding developer of WordPress) - Neil Patel (Pronet Advertising) - Fabio Rosati (CEO of Elance) - Darren Rowse (ProBlogger) - Premal Shah (President of Kiva.org) - Gina Trapani (Lifehacker) - Steve Hanselman (co-founder of LevelFiveMedia, former group publisher for Harper Business) - Brian Solis (bub.blicio.us, PR 2.0, Principal of FutureWorks PR) - Robert Scoble (Scobleizer.com)
LitLiberation homepage: www.litliberation.org
Ferriss' Bid to Build a School - www.firstgiving.com/timferriss