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Intellectual Property Enriching Society

Dolly Parton says…

“Ain’t nobody got so much money they don’t want all the money that’s coming to them,” Quoted in John Bowe, “The Copyright Enforcers,” New York Times Magazine, 38, 42, 8August2010.

National Lab Day

“Encouraging young people to be makers of things, not just consumers of things,” President Barack Obama. National Lab Day (NLD) is a platform to scale hands-on learning across the country. Each NLD will encompass a year-long series of training and activities which will culminate in a day of sharing and recognition. We plan on a series of NLD's to build to our goals.

“America needs more engineers and scientists to maintain marketing competitiveness and keep jobs. National Lab Day reminds us that we need to start early, getting students interested and getting serious about engineering, math, and science,” Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist. We now have an opportunity to bring hands-on, tinkering-based learning to a new level in the United States. The growing body of work supported by foundations coupled with an Administration that is highly supportive of innovation in learning makes for a powerful force.

Students love to explore. They ask questions, they are curious. They are natural scientists. They poke and prod and test. They gain feedback and try new strategies. National Lab Day is more than just a day. It's a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support (hubs) that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

Volunteers — university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community — will work together with educators and students to improve labs and discovery-based science experiences for students in grades K-12. In the first week of May, 2010 we will celebrate this collaboration with National Lab Day activities across the country.


Digital Media and Learning Competition

HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation are excited to launch the third year of the Digital Media and Learning Competition. Today, young people are learning, socializing, and participating in civic life in dramatic new ways and assessing information in ways never before imagined. They are reimagining learning on a daily basis and are engaged in what is called "participatory learning." The 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition challenges designers, entrepreneurs, practitioners, researchers, and young people to put participatory learning to work on behalf of science, technology, engineering, math and their social contexts in the 21st century.


Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

NFTE’s mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. Its vision is that every young person will find a pathway to prosperity.

Through entrepreneurship education, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. Since 1987, NFTE has reached more than 280,000 young people, and currently has programs in 21 states and 12 countries. NFTE has more than 1,500 active Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers, and is continually improving its innovative entrepreneurship curriculum.


Ten9Eight Documentary Film

In America, a kid drops out of high school every 9 seconds. Imagine if they didn’t. This is the compelling question behind award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio's newest project TEN9EIGHT, a thought provoking film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens (of differing race, religion, and ethnicity) from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).


Ebook inventor Michael Stern Hart

Michael Stern Hart (1947-2011) was best known for his 1971 invention of electronic books, or eBooks. He founded Project Gutenberg, one of the earliest and longest-lasting online literary projects. He had been granted access to significant computing power at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On July 4 1971, after being inspired by a free printed copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, he decided to type the text into a computer, and to transmit it to other users on the computer network. From this beginning, the digitization and distribution of literature was to be Hart's life's work, spanning over 40 years.

One of his favorite speculations was that someday, everyone would be able to have their own copy of the Project Gutenberg collection or whatever subset desired. This vision came true, thanks to the advent of large inexpensive computer disk drives, and to the ubiquity of portable mobile devices, such as cell phones. A lifetime intellectual, Hart was inspired by his parents, both professors at the University of Illinois, to seek truth and to question authority. 

One of his favorite recent quotes, credited to George Bernard Shaw, is characteristic of his approach to life:

"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.  Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.  All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people."

In July 2011, Michael wrote: “One thing about eBooks that most people haven't thought much is that eBooks are the very first thing that we're all able to have as much as we want other than air. Think about that for a moment and you realize we are in the right job." He had this advice for those seeking to make literature available to all people, especially children: "Learning is its own reward.  Nothing I can say is better than that."

Michael is remembered as a dear friend, who sacrificed personal luxury to fight for literacy, and for preservation of public domain rights and resources, towards the greater good.

Edited from obituary by Dr. Gregory B. Newby, <http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Michael_S._Hart>

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