Recent Blog Posts


Rescued by Nonprofit Open Source Software Man!


We thought we'd get the early bus -- we were up anyway from jetlag.  Unfornately, the bus driver left us off at the wrong building.  It was almost a mile or so down the road.  We started walking and luckily David stopped and offered us a ride! READ MORE


Zac Mutrux Introduction

A freelance technology manager, I am a member of the Tech Underground, a workers' collective serving nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly a consultant with CompuMentor's TechCommons, I host the wireless forum on the Community Discussions. 





Let them eat cake!


Daniel Ben-Horin welcomed us to the reception last night.  He warned us not to eat the cake as being nonprofit they were only rented!  No, seriously - eat the cake.  There was a chocolate, chocolate cake with the net2 logo.  I ate the first bite of the first piece of this one .. yum.

But the cake that created the most buzz in this reception was the HP cake - see the logo in strawberries.  It was fantastic! READ MORE


Dinner Before the Opening Reception at Netsquared

AgentHandy Erin Denny organized a pre-conference dinner to talk about how nonprofits can use social networking tools.   We had a great conversation about that with Ed, Bob, Dmitri, and Lucy.  Bob took notes with his portable keyboard and PDA -- hopefully he will blog the notes.

We attempted to exchange business cards with beaming, but unfortunately our devices would not talk to one another!

One cool thing I learned about that which does transcription of your recorded audio and returns it to you in an RSS feed so you can post it. (Ed told me about it.)   He explained the work flow: READ MORE


Hip to be 'Squared'

BG.headshotHi I'm Bennett Grassano, CompuMentor's Director of Insitutional Development.  I've been on the inside of Netsquared from time to time, but I've somehow managed to avoid it's blogospheric vortex until now. Since my title often confuses people much smarter than me, I should tell you that, although I've punched the clock as a Web Developer in the past, most of the "Development" I do these days is program and fundraising development for CompuMentor and TechSoup. The "Institutions" I work with are primarily foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. At a certain point I realized that I'm much more fluent in the English language than I'll ever be in PHP or Ruby--hence the slight change in title over the years. READ MORE


WineCamp quick report

There's more to come, but here's a quick look at what happened this weekend prior to NetSquared.  My blog entry also links to aggregated tags where you should be able to find other report backs.  And of course, always feel free to corner anyone who looks tanned, a little fried and really happy (as opposed to the ones who are fried, happy and but slighly more pale - those are the CompuMentor folks who've been working through the night to make NetSquared happen...)



Tim Bishop Intro -- How to use online tools to facilitate offline action?

Hi. My name is Tim Bishop. I've worked in emerging technology since early PC days, and I have long been interested in harnessing computer and communications technology's power to reduce barriers to dissemination of information and to facilitate advocacy and organizing.

I got re-involved in politics and organizing after the debacle of the 2000 election, and I started writing my first blog in 2001. In 2003 I started a non-profit blog/web site, SARS Watch Org, and recruited citizen journalists in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Canada to document the spread of SARS, and its effects on ordinary citizens. In 2004, I worked on Advokit, an open-source grassroots web-based voter contact management system, and supported a variety of groups using it to get out the vote in the 2004 elections.

After the elections I started working at a leading provider of online constituent relationship management services to non-profits and advocacy organizations. By day, I try to find ways to partner with other service and software providers to deliver better services to our non-profit and advocacy clients, and at night and weekends I contribute to open source software projects, prepare to teach a class on blogging, and try to find time to blog. More about me at READ MORE


Video Profile: Jeff Perlstein

Jeff Perlstein is Director of Media Alliance, a nonprofit media reform and social justice advocacy organization. Jeff discusses his organization's use of Internet technologies to further their mission. Video Profile: Jeff Perlstein

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


Open source screenreader

I have made it to sunny California the night before the conference - very exciting!  Two things are on my mind.  The first is to find my dear friend Jayne Cravens who I don't get to see much of since she moved to Germany...but she will be here at the conference - yay! 

 And the other very exciting thing is that I have had some great exchanges with people in anticipation of the sessions - and specifically the idea of getting some input and brainstorming around the issue of disability access to these new technologies. READ MORE


Web 2.0 and Africa

Connectivity and ICTs in developing countries are contextualised by the “digital divide”. More than ten years ago, at a G-7 conference on the information society in February 1995 in Brussels, then deputy president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, pointed out that there were more telephone lines in Manhattan than in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. "Half of humanity has never made a telephone call," he said.

Although mobile communication and other applications are changing the telecommunications environment in Africa, given the topic of this session, the “digital divide” can be summarised as follows: READ MORE