Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Getting to “The Root” of the Digital Divide

Those who know me well are VERY aware of my somewhat shameless enthusiasm about blog culture. So, when my favorite blog The Root (yes, I visit it daily), featured my book The Root to my fellow Minnesotans – what blogs do you all think I should visit? Let’s swap our daily blog habits for a week –and then I’ll report back on what we find out about each other.

Who knows, maybe bridging the digital divide begins with us?

Friday, October 2, 2009

AMERICAN GIRL RESPONDS

Just when I thought my fan club had a limited membership, I opened my e-mail and found a letter from the American Girl Company.

Before I read their letter I just knew it was an apology. The perspective of a Minnesotan who lives in a town of 13,000 had shown them the error of their ways. Instead I read:

Dear Prof. Harris,

Since I know you’ve been following the American Girl issue I wanted to pass along an updated statement from the company and their partner HomeAid America, a leading national nonprofit provider of housing for today's homeless, is proud of its ongoing partnership with American Girl. Since 2006, we have worked with American Girl on HomeAid's Project Playhouse™, an annual key fundraising event that raises money and awareness for the organization's shelter development program.

As one of our signature partners, American Girl has demonstrated a high-level of commitment and passion to help us with our mission to build dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. We are pleased to continue our relationship with American Girl and look forward to our next fundraising project with them.

Jeffrey A. Slavin

CEO

HomeAid America, Inc.

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So, do American Girl and HomeAid America make compelling arguments, or is Project Playhouse,™ a band aid on a scar called Gwen, that isn’t healing homelessness?
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