Recent Blog Posts


Building online community: Behind the scenes at NetSquared

As part of the NetSquared remote conference, I'm going to be hosting an online chat conversation on "Building online community: Behind the scenes at NetSquared". Since Social Signal helped to develop the strategy for the NetSquared site, and undertook the Drupal set-up and configuration work on both NetSquared and Net2Learn, we periodically get questions from people who want to know why we set up a certain feature in a particular way, or how we were able to get a page to work a certain way in Drupal. This session is a chance to answer some of those questions in a more structured setting. READ MORE


Net2 Frappr Map for Conference Go-ers & Net2 Supporters Alike

A while ago I set up a Net2 Builders Frappr map for our Net2Builders group to network with each other. 

I've added a green "Net2 Conference" marker (rather than a gender-based marker) for Net2 Conference attendees to select when they join the map.  That way you can see where other conference attendees are traveling from.

If you are already on the Net2Builders Frappr map, but are coming to the conference, you can edit your marker and make it green. READ MORE


Net Conference Ride Share/Room Share

Hey Net2 Conference goers!

I'm sure some of you are asking yourself, I wonder if I could catch a ride to/from the Net2 Conference with someone, or I'd love to split the cost of a hotel room.  So . . . in the interest of time, we'd like to use the comments section of this blog post to help you to make connections.

Here are a couple suggestions to make the process go smoothly:

1. Please be sure you are registered and logged in when you post your comment, and that your user profile has an email address, so that people can email you directly.

2. If you want to respond to someone directly, just click on their name at the bottom of their comment where is says, "submitted by their name."  It will take you to their user profile.  Click on the tab that says, "contact" to email them.

You can also join our Frappr map to find fellow attendees near you. READ MORE


Howard Rheingold


Video Profile: Tana Johnson

Tana Johnson is the Producer and Instructional Designer for the Interactive Educational Technologies division of the SFMOMA. Among many things, Tana organizes the SFMOMA Artcasts, the museum's podcast series. The Artcast offers insight and commentary related to current exhibitions in the museum.

Video Profile: Tana Johnson

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


A bit about me...

For someone who blogs a bunch and spends all her time on various Drupal sites, I was strangely nervous about getting around to this post. :)

My name is Sarah Pullman, and I wear a few hats these days. I am the conference coordinator and website manager for Web of Change (we just launched the site today, so if it's not a beautiful red-themed site when you visit, check back tomorrow), a fabulous inspiring social change technology conference up in BC in September. I am also the Online Community Manager for the DeSmogBlog, a site that exists to "blow off the PR pollution that clouds climate science." We expose all the unethical PR out there that's trying to confuse the public into believing that there actually is still a scientific debate about climate change. When I'm not doing those two things, I teach a bit of yoga, and work on my growing Yoga for Geeks idea (site desperately in need of some themeing love).  READ MORE


Seeking activist geeks and visionary nonprofit leaders...

Ruby SinreichHi, I'm Ruby and I usually introduce myself as a progressive activist, local politico, professional organizer, and compulsive blogger. For a more verbose explanation, please refer to my bio and my blog, where you can learn more than anyone could want to know about me.

I live in Chapel Hill, NC but I work (virtually) in Washington, DC as the "Web Maven" with Marty Kearns' Netcentric Campaigns helping progressive nonprofits utilize to empower their supporters and constituents with network-centric strategies. READ MORE


Heddy Nam from Never Again

I'm honored to have been awarded a scholarship as a conference attendee and will be speaking on the panel: "Hey teacher, leave those kids alone!  The decentralization of expertise and the creation of community knowledge bases" on Tuesday afternoon.

I never in my life thought I would be attending a conference like this much less speaking on a panel!   Although I am open-minded and tend to learn quickly when it comes to any type of tool for social change, I am not a techie by any means.  Going in, I am bracing myself for many of the discussion topics to be completely over my head (I don't even know what the $100 laptop is referring to) but am eager to learn more so that I can bring back knowledge to enhance my work at Amnesty International USA and Never Again.  Being interested in transnational human rights advocacy, I think it's really important for me to understand online and techological tools because face-to-face or phone interaction across the globe is quite costly! READ MORE


The Virtual World Community is Alive and Well

I am getting ready for the Virtual World Community and philanthropy session I am co-hosting with Robin Harper of Linden Lab.  We both have been hard at work trying to get the whole of the virtual philanthropy explosion condensed into a great presentation.We are going to focus on answering a lot of questions.  Why should we invest in this community?  Why does virtual community matter?  Is it really possible to have philanthropic activity in a virtual community?  We  I am not going to spoil the answers for anyone ... you will have to come to the session to find out.

 I will however make a few general statements.  Virtual worlds are huge, population wise some are as large as major metropolitan areas of the USA.  The technology continues to be more immersive, and the advent of transferable currency has made it a viable venue for fundraising.  Considering these two factors alone virtual worlds are becoming a very viable place to hold philanthropy fundraisers as well as educational arenas for education. READ MORE