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PeaceFest in iReport

Amazing.  That’s all I can say at this point.  Thanks to Maverick for writing up PeaceFest while he was at the Poetry Jam today in SL.  Please see the article here.  And, many thanks to Raven and Torben for their live music performances at Hathead’s truly galactical sim:

Torben Asp and Raven Kondor played!

Torben Asp and Raven Kondor played!

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And away we go!  A great kickoff this morning for PeaceFest 09!  Check the Schedule out for more about what’s coming, and the Performers page for more about who you’ll see and hear!

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I sit here, having constructed the ‘cockpit’:  two computers, network ready, streaming my iTunes as a test into SL.  The sun set over the Peace Train Station, and the moon came up.  Siri and Tonks created a great flag for PeaceFest 09, and you can see a copy on top of the station:

The calm before the activities begin!

The calm before the activities begin!

I received the following note from one of the panelists who works at the Edith Benson Babies Home in Durban, South Africa.  I think it sums up what we’re about.  Hop on board : )

I am excited about the show and look forward to it. Wow Aaron has done a fabulous job (re the youtube video). I am touched. I am thrilled to be a part of this event and I know the work we do at EBBH will add to this dream.
I will be at home from 6.00pm onwards.
 
DREAM! CARE! DO!  The real spirit of UBUNTU.
 
Ubuntu is the African word that means “I am what I am because of you”.
 
Warmest

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Today I finally had some quiet time to update this site.  It’s far from complete, but as you know, blogs are by definition ‘works in progress’.

To the right, in the sidebar is a refreshed set of links to both the organizations that we are supporting with your donations this year, and the organizations and other links that are from our past work.  Please do take some time to read about the Escuela Project, Amnesty’s work to end child soldiering, and the Edith Benson Babies Home.

That last one:  we don’t have a web page on the ‘net dedicated to the Babies Home.  SO, we are pointing you to the agency that oversees donations to help them out.  COME TO PEACEFEST 09 to hear direct accounts of what’s going on there, and in many other places in the world!

I’m particularly excited – and hope all the tech connections work! – to include a conversation with Mariette from Rwanda, an interview with Sammy from Ghana, a discussion with DarkLobo (av) in Bogota… oh it just goes on and on.  I’ll write more later…

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It is time to dream, to care, to do.  See you next weekend : ))

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When I was a kid growing up here in the US, I watched a lot of TV.  I watched a lot of game shows out of sheer boredom, feeling there was ‘nothing to do’.

The game shows, like Let’s Make a Deal, or Match Game, the Price is Right or even the early days with Dialing for Dollars – all of them at some point featured a ‘winner’ who would leap for joy, cry tears of disbelief, stumble over themselves and the show host as they tried to comprehend the magnitude of what they had just won; a NEW CAR!  A trip for two to fabulous HAWAII!!!   A brand new Amana Radarange!!!

Okay you get it.

Today, I’m asking us all to stop the madness.  To convert our anticipated moments of ‘winning’ towards an anticipation of ‘saving’.  Imagine what it would be like, if Bob Barker had revealed … “you’ve just fed an ENTIRE FAMILY FOR A YEAR!!!!!”.  or “you just supplied ARV‘s to 30 infants!!!!!”.  OR “you’ve just provided education, and an alternative to drugs and prostitution to an ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!”.

Stop the madness.  Start the dreaming.  The caring.  The doing.

PeaceFest 09.

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Erica said it was a cool idea.  Juni is readying things.  Medora, Sammy, Mariette, Ms. G., Millay, are preparing.  Virtual landscapes are being sculpted.  Sound tests are being conducted.  Musicians, secluded in their homes, apartments, studios wherever they are in the world are practicing. 

Artists are rendering and donating.  Troupes are gathering for practice sessions.  Blogs are being written, poets are pondering, fans are waiting.

PeaceFest 09 will benefit the Edith Benson Babies Home in South Africa, Amnesty International’s effort to end child soldiering, and the Escuela project in Colombia South America.  All the efforts above, and many more, are underway to create – to create FOR YOU an experience that will move you, educate you, make you smile and maybe shed a tear.

PeaceFest 09.  Dream.  Care.  Do.

Now if we can just get Siri to move back from Tehran for a few days : )

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