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!
Thanks to Cisco, we have recordings of all of the sessions at the Net2 Conference. Unfortunately, the mp3 files are still too large for our podcast channel, so we're looking for a volunteer who is willing to spend some time editing the recordings into smaller files and uploading them on Odeo. If you're interested, please email net2 AT techsoup.org with the title "I want to help".
Also, last night at the SF Net Tuesday, Bosco So of Clever Machine recommended to me that we host the files on our own site, and then use The Coral Content Distribution Network, so that our site won't get bogged down. Has anyone had positive experiences or challenges with Coral that they can share?
The very fun environmental blog, Treehugger , is looking for environemental nonprofits and groups to support:
TreeHugger wants to get more involved with activism. We want to help organizations that are working on the ground and with policymakers to change things, and we eventually want to have our own homegrown activism projects (starting with very specific and attainable goals, and progressively moving on to bigger things). But right now, what we need is your suggestions: Which organization should we support next (see this survey of Environmental orgs for examples, but don't limit yourself to those)? We're going with merit and effectiveness, so it doesn't need to be the biggest one. In fact, it might be more interesting to support a small, lesser-known organization that is doing something really cool and needs the help. Once we have enough suggestions, we will do a vote to decide.
Last night at the SF Net Tuesday, Mike Linksvayer, the CTO of Creative Commons, gave a short presentation on Cultural Environmentalsm and the role Creative Commons plays as a cultural environmentalist organization. I've always thought Creative Commons was cool, but never really go the big vision until last night.The way Mike described it, a movement to preserve Culture is the human equivalent of a movement to preserve the Environment. Creative Commons provides licenses to lower the legal barriers to effectively preserving our Cultural Environment.
The program looks fantastic and the mix of people is also diverse. And, while looking through the program I found noticed that Nelson Layag from Compasspoint is presenting on "Educating to Mobilize the Masses." The description is:
One thing that I really wanted to do at the NetSquared conference was to help more people learn about RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. I didn't get to do that then, so here's an introduction to one of the most useful ways you can implement this powerful technology.
It can be important to keep track of when our organizations or key stakeholders are discussed online, for both seizing opportunities and doing damage control. By using RSS, you can perform a search once and subscribe to receive all future search results automatically. Many people use Google email alerts for this function, but the advantages of using RSS include not losing results in your inbox, searching a wider variety of source types and perhaps letting this be your introduction to RSS feed reading in general.
Jesse Salias of the volunteer resource organization Hands On Network attended the Netsquared conference. He talks a bit about the goals of the organization and how the conference has been beneficial to those goals.