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A Few Good Nonprofit Video Channels

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While the are beginning to have a larger nonprofit presence, several nonprofit-focused video sharing projects have recently launched. 

The commercial community-based like and are filled with thousands and thousands of videos on all topics.  While you are bound to find lots of funny videos, if you do a little creative searching, you'll discover videos on serious topics created by nonprofits.

Fundraising... Whats New?

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We had a great, but busy week and weekend. We had our 1st meeting of the new Members of the Board... which was a weekend meeting. We took tours and ate... met in the morning, then ate... met in the afternoon, then ate... took more tours, then had dinner... Got up the next morning and started over!  I'm exhausted again just thinking about it.

The overall wall we kept running into was the funraising aspect. Some of the people kept thinking about bowl-a-thons and bake sales, and where those are very profitable for schools or youth groups, they are not condusive for our needs and a monthly budget of $45,000.

An Interview with Ken Thompson, CEO Swarmteams

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 1.   Can you tell me about your background?

I was a software engineer for 17 years and then I spent the last 10 years trying to coach teams, networks, communities and groups to work better together.  I decided to analyse all the most common mistakes I saw (and I made) and encapsulate the learning in a software tool for group collaboration.  It's called .

Along the way I studied biological groups and teams (think ants, bees, geese and dolphins)  for 2 years and wrote the

Live Blogging from the Web of Change 2006 Conference

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The 6th Annual conference is taking place right now (from September 20-24th) in Cortes Island, B.C.   The conference connects   at the convergence of online communications, technology and social change.  And judging from for the conference tag  (), it looks like wonderful setting for discussion and knowledge sharing on the .

Environmental disaster needs your attention now.

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I would like to write to you about the recent oil spill tragedy in Guimaras, Philippines. Guimaras is a tiny island in Southern Philippines known for its rich marine biodiversity, white beaches, mangrove and seaweed plantations.

But on August 11, an oil tanker carrying oil from Petron company sank in Guimaras waters spilling 2.19 million liters of oil and affecting as much as:  

  • 26,000 individuals displaced
  • 1,500 hectares of ecosystem
  • 209 hectares of mangrove
  • 20 hectares of sea grass
  • 100 hectares of coral reef within Taklong Marina Reserve
  • 58 villages (and threatens 37 more)

Outside the marine reserve

Connecting with Our Troops

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Was honored (after much debate, persuasion, and final clarity about the general laid-backed-ness of the meeting) to be asked by Ed Schipul to lead the July – Houston, TX – NetSquared get together. Have not been to other NetSquared meetings, so can only speak about the attitude of the Houston group, which is more about social issues and passion than technology. I chose to talk about using technology (the internet really) to tangibly support our troops while they are deployed (I’m not talking yellow flags on your car here!) – A topic containing many social issues, all of which I can get pretty passionate about. I’m a Quaker ( and embrace the . I also have a brother who is an MP and served a year in Iraq. I find myself in an interesting position with a unique point of view about the “War on Terror.” 

Found in the NpTech Tag Stream this week!

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This week my RSS reader grabbed 122 items via the !   Here's a summary of a few highlights to read, if you don't time to read everything!

In last week's on Tagging by shared how he created the .  (NPTech is a tag used by people to designate a resource they find online as being of interest to the community of nonprofit technologists.  If this is the first time you're hearing about it, click for the context.)

Vote for Netsquared! 2007 SXSW Interactive Panel Proposal Picker

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The is billed as "an incubator of new, cutting-edge technology and is ground zero for the world's most creative web developers, designers, bloggers, wireless innovators and new media entrepreneurs."    

In planning the program for the various panels, SXSW has invited the extensive SXSW community to select which of the 167 submitted panel ideas they feel is most relevant to the event.  

So, take a trip over to the and vote for ten of your favorites.  And, we hope you will vote for some of our favorites:

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