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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


Sharing Native Voices

Hi all, I work with the Center for Native American Public Radio, AKA CNAPR ("snapper") and the National Federation of Communty Broadcasters (NFCB). CNAPR represents the 33 native radio stations, satellite distribution system and independent radio producers. NFCB represents over 200 community radio stations.

CNAPR is all about presenting the authenitc native voices, cultures and world views via land based broadcast systems and all technologies. One of our biggest challenges is reaching the Native Americans who live in urban areas. There are over 500 nations and only 33 have radio stations and not all will be able to have a station. So that leaves more than 60% of our popultion without access to the native voice. In addtion, many of our rural communites lack phone service and broadband is not an option for them at this point in time. So I'm loking forward to talking with other communites who are using technology to bridge the divide so all that cultures and communites can share thier values, viewpoints and lessons with each other. See you soon, Peggy  READ MORE


Why should already wired communities care?

Jim, Given your focus on international access in communities where there is no current service, why should US communities that are ALREADY CONNECTED BY COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS care about building their own public wireless broadband services? READ MORE


Conference schedule as Google Calendar

Following the example of Michael Heilemann for Reboot8, I created a public Google calendar based on the schedule of the website. Available as XML and as iCAL.

Some more work is needed: the parallel online conference, descriptions, keeping it up to date. Let me know if you want to contribute, and I'll add you as manager for the calendar! READ MORE


Tobias Eigen Intro: He who learns, teaches (and she who teaches, learns)

I recently got into African proverbs - now every day when I ssh into the Kabissa server, I get served up a randomly selected African proverb through fortune. The one above is an Ashanti proverb from Ghana but has a message that is probably very familar just about everywhere in the world (ok, the bit in parentheses was added by me). I like the following one too, because it makes me laugh:

"As the dog said, 'If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is playing.' READ MORE


Tagging to Organize Content

I have been thinking alot lately about how tagging and social bookmarking can be used in the nonprofit sector. The one thing that I thought of right away was using tags to organize content better. That means use tags that will help you find content better.

How can you use tags?

  • Create a tag that will be used for news and press releases for your organization. Give the URL and/or RSS feed to people outside of your organization to keep up with the news.
  • Create tags related to your mission to find links and photos easier
  • Create tags for events
  • Are you a large organization? Keep track of your members or chapter websites, blogs, other related items using a tag.
  • Need to collaborate with other staff members for a project, research, or event? Create a tag for to help collaborate better.
  • Do you work at a museum or are you creating a scrapbook? Be sure to tag photos to find these items easier.

These are just a few ways you can use tags. What other ways can you think of? READ MORE


Political candidate uses RSS to IM alerts

I wrote last week about PA senatorial candidate Chuck Pennaccio innovative use of YouTube viral video to take on the Bush administration. Now another fascinating example of a political campaign using Web 2.0 technologies has come online.



Howdy from Atlassian

Hi all,

Looking forward to participating in the event. I'm in the San Francisco office of Atlassian Software Systems, a small Australian company that builds an enterprise wiki called Confluence. Our application is free for non-profits and we've given out hundreds of non-profit licenses to many different types of organisations. Mostly, these folks are using our wiki for internal collaboration and knowledge management. Hoping to share some ideas and learn loads from everyone at the conference. - Jon READ MORE


Media that Mobilizes: An Inconvenient Truth, ClimateCrisis and more tales from

Incovenient Truth PosterOn Tuesday, May 30th at 4pm PDT Micki Krimmel, the Director of Internet Outreach for Participant Productions, will be speaking about, "Media that Mobilizes: An Inconvenient Truth, ClimateCrisis and More Tales from" as part of NetSquared's remote conference.

Even though I'll be working at the face to face Net2 Conference, I'm going to try to sneak off to the Net2 Remote Conference Chat Room to participate in this chat.

Participant Productions is the company behind socially conscious films like Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Fast Food Nation, Murderball and North Country. Not only do they produce movies with meaning, they also host a complementary web site, that give users tons of ways to get involved and create positive change around the issues they care about.  You can learn more about and see an interview with Micki Krimmel on the Net2 vlog READ MORE


The Importance of Web 1.0 within the Web 2.0 Context

While all of us attendees explore the possible applications of Web 2.0 technology I believe it is important that we remember the profound applications of older (Web 1.0) technology that literally is creating a new class of philanthropists, some of whom might even be interested in funding new Web 2.0 social ventures.

New applications of old technology are still extremely valuable in generating massive cultural change. An analogy: Hip Hop DJs still love vinyl because it complements and extends the creative possibilities of the newest digital technologies. Similarly, Web 1.0 enables the new philanthropists to create whole new pools of money -- and social self-expression -- that can fund the next wave of initiatives and their supporting technologies. READ MORE