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  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
    [2008] Next up …
    I used to spend most of most days hacking (mostly Perl) code. It had its ups and downs, although in retrospect, the downs weren’t really about coding. haven’t done daily coding now for about 3 years, and I’m missing it, terribly. So … I’m going back to it, slowly but surely. and take it from there.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008
    [2008] Build vs “Buy”
    I keep being surprised by how frequently I hear clients tell me that a vendor has suggested they “build them a CMS,&# or by proposals from vendors that include custom building a CMS. hear people suggesting building their own social networking website. even occasionally still hear tell of organizations who want custom CRMs.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008
    [2008] The joy of Drupal (and other tales)
    I’ve been working with Drupal a fair bit over the last few weeks, with the ultimate goal to basically be able to really work with it to create sites. My next step is to try and create a simple theme (so I understand how theming works,) and write a module (so I understand how modules work.) That’s been fun.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008
    [2008] Drupal and WYSIWYG editors
    I think that if I had to pick only one thing that would help people understand the character of Drupal, it would be the WYSIWYG editor that comes standard with an out-of-the-box Drupal installation. That would be NONE. There is no standard WYSIWYG editor that comes with Drupal. well, unless you know a bit of HTML, you are S.O.L.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] New community focus at MPower Open?
    For a while, I’ve been watching MPower Open , the (not so) newly open sourced (but Windows-based) fundraising package. In general, I’ve been impressed by its feature set, and that they made the choice to go open source. They have a tough road ahead of them. This is not the sign of a healthy open source community. Need more homework?
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] OpenOffice.org goes Aqua!
    As many of you know, I have been using OpenOffice.org , the free and open source office suite since before it was OpenOffice.org. That would be when it was Star Office. That was a long time ago. So I’ve seen it develop and change (and helped a tiny, tiny little bit along the way by submitting bugs.). Can you see me doing a happy dance?
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    [2008] Firefox add-ons to love
    I’m in love with Firefox. I’ve actually been in love with Firefox since 3.0, when it seems like a few of the things that plagued it finally got ironed out. More and more websites are designed not only with Firefox in mind, but sometimes even primarily with Firefox. Web Developer - a nice toolbar, also useful for development.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
    [2008] Blue Frontier Campaign Seeks Director in DC Office
    The job will include fundraising and development for BFC, basic financial administration, organizing a national Blue Vision Summit in 2008, working on the website, and with the media as well as a wide range of marine organizations. MARINE CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE. POSITION - DIRECTOR – DC OFFICE, BLUE FRONTIER CAMPAIGN.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007
    [2008] SCA is looking for entries for their Conservation In Action Multimedia Contest.
    Prizes include a 2008 Mazda 3I , $37,000, and eight expense-paid trips to SCA's April 2008 Earth Vision Summit in Washington D.C. The Student Conservation Association is celebrating its 50th year with its Conservation In Action Multimedia Contest. You can send them to: Admissions@theSCA.org.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2008
    [2008] Open Space Institute Seeks Communications Coordinator
    OPEN SPACE INSTITUTE. Communications Manager. The mission of the Open Space Institute (OSI) is to protect scenic, natural and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats and sustain community character. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, special loan programs, and creative partnerships.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008
    [2008] Center for Health, Environment and Justice Seeks Fundraising Manager
    Because 2008 will mark the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Love Canal crisis, it offers CHEJ special opportunities for outreach and fundraising. CENTER FOR HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE. FUNDRAISING MANAGER. The Center was founded in 1981 by our executive director, Lois Gibbs, who was the community leader at Love Canal, New York.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008
    [2008] Using Maps to Deliver Your Message
    I had the opportunity to attend the Planning and Conservation League's annual Symposium this past weekend. There were many sessions to choose from but one in particular caught my attention. The topic was using maps to persuade and mobilize. Larry Orman started off with a great point: we're overloaded with geographic information. Happy Mapping!
