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NetTuesdayLA + BarCampLA


Tomorrow, August 15th, the Los Angeles NetSquared Meetup group and BarCamp Los Angeles will be meeting together for a joint Net Tuesday at Buca di Beppo (1442 2nd St.) in Santa Monica.  You can RSVP here



What do small nonprofits need to know about fundraising for technology?



As I've previously mentioned in my blog, I'm helping out with the Immigrant Organizers Information Technology Network, and the current challenge to create a workshop that will help these small grassroots organizations incorporate funding for technology in their overall development strategies.

This seems to be the most pressing issue for any nonprofit executive - finding the money to support the technology infrastructure that sustains the organization.  In small nonprofits, lack of money is the deal-breaker.  Before they can make decisions about technology staffing, databases, web sites, network servers, the organization's leaders need to have a plan for paying the bills for these and other mission-critical technology

Unfortunately, I don't have a magic formula for funding technology that I can offer these folks.  In the world of nonprofit technology, the rule of thumb is that most donors and grantmakers give money to organizations with great missions; with a few notable exceptions, funders are seldom passionate about writing checks to buy technology products and services.

So that's the bad news.

The good news is that last year I attended a terrific workshop on this topic at the Boston regional N-TEN conference.  It was organized by fellow Technobabe Theresa Ellis, so I went to her and requested permission to replicate her idea.  She very graciously agreed, coaching me about how to proceed, and encouraging me to recruit as many panelists as possible from the session that she designed.

Here's the plan.  Four of our panelists will be from the philanthropic world, folks with plenty of practical experience:


Brand new and useful: a survey of the week's newest tools

Over at TechCrunch I've been reviewing more web 2.0 startups than you can shake a stick at; while the crowd over there is generally not focused on social change, an awful lot of interesting things come our way that could prove helpful in a nonprofit context. Here are some of my favorites from last week, in order of usefulness. READ MORE


NRDC Drive Beyond Oil Blog

Four staff members from NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) took 6 days to drive one hybrid and one ethanol-powered sedan on a 1700 mile road trip through eighteen cities.  They documented their trip on their blog, Drive Beyond Oil: Road Tripping for a Cleaner, Faster, Cheaper Energy Future.

You can see their route mapped out on a Wayfaring map, and check out their photos on Flickr. READ MORE


Incentivizing viral promotion: an interview with vendor Peter Caputa

Peter Caputa IV is the founder of WizSpark, an events organizing and promotion company based in Westborough, MA. He also writes a savvy blog about Web 2.0 style promotion called PC4Media. In the following interview Peter and I discussed the use of blogs, MySpace, tracking technology and incentives to promote events. WizSpark does some work with nonprofits, helping with a recent walk to raise money for cancer research, for example.

My principles get a little rankled by some of Peter's ideas, but maybe I'm just uptight. In a world desperate for drastic change - agents of change should consider all possible options. At the very least, I hope you will find this interview to be an interesting look inside the mind of an intelligent specimen, a trail blazer, of a type of vendor ready to burst upon the scene: the social media fueled organizer/promoter. I appreciate Peter taking the time to answer my questions. READ MORE


3 Great Speakers at Net Tuesday Washington DC, August 15th

The Washington DC NetSquared Meetup Group has some great speakers lined up this month:

Raj Aggarwai,
Andrew Courtney, Free Range Graphics
Josh Goldblum, BlueCadet Interactive

The group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM at Affinity Lab in Adams Morgan, 2451 18th St, NW.

If you would like to start a NetSquared Meetup group in your city, email Gina Cardazone at READ MORE


Susan Tenby & Salvador Luna Talk about Second Life & Tech Soup

Want to know more about how TechSoup is working in Second Life, and how they produced the "mixed-reality" Net Tuesday that took place in Second Life and in San Francisco?   Check out David Collin's  interview on the NetSquared podcast with Tech Soup's Online Community Manager, Susan Tenby, and Salvador Luna, Desktop Support at CompuMentor.

by Beth Kanter


Listen to the NetSquared Conference Recording, Gender & the Social Web

Thanks to rockstar volunteer podcast editor, Ryan MacArthur, the NetSquared Conference session, Gender and the Social Web, New Tools, Same . . . Stuff? is up on the NetSquared Podcast.

The panel was moderated by Susan Mernit and included Catherine Geanuracos,Christine Herron,Fran Maier and Lisa Stone. READ MORE


Freedom from Oil Flickr Contest


Global Exchange, Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society have partnered to produce Jump Start Ford, a campaign to convince the auto industry to improve fuel efficiency and eliminate greenhouse gasses by 2020.

Part of the campaign includes a Freedom from Oil photo contest where users submit and vote for photos that deliver the Freedom from Oil message to the American auto industry. READ MORE


Net Tuesday with Gabbly

Teck Chia gave a short presentation about Gabbly.  I'm live blogging so please forgive errors.

Gabbly's developers wanted to create a way for people to connect in an easy way who have shared interests when they visit a web page. Their criteria was to build something that didn't need to be downloaded, that the user didn't need to register for, and that was interactive.  They came up the idea of having a chat that could be used through the URL, without going to the chat program homepage. Gabbly launched in March. READ MORE