Net2Builders Call to Action: What Next Step Do You Want to See from Net2?

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Each Wednesday I post a Call to Action on the and to the Net2 blog so check it out and answer the call!

The NetSquared Conference last week marked the end of one phase in the life of the NetSquared project, and the beginning of a new one.

As we look ahead to the future of how to help nonprofits and NGOs use the social web for social change, we want to hear from you about:

1. What next steps you want to see come out of NetSquared.

2. Ideas, suggestions and requests for next steps you have for others.

Four Questions Submission from Net2Builder, Sidney

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One of NetSquared's , Sidney, sent in answers to our a few weeks ago.  Sorry it has taken me so long to post them Sidney!

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

What's new is near obsolesence. . . .

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

I'm currently investigating the use of blogs for community project management and knowledge management.

NetSquared Meetups in June

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Next Tuesday is United NetSquared Meetup Day. There will be Meetups in four cities on June 13th and one on June 20th.  Click on the city nearest to you for more details and to RSVP.

If you would like to start a NetSquared Meetup in your city, email Gina Cardazone at
gcardazone AT 

, Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 PM
Stag's Head Pub
2128 Portsmouth St.
Houston TX 77098

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 PM, location TBA, Tuesday June 13 at 6:00 PM location TBA, Tuesday June 13 at 7:00 PM location TBA  Tuesday June 30th at 7:00 PM

Science Club
1136 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Grassroots marketing NOT always used for "good"

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I'm back in Germany at long last, and recovered enough from the San Francisco Bay and air conditioning-induced allergies, and jet-lag, to be able to post online again... I really enjoyed the conference info about how various nonprofits created very positive online "buzz" about a particular issue, or how they countered an opposing political effort through grassroots online organizing, etc. BUT... I also kept thinking of how these efforts are NOT always used for "good", and I brought up how it's been through various efforts, including online activism, that the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has been so severely maligned, particularly regarding its work in China. I've found myself convincing family members back in Kentucky, and friends back in Texas, that, no, what they read in that church bulletin or heard on some local radio program or read on some online discussion group about UNFPA was, in fact, NOT true. How does an organization effectively counter malicious, seemingly-grassroots online efforts to discredit its excellent work? (I've written to UNFPA directly and encouraged them to respond as well, FYI)

My Project Sprint is, "Feel the Fear and Blog It Anyway", What's Yours?

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I was running around working during the NetSquared Conference, so I didn't have a chance to take part in many of the sessions, including the Project Sprint portion of the conference, when people self-organized into interest groups around a project.

One of the projects I would have liked to have organized would have been people who wanted to create a workshop, FAQ sheet or some kind of tool, to help nonprofits and NGOs overcome their fear of blogging.The three fears I hear the most from nonprofits that are considering blogging are:

1. Our audience will write nasty comments

2. Our staff will write nasty posts and air our dirty laundry

Teamwork and Place as Solutions to Info Overload: An interview with Neville Newey of the African news site Muti

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Neville Newey is the creator of two sites called and . Muti is a community moderated news site about Africa; it's a memedigger like or , but focused on Africa news. NewsMap is a site that displays the newest news stories about any geographic location you click on a world map. It's a mashup of Yahoo News and Google Maps with a focus on Africa as well.

In the following interview Neville and I talked about information overload and organization, mashups and Africa.

Web 2.0 Inspiration List

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Just read about how businesses are finally starting to adopt Web 2.0 tools into their work.  Nothing revolutionary in there for me, but I actually thought the format of the article was really interesting.  I'd like the nonprofit sector develop a set of categories like this (sort of) and a list of the technologies that can be applied.  An inspiration sheet for folks looking to use new tools to meet their mission.

Now is the time when the technologies available really reflect our values and goals, and it would be great to come up with a giant list of "what if we did that?" So, I think I'll try to spark something over in the .  Join me!

Joe Trippi on mobile phone campaign fundraising

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Joe Trippi, the pioneer of Internet political campaigning with Howard Dean's 2004 presidential bid, shares his views on the next frontier in campaign technology for mobilization and fundraising in a .  "I think text messaging is going to be more important than ever.  Look at the success of the pro-immigration campaign.


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