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7 Steps to Make an All-Star Meme For Your Nonprofit/Cause/Thing that Matters - by @WebSkillet

It's true: You can have absolutely no design skills and make all-star memes for your nonprofit. 

But first, what's a meme? "Memes" are a name for those catchy visuals you see on Facebook these days--some kind of photo, with elaborative text layered on top. Memes are also called "macros" -- I sometimes take to calling them 'Facebook postcards'. Whatever you call them: they're bite sized informative visuals that people tend to share on social media. READ MORE

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Breaking: #nptech cares more about world changes than Facebook changes

if we want it to...

Climate Change and Moving the Planet Beyond Fossil Fuels


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Reflecting on 2011 - The Year Online Organizers Got Real

You read that right: 2011.

Let’s imagine for a moment, that right now we’re not nearing the end of 2010 -- we’re wrapping up 2011, the year online organizers shot for the stars. At first glance, things look similar: we’re still updating our Twitter status, & Facebook feeds. Yet somehow things feel drastically & dramatically different. READ MORE

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Trying to imagine a better world through the eyes of a social change technologist

As some of you know, I'm spending some time unplugged in Burlington, Vermont this winter, near a great lake: reflecting on life, and renewing my spirit for the inspiring work so many are doing right now. Within this space, I discovered a post last night that really touches the nerve of where a lot of my thoughts have been lately. The post, "To all you Cynics" by Nicco Mele, dives deep into the nature of change ("change requires struggle"), the great power and traps of social networks, and the courage to not just think in incremental steps -- but to imagine and build towards a wholly different, better world. I sincerely suggest taking the time to read the short post in full. READ MORE

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The butterfly effects of Beth Kanter -- A Late & Grateful Birthday Wish

This letter is part of a wonderful online surprise birthday party for Beth Kanter organized by Amy Sample Ward & Stacey Monk. You're invited to join the fun by sharing a post on how Beth has impacted your work -- and by supporting Cambodian students with a donation to the Sharing Foundation!

Dear Beth,

You've impacted my work -- and the world -- in so many incredible ways.

I still remember your first comment on my first NetSquared blog post, which pushed me to keep thinking about ways to evolve the social media landscape for change, and start acting to make those changes happen. It's hard to believe that was just shy of two years ago.

"Just read your analysis and discovered your blog! Hope you'll post more often to this blog because you have some good insights!"

Since leaving that comment, a lot has happened - and yet I remember how your early words of support gave me the confidence to move forward in the new world of networked social change. Whenever I work on collaborative projects (from Knowmore.org, to SocialActions.com, to 350.org) and we dream of a new way to leverage the web to connect communities for change, I reflect back on how you had a hand in that impact. In a profoundly connected sense, you've enabled thousands of people to shop more sustainably online, you've remixed a brilliant array of websites with ways to take action, and you've co-sparked a global movement to tackle the climate crisis.

And you've given me the greatest gift of all -- a more fulfilled, inspired, and hopefully inspiring life. This note may not seem enough cheesy 2.0 -- yet I hope it carries my great gratitude for your wired & world changing butterfly effects.

Many never-ending thanks - from me, and with so many friends & colleagues. Happy Birthday!

Onwards & upwards from here,

Joe

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Social Media Powered Hope.

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Net Tuesday Organizers Stand Up for a Web that Connects us ALL -- Will YOU?

This is a lightly revised note that I shared with 157 fellow Net Tuesday Organizers this past Friday evening, concerning Causes' recent announcement to 'abandon 184,674 users' on MySpace. Here's a quick way for you to share it on Twitter & Facebook.

Dear friends,

I hope this note finds you well on a lovely evening. Or morning. Or afternoon. We're a truly global bunch - so this note could find you at just about any time of day or night. Which offers somewhat of an introduction to something I want to share with you.

So much of the work we do is around connecting people across boundaries, from different countries & time-zones (from Douala to Tokyo to Vancouver) to different ethnicities, classes, and cultures within our own communities. While we don't have a stated mission, it may be fair to say we use the web to strengthen the fabric of our social ties with the intent of weaving together a better world. We use and push for tools that break down barriers, help diverse voices get heard, and bring more of us together for the beautiful array of changes we all seek.

Sadly, Something recently happened in the world of web tools for social change that seems to go against this -- of what we aspire for and work towards with a democratic web. READ MORE

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Next #4Change Twitter Chat: Social Media & the Climate Change Movement! - Join Us!

Every month, a group called #4Change organizes open & lively conversations about how web-connected communities and our use of social media tools are helping to create change in the world. #4Change Chats are hosted on Twitter - Read “Join the Conversation” below for ways to jump into the discussion.

 

The next #4change chat is this Thursday – we hope you can join us!

Details:

  • Date: Oct, 8th

  • Where: Twitter (search for #4Change)

  • When: 2 – 4 pm US Pacific Time, 5 – 7 pm US Eastern Time, 10pm - 12am London, UK (Late!)

  • Topic: How does the web & social media change the way we address climate change?Every month, a group called #4Change organizes open & lively conversations about how web-connected communities and our use of social media tools are helping to create change in the world. #4Change Chats are hosted on Twitter - Read "Join the Conversation" below for ways to jump into the discussion.

     

    The next #4change chat is this Thursday we hope you can join us!

    Details:

    • Date: Oct, 8th

    • Where: Twitter (search for #4Change)

    • When: 2 4 pm US Pacific Time, 5 7 pm US Eastern Time, 10pm - 12am London, UK (Late!)

    • Topic: How does the web & social media change the way we address climate change?

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