Recent Blog Posts


Elissa Perry, Learning Evangelist & Technology Wrangler, Leadership Learning Community

Hey Net2 peeps!  I'm very much looking forward to next week.  I'm an artist, activist, technologist, teacher, learner and thinker highly engaged in using technology from the perspective of solidarity not charity --  collaboration not competition -- to bring about a more sustainable and just world.  I work for the Leadership Learning Community and serve on the board of WritersCorps  I also read a lot, write a lot & tap dance a lot (really!). READ MORE


The New Philanthropists

My name is Sean Stannard-Stockton and I'm the Director of Tactical Philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management in Burlingame, CA.  My attendance at the conference stems from my belief that the current and projected new wave of philanthropy that is so widely discussed will be much different from prior waves.  Specifically I think that technological advancements are significantly reducing the operating costs of philanthropic vehicles which is spawning a new type of donor.  Unlike the Rockefellers, Carnegies and other early foundation founders who created individual entities which mirrored existing institutions, the structured philanthropic vehicles of the 21st century will create a tradition similar to the emerging Web 2.0 technologies.  Rather than concentrated pools of money which imitate existing institutional structures, the new philanthropists will be smaller, widely distributed agents of change who co-create the social sector that they support.


Taylor McKnight, Co-creator of Podbop

Taylor McKnight - Co-Creator, Podbop Hey everyone! I'm Taylor and I created a mashup with Daniel Westermann-Clark called Podbop (which mashes Eventful + our own database of mp3s from around the web). We were fortunate enough to have won "Best Mashup" at the first Mashup Camp this past March. It's been a crazy 3 months since then and I've been enjoying the whole ride. My goal is to give concert-goers a great chance to discover the great bands that are playing right around the corner from you. Read more! READ MORE


Hello from Shoreditch, London

Hello, my name is Anna. By day I work for an ISP in London called GreenNet - planning and dreaming up new web solutions for UK based small campaigning/activist orgs. By night I work for the Association of Progressive Communications, a global organisation which GreenNet helped to found in 1990. With the APC, I work on international projects to support the strategic use of ICTs by civil society orgs. This includes work around the adoption of free software, community wireless networking, ICT policy advocacy and a bunch of other things which are based on making technology more accessible for social change. READ MORE


Video Profile: Holly Ross

Holly Ross is the Director of Programs for the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). She discusses how NTEN and member organizations are using social web technologies to better their mission. 

Holly Ross

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


Hello * Intro

Hi!  I'm Jenn from Chicago Foundation for Women.  We're a convener, grantmaker for gender specific programming and advocate for safe, just and healthy communities.  See our website for more info on us... as for me:

My title is Information Systems Manager, but I've been called Database Princess, Tech Goddess, Blackbaud Badass, and frantically into people's offices for computer problems.  My school background is French and Women's Studies.  I've been active organizing around women's and lgbtq issues for over ten years.   READ MORE


Taking the leap into online social media: an interview with Gillo Cutrupi

Gillo Cutrupi is an Amsterdam based freelance technology consultant for nonprofit organizations. After working with Greenpeace International and setting up the group's first blog he has now set out to assist a broader range of organizations develop Internet and public engagement strategies.

He advocates a shift from the one-to-many relationship organisations have with the public, to a many-to-many, where supporters become integral part of campaigns. He blogs at and is currently working on bringing new communication technologies into the international discourse around climate change. READ MORE


Tagging in Art Museums: Proof of Concept Paper Published

The Art Museum Social Tagging Project is a group of art museums is looking at integrating folksonomies into the museum Web by developing a working prototype for tagging and term ollection, and outlining directions for future development and research that could benefit the entire museum community.   The project uses a tool named STEVE, an open-source tool for enabling social tagging of museum object images to create folksonomies.   I first heard about this project last November and thought I might check in on it as some background for the Tagging and Aggregation Panel. READ MORE


Erica Rios, Internet Project Manager, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

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I am a Chicana-feminist interested in the development of technology for social change.  I want to better understand the social, economic and political impact of technology has on the world's women, poor and people of color - and do something about it.

I have a B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Davis and transitioned into computing by earning a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from Mills College. My masters thesis is In Sisterhood: A Technology-Enhanced Community Organizing Model.  It is a unique blend of political science, women's studies, computer science and the practice of community organizing. The study reveals how a bottom-up online activist strategy can enhance traditional organizing methods through consciousness raising and motivating political change via grassroots data collection. READ MORE


Introductions: Greg "Smoking Goat" Beuthin

I'm a tech consultant over at CompuMentor, and I have many online lives, one of which is my "smokinggoat" persona.  The story is too long to recount here, but if you're around this next week - either at Online Community Camp (or the happy hour afterwards), WineCamp or NetSquared (I'm there Tuesday only) look me up and I'll give you the whole spiel.  (All links linked from my blog - I'm too lazy to repeat them here.  ;-))  READ MORE