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a giant thanks

From: user 3.
Sent on: Thursday, November 26, 2009 1:15 PM
I realize this is probably the fiftieth 'Thanks' email you've received this week, but I couldn't let the day go by without sharing a little gratitude for everyone that makes NetSquared DC what it is.

Three years strong and 44 events deep, we thank you for continuing to make our events an incredible (and still FREE) success, whether you've sponsored, presented, or just attended and shared your valuable input to help dozens of nonprofits.

So, here's my list:

Thank you to Michael Silberman of EchoDitto and Justin Perkins of Care2 for getting the ball rolling way back in 2006. They grew a core group of original members into a community of hundreds and launched one of the longest-running tech and social change events in the region.

Thanks to my co-organizers, Gabriela Schneider, Hatef Yamini, Paula Brantner and Noah Kunin, for helping to plan and organize the events. If you've ever had a cold beer at NetSquared, it's likely thanks to them.

Thanks to all of you for coming out, in force, even when the weather is terrible or the topic is too geeky or too fluffy.

Thanks to all of the amazing nonprofit groups who have put themselves on the firing line to be torn apart (and usually rebuilt) by our the Institute for Politics Democracy & the Internet, Miriam's Kitchen, Bread for the City, Eat Well Guide, Workplace Fairness, Global Giving,,, Code Pink, Think Impact, AmericaSpeaks, Advocacy Online, Project HOPE International, Hip Hop Caucus, Network for Good, Trees for the Future, Oil Change International, and Our Voices Together.

Thanks to our wide range of fantastic sponsors who have stepped forward from the community and chipped in to make our events a fun place to meet up. Lately, this has included significant snack contributions from Microsoft Windows 7, the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, and Zero to 6ixty.

Thanks to Affinity Lab for giving us not only a home but also an inspiring community to hang out with.

Thanks to our amazing roster of speakers, who provide compelling presentations on immediately relevant topics, like Genocide Intervention Network, the Energy Action Coalition,, National Democratic Institute, Defenders of Wildlife,, Green Media Toolshed, MixedInk, GeniusRocket, Cooltown Studios, the Sunlight Foundation, Vote Report India, The Extraordinaries, Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson of, The Media and Democracy Coalition, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Knight Foundation, Social Actions, Idealist, Mantra Media, The Center for Responsive Politics, the Participatory Politics Foundation, AMGlobal Consulting, Kabissa, Avencia, Justin Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. George Miller-California, Hank Dearden of Digital Industry, Network for Good, and Care2.

And lastly, thanks for spreading the word, growing our group to well over a thousand members and investing your time and energy to help out complete strangers with inspiring missions.

As usual, we'll take December off to celebrate (and relax?) with family and friends, but we look forward to seeing you around and at our January 19th event.

Looking ahead, please don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested in sponsoring a Meetup, pitching in to help set up / clean up at an event, got ideas for a great event topic, or just about anything else.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Matt Stempeck

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