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008
    [2008] Internet Advocacy Rountable: strategy for web outreach
    In April, I attended the Internet Advocacy Roundtable at the Center for American Progress Action Fund here in Washington D.C. The rountable featured two web strategists from the DNC and RNC, who shared their experiences and gave advice on building campaign web strategy. Email can work in two directions.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008
    [2008] Two job openings at GMT
    Applications accepted on a rolling basis through June 15, 2008. The Netcentric Campaigns division of Green Media Toolshed is hiring two Network Advocacy Coordinators to work with progressive organizations and movements to incorporate cutting-edge network theory and web 2.0 tools into advocacy and campaigning efforts. Netcentric Campaigns.
  • GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008
    [2008] Vote for the Best Nonprofit Taglines of 2008
    Vote for the Best Nonprofit Taglines -- 2008 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards. Place your vote today for the first Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards. These tagline finalists have been carefully culled from the more than 1,050 taglines submitted to the recent Getting Attention Tagline Survey.
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008
    [2008] Free/Open Source licenses upheld in court
    The specific license at issue was the Artistic License.) This is a very important victory, and I am very very happy that the Stanford Center for Internet and Society played a key role in securing it. Congratulations especially to Chris Ridder and Anthony Falzone at the Center. This is the. theory of the GPL and all CC licenses.
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008
    [2008] Running Email Drip Campaigns in Salesforce
    Drip coffee may be going the way of the percolator but “email drip campaigns&# are on the rise, and for good reason. And this morning, before the coffee beans even had a chance to work their magic, I received a boost of energy that will likely take me through the end of the day.
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008
    [2008] Web analytics according to Avinash Kaushik
    Web analytics help you measure and understand how users work their way around your website, and why they do so.  You can use your web analytics data to understand what kind of content to produce more of, what to avoid wasting time on, and how to arrange your site content to help users achieve their goals (and yours!). Use it!
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008
    [2008] Using Email to Engage Activists
    I recently watched a really informative webinar produced by the folks at Care2 and Oceana on the subject of how to use email communications to engage with activists and to cultivate donors. number of important points were covered during the webinar, which I will summarize below. Have a mission or clear goal in mind. Influence a decision maker?
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008
    [2008] Network of Networks: Using a Listserv to Engage your Audience
    Water Words That Work , an informative blog by Erik Eckl, is a great resource for conservation and pollution control organizations. Last year Erik monitored 64 email discussion lists for 6 months, and surveyed list subscribers to gather information about their habits and preferences. 
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008
    [2008] Green Jobs Now has a podcast: lessons learned
    Green Jobs Now , a national campaign for a new, inclusive green economy that we’re providing technical and strategic support for, now has its very first podcast listed in the iTunes Directory. Of course, the archived audio has been accessible on the Green Jobs Now blog in an embedded Flash player. Very long term thinking, though. Simple, huh?
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
    [2008] Comparison of Email Newsletter Tools - Updated for 2008
    recently updated the document for 2008 - not much has changed it turns out, but Vertical Response has become even more attractive now that they offer 10,000 free email sends per month for registered 501(c)3 organziations. Last year I wrote a paper comparing email service providers (ESPs) for email newsletter blasting.
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
    [2008] See you at Plone Conference!
    I’ll be heading to Washington, DC next week, along with Andrew Burkhalter, Jon Baldivieso, Veda Williams and David Glick for Plone Conference 2008. We’ll be giving a few talks, doing a lot of listening and generally filling up our heads with all the latest doings in the vibrant world of Plone.
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] The Basics of Email Metrics - A Great Article by Idealware
    Idealware has just released a great article on the Basics of Email Metrics. In the article, Idealware covers all the familiar tracking metrics such as: opens, clickthroughs, bounces, and unsubscribes. The second half of the article is particularly informative because of the great tips on how to interperet the data.
