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Three initiatives have taken front stage in our outreach work:

1 -- Organic Internet

a published book that puts forward a politically progressive vision of the Internet as a mass movement and extrapolate strategically from that perspective. Written collaboratively by five MF/PL members, the book has chapters on major "issues" and areas of political discussion and interest.

The book is displayed and sold whenever we attend events, is on our website (as an order by published copy and a free pdf download) and is sold in various bookstores. About 200 copies of the book have been sold or distributed.

2 -- Social Forum Initiative

Probably our main and most significant outreach effort. The story of MF/PL's work in the U.S. Social Forum (initially against considerable odds and actual opposition) has been told often. Our organization helped make this event a success in an obvious way that also helped educate people about technology and its critical role in the social struggle and the work of social struggle organizations.

We also played a major role at the recent Foro de las Americas and are working on an event at the upcoming World Social Forum. We are also considering a "larger than usual" event at the next US Social Forum in 2010 (detailed in our work plans proposals)

Collaborative Democracy Workshop

No MF/PL outreach efforts touches this in frequency and breadth of impact. We have done this deceptively simple exercise in democracy in over a dozen events and workshops including the recent Foro de las Americas (in which we did a Hemispheric event).