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Swimming with Salmon Fishies in the NpTech Tag Stream

Fishing through this week's NpTech Tag Stream 150 plus items and I caught some broad themes in my net,  including change, social change and social networking changing nonprofits.  There's also a few links about online advocacy, salmon, green computers, and open-source tools as well as a fabulous set of flickr photos documenting a nonprofit technology project.


Change, Change, Change ...


E-collaboration & Mindmapping

Interested in e-collaboration? Joitske Hulsebosch, author of the blog, Communities of Practice for Development, wrote Beth Kanter and I to tell us about a new blog she is a part of called I collaborate, e-collaborate, we collaborate.  Joitske is co-facilitating an e-collaboration group of  Dutch NGOs  that  decided to launch a blog last month to complement their online space and f2f meetings.   The purpose of the blog is to share personal stories about working over the Internet. READ MORE


Will Social Networking Change Nonprofit Membership? What do you think?

My colleague, David Wilcox,  let me know about a new event/community blog for a London meeting about social networking and nonprofits taking place tommorrow (October 5th)   The goal is to demonstrate some of the social networking tools available through a Drupal-based multi-user blogging system.  (Here's a few other examples - here and here

He has invited us to share some thoughts about nonprofits and social networking tools.   READ MORE


Blogging for Chickens: Using Your Blog to Raise Money for a Good Cause

Darren Rowse celebrated ProBlogger's second birthday by raising $1100 (AU), or about $830 US, to buy 110 pairs of chickens for impoverished families via Oxfam Australia. He put a percentage of his weekly blogging income into buying chickens and invited his readers to contribute as well. Readers could give in one of two ways: donate to Oxfam Australia directly, and send Darren an e-card during the purchasing process to let him know how many chickens they had purchased, or send him a donation via PayPal with a note saying that it was for the "chickens project." READ MORE


NetSquared Related Content in Nonprofit Blogosphere Roundup #2

I just posted another roundup of Nonprofit Blogs on my blog. Here are some of the blogs I mentioned that have content related to NetSquared:

Are you looking for ideas on how to improve your organization's profile on MySpace? Mara of Democracy in Action wrote an article about MySpace Best Practices for Nonprofits.

Interested in learning how nonprofits, advocacy groups, or politicians can use websites like MySpace or YouTube? Bonnie of Development Seed brings up some good points about this topic in her article titled Should MySpace be your space?.

Credit Unions are also using MySpace. There is a great discussion about this topic at MySpace for Credit Unions. READ MORE


Teaching Young People with Blogs

Hat tip to my grandma for this one.  She sent me the article, "Blogging Teaches Write Stuff," from the Arizona Republic about a teacher from Cimarron Springs Elementary school who received a TeachersFirst Class Blogs Award from for his use of blogs with young people. READ MORE


Ben's introduction

I'm an e-democracy consultant for UK-based company Delib.

We've been working with government organisations over here for a while now, helping them to use the internet to better perform their public duties and to increase public interaction with decision-making.  We're now seeing an increasing need and opportunity for similar online engagement and personal interaction in the not-for-profit sector.

Part of my job is to work with not-for-profits, helping them to unlock their social capital, improve their communications and organisation with online tools.  I'm interested to see what other people are doing in this regard, what the trends, expectations and benefits are, what's new to web 2.0 and what's new to people trying to use these tools to good effect in the not-for-profit sector.  I don't like change for change's sake and think it's important that the emphasis always remains on usability, usefulness and benefit. READ MORE


Net Tuesday Time Again

It's Net Tuesday time again y'all with NetSquared Meetups in San Francisco and Houston on Tuesday, October 10th, and in Washington DC on Tuesday, October 17th. Check out the details below, or go to the NetSquared Meetup group at for more details, to RVSP, or to start a Net Tuesday in your town.


Come learn how your nonprofit or NGO can use digital storytelling or vlogging!

Tuesday, October 10th
6-8 PM
The Hat Factory
801 Minnesota St at 20th St. #08
San Francisco, CA 94107


Online Storytelling & Cause Marketing: An Interview with Jonah Sachs of Free Range Studios

Hello Net2 blog readers!

I'm back from my 2-week trip to Peru which was awesome.

Before I left, I did an interview for my Big Vision Podcast with Jonah Sachs, the Principal of Free Range Studios, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Washington DC and Berkeley, California that specializes in non-profits and socially responsible businesses. They created the award-winning film, The Meatrix, about factory farming, and the hilarious film, Store Wars, about the importance of organic farming. READ MORE


60 Seconds of Light Project: Attempting to Create an Internet-wide 9/11 Video Memorial

We just launched our first campaign, 60 Seconds of Light-- an attempt to create an internet-wide video memorial for 9/11 next year.  Our hope is to get all vloggers and video content creators to take a break from their regularly scheduled content, and instead upload literally 60 seconds of light.  A candle burning.  A lighter lit.  A glowstick glowing.  Anything light filled that they feel honors the memory of those who were lost.

Although it is a year ahead,  we are hoping to get popular vloggers to sign-up now and place a graphical link on their site to promote the cause...and hopefully make this the largest memorial ever to commemorate September 11th. READ MORE