  • GROUNDWIRE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2008
    [2008] How the Obama Campaign Tests and Develops Leaders
    The Obama campaign uses a really interesting model of leadership development , based on testing leaders for their ability to perform leadership tasks, then push those who pass up a ladder of engagement. By “tested,&# Bird said, each NTL had undergone and met a series of specific challenges the field organizers had presented. What is it like? 
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [2008] Send Beautiful Email Appeals that Get Delivered
    Faster than a speeding FedEx truck! More powerful than a web ad! Able to leap. Well, no, but: you looked! Up on the NTEN blog! It's a tweet! It's a widget! It's the announcement of NTEN's next Product Spotlight Webinar, "Be an Email Superhero without Superhuman Effort"! > FREE! Register today. Participants can expect the following:  .
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [2008] Congratulations Julie Chapman and NPower Greater DC!
    Meyer Foundation with the 2008 Meyer Foundation Exponent Award. You know we like to shower our NTEN members with awards and brag about their leadership in the nonprofit technology community. We also get choked up when we hear our members are being recognized by the wider nonprofit and social advocacy communities. " Congratulations
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
    [2008] More Help Getting Started with Video
    A couple of weeks ago, See3 put out a great set of videos on how to create and use videos in your work.  If you're looking to dive in a little deeper, YouTube has a new set of tip sheets you can peruse. . If you need a little inspiration, check out this video from NTEN member Tim Fullerton of OxFam
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
    [2008] Meet Ben Rigby, Author of "Mobilizing Generation 2.0"
    The New York Times reports that Barack Obama's campaign has purchased virtual billboards in a video game. That's one way to reach the kids! We wonder if they've read Ben Rigby's new book, Mobilizing Generation 2.0: A Practical Guide to Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Recruit, Organize, and Engage Youth. have more features than the 1.x release
  • NTEN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008
    [2008] We Are Media Toolbox: Video Sharing
    Let's close out this week of We Are Media goodness with a really fun one: video sharing ! have to confess I have no idea how I lived my life before this: OK, fine: I lived just fine before the dramatic prarie dog -- but it sure is more fun with the prarie dog in it.  They're producing slick professional pieces, as well as homier bits. 
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008
    [2008] On a Personal Note: Looking Back on 2008 and Thinking About 2009
    Last week, I sent an email to our current members, thanking them for being part of NTEN in 2008 and reminding them about early renewal. It made me think back on 2008 and how much NTEN has grown -- in community and activity -- over the past year. NTEN Staff It's October, which means early renewal for 2009 memberships here at NTEN.
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008
    [2008] If You Share, a T-shirt Will Come
    The We Are Media Festival of Tools is wrapping up another amazing week of work on the Social Media Toolbox, adding Blogs , Podcasting , Photo Sharing , and Video Sharing to the set. . We want to make sure you're not only prepared with the right Social Media tools, but that you're styling while you're in action taking photos and videos of yourself!
  • NTEN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
    [2008] NTEN Local (not loco): 501 Tech Club Activity
    Check out this video message from the speaker at a recent Missoula 501 Tech Club session, Harold Shinsato, programmer for SAP. Harold talks about early adoption and creating a culture of change at your organization.
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008
    [2008] How Much Are You Paying Your IT Staff?
    Flickr Photo: eszter How much should you offer a new Help Desk Support Specialist? How many IT staff do organizations your size have, anyway? What are other nonprofits outsourcing when it comes to IT? In turn, we'll give you the hard numbers you need to invest in technology. > Take the Online Survey (it's anonymous!).
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
    [2008] Business and Nonprofits Find Value in Twitter
    The original intention of sites such as Twitter may have been purely social, but like many Web 2.0 tools, it has evolved in the hands of its users. As a channel of communications that manages.( read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
    [2008] Social Innovation Camp: What's Your Big Problem?
