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Brewing Up
Something Good in OC

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Brewing Up
Something Good in OC

My social network got significantly more social this week. (That’s a good thing, by the way.)

A few days ago, a Tweet shimmered in the raging river of the Now Web’s constant flow and caught my eye.

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Mozilla Service Week.

Mozilla, in case you aren’t familiar, is the open-source software foundation which grew out of Netscape and produces the most popular open-source software on the planet, FireFox, an Internet browser. Here’s the “big idea” from Mozilla’s website, http://mozillaservice.org:

What Is Mozilla Service Week?

mozillaserviceThis week – September 14-21, 2009 – we’ve asked individuals to step up and make a difference by using the Web to better their community. We’ve looked for people who want to share, give, engage, create, and collaborate by offering their time and talent to local organizations and people who need their help, and its not too late to get involved.

Mozilla believes everyone should know how to use the Internet, have easy access to it, and have a good experience when they’re online. By utilizing our community’s talents for writing, designing, programming, developing, and all-around technical know-how, we believe we can make the Web a better place for everyone.

There’s a good idea, I thought, and was moved to action; so I tossed out this tweet and an invitation:

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Well, the online community here in Orange County responded big time! We came together and drummed up an idea to provide volunteer technology and related services to local nonprofits who are struggling with this world of social media, Internet 23.0, the Now Web, or whatever you want to call the Internet today.

OCGood.org is Born

Special Keyboard - HelpOver one lunch and one coffee-klatch, we decided that as our service during “service week,” we would volunteer our time and effort to mid-wife this group, OCGood, which will in turn be of much greater service to local nonprofits than we could be individually.

So, here it is: OCGood is a group of energetic, committed, service-minded professionals in Orange County California who volunteer services to struggling non-profits in our communities.

There are two parts to the effort: I WANT TO HELP and I NEED HELP. This is the essence of the whole good idea: connect those willing to help with those who need it, right here in our local community.

Next Step?

Let’s get together in a relaxed atmosphere, talk a little more about how to go about this mission, and spread the word about what we’re doing.

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We’re meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, from 7pm – 10pm at
Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point.

We have some cabanas reserved on the patio. Salt Creek Grille has great $3 appetizer specials and $3 grey goose & bacardi drinks, plus free valet parking.

Please RSVP at either of these links:

Here’s a link to to a Twitter Invite.

Or here on this Facebook Event page.

Please come chip in, and come ready both to help and to ask for help.

IMPORTANT: Please invite all your friends and colleagues who might be willing to help (even if you can’t make it to this event — there will be more opportunities to help), and tell everyone you know with ties to OC nonprofits who might benefit from the help.

Among other things, we’ll be planning an OC-based unconference for nonprofits.

So, please come on over and help brew up something good in OC.

Please RSVP at either of these links:

Here’s a link to to a Twitter Invite.

Or here on this Facebook Event page.

About Ross Teasley

Technologist, marketer and environmentalist living in Dana Point, CA. Creative Director of Casa Dana Group, Inc.