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 I work & live in NYC. I have a variety of interests (local & national politics, health, faith based, computers, web etc).

I currently work as a field marketing rep for a non profit org in NYC. I would like the opportunity to do more in terms of community relations & event planning / advertising.



Putting the social web into action against violence: an interview with Clare-Marie White of Never Again International

Clare-Marie White is the communications coordinator of Never Again International, an international network that aims to alert the international community to both the causes and effects of genocide and facilitate the exchange of ideas between young people - those who have lived through genocide and those who wish to learn from them. (See their case study page on Net2)

This group is very innovative and is really trying to leverage new communication technologies - the main page of their web page is a wiki! Wikis are web sites that any authorized user can edit, where all previous versions are viewable and notification of changes can be subscribed to.

In the following interview I asked Clare-Marie White about Never Again's use of new tools and she emphasized that new users have to be introduced appropriately. READ MORE


NetSquared DC Meetup Podcast, Photos and Blog Posts


The Washington DC NeSquared Meetup group now has 99 members!  Wow.

You can get more info. about their last Meetup by checking out their podcast, photos, and these blog posts from  Development Seed and Frogloop.

Their next Meetup will be on July 18th at 7 PM.  Let 'em know if you're going to be there!

Photo by Eric Gunderson. READ MORE


Wossup with conference Podcasts?

Hey Team - I know its been a big hassle to get audio from the conference out but something seems to be broken with the Odeo channel you are using:

In iTunes I can see two episodes about 'Open Source Computing for People' but cannot 'get' the .mp3.

So I went to odeo, found your 'channel', found those episodes and got a wierd error page:

Jose the director of the new National Clandestine Service says you do not have permission to view this page.


Streetside Stories Blog

I have to give a shout out to the Bay Area arts education nonprofit, Streetside Stories, where I worked for 6 years.  Thanks to a grant from the Taproot Foundation they just launched a blog.  Wahoo!

Whoops!  I guess that link wasn't ready for public consumption yet. Will let you know when the blog is live. READ MORE


Wufoo makes online forms easy

Some readers here may know that I've started writing over at the Web 2.0 review site TechCrunch. One new service that I wrote about this week stood out as something that could be very useful for nonprofits. It's called Wufoo and it's an easy way to make online forms that can be inserted into your web page or used as separate pages. It is very flexible and honestly takes very little technical knowledge. READ MORE


Integrated workflow management for nonprofit organizations: If you build it, will they use it?



I just love the idea of a workflow management application, especially one that's integrated  with filing, calendar, email, and all the other systems that keep my worklife in order.

It so happens that one of my esteemed clients is looking for a way to integrate fiscal sponsorship accounting, document management, digital signature, and workflow management into a seamless system - so I spend a lot of time thinking about the human and technological requirements that might be involved.

For my client's purposes, there are basically two kinds of workflow management - a generic kind that helps any group of people coordinate the actions that need to be taken on any project, and workflow management that is tailored to accounting tasks such as initiating requisitions, approving invoices, and cutting checks.  These further sub-divided into those applications that come with document management modules and those that don't.  And of course, one can drill down to distinguish between client-server products and web-based service providers.

The ones that I really like allow the user to log in and see a workflow management dashboard, such as the one that ExpenseWatch provides for accountants, with status reports and task lists laid out in a very clear and appealing manner.  Furthermore, the really good tools make it easy to set up a queue for passing along the work in progress - so that everyone who needs to contribute to, revise, review, or approve a project can do so - in an order that can be edited to reflect a change in plans.  I also like the idea of automatic escalation routines, which alert you if a project has been parked on one person's desk for too long.

The only question is...if you build it, will they use it?

I recently had an experience that shed a little light on this question.  An esteemed colleague who has access to my electronic calendar printed out my task list in preparation for a planning meeting.  I hadn't added (or checked off) much of anything in months. 

I love setting up systems.  I love playing with systems.  But the empirical evidence shows that when it comes to maintaining a simple online task list (never mind one that's part of a sophisticated workflow management system), I'm not necessarily showing up for it on a day-to-day basis.  And if the systems geeks don't do it, how can we expect normal people to be enthusiastic users?  We have to think really carefully about building in incentives to participate, and measuring the positive effects that such an implementation actually has on the amount of time, energy, and money that it takes to get the job done. READ MORE


Call for marketing gurus to help stop global warming

Read about Asi Sharabi's call for ideas and a good suggestion from Seth Godin in the blog of Dave Weinberger (a co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto, a must read for those interested in using the web to effect change).




the future has bensonhurst

i used to come home to visit family in brooklyn and feel like i was stepping into the past.  sure, this is new york, it's hardly the middle of nowhere, but still...a year ago i couldn't even really get people to understand the concept of a "technology nonprofit".  now i'm using the free wireless that's spilling over from the neighbor's house while watching coverage of last week's games for change conference on ny1, and my sister, who teaches history to 7th graders at a local public school, got a bet READ MORE