Recent Blog Posts


My Answers to the Questions

I have been working on my answers to these questions since I signed up on Net2 a few months ago. I am always making changes to it, so I thought it would be best to post my answers on the blog first.

What's *really* new on the Web, as opposed to buzzwords and soundbites?:

There are more ways to collaborate and meet others online through tools like flickr, blogs, social bookmarking, and social networking.

Which tools best embody the new opportunities from your point of view and why?:

Blogs- Easy for nonprofits to share their news, updates, and other information. This is also a great way for nonprofits to find out who is interested in their issues though comments and seeing who links their blog entries. READ MORE


Net2Builders Call to Action: Give a Shout Out on the Four Questions

Each Wednesday I post a Call to Action on the Net2Builders group and to the Net2 blog so check it out and answer the call!
We want to know what you think about:

1. What's *really* new on the Web, as opposed to buzzwords and soundbites?

2. Which tools best embody the new opportunities from your point of
view and why?

3. Who's doing the best work with the new tools (technically or in
terms of social benefit or both)?

4. What's the bad news? What are the greatest barriers preventing
web-based technology from producing social change?

Post your answers on NetSquared's Four Questions:

and I'll post them on the Net2 blog (or you can) so folks can comment on them. READ MORE


Video Profile: Abby Rosenheck

Abby Rosenheck of Urban Sprouts tells us how blogging has helped grow her urban gardening program in schools.


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


On the care and feeding of a techno-garden: an interview with Lifehacker's Gina Trapani

Gina TrapaniGina Trapani is the editor of Lifehacker, a blog about software downloads, web sites and shortcuts that save time.  ("Don't live to geek; geek to live.")  A part of the Gawker Media blog network, Lifehacker is today the 14th most popular blog online according to Technorati's count of inbound links.

When I met Gina she told me that she used to work in the nonprofit sector and I was curious about her thoughts on the differences between that experience and where she is today.  We discussed the subject in the following interview, as well as Gina's thoughts about how nonprofit bloggers can build their readership. READ MORE


Reminder: NetSquared Conference Volunteer Applications Due Tomorrow

If you'd like to trade 3 hours of your blogging, session monitoring, chat hosting or photography skills for a 50% fee reduction to the Net2 Conference, please take a moment today, or tomorrow, to fill out a Volunteer Exchange Application and send it to me at bbravo AT




Marnie Webb Interviewed on The Harry O Show

You can hear an interview by Harry Osibin (pictured left) with CompuMentor's Vice President of Knowledge Services, Marnie Webb on the Harry O Show at harryo.orgREAD MORE


Mom Knows Best: Network Neutrality

When your mother leaves you a message, in the same tone that she leaves you a message to remember to buy sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, that you might want to keep your eye on legislation challenging network neutrality and to go to and, you know it's serious.

So for those of you whose mother did not call you this morning, here's the scoop.  As Alexandra Samuels wrote  today: READ MORE


New Net2Podcasts

We put a bunch of new NetSquared podcasts up over the weekend.  Show number 10 of This Week in NetSquared News is up with interviews by Eddie Codel of Chris Heuer of BrainJams and Raines Cohen of the Cohousing Association of the United States.  Also up are David Collin's interview with Adam Frey of Wikispaces, and recordings of Adam's presentation and Zack Rosen of CivicSpace's  presentation at Net Tuesday. READ MORE


Net2Learn Theme of the Week: RSS for Nonprofits

Check out the new Theme of the Week over on Net2Learn: RSS for Nonprofits. This resource center provides a crash course in RSS for nonprofits, including an explanation of RSS technology and tools as well as great tips for using RSS aggregation to help your nonprofit. If you've been thinking about using RSS in your nonprofit, the RSS for Nonprofits resource center can walk you through the process. If you're already using RSS, the case studies and links can offer you further inspiration.

And whether you're an RSS newbie or an experienced RSS user, we hope you'll share the insights and resources that have helped you along the way. Join the RSS for nonprofits resource center and you'll be able to add your ideas to our feature on Getting started with RSS; or add your favorite resources to our collection of weblinks. And even if you haven't joined the resource center team, you'll be able to add your comments to our forum discussion on How can I use RSS in my nonprofit?. READ MORE