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Here are some suggestions of projects your chapter can pick up at any time to educate, to help the movement, or to strengthen your chapter.


I was serious when I said that we need to do more parties. All of our local groups should throw a party of some kind this semester, there's no point to activism if we don't have any fun. Free Culture Swarthmore is planning a LAN party... get creative!

Campus radio stations

Guest host a Free Culture radio show of CC-licensed music

Free Culture Campuses

Make your school free!

  • Free software on campus computers
    • Both official college computers e.g. in library or computer lab and on personal computers of students & faculty
    • Firefox can be huge
    • Create list of OSS replacements for programs students & educators commonly use
      • Targeted at Windows/Mac users -- if you use *nix, BSD, etc., you're probably already well-versed in free software
      • Office suite
      • Web browser
      • E-mail
      • Text editor
      • Graphics editor
      • IM/chat
      • A/V playback (MP3, video files, etc.)
      • CD ripping/burning
  • School documents in open (non-proprietary) file formats
    • Registrar forms, class readings/handouts, course catalogs, lecture videos, etc.
    • .pdf and .doc are two of the biggest offenders... what else?
    • No Flash or other proprietary formats on college Web sites
  • No anti-p2p, port blocking, etc. software on campus network
  • Responsible patent practices
  • Divestment from companies that abuse IP law
    • If you maliciously sue over phony/weak allegations of copyright/patent/trademark infringement, you won't be doing business at this school!
  • CC licensing for college publications, research, media, etc.; open source licenses for college-created software
  • Digitizing public domain library collections

Digitize public domain literature

  • Collaborate with your campus library: What are our most valuable collections? What collections make us unique? Digitize them (if not already online) and post to Project Gutenberg.
  • Work with other campus organizations. Work with the Hispanic Student Association to digitize a travelogue of Mexico, the Black Student Union to scan a slave's autobiography, etc. Be creative! Find students at your college who would like to donate their time to work on something that interests them.
  • Does your school house unique collections of public domain photographs, artwork, sheet music...? Find a Web site that specializes in that and digitize for them.
  • If you can't/don't want to digitize, volunteer as a proofreader at Distributed Proofreaders. (Join the group "Free Culture".)
  • This can be an excellent way to make a good name for FC and improve the reputations of our schools.

Be the Media