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Hello!  My name is Beth Kanter and I work as a consultant to nonprofits and technology.  I'm not a techie, I'm a trainer.   My work includes training, curriculum development, evaluation, planning, and assessment.  I'm also very interested in the use of technology in developing countries, particularly Cambodia.

I'm very interested in nonprofit adoption of technologies -- what it takes to use technology effectively.      

I am looking forward to being a sponge at this conference - listen, take notes, thinking outloud with other people about the issues.  READ MORE


Hello World

I wish  I were a little more alert (jet lag + antihistamines) so that I could write something a little more articulate and witty about myself. But I got the e-mail requesting introductions and seeing as how I'll be a participant/volunteer for this conference, I wanted to drop in for a few words. I'm a technology librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, which is a land grant school for Western Nevada and Eastern California. My job has to do with metadata, although it's really more about trying to bring libraries into the 21st century, as technology not only changes how we publish and access information, but how we use it. Libraries are a pretty classic example of a profession that's still stuck in the old/print model of doing things and having a really hard time waking up to the world completely mutating around them. Sometimes I feel like I'm banging my head against a wall.  READ MORE


Hello and introduction

Hi everyone,

I just found out about this blog today and am excited about all the ideas floating around. Currently I'm the online services manager at City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center near Los Angeles.

I also volunteer my web time with Vox Femina LA, a group I sing with, and develop sites on the side. I'm very interested in citizen journalism, social marketing and stuff I don't even know the names to yet ;).

Looking forward to the conversation! READ MORE

Karin Jervert

Starting out...

I guess I will introduce myself and my organization. I'm the Associate Director of the Puffin Cultural Forum, a gallery performance space in Teaneck NJ. Our mission is generally to nurture the arts in the area and bring challenging programming to the community. We have music performances, fine art exhibits, author interviews, workshops and much more. We're a pretty busy space for sure.

I just started here about two years ago after graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in communication. I was hired to maintain the website, assist the program director, manage press relations and make the coffee. READ MORE


There are more podcasted radio shows than radio stations in the world

This is just one of the interesting tidbits of information in this SF Chronicle article on Adam Curry. Interesting thoughts on Curry's quest and opinions about taking podcasting mainstream. READ MORE


yo yo

mattwhat's up? i'm coming from ATL, from an organization called the Southeast Community Research Center. we're a social change organization that provides technical assistance and CBPR training to community-based organizations in the South, mostly those working in Environmental Justice. my background is in public health, and i kind of got thrown into the tech world at this organization because it was needed. i was interested in it too. so, i've been learning recently about all the new tools and strategies for using the web for social change. my experience is in popular education, public health, and community-based participatory research. i train capoeira too! i'm definitely interested in learning about how to use new tools, seeing what has worked for others and challenging ourselves to continually question the issues surrounding access. if we do not incorporate everyone, then we are just fooling ourselves, exchanging one form of oppression for another.  READ MORE


Popular Education Approach

This is the same issue that organizers and participatory change agents have been attempting to address for years. The simple answer is that the tools alone are insufficient. Access alone is insufficient. As a tangent, the question of access needs to be addressed. There are still hoards of people, especially here in the South that have niether connection to the web nor computers. 

A popular education approach has been shown to be the most effective. Paulo Freire is the most often cited Pop Ed author. His approach is about engaging in a dialogue to essentially understand the culture of the community and their motivations. Using those cultural relics and motivations, one can then introduce new material (i.e., a new tool) with which they can express their knowledge. Successful implementations of this approach result in phenomenol achievements of empowerment, gained shared knowledge by all participants (community and outsider), and genuine steps towards social change. READ MORE


Mashups for EJ

I'm definitely interested in learning more about the ability of mashups to forward the social change agenda. Our organization provides technical assistance to social change community-based organizations, especially those working in environmental justice. There is a ton of data available, for example through, the EPA, and the Right-to-know network. It would be interesting to see the different ways to reconfigure this data. does this already in one way, but mashups, i think, could offer another way to go about doing it. READ MORE


Ears Open. Mouth Closed

What am I bringing to the conference?  Open ears.  Open mind.  Closed mouth.  Okay.  I won't keep my mouth closed for the whole time, but I intend to do a lot more active listening than monologuing.  I'll do the monologue here:

What else will I bring?  Some book knowledge of the Millennial generation and a little experience in marketing to them in a higher education setting.

My experience? I have a little volunteer experience.  Some experience in building and maintaining online communities.  Some experience enabling citizen journalism (circa 1997).  Some exeperience in the .Gov world; some in the .Edu world.  I have ZERO experience in real programming, but I've been living and working online since 1993. READ MORE


Check out this cool site,  They monitor ICT policies that affect women around the world.  You can browse the site by issues that interest you (i.e. education, health, cultural diversity), or by the part of the world that interests you (Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific).  They also have site guides tailored to Beginners and Policy MakersREAD MORE