    Social Innovation Camp — “an experiment in using social techology for social change” — will be bringing together some of the UK's best software developers and designers with social innovators, for one weekend in December. Send us your idea for a web tool to create social change and you could be joining 80 other participants to try and make.(
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
    [2008] 270+ Web-Based Business Tools
    Hundreds of new web-based applications come on the market every year, so there's likely to be an affordable application for almost any administrative task -- with no need to download, install, maintain and update the same software on each of the computers in your organization. But how do you go about finding the tools you need? Mashable.com's.(
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008
    [2008] Wild Apricot Updates September 2008
    As you may know, the Wild Apricot blog about non-profit technology is hosted and sponsored by Wild Apricot software. The main focus of our blog is technology help and advice to millions of small non-profits. Even if you are not interested in Wild Apricot software yourself, we hope you can take a quick look. read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
    [2008] How to Learn More about Your Website Audience
    Are the people who are visiting your website really the audience that you're trying to target? The more you know about your website visitors, the better you can tailor your content to attract the audience you want to reach — but for nonprofits and associations with a limited budget, market research can be a tough challenge. read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
    [2008] Case Study: Calgary Meals on Wheels Takes Campaign Online
    Many of us are familiar with the Meals on Wheels concept - to deliver nutritious and affordable meals to people in need: seniors, convalescents, and people living with disabilities. In desperate need of a new facility in which to prepare all those meals, Calgary Meals on Wheels has just launched a major capital campaign - and a new website.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
    [2008] Will Digg Make a Category for Nonprofits?
    Arguably the most influential of social bookmarking sites, Digg.com is often both criticized and commended for having a narrow topic focus. With big changes in the works at Digg right now, what are the odds that the site might broaden its horizons, and add a separate category for nonprofits and social change? Demographics , to begin with. read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
    [2008] Selling Nonprofits to Generation Y - on Paper
    Nonprofits often take lessons from corporate research into what drives the "citizen-consumer" — especially teens and young adults, the first generation born into this high-speed, high-tech world. Miriam Kagan (GenerationYGive) has been wondering, along those lines, could catalogs be Gen Y's version of direct mail? read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
    [2008] How Do You Thank Your Volunteers?
    Thank you. It's a powerful pair of words, and that simple statement of appreciation, spoken one-on-one, can go a long way to tell volunteers how much their work is valued — but you want to do more. special effort or long-term commitment, in particular, calls for a special acknowledgement. What does your organization do to thank its volunteers?
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2008
    [2008] Good2gether: News and Nonprofits
    Media outlets need to enrich the syndicated wire service stories with local content if they are to attract readers and advertisers — but few have the budget, these days, for a cadre of local reporters to seek out and report on the "local angle" of a story. Enter good2gether , a new web service that wants to play matchmaker.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [2008] Contests Help Nonprofits Get Buzz and Build Community
    For nonprofits, a well-run contest is often enough to raise a significant amount of money in ticket sales, entry fees and straight-forward donations But what about those contests that don't have an entry fee or other fundraising tool connected with them? What does the organization gain from the trouble and expense of putting on such an event?
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
    [2008] Reaping the Rewards of Blog Action Day
    Did you catch the buzz? Today is Blog Action Day , when bloggers around the world are asked to bring attention to one social issue. Last year it was the environment; this year, it's poverty. At first glance, one would be forgiven for wondering. It's one day of blogging with a social conscience — and then back to “business.( read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
    [2008] Get Started Right with Your Nonprofit on Twitter
    It seems like a dozen different social-media sites start up every day, so it can be a challenge to know where to put your online outreach efforts. Twitter is one real-time networking platform that's clearly floated to the top of the social-media pool, however, and it's a great place for any nonprofit to dive in. read more
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
    [2008] Show, Don't Tell: Google Earth Outreach for Nonprofits
    Since the earliest days of world exploration, maps have told compelling stories to people who may never see the places depicted. Topographical lines on paper only go a small way to recreate the traveller's experience, however, and the rest depends on the viewers' imagination. read more
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
    [2008] Just say no
    Here’s a really clever ad that is trying to push older voters to Obama. love ads that parody ad formats that have wedged their way into our brains over the course of years and years of watching TV
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008
    [2008] Interesting Search Result
    Shawn was doing a google image search and got this result: Plone was the first hit. guess Google is paying attention to the Plone Salesforce.com integration project
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008
    [2008] Innovative
    It’s 2008. From the awesome folks at 538 : When local field organizer Christian Lund took the stage just prior to Joe Biden’s appearance on Tuesday night in Marietta, he asked those in the attendant crowd of about 4,000 to look at the sheets in their hands. Lund got voicemail. After he was finished, it was the crowd’s turn.
