A letter to the editor from Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman of the OLPC Association:
The story in todayâ€™s Boston Business Journal about One Laptop per Child requires certain clarification:
1.Â Â Â Â OLPC will continue as a non-profit organization in order to carry out its traditional role advocating for 1:1 computing in developing countries as a means to provide a modern education to children.
2.Â Â Â Â OLPC will continue as a non-profit organization in its activities to arrange and manage laptop deployments around the world.
3.Â Â Â Â OLPC continues to believe that non-profit status enables it to more effectively communicate on the issues of children and education without the possible taint of commercial self-interest.
OLPC is exploring many avenues for the further development of its educational software on new operating systems and computing platforms. Â If such activities are pursued, it may require capital from traditional capital markets such as venture capitalists. Â These funding sources may prefer to invest in a new type of vehicle labeled “Profitable Social Enterprises”, which would be a subsidiary of OLPC, but would have no effect on the traditional mission, methods or objectives of OLPC. This new subsidiary may develop its products for the U.S. market for a fee, but it is expected that the software would be made available in the developing world for free. This is all part of a new breed of philanthropy being developed that does not contradict the OLPC spirit or mission.
Chairman and CEO
One Laptop per Child Association