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Open Comment and Organizing Meeting

I am moved to create a free newspaper/magazine to replace Point of Light. The twin overall goals would be help people find and connect with each other and to distribute the paper as widely across Pittsburgh as Point of Light was, if you remember Point of Light.

If you don't, Point of Light was, in my experience, unique to the Pittsburgh area. I have lived in and around New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and San Francisco. I have visited various parts of Hawaii, Alaska, southern California, Lake Tahoe, Chicago, Atlanta, Florida, Tokyo, and Sydney, to name a few places, and I have never come across the quality of reporting or focus that could be found in Point of Light.

The focus was spiritual and the quality of reporting was excellent. It will have to stay with me, but there will be at least one copy of Point of Light circulating at the meeting. If anyone has any others to bring, please do so. Various publications in various areas have hit upon some of what Point of Light was doing but in my experience, it is mixed and I have never found another publication that had the quality of reporting etc. that Point of Light did.

We already have contributors and are looking for more and for suggestions. Since it's a new publication, salaries will be nonexistent at first (although free advertising is available). As the publication grows, one of the goals will be to provide staff with income at an hourly rate that is livable.

Writers of nonfiction as well as writers of fiction and poetry and photographers are sought. Cartoonists and graphic artists with something to say are welcome. Since this new publication is our idea, we can make it anything we want it to be and one thought would be to expand the mandate that Point of Light apparently had to include fiction (probably serialized), poetry and other creative explorations. Creative explorations that we could report on include scientific and engineering pursuits as well as artistic endeavors.

Although to date, the new publication has been discussed in the context of spirituality, perhaps the emphasis is better served with a statement about the future. Something like, "Be a part of the future you want to live in." might really capture what we're trying to achieve and it might also capture people's eyes.

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