Found this conference announcement on the campusactivism.org blog. It seemed like the kind of conference Net2 folks would want to know about:
Advocacy Developers III Conference
AdvocacyDev III, Oakland, July 31-August 2. The third convening of organizers, activists and developers working with open source tools for online advocacy and organizing will take place in Oakland from July 31 to August 2. If you're passionate about creating better tools for online activists and organizers, please join us for knowledge sharing and brainstorming!
Randy Moss, the manager of "futuring and information-based strategies" for the American Cancer Society, attended the Netsquared conference. He tells us a bit about the ACS' role at the conference and what he has learned there.
I ran into Laura Quinn from idealware.org at the games expo at the end of the first day of the Games 4 Change Conference in NYC. Laura was late getting to the conference because she was putting the finishing touches on the blogging report. Get your copy now!
For a business idea that was just discovered on a "serendipity walk," (see this article) there is no doubt that Centromigrante has made a giant leap by winning the grand prize from the prestigious MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition last week in Cambridge, Massachussettes. This is the first time a Filipino team has taken on this 100K race, a competition that might as well be compared to a marathon for its magnitude and prestige. An advantage arose for the Pinoy team when MIT decided to shift course this year and open 100K to a development track.
Lots of great Net Tuesdays Meetups coming up in July! If you would like to start your own Net Tuesday in your hometown, email us at net2 AT techsoup.org. LOS ANGELES Tuesday, July 11th
Time and location are still TBD, but they'll be having a cocktail/dinner event. Some folks who went to the Net2 Conference will be reporting back on their experience and the group will brainstorm about an LA-based project that they can jumpstart. You can contact the Group Organizer, Catherine Geanuracos, thru the Meetup site for more information.
NEW as of 7/7: Nico from Adobe will be joining the group to talk about how their software is supporting nonprofits and social change organizations, and brining some things to give away, so don't miss out.
Any number of nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations in the U.S. serve as fiscal sponsors (sometimes known as "fiscal agents") to unincorporatedmission-based projects or associations. For example, a 501(c)3 dedicated to saving the whales, might offer to serve as the fiscal sponsor of a project designed to save the sea otters, because their missions are congruent, and it's less trouble than setting up a separate entity. But they're really in the business of saving the whales, not providing services to other nonprofit organizations.
These days, I spend a lot of time researching applications that will meet TSNE's fiscal sponsorship accounting needs. This is not a task for the faint of heart, because the specifications are numerous, the solutions are shockingly expensive, and the potential for spending a lot of time, energy, and money without actually improving capacity is very high.
Here are some of the applications that I have been checking out:
I just got a press release this morning (I feel so alternative media), announcing that Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres has started podcasting (yay!). The podcast, Frontline Reports will feature emergency updates from Doctors without Borders projects all over the world.
I just listened to the first podcast. It was a little over 10 minutes long and talked about medical needs in Sudan, the ongoing challenges in Colombia and how people with HIV/AIDS in the developing world are being denied access to new "second-line" AIDS medicine. (My advice to the podcast's producers is to put in some success stories too, or listeners will suffer compassion fatigue after a while and stop listening).
The quote provided in the release by Executive Director, Nicolas de Torrenté, encapsulates, I think, why podcasting and blogs are such important tools in a nonprofit or NGO's communication plan: