Today marks a transition for the OLPC community, separate from the XP on the XO drama. I am stepping down as the editor of One Laptop Per Child News, and passing the editorial role to new community leaders.
Over the past two years, I invested incalculable personal and professional capital to build OLPC News and Forums into the premier independent source for news, information, commentary, and discussion on the One Laptop Per Child program. The effort was rewarding beyond any expectation - for OLPC News and the entire OLPC community.
OLPC News Success
What I hoped would be read by a handful of thought leaders, is now a recognized voice in the OLPC community, even by Nicholas Negroponte himself. The OLPC News blog commands 5,000 readers a day, each spending an average of 4 minutes on the site, and the OLPC News Forum has almost 3,000 members and 22,000 posts on every OLPC-related topic imaginable.
But it's really the OLPC community that has reaped the rewards of OLPC News, especially through comments, contributions, and Guest Posts from anyone who can produce readable copy, regardless of opinion or background. With frank and open debate about OLPC, even when it was actively discouraged by the organization, we've made a stronger, more committed one laptop per child movement.
And now its time for OLPC News to follow the movement and go beyond OLPC as an organization, to engage a wider community that thinks outside of the "1CC" bubble. It's also time for new leadership at OLPC News, to reflect this change in person as well as in spirit.
OLPC News Transition
Over the next week, OLPC News will transition to Bryan Berry of OLE Nepal and Christoph Derndorfer of OLPC Austria. Both are long-time contributors to the site and come to think of it, friends of mine from before One Laptop Per Child. They'll introduce themselves and their post-1CC goals for the site in upcoming posts.
Before you think of missing me I will still keep the mantle of Publisher, but my role will be more in guidance than daily commentary. I'd like to interact more with the OLPC News Forum, bringing forth the best in G1G1 action on a North American scale, highlighting ways in which XO User Groups are taking their laptops into new areas of educational discovery.
As I exit this stage, I'd like to thank you for your attention. I've treasured every moment of it, from every one of you.