Assistant Director of Aspiration Tech, Heather Carpenter, recently launched a blog about Nonprofit Management and Operations. Check it out for tips about bulk mailing, insurance, accounting, banking, office space rental, nonprofit legal issues and of course, technology.
Michael Silberman was was the National Meetup Director for Howard Deanâ€™s presidential campaign and is now the senior strategist at consultancy EchoDitto. EchoDitto provides interactive online community consulting services to a wide variety of high profile nonprofit and business clients. Their client list includes Air America Radio, the U.N. World Food Programme, the SEIU and many more. In addition to helping other organizations use new tools, EchoDitto themselves blog, use RSS feeds and share their social bookmarking archives on the front page of their company web site.
We had a good conversation at our last dinner (at Guelaguetza - best mole ever) and an interesting presentation from folks at Adobe about Breeze (a former Macromedia product) that allows for webconferencing/ remote training/ meeting online. Thanks much to the Adobe staff who joined us and brought presents.
The group seemed to be gravitating towards two main goals - 1. providing/ creating referrals for nonprofits to technology training opportunities - provided by group members/ corporate partners/ other nonprofit service agencies. 2. creating a case study project with a women's group to demonstrate how improved technical capacity can support and enhance a social change/ nonprofit group's mission.
One other thing - since I'm working on an election-related project, I won't be able to keep coordinating the LA events - let me know if you have ideas for great partners-in-crime in the Los Angeles area who should be more involved in LA NetSquared.
Disabled computer users often regard their browsers as a lifeline to the world. But during last year's natural disasters, it became very clear that the lifeline was tenuous - perhaps broken entirely - as so many relief sites were not accessible to those who need them most. To help people with disabilities find what they need more easily, Google Labs released a new product yesterday. Called Accessible Search, it optimizes pages based on some key accessibility features, including alt text, keyboard navigation, simple language and so forth. The idea is to save blind users the wasted time and frustration of trying to get information from inaccessible sites. To see how your standard search stacks up against the accessible searc, try out this comparison tool
I'm considering attending the Craigslist Foundation's Nonprofit Boot Camp in Berkeley this August, to bring back some skills to St. James Infirmary. We offer free, confidential, nonjudgmental medical and social services for female, transgendered, and male sex workers. We are also the first occupational safety and health clinic for sex workers anywhere run by and for sex workers. Sex workers and craigslist, seems like an obvious fit, and one Mr. Newmark himself is often asked about in the press. The good things I've heard about the Foundation also make me curious to check it out.
I am thinking about moving the NetSquared podcast from Odeo to Libsyn (Liberated Syndication). Do you have a positive or negative experience to share about their services that would help me decide whether or not to use them? Thanks!
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Second Life will take place this weekend and I will be watching it closely to see what the results?
I'm sure that Randall Moss will write a blog post after the event answering some questions such as "How money raised (in real US dollars)? What was the investment in terms of resources to pull it off? How many people volunteered? How much awareness was raised for the cause?" And, of course, share some lessons learned on running charity events in Second Life. Here's a promotional video created by one the SL volunteers and describes the event.