Message from the Executive
Justin 'Mind' Loew
DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS
Ken Sills (Lazarus Long) and Graeme Smith (Zoolander), as well as FunkOdyssey for serving as the election watchperson during this election cycle.
During 2009 the Immortality Institute and its members successfully raised enough money to have terminal cancer patient and lifetime member William O’Rights cryopreserved. This was accomplished in part with the help of money originally collected by the Society of Venturism to support the cryopreservation of a different well-known cryonics supporter who had fallen ill. Thus the idea of a “charity cryonics fund” originated and was successfully executed. Imminst members and leadership have kept this idea alive in 2010 and are discussing a permanent fund. Please contribute your thoughts and vote in the poll here (poll closes February 12th). Due to the generous donations of several Imminst members, the fund already has seed money of nearly $1,000.Creative Writing Contest
While the cryonics charity fund is a relatively new idea, advocacy through media and art is well developed within the Immortality Institute. The book The Scientific Conquest of Death and the film Exploring Life Extension are but two great examples. In the past, the Institute has also sponsored writing contests that have brought forth excellent examples of immortalist thinking. Recently a new fiction writing contest was launched and it is open for submissions. Read a complete description and rules here. The submission deadline is March 27th.
The January volunteer prize winner is a familiar face – Devon Fowler (dfowler). Devon leads the VIP outreach team and has produced good results thus far. Devon intends to use his prize to purchase books used in the outreach efforts of the VIP team. See here for all past volunteer prize winners and here for the most recent activities of the VIP outreach team.More Brainstorming
Yet another way to get involved is to stop by the recently revived Wednesday brainstorming chat. This was a popular weekly meeting during a portion of 2009 but was dropped during the testing of new chat software. The meetings will once again held on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm EST (2100 GMT) at the IRC chat embedded with the Sunday Evening Update channel. Stop by the channel this Wednesday (February 10th) and bring your thinking cap.
See all the latest team and volunteer efforts in the Action Forum.