Social Actions Roundup #16: Spot.us Launches & More!
Cross-posted on the Social Actions blog.
Spot.us, a new platform for community funded journalism, officially launched this week! Spot.us enables the "public to commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories." It's a great idea with an awesome and well though-out execution. Spot.us is also the first open-source action platform, which may enable others to re-use and adapt the code to launch their own platforms. You can check out the code and also contribute on GitHub here. For more, check out the launch post here as well this MediaShift post.
Links & Discoveries of the Week:
- Al Gore: The Internet can help climate change - Al Gore speaks @ the Web 2.0 summit and describes how online social activism is in its infancy and Web 2.0 must have a purpose. Read the NYTimes article here. Watch the CNET video here. Another great quote: "The Internet â€” specifically, the "cloud" where information is stored â€” also has a role to play, Mr. Gore said. "We have to have the truth â€” the inconvenient truth, forgive me â€” stored in the cloud so that people don't have to rely on that process, and so we can respond to it collectively."
- When imagining this new green web - check out the beginning of a comprehensive "climate change API" (AMEE) and a new project called AccountAbility that's trying "to make use of resources that gather product and company reviews, as well as distill these reviews into quantifiable numbers, or ratings." More on AccountAbility on the Bilumi blog.
- Idealist.org and the Art Director's Club launched a website to connect nonprofits and causes with designers and creatives. - DesignismConnects (Press Release - here)
- Apps for Democracy Review - 47 apps built in 30 days worth $2,000,000! - How a simple contest inspired an array of web applications that helps people connect to goverment data - from iPhone apps, Facebook apps, web apps, mobile apps, to maps mash-ups and a wiki
- CrisisWire Launches - From Nate Ritter's launch post: CrisisWire is a self-aggregating website that pulls information on any disaster around the US and displays it on one page." Also featured on Mashable and Ecopreneurist.
- Amy Sample Ward: USAID Development 2.0 Challenge: Only 2 Weeks Left! -- Submit proposals for mobile applications to help the developing world
- Virgance re-launches their site and "snaps up 1 Block Off the Grid to give solar buyers more power" - (NYTimes.com) - 1Bog enables "consumers who want to install solar panels [to] band together into coordinated buying groups to cut a deal for their own home's installation."
- Briarpatch Magazine · Union Organizing 2.0: Labour enters the Facebook matrix - An overview of how Facebook is being used for unionizing
- New MobileActive Report: A Mobile Voice: The Use of Mobile Phones in Citizen Media - "In this report we explore the dynamics of the role of mobile phones in enhancing access to and creating information and citizen-produced media."
- The Virgin Group plans to launch 'Virgin Money Giving', an independent not-for-profit organisation designed to facilitate widespread UK fundraising and help charities receive more of their charitable donations. Press release here.
- The Knight Foundation launches a new community site called Knight Pulse, a place to discuss the future of information.
- [MP3] From SSIR's Online Giving Markets - Listen to Premal Shah, Kiva.org President, on the Creation of Online Giving Markets and how the power of online communities can strengthen the world of microcredit.
- SSIR Blog: People-Powered Content: It's Driving the Web and Could Drive Your Community! Amy Sample Ward shares awesome examples and tips for how nonprofits can activate their supporters for change.
- Top 100 Networks for People Who Want to Change the World
Social Actions News & Updates:
This was a whirlwind of a week for the SocialActions community!
- A few days after announcing a logo winner (Congrats again to Kelli Sorrentino), we were extremely excited to re-launch the new Social Actions site Thursday night.
It's now super easy to connect with actions - whether you're trying to find actions, add actions to your site, or develop an application. Check out a before and after (plus a guide to the new site) here.
- We're also very excited to announce a collaborative project, Change the Web 2009, which seeks to transform the web for social change. Via a contest launching in January 2009, we hope to encourage a new wave of web applications that embed opportunities to make a difference on the websites, blogs, and social networks that we already visit online.
Do you want to join us on an adventure to change the web for good? Check out this new post (*with 9 ChangetheWeb adverts*) and leave a comment!
- Peter Deitz also shared the first Open Actions Update
What are Social Actions Roundups?
Each week, Social Actions community members post links and news about online social activism - This round-up is a summary of the links that surfaced in the last 7 days. You can now share links and news for future Social Actions rounds ups in the Peer-to-Peer Social Change FriendFeed Room. Check out past roundups here.
New: You can also tag your delicious bookmarks with "p2pchange" or include "#p2pchange" in your tweets - we'll scoop them up and review them for future Social Actions Roundups.