Kiva on FRONTLINE/World October 31st

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When the idea of NetSquared was just beginning, one of the very first NetSquared Case Studies posted in November 2005 was of Kiva.   Fast forward one year and Kiva has been covered everywhere from the BBC to NPR to the Daily Kos.  Tomorrow,  Tuesday, October 31st,  they will be one of three stories on FRONTLINE World.  You can also watch it via streaming video on the FRONTLINE World web site a few days after the broadcast. Here's a link to a brief preview of the show on Google video.

If you are not sure of your local PBS station, Click here to search for your local PBS station on the PBS website.  Also note that your local station may list the program for that evening as "Burma: State of Fear" which is the headlining story.

Continuous Progress: A New Resource for Evaluating Advocacy I'm Very Excited About

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I'm a long-time lurker and I signed up because I'm really excited about these new guides to advocacy evaluation we've been working on for months. We call them Continuous Progress. We designed them as complementary, interconnected guides to using evaluation as a valuable tool for planning and executing successful advocacy campaigns. They are focused on foreign policy advocacy, but everyone we've demonstrated them for has said that they absolutely have value in domestic advocacy campaigns as well. 


NpTech Tag Stream Roundup: Happy Halloween and Micro What?

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The NpTech Tag Stream brought in a number of photos, videos, and podcasts and yes, lots of blog posts, including some live blogging from conferences.   Halloween is coming up next week so this post about what geeks give out for Halloween is timely (example: orange index card imprinted with URL of your Halloween video on YouTube.)   Finally, the word "micro" kept popping up in very seemingly unconnected ways.


An excellent new resource on the topic of  micro-philthanthropy from Peter Deitz who has published First-of-its-kind, a web site that promotes small-scale giving and research and filled with useful comparisons of tools, case studies, and other resources.    The Somewhat Frank blog gives us a list of other micro ways groups can contribute their time or moral support.

Tracked in America online audio documentary chronicles U.S. government surveillance

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The ACLU of of Northern California has just launched the fascinating Tracked in America online audio documentary website that presents stories from the history of U.S. Government surveillance.  In podcast format, the site tells the compelling stories of 25 individuals who've been the targets of government surveillance. Accompanied by an educator manual, Tracked in America's innovative presentation of oral histories allows for easy adoption into classroom curricula.

Howard Rheingold, Paul Saffo & Lucy Bernholz on the NetSquared Podcast

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During the 2006 NetSquared Conference, Howard Rheingold and Paul Saffo, with Lucy Bernholz moderating, discussed which technologies today are truly disruptive, and which are a continuation or acceleration of ongoing trends?

You can listen to the NetSquared podcast either online by clicking on the icon that looks like this: or on your MP3 player when you subscribe to the NetSquared podcast feed:

Big thanks again to Net2 volunteer podcast editor, Stace Carter, for editing and posting the recording for us!

Social Networking and Group Fundraising Article

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Hello Net2,

Many of you will probably be interested in a "how-to" article I've written for my website.

It's about using the internet for group fundraising. As I started to research the subject, I realized that people (including myself) can get rather lost in their attempt to select an appropriate group fundraising website.

So I wrote this article for First-of-its-kind.

The article is called How to use the internet for group fundraising. Please have a look and let me know what you think.

Measurement, Evaluation and Web 2.0

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I am curious to know how you feel Web 2.0 features will impact web analytics. Will they prompt a shift in how people measure effectiveness online? Are you gearing up to reconcile linkages against syndication?

I have a couple of theories I’m curious to investigate:

1.) I suspect that ‘influentials’ will become important to web evaluation...people, tools, and sites that act as marketing ambassadors through their reach.

2.) I also suspect the resulting impact of ‘influentials’ will prompt a demand for some kind of value metric. That value metric will help
web marketers measure beyond volume (perhaps even beyond engagement to evaluate quality).

Your perspectives and feedback are most appreciated!


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