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008
    [2008] Props to my pops
    I want to tell you a bit about my parents. Bill and Beth live in Wisconsin, in the house where I grew up. They live in a pretty conservative world–Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican party, they know some real John Birchers, and until his retirement last year my dad was a CEO of a manufacturing company. Bill Andersen.
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2008
    [2008] One in the bag
    As I filled out my ballot today, I paused with the feeling that I was doing something I wanted to remember for the rest of my life. voted for our first African-American President. Sure, it’s not over until Nov. 4th, but I’m confident he’s going to win, and I got to vote for him. It’s a vote 400 years in the making.
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008
    [2008] Serious logistical expertise
    I’m about to head to Dreamforce , Salesforce’s annual user conference. Last year it was 5,000 people. This year could be as many as 10,000. It’s a big conference with tons of logistics. But check out what the Obama campaign pulled off yesterday. They had an event in St. Louis with at least 100,000 people. No doubt about it.
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
    [2008] Art of Leadership
    This week I’m at Rockwood’s 4 day leadership training, the Art of Leadership. So far it’s excellent. When do you get a chance to think about the purpose of your time on Earth? When do you really get to think about what specific gifts you bring to the social change movement?
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] Art of Leadership: 2
    I came to Art of Leadership by way of ONE/Northwest, and I was thinking of it as a work activity. I was looking forward to taking some time to think about my leadership role within and without my org. awoke this morning and it came to me. My purpose is to help people find their power. want to help them find their power. See the power you have?
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    [2008] Ron Howard: humiliating himself for the cause
    Love it! Update: Apparently you can only see this here. Thanks Luke
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2008
    [2008] Art of Leadership: Completed
    Have you ever put yourself outside your comfort zone only to have that zone of comfort expand underneath you? Have you ever paid someone to make you do things that are very difficult, that you would never make yourself do, and come back the next day for another 10 hours of it?
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008
    [2008] Yes we did
    h/t shemuses
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
    [2008] Charlie Wood puts the iPhone in perspective
    Well said Charlie
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
    [2008] Seattle Nonprofit Salesforce User Group
    The folks over at NPower Seattle have created a Salesforce User Group for nonprofits. Go to the first meeting on November 19th. I’ll be there, and you should be, too. Come to share, learn, and network! Wednesday, November 19, 8:00am - 9:00am. View Larger Map
  • GOKUBI.COM  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008
    [2008] Force.com IDE v.14 released today
    All I can say is Bravo to Jon Plax and his team over at Salesforce.com. On first look the new IDE released this morning is absolutely excellent. My main issue with the v.13 IDE had to do with the organization of source files. This has been fixed in v.14 with a new reorganization based on type (class, trigger, static resrouce, etc.) Thank you!
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
    [2008] Senate 2.0
    Until now, any Senator who embedded a YouTube video or linked to a Flickr album was in violation of outdated rules that required them to keep within the senate.gov domain. Some posted such links anyway, and few were reprimanded. But last week, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee voted to allow Senators to use third-party sites.
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
    [2008] The best ad plans of marketers and men…
    Since we’re running a campaign in 2008 and not 1908, we won’t touch the gender criteria, but let’s go ahead and segment by age. It’s okay - I can wait…). Test driving the tool, I found three things: It’s immensely cool for a marketer, voter targeting guru, or demographics aficionado. with Penny Arcade.
