For a business idea that was just discovered on a "serendipity walk," (see this article) there is no doubt that Centromigrante has made a giant leap by winning the grand prize from the prestigious MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition last week in Cambridge, Massachussettes. This is the first time a Filipino team has taken on this 100K race, a competition that might as well be compared to a marathon for its magnitude and prestige. An advantage arose for the Pinoy team when MIT decided to shift course this year and open 100K to a development track.
Lots of great Net Tuesdays Meetups coming up in July! If you would like to start your own Net Tuesday in your hometown, email us at net2 AT techsoup.org. LOS ANGELES Tuesday, July 11th
Time and location are still TBD, but they'll be having a cocktail/dinner event. Some folks who went to the Net2 Conference will be reporting back on their experience and the group will brainstorm about an LA-based project that they can jumpstart. You can contact the Group Organizer, Catherine Geanuracos, thru the Meetup site for more information.
NEW as of 7/7: Nico from Adobe will be joining the group to talk about how their software is supporting nonprofits and social change organizations, and brining some things to give away, so don't miss out.
Any number of nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations in the U.S. serve as fiscal sponsors (sometimes known as "fiscal agents") to unincorporatedmission-based projects or associations. For example, a 501(c)3 dedicated to saving the whales, might offer to serve as the fiscal sponsor of a project designed to save the sea otters, because their missions are congruent, and it's less trouble than setting up a separate entity. But they're really in the business of saving the whales, not providing services to other nonprofit organizations.
These days, I spend a lot of time researching applications that will meet TSNE's fiscal sponsorship accounting needs. This is not a task for the faint of heart, because the specifications are numerous, the solutions are shockingly expensive, and the potential for spending a lot of time, energy, and money without actually improving capacity is very high.
Here are some of the applications that I have been checking out:
I just got a press release this morning (I feel so alternative media), announcing that Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres has started podcasting (yay!). The podcast, Frontline Reports will feature emergency updates from Doctors without Borders projects all over the world.
I just listened to the first podcast. It was a little over 10 minutes long and talked about medical needs in Sudan, the ongoing challenges in Colombia and how people with HIV/AIDS in the developing world are being denied access to new "second-line" AIDS medicine. (My advice to the podcast's producers is to put in some success stories too, or listeners will suffer compassion fatigue after a while and stop listening).
The quote provided in the release by Executive Director, Nicolas de Torrenté, encapsulates, I think, why podcasting and blogs are such important tools in a nonprofit or NGO's communication plan:
Would you like to participate in the NPTech attention stream but feel like it's too overwhelming? Is the whole idea new to you? Before describing the drastic measures I took to lighten a reader's load, here's the basics on what it's all about...
NPTech is a tag used by people to designate an item they find online as being of interest to the community of nonprofit technologists. People use nptech as one of any number of tags to describe an item online and that item is entered into the nptech attention stream, subscribable by RSS or email. Since it's in RSS format, you can do all kinds of things with it - see for example the feed of the tag net2 syndicated automatically in the sidebar of this site. ("Net2 elsewhere" is what it's titled.)
At ForaTv, more video now available online: Ethan Zuckerman’s segment from the NetSquared Conference Session: A Voice in the Wilderness to the Wisdom of Crowds: Citizen Journalism, Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change (coverage provided by Link TV). Last week we posted Dan Gillmor’s segment, also from this session. If you go to ForaTv and type in “netsquared” next to the Search function in the top menu bar, you’ll find this session and the others listed here in the archive:
Last month Nancy White wrote a post about a very cool blog fundraising blog, the Nata Village blog, that I want to share with you. The blog documents not only the lives of the people in Nata, but is a tool to raise funds for a support group for residents living with AIDS, an AIDS prevention program where youth use the arts to educate others about AIDS, and the Nata clinic.
Readers can donate directly to the village through the blog's PayPal account.
Nata is a village of 5000 people in Botswana. According to the blog, 50% of the pregnant women in the village are HIV positive and 400 children have been orphaned by AIDS. Botswana has the second highest HIV infection rate in Africa.
While recommending a new study on blogging from the University of Massachusetts, my most recent post at studio 501c also discusses some of the limitations of the research, and cautions nonprofit bloggers to beware of absolute "truths."