The Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest has selected six exciting dewelopers and products that are being considered as finalists for its inaugural prize. The final prize recommendation will be made by an advisory panel but we would also like to hear from you. We would like to invite you to share your impressions of the products, their usability, elegance and relevance. The finalist developers and products are:
George Hotelling, Citizen Speak
Donald Lobo, CiviCRM
Jamie McClelland, Basebuilder
Ethan McCutchen, WagN
Zack Rosen, Civic Space
Kevin Smith, The Martus Project
If you are familiar with these products or would like to take some time and explore them a bit and share your insights with the Prize Advisory Panel, we welcome your feedback. This is the first year of the Pizzigati Prize and we need your guidance as we select a prize recipient who has created an elegant and usable tool, had a practical impact on the effectiveness and capacity of nonprofit organizations, and also has promoted an ethic of collaboration and sharing. You can find more about the Prize and the finalist products, and share your thoughts at http://forums.pizzigatiprize.org/index.php#5.
On Saturday, August 5, 2006, over 100,000 people took to the streets of central London to demand an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Lebanon. The largest emergency demonstration in British history was organized by the Stop the War Coalition and led by renowned peace advocate Bianca Jagger, who had invited dropping knowledge to join her on the march.
Podcast volunteer, David Collin, has re-posted the recording of the NetSquared Conference session, "Open Source Computing for the People: Can the Dream Become Reality?" on the new NetSquared podcast channel in twoparts. The speakers were:
economie, a London-based socially responsible investment firm has launched a social network at economie.sossoon.net to lead up to their eco6 conference in October. According to their press release, the network has all kinds of bells and whistles:
Steven Buckley of Christian Aid, "an agency of the churches in the UK and Ireland," emailed me to let me know that they have launched a podcast. I listened to part of a program, Haiti 6-I Say Vaudou, which was a little long, but still interesting. I had never thought about how important it would be to understand the ins and outs of vaudou (voodoo) in order to do HIV prevention work in Haiti. Nancy White recently posted an interesting email that Steven sent to the the KM4Dev mailing list about how Christian Aid developed their podcast, which is worth a read. According to the email, Christian Aid supporters now send emails asking if Christian Aid events will be recorded for the podcast.
Don't know where I fit in the scheme of things here, but I have to start somewhere. It's time to strike up a conversation backed by sound research, philosophy and experience. How is it we don't have our own "Wall Street Journal" by now. So much of the real-estate space in nonprofit rags is devoted to a) our own salaries; b) how to raise money; or c) what nifty new accounting software we should buy. I've launched my own blog, the Nonprofit to do my part - kickoff some discussion on real stuff, like revenue recognition, the meaning of charity, the hazards of promising too much, the oxymoron of performance outcomes, etc. etc. Join in, viva la revolution!