4.8 Billion with some access to the Internet, 1.92 Billion first time learners from 5 to 20 years. About 25,000 universities and colleges. But many more high school and middle school. Millions of towns and cities each with groups looking at the sky and most with no permanent access to the sky 24/7. If you have dark skies, see about contacting local cities and schools to share the overview of the sky. Keep lossless archives for research and correlations. Get a real website with proper tools for sharing this kind of development and this kind of community. Make sure to put “donate” and “support” on every worthwhile effort. Bottom up global networks survive when there are ways to recognize and reward good efforts, and to share best practices and common knowledge globally in lossless and auditable ways.
Richard Collins, Director, The Internet Foundation