Recent Blog Posts


Changing Channels: BECA conference at SFSU

I saw that the Broadcasting and Electronic Communications department at San Francisco State University just had a conference called "Changing Channels" which emphesized the changing face of media to become more participatory and hammered home on Blogs and Podcasts.  Its nice to see this conversation happening in the academic circles at this level more and more.

Details can be found @

Look at the links at the bottom for who participated.



Howard Rheingold to speak at Net2 Conference

Howard Rheingold will speak on technologies of cooperation and sharing economies.

Howard’s 2002 book, Smart Mobs, was widely acclaimed as a prescient forecast of the always-on era. The weblog associated with the book became one of the top 200 of the 8 million blogs tracked by Technorati, and won Utne Magazine's Independent Press Award in 2003. In 2005, Howard taught a course at Stanford University on A Literacy of Cooperation, part of a long-term investigation of cooperation and collective action that he has undertaken in partnership with the Institute for the Future. READ MORE


Mapbuilder makes it easy to put custom maps on your site/blog

Check out MapBuilder to build a collection of items on your own custom map, then put it on your site or blog.  While there are other similar tools I've seen, I've not seen any this easy.

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Let Blogs Speak - Text-to-voice tool for Blogs - Talkr

Check out this tool fo giving rea voice to blogs - Talkr

According to the site it converts any blog to a podcast.  This could be useful for any number of reasons; but could also be useful as an assistive technology.

John Lorance



98 Net2 in Action Case Studies Up. Don't You Want to Be the 100th?

We have 98 case studies up of nonprofits and NGOs using the social web for social change!   You can view them alphabetically, by the tools they used, or on a map.

If you take a look at the map, you'll see that there are parts of the United States and the world that we don't have any case studies from.

Help us fill out the map.

If you know of a nonprofit or NGO using the social web for social change, please take a moment to add them to Net2 in Action, and if you're feeling swamped, just send me the URL and I'll see if one of our Net2Builders can put it up. READ MORE


Video Profile: Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark of Craig's List talks briefly on the empowerment of nonprofit organizations by the use of citizen media and technology.

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE


Video Profile: Josh Kinberg

I chatted with Josh Kinberg, founder of FireAnt, a multiple format video player and directory. He talks a bit about how videoblogging can be helpful to nonprofit organizations.

Video Profile: Josh Kinberg

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, FireAnt or Democracy. READ MORE


Making knowledge sharing easy: an interview with Squidoo's Heath Row

Heath Row is the Senior Director of Community Development at, a web service that enables users to create a centralized, dynamic depository of information resources concerning any topic of their choice. Beyond offering a good service for nonprofits to use, the company has a number of initiatives underway to support organizations working for social change.

Heath and I talked about how Squidoo works, how organizations can use it and his perspective on some of the underlying technologies the service uses. READ MORE


Advocacy's future...

Ethan Zuckerman blogs about the future of advocacy.  He demonstrates a shift from programmatic "representation" to the "pointing and contextualizing" of the blog world.  This amplifies an important lesson regarding "tolerance."  Just as it is embarassingly presumptuous to emphasize "tolerance" as a value (who am I to presume to tolerate you!?), so also is the tendency idealistically to adopt-a-cause and represent the less fortunate who come along with the ideal. READ MORE


On appropriate communication for promotion: an interview with Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the author of 7 best-selling books on marketing, web design, communications and more.  Called "the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age" by Business Week, Godin also writes a blog that's one of the most widely read online.

One of Godin's projects is Squidoo, a highly usable and dyanmic service for sharing knowledge on any topic. READ MORE