Last week was Pop!Tech: The Impact of Technology on People conference in Camden, Maine. While surfing around to see what bloggers were saying about it, I found this post, Tibet in 3D, by Ethan Zuckerman that describes a presentation by Losang Rabgey, the Executive Director of a nonprofit that promotes sustainable development in the Himalayan region, Machik.Rabgey is also on the board of directors of the Tibetan Himalayan Digital Library. (Marshall Kirkpatrick interviewed Dan Haig, who works for the Tibetan Himalayan Digital Library, for NetSquared last February).
On our e-collaboration blog we have a post explaining how you can read blogs as a basic introduction for people who are new to reading blogs; you can read them every now and then, or systematically. It is written by Dorine Ruter and Joitske Hulsebosch.
How to Read Blogs:
There are various ways to read a webblog ('blog') that you think is of interest to you. The main choice you have to make is whether you want to visit the blog every now and then, or that you want to be up to date with every new post on that blog. You can find out more at http://icollaborate.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-read-blogs.html
This morning, I sat in on the "Great Open API Debate" hosted by NTEN. First off, a tip o' the hat to NTEN for organizing this, the participants of the panel for an interesting conversation, and Mark Bolgiano from the Council on Foundations for awesome moderation.
Nonprofit Organization Tech - Peter Campbell, Goodwill
If I was going to complain, I'd say it was way for-profit vendor heavy (63%?). It would have been nice to have heard from a circuit-rider or "for-little-profit" integrator/consultant type person, and maybe another nonprofit type (a moderately tech savvy ED?)
I attended NetSquared as a representative of the philanthropic, rather than the nonprofit, industry. I had a great time at the conference and it stimulated my interest in social networking tools. I've been impressed with the vigor with which nonprofits have taken to the social networking paradigm and I look forward to more tools being developed for donors, rather than just as ways for nonprofits to reach out to donors.
I recently launched a blog called Tactical Philanthropy. I'd like to invite all of you to visit and more importantly give my thanks to the NetSquared community. I'd especially like to single out Britt Bravo, Elisa Camahort, Beth Kanter and Seth Mazow for the helpful conversations I had with each of them and to Daniel Ben-Horin for inviting me to the conference in the first place.
Do you know where the name March of Dimes comes from? According to the March of Dimes web site, in 1938 FDR created the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to fund research for a vaccine for polio. A comedian named Eddie Cantor asked his radio listeners to send their dimes directly to the White House and created the phrase March of Dimes. The Foundation changed its name to March of Dimes in 1979.
Almost 60 years later the March of Dimes has changed their focus from children with polio to premature births. (1 in 8 babies born in the US are premature). Now they collect dimes to fund research and public education about prematurity.
Recently, they launched a new campaign called, "Be a Coin Star!" Supporters are asked to take a photo of where they keep their change and upload it to the Be a Coin Star Flickr group. Starting October 24th at 3 PM the photo with the most votes will be the daily Coin Star winner and highlighted on their web site.
There aren't too many photos up yet so if you have your coins stored in a fun container, take a photo and send it to their group. Give 'em a little Flickr love.
You can also hear Adam on the NetSquared Conference panel, "Hey, Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone: The Decentralization of Expertise and the Creation of Community Knowledge Bases," on the NetSquared podcast.
The NPTech Tag Stream swept in just over a hundred items this week, including a link to the Newspaper Clipping Generator and this story about an executive director who can chop a stack of bricks with his bare hands. Couldn't resist putting them together. Now, onto more serious topics.
They are having a digital photography contest on Flickr. They are looking for beautiful nature photography representing the diversity of life on Earth. Your own, original images of our lands, waters, plants, animals and people in nature are all eligible for the competition.
From my office in the Boston, I teleported myself into the Virtual World of Second Life and headed straight for the New Media Consortium virtual campus where I joined about 50 other avatars representing educators from all over the world (even Austrailia where it was 3:00 a.m. local time). I also had a web browser window open so I could watch the videocast of event. While the speakers were talking, the avatars in Second Life were carrying on a lively debate in chat about the points raised, suggesting questions to be asked in the room in New York City, and passing along urls/resources related to the discussion at hand.