Introducing Palm Connections

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” a great insight from cultural historian and anthropologist Margaret Mead  and the guiding philosophy behind the Palm Connections program. The roughly 100 community groups that make up the program have two things in band 3post.jpgcommon: they’re all small groups of people set on changing the world in some way and they’re all new owners of Palm Pre Plus phones.

 

The teams selected for the Palm Connections program each received Palm Pre Plus phones (with paid service) for their group. Over the next several weeks you can follow their updates on Palm’s Facebook page to see how soccer1.jpgthey’re harnessing the power of webOS to achieve their goals. One group taking part is At Close Distance, a New Orleans area teenage rock band raising funds for kids affected by the oil spill. One World Futbol aims to “make it possible for anyone, anywhere in any community play soccer with a ball that matches the endurance of the sport.”

 

Wondering how aquaponic systems can help foster organic, sustainable food micro production in homes, apartments and other small spaces? The team at Bourgeoisie Brunches is ready to enlighten you. Want to help musicians in need?

 

nadas post.jpgSo do The Nadas, Iowa’s signature alt-rock-country band. How can webOS be useful to groups seeking to protect horned lizards throughout North America? Or to those making technical athletic gear with the ulterior motive of eliminating illegal child labor?

 

The answer: webOS! It connects you to both your business and personal life. WebOS is about taking information you care about -- both your work life and personal life -- and unifying it on your phone to make your life easier. Work and personal calendars, e-mail, contacts, all right there in one place, with the flexibility to see all your accounts layered together in one view or focus on each account separately. WebOS also offers over-the-air software updates to quickly deliver new features and security enhancements directly to your webOS phone.

 

Small businesses don't need to invest in elaborate infrastructure or equipment; they can easily get the word out about what they're doing with a mobile solution. The ability webOS provides to promote your efforts via photos, videos, tweets and blog posts on the go and on the fly can liberate your business and your cause. And giving others the chance to experience that joy, your knowledge, your product, your passion without even having to be there, connects us all.

 

When you visit the Palm Connections hub on Palm’s Facebook page you can get involved in a variety of ways. You can follow the progress of groups that interest you and help spread the word about that group to your own Facebook network. You can also get updates on the program by following @palmcnx. If you have experience with webOS phones, you can volunteer to become a tech guru for one of the Palm Connections teams. Or if you know of a group that you think would be a good addition to the program, we’re still accepting nominations for a few more spots.

Comments
by Greenlight
on ‎11-23-2010 03:26 PM

Thank you for sponsoring this program. Looking at our fellow participants, we see a collection of many small steps. But the more people who take these steps, the greater difference we all make. 

 

This week we're putting our shirts on the backs of runners of four different Turkey Trot races in four different cities. Try doing that without a coordinated piece of technology in your hand! Not only are our sales here helping fight child labor, but the races themselves are all contributing to local food banks and similar holiday-relevant efforts. 

 

Thanks again. This is a great cause, assembling great causes. 

by Chef Ricky
on ‎11-23-2010 07:10 PM

Just wanted to thank HP for blogging about this! I'm one of the participants and I think it's a great way for ALL of us to help get the word out about us & our causes to a wide variety of people who may not otherwise hear about these issues/ideas.

 

Kudos to HP & Palm for all their hard work!

 

Chef Ricky

Bourgeoisie Brunches

Seattle, WA

by Maven Maids
on ‎11-24-2010 05:44 PM

This is a great way to connect!  It was lovely to see Bourgeoisie Brunches on here too!

 

Thanks Much!

 

Maven Maids

Seattle, WA

by Tim Stiffler-Dean
on ‎11-24-2010 08:10 PM

So many of these groups are doing such awesome things with their resources, and it's more than an honor to have the opportunity to work with them closely on the Palm Connections project.

 

Already they are becoming more active in their communities on Facebook and Twitter and using their new devices to share photos, videos, documents, etc... they're communicating more efficiently and they are doing some very cool things to make their devices even more efficient in their lives.

 

Thanks for spreading the word about what's going on. I'm looking forward to what the future holds here. Smiley Happy

by Angie
on ‎11-27-2010 03:01 PM

What a great program!!!!  This has allowed so many people to document what good things they are doing with these awesome cell phones.  It has encouraged these young teenagers to do so many good things for other kids less fortunate......and having fun doing it.  I have truly enjoyed all of these groups talk about what what progress they are making towards their goals.  Thanks Palm and HP

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