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NTC Boston 2005 - Live Blogging and Vlogging

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To build on Deborah's post about the , here's my contribution to the coverage.  Since integrating video is a new skill, I experimented with a couple of different formats and kept process notes.

Format 1:  Brief Vlog Interview

I went into conference with a vague idea of doing a brief interview based on a snippet of information (gossip isn't quite the right word) that you would hear at a conference while you were chit chatting in the halls.  

Advocating for new technology in nonprofit organizations

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As the approached, I did on

I'd like to report that it went pretty well, mostly because some top-notch colleagues agreed to help, and a fellow member of the agreed to present a .

The moral of this story probably turns out to be "when in doubt, pass the buck!" 

deployed her considerable expertise as a and expert on , and contributed the fruits of many years of experience as successful nonprofit technology advocates, and gave us a very frank and fascinating account of her adventures as an in-house advocate for within a department where making the case was mysteriously difficult.

Advocating for technology in the nonprofit sector is not an exact science:  it's not the sort of topic that lends itself well to a straightforward by an expert.  Everyone is working with a different set of obstacles, unknowns, allies, resources, and strategies.

As session designers, we decided that the best approach would be to encourage brainstorming and mutual education. I hope that we succeeded to some degree, and that those who participated in the session will not only continue the discussion via the , but also post comments to my blog about other possibilities for enhancing the learning experience.  

some disaster news and relief links

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Impressions of the Web 2.1 Brainjam

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In preparation and in the spirit of the Web 2.0 online event on TechSoup we plan to have all next week, I attended an interesting confernece a couple weeks ago.  This conference was in direct response  to the Web 2.0 conference.  The Web 2.0 cost $2800 to attend, and the Web 2.1 conference cost $2.80, or 1/1000th of the cost.  For follow up to the observations below, please attend the 

Here are my notes from the , a conversation about Web 2.0 for the real people, not just the developers. The conference's motto: The Point is the people.

Could Google Earth revolutionize (GIS)

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REPOSTED

From: David Geilhufe
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 8:05 AM
To: ctcmembers
Subject: Re: [ctcnet] Could Google Earth revolutionize CTC work?

Another factor for CTC's in leveraging GIS for their work is the
release of CiviCRM. CiviCRM is open source, nonprofit-centric
constituent relationship management (CRM) software.  Think of it as
an open source version of Kintera/Convio.

CiviCRM has a nice little google maps integration that could allow a
CTC to easily collect and store their own data and "automagically"

worth bookmarking

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One of the prime rules of searching the web is not to overlook "the obvious." The following may fall into that category for some, but it seems a worthwhile place to poke around for resources, ideas and potential allies. Click the graphic to get poking...

You can submit your own organization to the Google Directory and following the instructions.

serendipity strikes again

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I just ran across this book while aimlessly link-hopping on Amazon -- an especially favored pastime whenever I've got the Asian bird flu, which is what it seems like over here. I know it can't really be that, but you tell me: what does it mean if you've got a headache and a runny nose -- and you're clucking and laying eggs?

Yes, well, nevermind. The coincidence is that earlier this week I blogged about a) The Salvation Army landing that slot on the InformationWeek 500, and b) a very influential book about nonprofits by king of the management gurus, Peter Drucker -- and just now I find this other book about The Salvation Army taken from something Drucker evidently said about the organization. As this was published in 2001, it's probably old hat to many of you, but I hadn't ever seen it. Maybe there will be a few readers here as clueless as I am. Though I doubt it.

Open Source comes to education in a big way

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I just saw that Sun is spinning off (is that a solar flare?) its open source education project designed to open up educational resources for primary and secondary schools to the masses.  A quote from a recent eWeek article, titled, on the subject says:

"The goal of GELC is to amass a collection of free online textbooks, assessment tools and teaching resources—including proven best practices for teachers. Nelson said GELC's focus will initially be on math and science education content for primary and secondary teachers. The community will use a model based on the Java Community Process to govern what content is added to the collection."

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