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
    [2008] International Coastal Cleanup
    A couple of Saturday’s ago, a team of Beaconfire staffers and families joined Ocean Conservancy for their annual International Coastal Cleanup.  Every year, teams around the world give up their Saturday to clean up all the crap that’s been dumped along our local shore lines.  Our team worked along the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. 
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2008
    [2008] Digital Citizen 2008
    Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend ForeSee Results ‘ Digital Citizen 2008 Summit.  I was only able to attend the first half of the event due to client meetings in the afternoon. One morning session was fairly sales-oriented. But the best session I was able to attend was Eric Peterson’s opening keynote.
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [2008] Designers and Developers: Back Together Again Through Microformats and JQuery
    In the early days of web design there wasn't a great deal of difference between a web designer and a web developer. A lot of organizations took the two roles, threw in a few skills like network administrator and content editing and termed the whole thing a “webmaster”, a virtual wizard of all things Internet, a magical being of tech. As Web 2.0
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
    [2008] We’d Like to Thank The Academy…
    Beaconfire has been honored with four Silver 2008 W3 Awards for Outstanding Website Design in the following categories: Activism: Free the Slaves. … the International Academy of Visual Arts, that is. Best Visual Appeal : Free the Slaves. Charitable Organizations/Non profit : Share Our Strength. Best Home Page: Share Our Strength.
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
    [2008] Unrestricted restrictions
    With news of Obama’s $150 million month still fresh on my mind, I saw an email from him appear in my inbox with the subject line “You Decide.&# Skimming the email, I hoped that it would lead me to a donation form that asked me to determine which states my contributions to go to. Running out of time to place more TV buys.
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    [2008] Getting the Most Out of Your Marketing Efforts
    Now that you've seen the benefits of performing a usability audit , you're probably wondering, “What else can we do to improve the reach and effectiveness of our organization's Web presence?” ” The answer might be to apply those same audit principles and steps to your online marketing and engagement programs.
  • BEACONFIRE WIRE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008
    [2008] iPhone Apps for the Greater Good?
    Part One of an Exciting Two-Part Series! In this episode, we explore why iPhone and its applications are the Robot Devil. The iPhone, somewhat justifiably, gets a lot of criticism for being the downfall of Western civilization, the reason the U.S. is in a state of economic turmoil, the bane of Miro’s existance, and so on. And nothing else.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008
    [2008] Wealthy Webbers: Web-fluent Donors: Wired Wealthy: AND our issue groups just don't connect.
    Ouch. A new digital divide between groups and their high dollar donors. The study finds that "most charities are not making the best possible use of their Web and e-mail efforts to connect with a critically important audience" of affluent and Web-fluent donors. It suggests communications be tailored to fit a group it dubs the "wired wealthy."
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008
    [2008] Small Group Dynamics. Small is better because factions can not survive?
    There are some interesting assumptions in this theory of the inefficiency coefficient. Stefan Turner says that ineffency goes up in there are enough people to support independent coalitions and factions. So they set out to first empirically verify Parkinson's law and then develop a mathematical model to describe
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008
    [2008] Work for me? I am picking up entry level staff and interns.
    If you tune in here often (the 86+ of you), you might find this job really fun and interesting. Please check out the job and pass it on to friends that are interested in a great job in DC. Network Advocacy Coordinator
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008
    [2008] Staying Power of a Network vs. an Institution
    Clay has been doing great work tracking a few of those cases that many of us interested in network-centric advocacy like to watch. We watch them because many people worry about the "staying power" of a network vs an institution. They didn't set up a big institution. They have a very specific and targeted goal.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008
    [2008] Up to late
    White Oak conservation reserve in FL. Testing the new typepad plug in for the phone
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008
    [2008] Flocks and movements
    I was just reading some interesting information about agent-based modeling. They look at flocks. They are working on how to get computer animated icons to behave like a flock. The interesting thing is that there are three rules that drive the behavior and the way a flock of birds moves: 1. All birds try and fly towards the center. 2.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008
    [2008] Galaxy Zoo
    could imagine a traditional organizer interviewing the folks organizing the astronomy research at Oxford. Q: Tell me about your project? A: We need to do a lot of research. Q: How much? A: Well it is like counting and looking at stars in space. Q: How long will it take? How many staff would it take? How much? A: Not long. Would you have funded it?
