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La Solidaridad ´s comeback

Creating personal websites is always a disheartening affair. You think you´ve got a special idea on your head and that people would find it interesting, but nothing can lure them to join you in your quest to at least, through bits and maps, virtually change the world.

The idea of the universal binary code has been sold a lot of times, and unfortunately, you are merely just a page in the digital world.

And when I first pitched the idea to some friends to create a website with a social responsibility angle, it fell on deaf ears. Disappointed at the outcome, I totally abandoned writing.  READ MORE


La Solidaridad

We are looking for writers/bloggers with a social
conscience. We have put up a website/web blog
called La Solidaridad dedicated to cultural
diversity, social responsibility and global
understanding. We want to promote the forces of
good, therefore there is no compensation here
except good karma!

Guidelines for submission for La Solidaridad

about anything as long as it has a social
perspective and caters to a global audience. While
the original La Solidaridad catered to a Filipino
audience in mind, the second generation of La
Solidaridad assumes a more global attitude and
openness to other cultures. We believe that as
citizens of the world, we must claim our global
birth right and erase our backyard mentality.

2. BE POSITIVE – Why dwell on the negative if we
could turn things around? Criticisms never get
anywhere. It´s time to seek solutions and highlight
the forces of good. Also include why you think it
matters and what good it will do to humanity and
the generations to come.

3. SUPPORT FOUNDATIONS. One of the aims of
La Solidaridad is to foster social responsibility.
And the best way to achieve that is to support and
write about foundations and their unsung heroes.
They are our idols.

4. FOCUS ON PEOPLE. While you can write
about anything, we prefer to hear about great
human stories. By writing about other people, we
foment our social conscience and encourage

5. SHORT AND SWEET. In the digital age, nobody
reads long articles. We suggest you keep your
posts to not more than four paragraphs.

6. TELL US WHO YOU ARE. We also want to
know more about you. We want to have a dialogue
with people who think alike. We want to create a
partnership with people who believe that what we
do is important. READ MORE

NetSquared highlights the nonprofit software market discusses the lucrative nonprofit software market being pursued by Blackbaud, Convio, and Kintera in an article entitled "No Charity Cases." READ MORE


Flickr will be used to find missing kids

The Strategic Public Relations blog has a good post on how "Missing and Exploited Children Gain Awareness on Flickr" (via the links feed of PR blogger Kami Huyse of Communication Overtones). READ MORE


How to Liveblog Well from a Conference

Today I've been pulling together some guidelines for our corps of conference livebloggers.  I found a few different styles of liveblogging from events:

SXSW Liveblog: Craig Newmark Keynote by Valleywag

BlogHerCon Liveblogging: Blogging for Business by Jeff Clavier

Revenge of the Female Nerds: Myth Busting by Beth Kanter


Amidst the Mashup Mix: an interview with Taylor McKnight of Podbop

Taylor McKnight is the co-founder of Podbop, a mash-up of the online events calendar, publicly shared MP3 files from musicians and the mapping program DIY Map.  Podbop asks you what city you live it then shows you what bands will be in that city soon and delivers a song recorded by each scheduled band that has put music online. In addition to visiting the site and searching for any city in the world, you can also subscribe by RSS to receive schedules and sample songs from any bands coming to your town that are listed on

Mashups, or the combination of data and functionality from more than one site on the web, are a hot new class of tools best known for the ways that people are mapping different sorts of data online. (See, for example, the map we've created to display the geographic locations of the Net Squared in Action case studies, using Community Walk - a Google Maps mashup.)

There is far more to mashups than just maps, and the phenomenon is expected to become far more widespread in both the consumer and enterprise spaces in the future. In the following interview, Taylor and I talked about the creation of Podbop, the issues that developers face in the emerging mashup scene and the future of hybrid web services like Podbop.



Video Profile: Venus Rodriguez

Venus Rodriguez is the Youth Organizer for the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, California. She talks about what is effective in the world of online youth organizing. 

Video Profile: Venus Rodriguez

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


About time for a new About page

Thanks to all of you, the focus of Net2 gets clearer and clearer in response to the community's interests and needs. And at the same time, we've grown by leaps and bounds (as many of you know from taking part in the community, uploading case studies, checking out the resource centers and listening to the podcast).

So we've responded with a brand new, totally overhauled About page. It's an at-a-glance overview of our entire community, and a great activity hub for beginners. Seasoned hands will want to give it a look, too; you may well find a cool little corner of our Net2 world that you've overlooked until now.

Check it out here. READ MORE


Politicizing your handset: an interview with Katrin Verclas of MobileActive

Katrin Verclas coordinates the secretariat of MobileActive, a global network of activists and campaigners using mobile phones for civic action and engagement. MobileActive is a project of the Green Media Toolshed.

Mobiles have been used around the world to ensure impartial elections through monitoring, mobilize massive collective action to free political prisoners, and advance public health strategies. READ MORE


Photos and stories from DC NetSquared meetup

Still enjoying the buzz from another great meetup last night here in our nation's capitol. Not only did we have a much, much improved location, but we also had an impressive turnout and two great speakers -- Jeff Regen from Defenders of Wildlife and Rosalyn Lemieux from 

Check out the roundup that Usha posted here, and then flip through our latest photos (don't worry, we were much happier than some of the photos might suggest)... Any others i'm missing? READ MORE