Recent Blog Posts


[Revisiting] The United Church of Christ Social Media Case Study

 In October, I looked at the population of my mother's United Church of Christ congregation and I noticed that it was relatively devoid of teens, 20-somethings, and folks in their early thirties. How could the church use social media to retain these potential members, I asked. I took a look at how the church was presently utilizing social media, met with Rev. READ MORE


Budget, file, back up, repeat: new year's resolutions for your non-profit and how to keep them

This year's going to be different! Tackle 2009 head on by putting these five basic resolutions into practice and kiss your non-profit office headaches of 2008 goodbye.

New Year's Resolutions by ianturton.

"New Year's Resolutions" Original Photo by Flickr user Ian Turton, CC Licensed

1) I will back up my computer every two weeks. READ MORE


Engagement Effort Part II

Hey All,

So I received a few responsest to my post last week about how can N2 engage the community better.  Most came privately to my email address, and it is a theme in those emails that I want to use as this next engagement email.   Here is what one person wrote to me (this is only a portion of a much longer email about a variety of topics): READ MORE


Connective Predictions for 2009

If 2008 was the year of mapping software (as we saw unfold at N2Y3), I predict that 2009 will be the year of the connective algorithm widget thingie. It will be this year that we'll see the rise in popularity and development of services and software intended to bring people, organizations, resources, capital, and other social assets together. If Amazon and Netflix can, for the most part, understand that if I like X and Y, then I'll probably like Z, there's no reason why - by way of cataloging and tagging - various widget won't be starting to tell my nonprofit and me that if we're invested in X and providing Y, then Z has person-power, money, or time to volunteer to our collective mission. READ MORE


You Say You Want a Resolution (or Four)

Christmas and Winter Solstice are over and Boxing Day and Kwanza halfway gone. Hanukka's well into its second half. All that remains this holiday season is the celebration of the coming of 2009, which is traditionally a day where many look back in order to more-clearly look forward [and bloggers are made happy by the gimme that end-of-the-year lists are by way of making opinionated introspection simple and fun].

I learned a lot this year, and I plan on applying all of this new wisdom to 2009. I don't need to point out that we're on our way into an economically tight time, so as we try to make our operations as lean and effective as possible, these are the first suggestions that immediately come to mind.

Trim the fat. READ MORE

Amy Sample Ward

Happy Holidays from NetSquared!

snow flakeIt's that time of year again, when we try to take a bit of a break from work, spend time at home or out travelling with friends, family, and our communities.  It's the time of year when we celebrate each other and share our thanks for all that we have.  In the case of the NetSquared Community, we get to say thanks for all that we have made together, created, shared, and built. 

Thank you for your participation, engagement, ideas, and passion—you are what makes the NetSquared Community so dynamic! READ MORE


How do we - N2 - engage YOU better???

Happy Holidays, N2 community!!

I've been hush-hush for a while because the team over here has been discussing a critical issue - what do we need to be doing in order to get you all engaged a whole lot more?  The N2 blog is not churning up the type of engagement we had hoped to see and we're scratching our heads wondering why.  We're providing content - perhaps its not what you want or need?  We're focusing that content on social media strategies - perhaps we're missing the mark?  Essentially - we're rethinking our strategy and we want you, the community, to guide us. READ MORE


Online Video Production Best Practices - A Discussion with Arun Chaudhary from Obama for America

Arun Chaudhary Arun Chaudhary, New Media Road Director for Obama for America, shares his thoughts on how to produce quality online video under tight constraints. READ MORE


Christmas Gifts: Web Toys

The last few posts have generated some terrific, thoughtful responses from our community.  Time to take a break from all that deep thinking, people!  The holidays are upon us, and so here are a few of my favourite web toys - possibly useful in the non-profit office.  Maybe. Learn more about the Rasterbator, Wordle, and Website Maps...

Amy Sample Ward

Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Announced

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its Wireless Innovation Project, a new competition that seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless-related technology to address critical social issues around the world. READ MORE