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"
Internet time -- which long ago became a cliche in itself -- appears to work particularly fast on net jargon. Case in point: "Web 2.0," which may be the shortest lived buzzword of the century-to-date. For a post that gives some sense of this from the investmet standpoint -- and which uses the delicious word bloviating to boot! -- click here.
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 by clicking here and following the instructions.
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.
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, Sun Spins Off Education Project as a Nonprofit, 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."
My good pal and Cluetrain 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 go read his post -- 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 The amorality of Web 2.0. 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.
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.
The Salvation Armyâ€™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. [read more on Salvation Army site...]
Background on the InformationWeek 500 -- as well as the complerte list for 2005 -- is available here. It appears that the magazine has covered the Salvation Army fairly often in the past (see google search).