The New Organizing Institute (NOI), is a grassroots program that trains young, technology-enabled political organizers to work for progressive campaigns and organizations. I interviewed Rosalyn Lemieux, NOI's Executive Director, for the NetSquared Podcast about how organizers can use the social web for their work. You can read a transcript of the interview below.
Rosalyn Lemieux: My name is Rosalyn Lemieux. I am the Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute. NOI is a training and research institute, and it was formed by the Internet strategy gurus of the big '04 campaigns -- Dean, Kerry and Clark, as well as MoveOn, the DNC, ACT, the AFL-CIO. The origins of NOI are that those folks I just mentioned, those Internet gurus, got together in the summer of '05 basically to look at what had their experience had been in '04, when they had these terrific campaign successes online, what had happened in the field since then, and how could they help the progressive movement, applying the lessons that they had learned in leveraging technology and the Internet for progressive organizing.
Photo in Flickr cc license by/nc from Hortensia Violencia NTEN has declared Valentine's Day as "Love Your Nonprofit Techie Day."
Philthanthropy and Communications Is It Absurd or Unethical for Charities to Monitor Blogs? points to some nonprofit bloggers negative reactions to the Red Cross for hiring a communications professional to monitor blogs for the organization, calling it an "absurd use of donor money." Where Most Needed Blog summarizes other threads in this discussion here. Looks like the Red Cross isn't the only nonprofit monitoring the blogosphere for comments.
I read a lovely book this winter called Knitting for Peace: Make the World A Better Place One Stitch at a Time which profiles 28 stories of people and organizations who are using knitting for good. One of the organizations, Afghans for Afghans, collects knitted goods for orphanages, clinics and children's hospitals in Afghanistan, and has a Frappr map that I thought was really sweet. When you view it, it automatically rotates through the different knitters on the map and shows a pop window with a photo and a message from each one like, "I am a musician who likes to knit socks."
It has been several years since my wife and I moved out to the bay area from Durango, Colorado, where I lived for 12 years and my heart still resides, nestled between the canyon country and alpine glory of the La Plata Mountains. So much has changed in that time, where I went from being highly involved in a community radio station and managing a small independent record store to working in a series of retail record stores in the Bay Area and finally ending up in involved in the event business. In a short time I have gotten married, conceived a child, and started really looking into my present career path and what the future holds for me. My quest is this: Find a position in where I can utilize my creative energy to promote ideas and organizations I believe in; Somewhere there is an opportunity to fuse my knowledge of music, literature, and human character and to bring into our world just a little light. Tell me where...
Software does improve productivities, but it costs much money. This is really an issue for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. NeneTech recently developed a new product named Nenest Form Server, which is targeted to solve this issue.
The principle idea of Nenest Form Serveris to make all small businesses and nonprofits to share computer hardware, software, labors, and other IT resources; thus the total cost can be split into many small fractions.
WOW! What a Difference a Week Makes! Where to start.... Since I began this blog and really launched my serious research into what WYSE needs to do to get our new web presence and WYSE Community Communication System (I just made that up...but I like it) in place, so much has fallen in my lap and I am energized and inspired. Day 1: I did an orientation with two new board interns who were recruited from RVLDP. http://www.lajcc.org/rvldp/index.html They are both women, although we tried to recruit men. These women are like walking/talking gifts to our organization. One of them has extensive web marketing and development experience and connections.
What are you favorite nonprofit blogs? Not personal blogs about nonprofits, or by people who work for nonprofits, but by the nonprofits themselves.
I am giving a talk about nonprofits and blogging at the Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits sponsored by the United Way of Kern County and would love some fresh examples. I have my list of favs that I often use, but I would love to highlight some new ones.
Craigslist Foundation invites you to attend Nonprofit Night on March 13 at 111 Minna in San Francisco. The night's focus is on Nonprofit Capacity Building Through Skill Sharing. Many aspects of nonprofit operations, strategy and technology can be vexing if you don't have the right people to ask for guidance. This Nonprofit Night, facilitated by Allen Gunn, will allow participants to form small groups based on areas of need and interest, to compare challenges, share skills and experiences, and otherwise discover allies and resources. This peer-to-peer sharing model will allow each attendee to solicit input and ideas on a topic or challenge of his or her choice, drawing from the experience of other nonprofit leaders. Click here to RSVP for this free event.