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Why should already wired communities care?

Jim, Given your focus on international access in communities where there is no current service, why should US communities that are ALREADY CONNECTED BY COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS care about building their own public wireless broadband services? READ MORE


Conference schedule as Google Calendar

Following the example of Michael Heilemann for Reboot8, I created a public Google calendar based on the schedule of the website. Available as XML and as iCAL.

Some more work is needed: the parallel online conference, descriptions, keeping it up to date. Let me know if you want to contribute, and I'll add you as manager for the calendar! READ MORE


Tobias Eigen Intro: He who learns, teaches (and she who teaches, learns)

I recently got into African proverbs - now every day when I ssh into the Kabissa server, I get served up a randomly selected African proverb through fortune. The one above is an Ashanti proverb from Ghana but has a message that is probably very familar just about everywhere in the world (ok, the bit in parentheses was added by me). I like the following one too, because it makes me laugh:

"As the dog said, 'If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is playing.' READ MORE


Tagging to Organize Content

I have been thinking alot lately about how tagging and social bookmarking can be used in the nonprofit sector. The one thing that I thought of right away was using tags to organize content better. That means use tags that will help you find content better.

How can you use tags?

  • Create a tag that will be used for news and press releases for your organization. Give the URL and/or RSS feed to people outside of your organization to keep up with the news.
  • Create tags related to your mission to find links and photos easier
  • Create tags for events
  • Are you a large organization? Keep track of your members or chapter websites, blogs, other related items using a tag.
  • Need to collaborate with other staff members for a project, research, or event? Create a tag for to help collaborate better.
  • Do you work at a museum or are you creating a scrapbook? Be sure to tag photos to find these items easier.

These are just a few ways you can use tags. What other ways can you think of? READ MORE


Political candidate uses RSS to IM alerts

I wrote last week about PA senatorial candidate Chuck Pennaccio innovative use of YouTube viral video to take on the Bush administration. Now another fascinating example of a political campaign using Web 2.0 technologies has come online.



Howdy from Atlassian

Hi all,

Looking forward to participating in the event. I'm in the San Francisco office of Atlassian Software Systems, a small Australian company that builds an enterprise wiki called Confluence. Our application is free for non-profits and we've given out hundreds of non-profit licenses to many different types of organisations. Mostly, these folks are using our wiki for internal collaboration and knowledge management. Hoping to share some ideas and learn loads from everyone at the conference. - Jon READ MORE


Media that Mobilizes: An Inconvenient Truth, ClimateCrisis and more tales from

Incovenient Truth PosterOn Tuesday, May 30th at 4pm PDT Micki Krimmel, the Director of Internet Outreach for Participant Productions, will be speaking about, "Media that Mobilizes: An Inconvenient Truth, ClimateCrisis and More Tales from" as part of NetSquared's remote conference.

Even though I'll be working at the face to face Net2 Conference, I'm going to try to sneak off to the Net2 Remote Conference Chat Room to participate in this chat.

Participant Productions is the company behind socially conscious films like Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Fast Food Nation, Murderball and North Country. Not only do they produce movies with meaning, they also host a complementary web site, that give users tons of ways to get involved and create positive change around the issues they care about.  You can learn more about and see an interview with Micki Krimmel on the Net2 vlog READ MORE


The Importance of Web 1.0 within the Web 2.0 Context

While all of us attendees explore the possible applications of Web 2.0 technology I believe it is important that we remember the profound applications of older (Web 1.0) technology that literally is creating a new class of philanthropists, some of whom might even be interested in funding new Web 2.0 social ventures.

New applications of old technology are still extremely valuable in generating massive cultural change. An analogy: Hip Hop DJs still love vinyl because it complements and extends the creative possibilities of the newest digital technologies. Similarly, Web 1.0 enables the new philanthropists to create whole new pools of money -- and social self-expression -- that can fund the next wave of initiatives and their supporting technologies. READ MORE


Elissa Perry, Learning Evangelist & Technology Wrangler, Leadership Learning Community

Hey Net2 peeps!  I'm very much looking forward to next week.  I'm an artist, activist, technologist, teacher, learner and thinker highly engaged in using technology from the perspective of solidarity not charity --  collaboration not competition -- to bring about a more sustainable and just world.  I work for the Leadership Learning Community and serve on the board of WritersCorps  I also read a lot, write a lot & tap dance a lot (really!). READ MORE


The New Philanthropists

My name is Sean Stannard-Stockton and I'm the Director of Tactical Philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management in Burlingame, CA.  My attendance at the conference stems from my belief that the current and projected new wave of philanthropy that is so widely discussed will be much different from prior waves.  Specifically I think that technological advancements are significantly reducing the operating costs of philanthropic vehicles which is spawning a new type of donor.  Unlike the Rockefellers, Carnegies and other early foundation founders who created individual entities which mirrored existing institutions, the structured philanthropic vehicles of the 21st century will create a tradition similar to the emerging Web 2.0 technologies.  Rather than concentrated pools of money which imitate existing institutional structures, the new philanthropists will be smaller, widely distributed agents of change who co-create the social sector that they support.