Lauren Ipsum: Computer Science for Kids

This book is "A story about computer science and other improbable things."

I feel I should warn you. No computers will be found in this book. ... Ideas are the real stuff of computer science. This book is about those ideas, and how to find them.

In this Kickstarter project from 2011, the creators added "Get one, Give one" several months after the project closed. (That's another useful aspect of crowdfunding sites; they provide a nice platform for staying in touch with backers after the project ends.)

we've started a "one for one" program. For every copy sold, we're donating another to schools, libraries, and educational programs.

Books donated to date: 462.

There's a little bit of fine print on their site: "For every retail paperback copy ... sold we donate another ..." (emphasis added). From the business side, that's perfectly reasonable: their profit on copies sold through bookstores and such may not cover the cost of donating a book. I think Give1-Get1 is most useful where it is sustainable.

Though the Kickstarter project is long over, the book is still available at

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Canadian Escapades: a great story, dual-language, aligned by sentence was created by Germancosm, publisher of Canadian Escapades.

It's a story worth reading: a daring adventure ... with a twist. It's a book worth sharing: help us send to schools & libraries.

Don't worry if you can't read a word of German; just ignore that column and enjoy the story in English.

Please take a minute to review the project at Indiegogo, or related material on YouTube, Flickr, or the blog. Thanks!

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OLPC: One Laptop Per Child

As far as I can tell, the phrase "Give 1, Get 1" (G1G1) was coined by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. Their give one, get one program started in November 2007 and ran again at the end of 2008.

"During the program, participants who donated USD $399 would cover the cost of one laptop to be distributed by OLPC to one of its least-developed partner countries, and would get 1 to keep, for themselves or for a child in their lives."

The Get1 part is no longer available, but their donation options include Give1 for $199.

The kid-friendly product lives on, with two models to be released later this year: XO-4 Laptop, XO-4 Touch.

And, their Give1-Get1 approach has spread beyond laptops -- as we will show on this site.

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About Give1-Get1

Hello world! Welcome to

I'm launching this site as a resource for the Give1-Get1 approach to buying and sharing. The basic idea: a company or organization creates a special purchase offer where they donate one product for each product that you purchase.

Read more on the About page.

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