Do you work for a tech company in Chicago that wants to get the word out about a social web product that could help nonprofits? Is your Chicago-based nonprofit using the social web and are you excited to share your challenges and success stories with other nonprofits?
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, please contact Elizabeth Shingleton, the organizer of Net Tuesday Chicago, and let her know that you would like to speak at, or sponsor, a Net Tuesday in Chicago.
npdigg.org, cooked up by the nonprofittech blog, is up and running. It is based on some open source code called Pligg that creates a "digg" like interface. The nptech tag stream (plus other sources) has been imported, so you can comment and vote on tagged items.
If you are interested in community plumbing, here's rough diagram, although it might have changed since a few days ago. It will be interesting to see how this evolves given the technology platform came before the social design, but as online community pundits note, web2.0 applications have changed the rules of online community.
There are two sets of social roles here. The tagging community that lies beneath the npdigg structure has taggers, consumers, aggregators, and meta aggregators. The npdigg community roles include consumers, voters, and submitters.
Who has time for Video? isn't as negative as it sounds. The point made is: Some content is going to be very well suited to video -- but other content will be better when it's delivered in other, more appropriate formats. The question is "When is video a good choice and when it is not. And, if you want to see some excellent nonprofit examples of video, be sure to check out the entries in the NTC Video Contest. (And you have until March 11th at midnight to enter.)
A quick review of the results of Isovera Survey of Open Source Content Management Satisfaction in Nonprofit Organizations. Commentary on the data here. What do you think?
Web Worker Daily describes five new jobs of the Web2.0 Generation. Although most nonprofits are probably still using more traditional job titles, the Agitator describes how the job Webmaster has changed.
A Blast from the Past
Gavin has posted some really early photos of the founding meetings for Aspiration, NTEN, and the NSNT on flickr. He notes they were all taken with a Sony Picturebook mini-laptop with built-in camera. Hence, they're pretty lousy photos. (But at least they were preserved) An early video from the Riders Conference in Kansas City in 2000 was discovered on Blip.TV. Maybe we need an NPtech History Archive?
The Power of Partners Summit in NYC last week brought together business and nonprofits to embrace the integrated philanthropy model in honor of National Corporate Philanthropy Day. Also announced 2.0 Strategy, Wealth Management Edition. Commentary here.
Gobuki Blog identifies the steps from migrating nonprofits from stand-alone email tool to Salesforce. He also shares some process maps for donor management. (If you want to learn more about mindmapping and diagramming tools, the Web Worker Daily has a review here)
Nancy White's slides from TALO and some audio from Nothern Voices about the new rules for online communities. Yikes, there are no rules.
Andy Roberts has a good roundup of advice for encouraging participation on wikis, yet another new kind of online community. Lee Romero has posted a nice guide to using wikis to support his Idealist group's work.
Some reflections about the newest web2.0 bleeding edge tool, twitter. Online/Offline and Open/Closed Content
A story in CIO talks about how the Internet has boosted employee productivity and points to Pew Research that shows that the boundary that existed in people’s lives between the workplace and the home has broken down. This was a topic for an entire book called "Crazy Busy."
In celebration of International Women's Day, Joe's Blog showcases some games that are designed to teach us about this issue, along with ways to support NGO's doing work in this area.
Check out this disaster simulation game from the UNISDR called Stop Disasters! If you're interested in seeing more examples, Teresa Crawford, has been adding them into del.icio.us here, using the ICT4peace tag.
Charitable gift catalogs ignites blog buzz notes the Donor Power Blog, providing context and a roundup of blogosphere reaction. If nothing else, go watch the video clip by Robert Thompson it's a powerful example of using a story telling technique on video for personal fundraising.
Kayta Andresen started a blogopshere debate on cause-related marketing with her post "Seeing RED and Pink," and continued her reporting on the topic from Marketing Sherpa's Email Conference. Tactical Philanthropy weighs in on the debate. The Give and Take blog has coverage here.
Nancy Schwartz has a terrific post about getting your audience to spread the word about your cause.
Techies often lapse into jargon (me included) and we're always challenging ourselves to speak english. Other sectors, like philanthropy, have vocabularly challenges as well.
Are you, or someone you know, working on a tech for social impact project that:
• Uses the power of community and social networks to create change • Uses existing, or newly developed technology tools for social impact • Has a plausible financial model • Has a clear way to measure success • Exhibits extraordinary leadership, passion and resourcefulness • Exhibits a passion for social change
Through just one cup of coffee, we are inextricably connected to the livelihoods of millions of people around the world who are struggling to survive.--from the Director's Statement, Black Gold
Oxfam America has joined the movement to give Ethiopian coffee growers a greater percentage of coffee profits:
Oxfam is calling on coffee industry leaders to sign agreements that recognize Ethiopia’s right to control the use of its coffee ’brand names.’ With these agreements in place, Ethiopians could occupy a stronger negotiating position with foreign buyers, capture a larger share of the value associated with their names, and better protect their brands – regardless of whether the trademarks were granted.