Teresa Crawford is a strategic technology consultant based in Washington DC who I met at the Aspiration Tech Nonprofit Software Development Summit yesterday. She has been working in the field of NGOs and technology since 1998. Over the last few years she has worked in 30 countries with organizations both large and small to help them make better use of information and information technology in their work.
You can listen to the interview on the NetSquared Podcast, and a transcript will be up in about a week.
How many tech conferences do you go to where you aren't allowed to use your laptop, text on your cell phone, or chat on an IRC channel during sessions? Where you are encouraged to truly listen and pay attention to what people are saying? Where a Waste Reduction Consultant is brought in to create a green event? Not many I bet.
Join Latino Issues Forum and other Community Based Organizations (CBOs) as we hold a Roundtable Discussion on the rights of Immigrants and Limited English Proficient consumers of telecommunication services. Hear testimony from El Concilio of San Mateo County in their experience with clients that have faced economic hardship when faced with high cell and home phone bills. Also hear from attorneys at the Greenlining Institue and Latino Issues Forum who are doing work in this area.
We recently revamped our Net Tuesday page on the site so that each of the Net Tuesday locations (SF, Houston, Washington DC--we're still working on Chicago's page) has its own page where they can add content.
If you'd like to start a NetSquared Meetup group in your area, download a Net Tuesday toolkit and let us know at net2 AT techsoup DOT org. We're still looking for someone to take over the NetSquared Los Angeles. It already has 49 members who are just waiting for an organizer.
a new tryout http://www.shutdownday.org/ will hold on 23rd of May, 2007. What are you going to do without computer.
I suppose I had several chances spent without computer in these 3 years. one of thoes was a day spent with my family, but i used digital-camera and cell phone ^.^;
I stumbled upon what I think is a brilliant use of Flickr. Fabrice Florin, who now leads NewsTrust, took these pictures of people who attended Burning Man 2006. They each held up a board on which they wrote their wishes for the future. I’m going to pinch this idea for our next Idealist.org Silicon Valley event. I think it’s a neat way to keep a snapshot of each member’s mug and dreams.
Using a manual collaborative filtering process (eyeballs scan NpTech Meta Feed in RSS reader), this week's most popular topic seems to be pipes. No, nonprofit techies are not talking about those kind of pipes. It's Yahoo Pipes, an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. Say what? It means you can create meta RSS feeds that are more useful and relevant.
Some early reports note that there's still a hefty number of bugs and some features are still lacking, yet still in this current state it offers many possibilities.
Here's some blog posts found in the NpTech Tag stream.
Tate Hausman, of dotorganize, in a recent post on the NTEN Blog points to research that indicates that nonprofits and social change organizations should just say no thanks to using bleeding edge tools and focus on basic needs such as donation tools and CRM. He says that any use of bleeding tools without addressing basics first is "building new additions on a weak foundation." This post was tagged in the NpTech tag with the question, "Is it an either or choice?" There's been discussion on the NTEN Discuss list, summarized on the See3 Blog. What do you think?
Speaking of guiding people, organizations, or communities to make (appropriate) choices about technology tools, Nancy White shares her Seattle Ignite presentation on Technology Stewardship. While Nancy is talking about this in a community context, what does it mean for nonprofit organizations? David Wilcox shares some thinking as does Maarten.
Online Fundraising: Best Of Lists
Fundraising Success blog summarizes online fundraising tips shared at the recent DMA Nonprofit Federation 2007 Annual Washington Nonprofit Conference.
Whether or you think nonprofits should run screaming from widgets or at least consider whether or not they are an appropriate choice, read this interview with the King of Widgets by Steve Bridger at the nfp2.0 blog.
A new blog on the politics and science of global warming called "Climate 411" and Michael Glibert has a new blogged WITH and has turned the comments on! Here's the first post.
Software in the Tag Stream
Jon Stahl points to Ryan Ozimek's piece "Islands and Bridges, the building has begun" and says it is a great hallelujah to the power and importance of integration via open APIs.
Laura Quinn has written an excellent article on the three approaches to integrating constituent data. It's written for the non-techie and it is brilliant because it explains some complicated concepts in plain english.
OOOAuthors is a development site for OpenOffice.org documentation. It's being created by a group of volunteer reviewers, writers, editors, and translators.
If you want to follow Nonprofit Software in more depth and you're not attending the Nonprofit Software Developer Summit, be sure to follow what's on the wiki. There's bound to be quite a bit of live blogging of the event. I'm reminded a post from David Gurteen pointed to by David Wilcox about designing more participatory conferences, and it looks like the folks at Aspiration are experts at this.
Did you know that 59,000 people on LinkedIn say that they work in the nonprofit industry and that the nonprofit sector has the highest percentage of public answers in LinkedIn's Answers section? I didn't. I also didn't know that if you activate your public profile you can create a public page like this: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brittbravo that makes it easy for people to find you online when they are searching for things related to your work and interests.