BrainJams New Orleans!
In that I don't have a lot of money to donate and I can't afford to get down there to do the physical stuff that needs to get done, this is the best thing I can contribute to help the great city of New Orleans. It is a great feeling to know that a little good intention and a lot of writing can actually make a difference. It seems a lot of other people what to help with this as well, so I think this might be one of the biggest "unconferences" of the year - mashing up technologists and small business folks in a BrainJams can hopefully contribute towards making things right.
If you can take a moment to blog about the event, or perhaps reach out to some of the folks you know down there, that would be amazing! If you can perhaps help in any other way, please let me know. In addition to the things I mentioned on the blog, I am going to really need help with the "people wrangling" aspects of coordinating volunteers. That is perhaps my weakest skillset and I don't want this great opportunity to fail because of one of my weaknesses. This is particularly true of coordinating the Peer to Peer Learning volunteers. Fortunately, the new BrainJams site runs on Drupal, so we have most of the tools we need to do this properly.
The best part is, if you can make it down there to share what you know with the good folks of NOLA, you also get to party with us at JazzFest! If you can't, I will just have to drink a Hurricane for you as I Jam away with all of my fellow Parrotheads...