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NetSquared Conference Skypecast

 On Wednesday, May 31st at 10:45 AM, Bob Robertson-Boyd will be hosting a Skypecast called, NetSquared tips on Skypecasting.

Tune in if you're interested in talking about the conference, social good via social networks and how Skypecasting can be used for business purposes.

What's a Skypecast?  It's a hosted call on Skype that up to 100 people can join.  Here's a list of upcoming Skypecasts and instructions for how  to join or host one. 

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Teaching an Old Boomer New Tricks

Hi. By way of introduction.. I'm a life-long Californian and have spent the last couple decades serving as founding executive director of a non-profit media organization -- Davis Community Television.  We taught people to use the tools of television to make programs about subjects they cared about to show on our local cable system.  I left that job just a few months ago for -- I think it's safe to say -- bigger and better things.  Cable television programming suddenly feels woefully inadequate as a vehicle for expression, advocacy, information sharing and effecting social change.  I've become convinced that while television is a powerful medium, it pales in comparison to the potential effectiveness of digital media making and internet distribution.  Our work to educate, inspire, mobilize and engage people can be far more effective through the use of new media tools.  The community media movement, whose workers are largely baby boomers, can learn a lot from the Millennial Generation -- youth who are revolutionizing the way we make and share media.  I'm here to learn how to use new digital media for positive social purposes. READ MORE


Just because it's a remote conference doesn't mean you don't get a badge

Meet me at Net2 Remote Conference

Planning on joining us for the remote conference? Let the world know (and give the conference some link love) by posting this badge on your blog or web site. Just copy and paste the following HTML code wherever you'd like it to appear:

<a href=""><img alt="Find me at the Net2 Remote Conference" title="Find me at the Net2 Remote Conference" src=""/></a> READ MORE


Remote conference: Micki Krimmel of is coming!

This is fantastic news: Micki Krimmel, Director of Internet Outreach for Participant Productions, is going to be holding a one-hour session as part of the NetSquared Remote Conferenced.

Participant is a leader in fusing online and real-world activism with its hard-hitting, commercially successful movies. Its ground-breaking site is a must-visit for anyone who wants to see how media and message can blend into mobilization. And with Participant's An Inconvenient Truth about to debut in theaters, this promises to be a timely, exciting session. READ MORE


Eric Leland, Director, TechCommons

It's great to be a part of this effort.  Like most of us, I am far too busy with my nose at the screen, keeping up with the latest and greatest of nonprofit technology. 

I started my my dream with wild ambitions to become elected "by the people" to do wonderously good things, and soon learned that working with the people is far more rewarding and productive.  I started in international politics and started honing my geopolitical chops in Washington DC, then found out about nonprofits and social advocacy - a world of people often utilizing very little to accomplish so much social good.  Wow.  I spent time working on technology issues for several human rights groups (including Amnesty, Human Rights First, Witness). READ MORE


Video Profile: Magnus Toren

Magnus Toren, Director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California, talks about his move to various social web technologies while operating from a remote coastal location. 

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


Erin Denny >>> Intro & Monday night Dinner Host - Subject: Online Activism


My name is Erin Denny and I currently work as a Project Manager for I've worked with non-profits for over 7 years, usually answering the question: "How do we use technology *wisely* to create sustainable change?"

Here are some of the organizations I've worked with: READ MORE


Jacob Smith, Director - Center for Native Ecosystems

Hi everyone -

 I'm one of those who is just starting to understand the kinds of opportunities that emerging internet and organizing technologies offer non-profits and progressive politics and am thrilled to get to spend a couple of days with other folks who are thinking about and doing so many cool things.  I run a great  little regional conservation group and am coming partly because I think the things we'll explore at the conference can help my group and our colleagues do a better job of saving critters and special places.  I'm intrigued, incidentally, by how few conservation groups are attending, and excited by how markedly diverse the attendee list is.  I'm also coming to the conference because I think tech-enabled social change work has a lot to offer progressive electoral politics as well.  I started dabbling in electoral politics last year and now serve as a city councilor in my community, and as an elected and a social change advocate I'm really interested in how these technologies carry over from the advocacy side of the fence to the political representation side.  Plus, with kudos to the conference organizers, this just feels like the sort of gathering where important things are going to happen. READ MORE


CMP Demands That Nonprofit Cease and Desist From Using "Web 2.0" in Conference Name

In case you didn't already see the news on Slashdot this morning, tech publisher CMP Media has sent a cease and desist letter to nonprofit networking group IT@Cork, claiming that the group is infringing on what CMP sees as its exclusive right to use the term "Web 2.0" in a conference name.

O’Reilly trademarks “Web 2.0″ and sets lawyers on IT@Cork! READ MORE


John Lorance, Associate Director - TechCommons, CompuMentor

What can I say... I'm super excited that we're at the point of the conference.. Seems like much of my life has been leading up to something like this.

Back in the good old modem days I used to write BBS software, spent loads of time building online communities on CompuServe, AOL, etc, for the likes of Macromedia in the 90s.. no, really, I'm pretty young still..

Now here at CompuMentor I get to leverage all these online community building skills assisting non-profits and community organizations in leveraging the latest evolution of online tools. 

I'm presently launching a new project with public libraries designed to expose, develop, and evangelize the best practices from around the country that are being employed to support public access computing.   We will be leveraging the experience of Net2 and our background supporting non-profit and CTC infrastructures.   I also co-host the TechSoup Open Source and Emerging Technologies forums (shameless plug). READ MORE