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Over the last few weeks member activity on inclusiveplanet.com has grown by leaps and bounds! More planeteers are sharing files, adding friends, subscribing to channels, and having conversations, than ever!

We’re thrilled but we have our eyes set on the goal that will determine whether the Inclusive Planet project succeeds on not – reaching a critical mass of users soon! We need to get 10,000 more members by March 31, 2010 to be able to raise further funding for the project and realize the vision to make Inclusive Planet into a scalable platform for learning, entertainment, employment, policy change and business for not just thousands but millions of print-impaired people. The survival of our vision depends on this.

The world is a big place and we’re having a hard time getting the word about us out to different countries. We’ve never needed you more.

10 things you can do to help us achieve Project 10k!

  1. Invite your friends with visual impairment to be a part of Inclusive Planet
  2. Mailing Lists: Write about us on the various mailing lists you are part of.
  3. Share leads of organizations, and persons with whom we could collaborate and spread the word about our service.
  4. Become a country evangelist: Soner from Turkey and Wael from Egypt are Inclusive Planet evangelists. They have helped us translate the site into their local language, and spread the word about us in their countries. Contact us if you feel you can become a country evangelist.
  5. Follow us on twitter, and tweet about us
  6. Fan us on Facebook, as more fans on means the greater is the probability of a person with visual impairment discovering us.
  7. Blog about our work to spread the word
  8. Press Coverage: Each press coverage has helped us reach out to more users, so do write to us if you have some contacts in the press who can spread the word by writing about us.
  9. If you run your own radio shows and podcasts, then interview our planeteers and get them to share the Inclusive Planet experience
  10. Last but not the least, send us your ideas on how we could achieve Project 10k. You can write to us at contact@inclusiveplanet.com

This is incidentally our 100th blog post, and with your support and blessings, we will make it a memorable one by achieving Project 10k.

Together, there are no barriers 🙂

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A couple of weeks earlier, we had submitted out nominations for the Villgro awards. The organization looks at awarding contribution in developing and disseminating innovations that benefit the society. We got nominated at the social enterprise segment and are competing with fifteen, rather strong nominees in diverse social sectors.

Since the winner is chosen by vote, we look forward to your support.

Here are a few things we would really like you to help us with.

1.  Whoever has an indian sim can sms  <VILLGRO E7> to 54999 to vote for us.

2. Keep “sms <VILLGRO E7> to 54999” as your status message on your IMs and Social Networks.

3. Tweet about us and the sms code.

4. Make all your friends vote for us 🙂

we have just three more days to go before the voting gets over, so hurry hurry hurry!

-Anant

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Bookbole.com is seeking ideas on creating a sustainable and scalable user verification system. The goal is to ensure that Bookbole is reaching its intended users i.e. print-impaired, caregivers of print-impaired or organisations /individuals accessing for the print-impaired and NOT sighted users who are none of the above.

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Inclusive Planet is very happy to collaborate with ‘Beyond Profit‘, a magazine that covers people and ideas from the social enterprise sector. In their first guest contribution to our blog, they draw attention to three organizations that have moved away from a victim-centric view of disability by productively employing persons with disabilities. Hats off to the tireless efforts of the Diya Foundation, Blind with Camera and Enable India.

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The Beyond Profit write-up is the first time that one has really gone into ‘why Bookbole?’ in some detail. Since we’re on the subject I thought I’d share some more thoughts on ‘why Bookbole?’

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“…In the summer of 2008 the team at Inclusive Planet set out to take on the biggest challenge in the world of the visually impaired: making the world’s inaccessible content accessible… On Monday, October 26, 2009, BookBole began reaching out to print and visually-impaired people the world over… Bookbole is designed exclusively for the print and visually impaired and available in both English and Spanish.”

Bookbole has had the privilege of being featured as a “true social venture” in the latest edition of ‘Beyond Profit’- a magazine that covers people and ideas from the social enterprise sector. You can read the full article athttp://beyondprofitmag.com/?p=563/. We look forward to an exciting partnership with Beyond Profit in the months to come.

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Kavitha has been a parent of two children with disabilities. In an interview with Janani from Inclusive Planet, she talks about the challenges she faced and stresses the importance of parents coming together to support each other. This is an account of her courage and hope in the face of very challenging circumstances.

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