Freedom Walk: A walk to claim, ensure and preserve freedom
A unique way to generate awareness and bring Gandhian concept to the Free Software Movement. By Anoop John, Cherry George Mathew, Prasad S. R. and Sooraj K.
Towards the end of 2008, the state of Kerala witnessed a campaign with a novel approach towards promotion of Free Software. The campaign named - Freedom Walk - was based on the Gandhian concept of non-violent foot marches. The 1250 kilometer 'walk' was taken up by a group of 4 Free Software enthusiasts who spent 44 days in walking from one end of Kerala(Kasargod) to the other (Trivandrum) touching all the 14 district headquarters on their way. Incidentally the walk started on the birthday of Gandhiji - Oct 2, 2009 - and ended on the birthday of Nehru - Nov 14, 2009.
During this walk the 'Freedom Walkers' (as they liked to call themselves) organized programs in educational and public institutions along the way to spread the message of Free Software. The walk was hugely successful in reaching out directly to common man as the Freedom Walkers had liberally spent time on discussions with interested people they met on the road in addition to their official functions. The walk and the official programs were also covered well by the local media and a larger audience was reached out to indirectly through the media.
All the activities and events that happened during the walk was blogged and the team had managed to photo-document the complete journey (~8000 photos). The blog and photos can be found at http://www.freedomwalk.in. The campaign was recently covered on FSF at http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/freedom-walk