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008
    [2008] Benkler on TED
    I have said it before Yochai Benkler is my hero. hard to read.better to watch). This is a good background on the foundation of what trends are really playing with modern movement organizing. Network-centric advocacy stems from exactly the trends that Yochai introduces here. Money was a problem in social movements.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008
    [2008] The story of culture shift told from Youtube. (Great Presentation at the Library of Congress)
    Mike Wesch Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology of Kansas State University does a fantastic overview of the culture shift. He looks at Youtube as anthropologic study area. It is definitely worth watching. Mike presents a strong case that culture is shifting the way that people connect and build relations.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
    [2008] OpenRegulations.org and CapitolWords.org
    Tracking government actions a hobby of yours? Here is a new interface that tracks agencies and generates an RSS feed of rulemaking notices. Want a view of the trends check these out. Sunlight then runs a query on LOUIS to calculate the most commonly used words for a given day, with some exceptions, (described in more detail below).
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
    [2008] Lesson summary from the financial crisis.
    This is an absolutely brilliant. Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change finally creates the right narrative that has driven the US economy into this mess. have been waiting to see how this would play out and which party might be able to build the right narrative that makes it clear. Deepak nails it. recommend the complete read.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
    [2008] Thinking about what details small transactions can reveal.
    Here is an amazing example of the power of getting into the workflow of your target audience. It is actually very network based approach to gathering information and data. It gathers data on a pull rather than proactive basis. This example is a bit creepy but the thinking behind it fascinates me. Or phonebank lists to reveal organizing strength?
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
    [2008] Peek at the Network-Centric Obama Campaign
    It is nice to see the ways that Obama and McCain are wrestling with the new network collaborative power fueled with modern tech. This is a good peek into what happens in a campaign that focuses on pushing power to the edge vs. the campaign that tries to pull resources to the center. revolutionize old traditional groups. b. disengage. Not new
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008
    [2008] Van Jones - The Happy Network Effect
    The publisher apparently only spent a few grand on publicist and that ended up crashing for some personal reasons. Van Jones really did just lean heavily on friends and groups that they had worked with over the years. Great story. Link: www.huffingtonpost.com.
  • NETWORK-CENTRIC ADVOCACY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008
    [2008] Sequoia Capital Review of the GDP projections and impact on Funding: How does this work out for Nonprofits
    Sequoia Capital on startups and the economic downturn View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: depression recession ) There are lessons to learned for us looking to move our nonprofits into better position for the downturn. We have a huge opportunity to reshape policy, culture and legislation over the next two years (at least). 2.
  • FROGLOOP  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
    [2008] OneWorld To Host Two Workshops on Mobile for Nonprofits
    With Barack Obama's VP text, the single largest mobile marketing event ever , and new data suggesting exposure to mobile lifts brand awareness , the time has never been more ripe for nonprofits to at least get their toes wet in mobile marketing. Both workshops feature excellent panels on the forefront of the mobile initiative.
  • FROGLOOP  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
    [2008] Common Knowledge Explains Quick-Conversion Program
    A big question remains for nonprofit marketers as to when it's best to make the first donation appeal: do you hit up new subscribers for money immediately or wait and cultivate them first. Inspired by the best practices of the online retail industry, the RDC program attempts to maximize the ROI of a nonprofit's email subscriber acquisition efforts.
