"On a personal note, I'm a comedian who makes fun of what I believe to be the absurdities of our government. Tomorrow when you go to the polls, make my life difficult. Make the next four years really hard, so that every morning all we can do is come in and go, 'Madonna is doing some Kaballah thing, you wanna do that?' I'd like that. I'm tired." [Jon Stewart speaking to his audience the night before the 2004 U.S. Presidential election] via Wikiquotes.
Hi, I'm testing out this new blog I created... My name is Joitske Hulsebosch and I work for IICD, the International Institute for Communication and Development in the Netherlands. With a group of development organisations in the Netherlands, we have a new group blog going over at http://icollaborate.blogspot.com/; in the blog we want to collect stories about how new tools are used and introduced within development organisations.
Fishing through this week's NpTech Tag Stream 150 plus items and I caught some broad themes in my net, including change, social change and social networking changing nonprofits. There's also a few links about online advocacy, salmon, green computers, and open-source tools as well as a fabulous set of flickr photos documenting a nonprofit technology project.
Interested in e-collaboration? Joitske Hulsebosch, author of the blog, Communities of Practice for Development, wrote Beth Kanter and I to tell us about a new blog she is a part of called I collaborate, e-collaborate, we collaborate. Joitske is co-facilitating an e-collaboration group of Dutch NGOs that decided to launch a blog last month to complement their online space and f2f meetings. The purpose of the blog is to share personal stories about working over the Internet.
My colleague, David Wilcox, let me know about a new event/community blog for a London meeting about social networking and nonprofits taking place tommorrow (October 5th) The goal is to demonstrate some of the social networking tools available through a Drupal-based multi-user blogging system. (Here's a few other examples - here and here)
He has invited us to share some thoughts about nonprofits and social networking tools.
Darren Rowse celebrated ProBlogger's second birthday by raising $1100 (AU), or about $830 US, to buy 110 pairs of chickens for impoverished families via Oxfam Australia. He put a percentage of his weekly blogging income into buying chickens and invited his readers to contribute as well. Readers could give in one of two ways: donate to Oxfam Australia directly, and send Darren an e-card during the purchasing process to let him know how many chickens they had purchased, or send him a donation via PayPal with a note saying that it was for the "chickens project."
Interested in learning how nonprofits, advocacy groups, or politicians can use websites like MySpace or YouTube? Bonnie of Development Seed brings up some good points about this topic in her article titled Should MySpace be your space?.
Hat tip to my grandma for this one. She sent me the article, "Blogging Teaches Write Stuff," from the Arizona Republic about a teacher from Cimarron Springs Elementary school who received a TeachersFirst Class Blogs Award from TeachersFirst.com for his use of blogs with young people.
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.