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Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This new genre of video games are about solving real world problems such as environment, global hunger, poverty and disease. 

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Favorite Do-Good Books of 2008

Have Fun - Do Good

Her, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide was on my Favorite Do-Good Book of 2007 list. books 2008 activist nonprofit

President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Well, I just got my first one out in 2008! As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech. students.

The Future of Authority: Platform Power

Museum 2.0

The problem arises when expertise creates a feeling of entitlement to control the entire visitor experience. and my emphatic response is YES.

The Problem of an Electronics Recycler and False Environmental Claims

Tech Soup Blog

The documents show that as recently as 2008 ERI was quietly selling large volumes of e-waste to a Los Angeles exporter who shipped it to Hong Kong.

What Cross-Platform Gaming is Doing for Books. and Can Do for Museums

Museum 2.0

But the Times missed the boat. Consider the problem that Scholastic is trying to solve with The 39 Clues. Scholastic realized that.

Dreamforce 2008 post-mortem - back to the cheap seats

Judi Sohn

Like a solution in search of a problem. I do get the sense that the move is more of a proof-of-concept of the strength of the platform than something I see a company taking seriously right now. The best part of Dreamforce was the time I spent with Nonprofit peeps. Oh, the details! No expense was spared, and lots of open bars.

The Save Darfur Coalition’s "Be A Voice For Darfur" - A Stellar Example of A Multi-Channel Campaign

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Be A Voice for Darfur is an excellent example of multi-channel campaign designed to bring attention to the appalling genocide in Darfur.  Just Africa.

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

Here's the problem with both of these ways: they require circumstances that are outside of most museum employees' control. Ok, you might say.

Things We Like (October 2008)

NTEN

Good thing the Twitter Vote Report didn't: tweet your voting experience to help others avoid problems. The New York Times has a cool visualization of how people around the world spend their money. A monthly roundup of our favorite (zombie-related) nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Don't know how we missed that.

Tech Quick Take: MS Search Server 2008 vs Google Mini

Beaconfire Wire

Right now, we're in the midst of a website redesign that utilizes Search Server 2008. The search is fully integrated into the main website.

Save Your Trash: An Interview with Ari Derfel

Have Fun - Do Good

Of all the different things that could be making trash, that was really profound to me because I realized that it's not that big of a problem.

Testing Best Practices

gokubi.com

By putting a date in the past, you don’t have to worry about what will happen to your test when you try to run it on February 29th, or the instant we hit daylight savings time. OK, that’s not true. took one C class at the UW and quit midway through. Part of the puzzle I had to learn from scratch was Testing.

How Can We Make Charitable Giving A Year-Round Habit?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

June:   In the US, June is the time for graduation or when school is out.  January:   Have a January birthday?  And, yes they did ! 

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

Connection Cafe

In my last post, we talked about the campaign fundraising innovations that are repurposed by nonprofit organizations. Lesson #2: Consolidate Your Data.

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My iPhone 3G

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My iPhone 3G August 12, 2008 I once joined the “iPhone non-buyers&# group on Facebook. swore up and down I wouldn’t get one. Well, the iPhone 3G changed the equation, some. comes out. Be Helpful.

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gokubi.com

And even though it’s big and gnarly, I genuinely like using it most of the time. At the time of this writing, that’s Eclipse 3.3

How Long Does It Take for 250 Super Connected Gnomedex Geeks to raise $2,500 for Cambodian kids?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We're solving real problems! Screencapture of photo by Brian Westbrook. 90 minutes! Today I presented at Gnomedex 8.0. (My slides are here ).

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gokubi.com

The last time I did a base install of our template, it took about 8 hours. Much of this time was getting the page layouts to look right.

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See a problem? Throw a website at it!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology See a problem? think the time has come to think differently. Let’s stop for a while throwing new websites at problems, and think more deeply about why those problems exist. Be Helpful.

The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The “Open Source Software is Free&# myth July 14, 2008 I had a startling realization a few days ago. Problem solved. There would be no myth if it were not for them. Now compare IIS and Apache.

Two Tagging Projects that Make Sense

Museum 2.0

But here's the problem: visitors don't see the same opportunity. Why am I suddenly compelled to check out owl nests and describe Asian pottery?

Change.org Launches Blog Network, And They're Hiring

Have Fun - Do Good

At this point in my life, I just don’t have the time to volunteer, and I certainly don’t have a lot of expendable cash. Women's Rights by Jen N.

Debunking Five Myths of Online Fundraising

NTEN

Today's challenging economic times mean a lot of nonprofits are looking for new ways to raise money. Start by evaluating whether you are committing a comparable amount of resources -- people, time, and planning -- to your online initiatives. Myth #4: Technology is not the problem. Thon Morse, Kimbia. have shopped online.

Good Ram Gone Bad On My Dell Desktop: OMG

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Oh, I've had problems before, but only minor hardware failures and crashes because I have a duo-RAID hard drive. 

What is cloud computing?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

You are dependent on your internet connection – which could be a problem for mission-critical applications. Make sure access is secure.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Unattended Drip Campaigns with Time-Based Workflow Unattended Drip Campaigns with Time-Based Workflow Last Updated on Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:36 Written by Steve Thursday, 7 August 2008 07:35 Earlier I faked a drip email campaign , but here’s the real deal. Thanks.

826 Valencia: Education! Humor! Pirates!

Museum 2.0

Instead of classrooms or mission statements, first time visitors enter 826 Valencia through the storefront Pirate Supply Store.

Quality Time with Your Technology

Idealware

Over a third contacted user support to try to fix their technology problems. Nearly half were discouraged over the amount of effort required to fix the problem. Try using support in good times: When you just finished a really great day with your technology, take a moment to call support. Try before you buy.

Allison Fine asks, "Is it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service?"

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

but is it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service? Flickr Photo by Dogs New Cloths.

"Real-Time Subscription Service" - An RSS Primer For You

SocialFish

I have been thinking for quite some time about how somehow RSS (Real Simple Syndication, a name which is completely unhelpful - and not real simple - to those who need help understanding it) has a serious image problem. It means you can get the information from that webpage sent to you, every time the page is updated. Right.

NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

And, Amazon hasn't made any indication I'm aware of to address this problem. NFB got them to commit to work on accessibility. And, he did!

What Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions?

Have Fun - Do Good

recently finished reading A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power. What are your 2008 Activist Resolutions?

QIK Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Charity Drive for to support Cambodian Orphans!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

became a huge fan of QIK and I was floored with @broy , one of the founders  took the time to answer some of my questions on twitter and my blog. 

Zeno's British Airways Baggage Paradox

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

OK, no problem, just pop them onto the 1 hour flight from Bangalore to Madurai and they'll be here soon. He says, no problem, one hour more.

Chuuk, formerly known as Truk

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Chuuk is having a hard time. We rejoined the Island Hopper for the short flight to Chuuk. It has a huge lagoon, with lots of islands in it.

SaaS vs. Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. But the real story is much more complicated. alain mor.ph Be Helpful.

Frustrations

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Frustrations March 9, 2008 As some of you who follow me on Twitter know, I ran into frustrations a few days ago with WPA. The problems I “solved&# by offloading the functions onto the web. gave up.

Reflections on Micronesia

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It's great to go to completely different places, spending time learning about history, politics, issues and culture from new perspectives.

Live Blogging ONG Web 2.0 Conference in Romania sponsored by the Soros Foundation in Bucharest

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You need to fuel it and we have so much to do at work.  We need to make the time to blog after hours.   They replaced the organization.