Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Support The Creative Commons Catalyst Campaign

It's no secret that we at Pratham Books are huge fans of the Creative Commons licenses and philosophy. The use of CC licenses that enable a participatory culture has enabled us to do multiple things including the Radio Mirchi audio books for the visually disabled, iPad applications and allowing us to remix books to create more content for children to read.

Tomorrow CC is launching the Catalyst Campaign to raise seed funding for projects around the world devoted to increasing access and openness. We think this is of huge relevance to all of us, especially users and creators of CC licensed material and those involved in CC licensed projects

The Catalyst Campaign: Donate Now to Help Fund CC’s Catalyst Grants

We’re thrilled today to announce the launch of the Catalyst Campaign – from now through June 30, Creative Commons is raising money to fund our recently-launched Catalyst Grants program.

Catalyst Grants will make it possible for individuals and organizations to harness the power of Creative Commons. A grant might enable a group in a developing country to research how Open Educational Resources can positively impact its community. Another could support a study of entrepreneurs using Creative Commons licenses to create a new class of socially responsible businesses. Anyone may apply for a Catalyst Grant, which ranges from $1,000-$10,000.

But we can't do it without your help. Our goal is to raise $100,000 from CC supporters like you to fund the grants that will make all this possible. Donate today to help spread our mission of openness and innovation across all cultural and national boundaries.

Thanks to the Milan Chamber of Commerce which has generously donated EUR 10,000 to jumpstart the effort!

Will you join in?
Advocate: Take a moment to spread the word about the Catalyst Campaign and Grants program on your blog and social networks with our banners and buttons.
Donate: If you give $75 or more, you can become the proud owner of one of these bright and cheerful, limited edition “I Love to Share” t-shirts. Every bit helps so give what you can today to ignite openness and innovation around the world!

Please do help spread the word and donate, if you can.

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