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Another Net2 Confernence Podcast Volunteer, Wahoo!

We have another volunteer, Ryan MacArthur,to help us edit and post the Net2 Conferece audio recordings our podcast channel. Hooray! Ryan recently graduated from Ex'pression College for Digital Arts and has been working as an Audio Engineer/Production Assistant.   Cross your fingers, folks. With all of this help, hopefully audio from the conference will be posted soon. READ MORE


This Week in NetSquared News Podcast is Up

The This Week in NetSquared News podcast is up with a few quick updates about what’s happening at NetSquared followed by Eddie Codel’s interviews with Brahm Ahmadi of People’s Grocery, Joseph Mouzon of Network for Good and Sam Bower of the Green Museum. READ MORE


What do immigrant organizers need to know about databases?


One of my favorite projects these days is the "Immigrant Organizers Information Technology Network," which a joint undertaking by the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing and Third Sector New England, and is funded by the Boston Foundation. Right now, I'm helping to put together a databaseclinic for a cluster of immigrant organizing groups in Massachusetts

The grassroots workers affiliated with these groups are the best in the world at advocating for immigrants, and they juggle an awe-inspiring amount of information about constituents, donors, policy makers, service providers, activists, and other stakeholders.  Most of this juggling is done in their heads, or on paper, or with Excel spreadsheets - very few of them also have expertise in database development.  What to do?

In June, TSNE offered these groups a "Databases 101" workshop, designed for smart people who are starting from scratch in learning about databases.  This month, the goal is to follow up with a clinic that will enable them to get down to cases about their specific needs. 

We've invited mavens from three local organizations - Database Designs Associates, The Data Collaborative, and Organizers Collaborative - to serve as "clinicians."  These folks all have extensive experience with both database development and grassroots organizing.  So far, so good!

But the remaining challenge is to craft the clinic in such a way that all of the immigrant organizers come away with a feeling of confidence, a practical understanding of how databases can help them, and a list of action items to take back to their offices.

Among adult educators, there's considerable consensus that subjecting people to yet another PowerPoint presentation just isn't the answer, so I am currently on a quest for better ideas. READ MORE


Netsquared Profile: Mike Linksvayer

Mike Linksvayer is the Chief Technology Officer for Creative Commons. He spoke at the Netsquared conference as well at a recent Net Tuesday event. Mike tells us what Creative Commons is, how it's beneficial to nonprofits and a bit about what the future holds. 

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE


The latest mash-up: Technobabes + meta feeds


Now that I've had a taste of a meta feed for nonprofit technology, I feel compelled to create a meta feed of my own.

So of course it has to be a Technobabe meta feed.  You can now go to Feed Jumbler to satisfy your craving for blog articles written by women in the field of nonprofit technology.  The official address of the RSS feed is READ MORE


TechSoup Meeting in Second Life - June 30th

TechSoup Meeting on June 30th
Originally uploaded by cambodia4kidsorg.

Great meeting today at the TechSoup Office in Second Life!  There's an Net Tuesday event coming up - Mark your calendars - July 18th.  It will be a mixed reality event -- in-world and in "real life" at the Tech Soup Office in SF.  Want to get involved in the planning?  Join the TechSoup discussion list: and join the next meeting on Friday, July 7th at 11:30 AM EST

After the meeting, we tried for a group photo op.  Let me tell you, getting all those avatars to look into the camera and smile is even more difficult than trying to get a group shot of a bunch of preschoolers!  First one who can name all those people in the photo with their Real Life Names will get a prize.  Leave your answer in the comments! READ MORE


Advocacy Developers III Conference

Found this conference announcement on the blog.  It seemed like the kind of conference Net2 folks would want to know about:

AdvocacyDev III, Oakland, July 31-August 2.   The third convening of organizers, activists and developers working with open source tools for online advocacy and organizing will take place in Oakland from July 31 to August 2. If you're passionate about creating better tools for online activists and organizers, please join us for knowledge sharing and brainstorming!


Yay for Podcasting Volunteers

Two wonderful people have volunteered to help us edit and upload the audio recordings from the conference to our podcast channel: the always awesome David Collin who has been recording  presentations and interviews at almost every Net Tuesday, and Matthew Wayne Selznick, who is on the Planning Committee of the Podcast Guild, is a contributing editor to the Podcaster's Wiki, was an early reviewer of the Podcasting Legal Guide from the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and  Society, and was recently featured in the book Tricks of Podcasting Masters. READ MORE


Netsquared Profile: Randy Moss

Randy Moss, the manager of "futuring and information-based strategies" for the American Cancer Society, attended the Netsquared conference. He tells us a bit about the ACS' role at the conference and what he has learned there.

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE

Even More NetSquared Conference Video Sessions Online

Check out more of the Conference session videos online at ForaTV.  You can view them all as thumbnails in the archive here:

Or go to each individual new session link below:                                                     Conversation with Angela Glover Blackwell, moderated by Daniel Ben-Horin, President & Co-CEO of Compumentor.

The Distributed Grassroots Marketing Team: Letting Your Community, Advocates, Evangelists, and Fans Do the Heavy Lifting featuring panelists Tara Hunt, Chris Messina, and Elisa Camahort with moderator Marnie Webb, VP of Knowledge Services at Compumentor.

The $100 Laptop: Simplicity Can Be Complicated featuring panelist Michael Bletsas with moderator Michael Brown.

Again, thanks to LinkTV for their tireless video coverage of the event. < READ MORE