  • FROGLOOP  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008
    [2008] Google Announces Project 10^100 for World-Changing Ideas
    In case you missed it, the Google Blog recently announced that the company will be hosting a competition called Project 10 100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") as a call for the best ideas that can change the world by helping as many people as possible. You can read all the details on the contest and submit your idea here.
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2008
    [2008] Care2 and NOAA Promote International Year of the Reef 2008
    The idea was that the federal agency would work with Care2 to build support for the International Year of the Reef 2008. From the article : "For example, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency) partnered with Care2 , an activist social network of over 8 million Americans, to promote awareness of the deterioration of coral reefs.
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2008
    [2008] Care2 Launches America's Favorite Animal Shelter Contest
    We just wanted to make sure any animal shelter supporters or animal lovers reading frogloop knew about Care2's new America's Favorite Animal Shelter Contest. Care2 will be giving away some fantastic prizes to shelters that receive the most votes, such as: Overall winning shelter receives $10,000. 20 top recruiters get a $50 gift certificate.
  • FROGLOOP  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008
    [2008] See3 Releases Their Guide to Online Video.as a Video!
    Continuing our coverage of the power of online video for nonprofits, we wanted to point you to a cool series of videos released by See3 Communications as a beginner's guide to online video. This is a 7-part series of short videos designed to introduce nonprofit professionals to new ways in thinking about online video.
  • FROGLOOP  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
    [2008] Jenny Dirksen Dishes on Cause Marketing in Restaurants
    Jenny Dirksen works for illustrious NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer, who owns Tabla , Gramercy Tavern , Union Square Café and several other of Manhattan's finest eateries. But Jenny is not a chef, waitress, hostess or bartender. Instead, Jenny is a “cause marketer” in charge of Meyer's charitable efforts to help homeless and disadvantaged people.
  • FROGLOOP  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
    [2008] Free Video Conference: Solutions Stars on Internet Marketing
    Network Solutions is hosting a star-studded, free video conference on new and affordable ways small business and nonprofits can benefit from the internet on Oct. While we assume frogloop readers stay pretty up-to-date on online marketing, just a look at the brainpower that will be speaking at the conference might make registering worthwhile.
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2008
    [2008] New Study Suggests that Cause Marketing Boosts Sales
    Consumers are much more likely to buy products from companies that support social causes -- and nonprofit organizations -- than from companies that don’t. This is the key finding of a new study conducted by Duke University and cause marketing agency Cone, Inc. In addition, sales for the cause-affiliated products were 19 percent higher.
  • STEVE BRIDGER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008
    [2008] How charities need to update their status
    Earlier this week I gave a talk to about forty Action Aid staff members on social media, subtitled “does it mean we have to change our jobs?&#. Thanks to Joanna Juber - the charity’s Digital Engagement Manager - for inviting me to speak on a range of topics I will be blogging about over the coming months. Baggsy be the co-driver
  • STEVE BRIDGER  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2008
    [2008] Remember Burma
    Three months ago today, Cyclone Nargis slammed into Burma making more than one million people homeless and killing upwards of 125,000 people. Or had we forgotten that? Click here to view the embedded video. The Burma Campaign UK
  • STEVE BRIDGER  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2008
    [2008] Unplugged
    Just returned from a weekend camping with some friends and their dog in North Devon. Wonderful site in Morthoe. Already looking forward to Cornwall next week. Not long for my wife to wait for her wrist-watch, which got left in a side pocket before we packed away our tent
  • STEVE BRIDGER  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2008
    [2008] Camping out in Cornwall
    I spent much of the last week in Cornwall with the family. We pitched up at the excellent Treen Farm Campsite , where I am indebted to Kevin for recommending I purchase some storm pegs! Busy working week ahead with two trips up to London, beginning tomorrow.
  • STEVE BRIDGER  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008
    [2008] This is what web 2.0 means
    Jessica Hagy nails it
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