The iPeace network now works and relies on the NING platform.  Until now, basic services were free and advanced services were not. David Califa established iPeace and used to pay directly for some NING services.  We are all grateful to David for that. 

Recently, NING has decided to charge for all its services. There is more information here: http://about.ning.com/announcement

The options NING is offering are at: http://about.ning.com/announcement/plans.php.  Because iPeace has more than 150 members, the only viable options for maintaining iPeace at NING are:

  1. NING PLUS which costs $19.95/month or $199.95/year, or
  2. NING PRO which costs $49.95/month or $499.95/year.

There is some related general discussion here:  http://creators.ning.com/forum/topics/ning-update-introducing-ning .

It is now up to the current active members of iPeace to determine NOW whether and how the iPeace network and its community are maintained. 

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Christopher, it is so Good to see You involved in saving iPeace in one form or another, as it means so much to Me and others, as it was My Oasis, during a very trying time in My Life. This is why I'm so active here, as iPeace, to Me is My internet Mother of Peace, who was there for Me, when I needed Her and that is why I will do anything to keep Her alive.
I agree with You & others, that We must get some kind of consensus on how We are to do this, but We need more input from David, as He is the creator of Our Loving Home, but unfortunately He has been lacking in this department and "We need to Communicate"
Loving You All. "Happy Trails" & "Happy iPeaceing"

Thanks Al !

I have no doubt that iPeace is very dear to David, and I'm sure he's doing his best...

Take care,
Chris
Thank You Christopher.
Many of us here commenting,discussing are doing all we can to get this discussion and also BLOGGING about all this to as many ipeace members as possible. For non English speaking members,this is complicated to do.
Good ideas and comment Christopher. Perhaps a poll may help, but not sure if it is possible to do on ning?
I think from all I've read most agree on the questions for David. At least the few that even know what is going on Here and with ning & with ipeace. Yes, we need to reach the WHOLE of ipeace.
I think perhaps an email to entire community,network from David could do so ?
Just a thought, and as Stephanie has suggested on the HOME PAGE too.
P & L all xx
Let's have a date. A DUE DATE. Let's ask David IF
one day next week, let's say Wednesay, on homepage if WE can create what has to be asked of the members, as Christopher said above.
Let's make a complete set of questions, but let's WE create them since it looks like WE are the comunicators here.
Then, iPeace members will see the questions, and after being blogblasted enough, will come to the forum to express their thoughts. OR
we could have a kind of form that they fill out. Don't know how it can work on this site, but yes, Chris is right...there are too few of us here.
Time for a third blog, on the blog buster . I suggest those of you who want, put a blog up with a simple message to come check it out here. I will do it now.
Blog number three on it's way out.
Sounds Like a plan to me Steph! Well, I would be on blogs 2& 3..but..ning glitches, my net provider problems & last night's power outage LOST all I had written, except the few shout outs and overly simple links to HERE on blogging ipeace group and few other places.
As long as my net connection HERE stays on, upcoming blogs from Me too..
Peace and as Al says.."Happy ipeacing" peeps :)
THE important thing now is to reach people.
How in the world can we get 1,000 people to read this forum? And if they don't? Will David be comunicative enough to let us get something on homepage???
WE have loads of questions...but it takes time and even OUR TIME IS VALUABLE. We all have our lives to live too.....ipeace enriches it...but we have to find a way to get to people, and be sure that David is supporting us.
Thanks Leah, you are a good peep to me|!
You know Leah, I feel that all our discussing here and all the more sophisticated explanations (many I don't know about, not being a computer pro) will be WAY over the heads of many international members. And that is a real shame!!
That is why I am hoping to get something on homepage...something crystal clear, very very easy for ALL to understand. Otherwise, not only will we lose all those inspiring international writers, thinkers, and contributors from every country on this site, but we will only be left with the people who are lucky enough to know English very well, making it an un-international group.
It is a real shame.
SOMETHING has to be put on homepage. But it has to be clear, easily written in English that anyone can understand every little detail about payment, money, computers...the works!
Yes i know Steph,all you just wrote,above me.. I am working on getting people to write blogs, in their language & possibly translate this HERE?? That speak,read English well enough to do so. So far the emails,comments I tried to send to ask if will do so, got lost in net dropping & ning glitches. You are absolutely correct, it is a concern to me too!!! A big one. To maintain a GLOBAL Community, it's vital!
And YOU dear Steph, Many Thanks..you are good peep to me too :)))
free iPeace membership = members don't have to pay to be members... like now... of course, David is paying, but members don't, so the membership is free...

not free iPeace membership = members have to pay to be members... like a subscription...

Sorry if that wasn't clear...
Understood and correct..Gordie. and I'm not Tech savvy. but I still understood all you wrote,enough anyway.
Here is the link to the discussion on future of ipeace on our wee group We Can Not Always Shine created by gunilla and discussion started by joni...

http://www.ipeace.me/group/wecannotalwaysshine/forum/topics/where-d...

For any one interested YOU can read all the comments but can not comment unless member of the group. Is just the way ning groups work.
Currently gunilla is off line with crashed computer :( ( I am in some communications with her)
Ah now that's different.If donations and, if necessary, selected advertising, cannot sustain (seems surprising unless some greedy elements are arising...) we are going to lose some of the best input we have!

And, if my message is ignored and a charge is still imposed to eliminate me and others, the credibility of the noble ipeace concept will more or less kind sink through the basement floor. won't it....?
BCDaveS

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