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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."

"Web 2.0 blowback"

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My good pal and co-author, Doc Searls, has called me out. There's no other way to put it. "Your move, dude," he writes. I encourage you to -- and to follow the links to what he calls "the best blowback against Web 2.0 boosterism." He points to an article by Nicholas Carr titled . Personally, I didn't think it was a moral issue, but i guess I need to chew on this a bit. You think about it. I'll think about it. And we can meet up back here to compare notes.

Here's one from the email bag...

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The following message came to us via email:

I don't mean to be a wet blanket, but I've read that website essay a couple of times now and I still don't know what Net2 "is". I hear that it is ...

the beginnings of a very large project to encourage and support collaboration among and between nonprofit organizations and non-governmental agencies that are doing crucial work that otherwise wouldn't get done

... but then I get no vision at all what that means, actually and physically in the real world. You say this interesting thing about "community plumbing" way way below that sentence, and that's intriguing so I click to the site and get a bunch of technical gobbledegook, and it doesn't say "community plumbing" anywhere. And I have no idea what "grab a hammer and dive in" means in this context.

nonprofit named to top IT innovators list

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Now, here's a surprise...

The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, which covers the 13 western-most US states and Micronesia, was recently named to the prestigious InformationWeek 500, InformationWeek magazine's 17th annual ranking of the most innovative Information Technology (IT) organizations in the nation. []

Background on the InformationWeek 500 -- as well as the complerte list for 2005 -- is . It appears that the magazine has covered the Salvation Army fairly often in the past ().

My rabbit-ears beats your wiki?

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I was looking forward to the session yesterday afternoon titled: Blogs, Wikis and Indies: Citizen Media and the Fate of Democracy. Finally, a place where we could dive deep into the churning waters where social justice meets web2.x!

 So, why was it the discussion kept circling back to television? While we certainly  touched on web2.x topics, the conversation largely revolved around the longer running skirmishes over non-web communication modes. Lots of talk about the FCC, media consolidation, television, print journalism, etc. There was relatively little discussion of the impact the blogosphere has had, or the potential that lies ahead. 

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