I'm an e-democracy consultant for UK-based company Delib.
We've been working with government organisations over here for a while now, helping them to use the internet to better perform their public duties and to increase public interaction with decision-making. We're now seeing an increasing need and opportunity for similar online engagement and personal interaction in the not-for-profit sector.
Part of my job is to work with not-for-profits, helping them to unlock their social capital, improve their communications and organisation with online tools. I'm interested to see what other people are doing in this regard, what the trends, expectations and benefits are, what's new to web 2.0 and what's new to people trying to use these tools to good effect in the not-for-profit sector. I don't like change for change's sake and think it's important that the emphasis always remains on usability, usefulness and benefit.
It's Net Tuesday time again y'all with NetSquared Meetups in San Francisco and Houston on Tuesday, October 10th, and in Washington DC on Tuesday, October 17th. Check out the details below, or go to the NetSquared Meetup group at netsquared.meetup.com for more details, to RVSP, or to start a Net Tuesday in your town. SAN FRANCISCO NET TUESDAY Come learn how your nonprofit or NGO can use digital storytelling or vlogging!
Tuesday, October 10th 6-8 PM The Hat Factory 801 Minnesota St at 20th St. #08 San Francisco, CA 94107 Map
I'm back from my 2-week trip to Peru which was awesome.
Before I left, I did an interview for my Big Vision Podcast with Jonah Sachs, the Principal of Free Range Studios, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Washington DC and Berkeley, California that specializes in non-profits and socially responsible businesses. They created the award-winning film, The Meatrix, about factory farming, and the hilarious film, Store Wars, about the importance of organic farming.
We just launched our first campaign, 60 Seconds of Light-- an attempt to create an internet-wide video memorial for 9/11 next year. Our hope is to get all vloggers and video content creators to take a break from their regularly scheduled content, and instead upload literally 60 seconds of light. A candle burning. A lighter lit. A glowstick glowing. Anything light filled that they feel honors the memory of those who were lost.
Although it is a year ahead, we are hoping to get popular vloggers to sign-up now and place a graphical link on their site to promote the cause...and hopefully make this the largest memorial ever to commemorate September 11th.
Idealware presented the first in its new Webinar series today on the subject of "Choosing a Blogging Tool." The Webinar was presented by Idealware executive director Laura Quinn and was based on their report on the same topic. The Webinar (and report) talks through the features, prices, pros and c
Pssst... want to see the future? Our friends over at Green Media Toolshed / Netcentric Campaigns are about to launch a powerful new service which harnesses distributed research from a loose network of volunteers. Volunteers are quickly checking and verifying changes in media lists. The lists are an important tool used by folks communicating environmental messages through the media.
According to an article in Editor and Publisher, Michael Rogers was appointed as the first-ever NY Times "Futurist-in-Residence." Given his extensive background in online and new media innovations, his role will likely be to expand the paper's push toward more Web and other interactive operations.
A quick trip through the 100 plus items captured in the NPTECH tag stream since the weekend reveals some excellent advice about nonprofits can use blogging, podcasting, wireless networking, tagging and RSS effectively. You'll find some new thinking as well as some old classics.
The nonprofit blog exchange hosted its fourth event. The event provides an opportunity for nonprofit bloggers to write a post about another nonprofit blogger participating in the event. And, speaking of discovering new nonprofit bloggers, the nonprofit blog exchange blogroll is a great place to discover new nonprofit bloggers such as 79 Grant Writing Resources You Can't Live Without.
George Hotelling Named First Annual Winner of the New $10,000 Pizzigati Prize
San Francisco, CA, September 25, 2006 — Tides Foundation today announced that the inaugural $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest will go to George Hotelling for his development work on CitizenSpeak — a free email advocacy service for grassroots organizations.