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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Given the proliferation of low-cost tools, your nonprofit can spark conversation, share your message and advance your cause all on your own terms.

Google Media = Nonprofit Grants, Blogs, Video and Maps Galore

Connection Cafe

Get your hands on these great tools and get started tech love to the nptech community. Google AdWords. Enroll subscribers. Recruit volunteers.

Video Fridays #18 – Collaboration Style

NCE Social Media

What is your collaboration style? What tools do you use to help in your agency’s work? What tools do you use in your personal work? Here’s a chart from a Forrester report that identifies what collaboration tools information workers from companies of 100+ employees use. If so, please let us know.

Dancefloor and Balcony: What I learned about emergent online collaboration from Eugene Eric Kim

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some takeaways about emergent collaboration: Having a shared goal can really catalyzed the group, without it you get interesting random behavior.

Self-Expression is Overrated: Better Constraints Make Better Participatory Experiences

Museum 2.0

You get to contribute to a collaborative project that produces something beautiful. And yet many museums are fixated on creators. It’s easy.

January Net2 Think Tank: Predictions for 2009

Amy Sample Ward

This month’s Net2 Think Tank question was, “What do you think will be the big changes, new technologies, hot applications, or successful campaigns of 2009?” We had a great collection of contributions this month.  Take a look at the posts below—many great conversation starters to get you thinking and buzzing about what 2009 will bring.

100 Online Tools for Non-Profits

Wild Apricot Blog

Tight in the budget and short on staff, non-profits are always on the lookout for new ways to get things done — and the Internet is a real treasure trove of useful tools. read more ).

New SSIR Post: Will 2009 Bring Social Learning Spaces to Life?

Amy Sample Ward

When I talk with organizations about how they are using social media tools to engage online, whether they’ve already started or not, I find that the most common approach is to set up that Facebook group, add a blog to the website, or even set up a wiki for an event.  But that’s it.  Why is this our pattern? 

Guest Post by Gaurav Mishra: The 4Cs Social Media Framework

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first reason is the excessive focus on specific social media tools. Many first-timers are introduced to social media via specific tools.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data.

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Creativity, Collaboration & Community - Three Words to Sum up the TAFA Conference

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. The Community Dissected (elements of the page). Google map highlighting where all the attendees are coming from.

Social Learning Isn't Just for Kids: Learning in Public at Conferences and Workshops

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Conversation is a “learning in public” tool – maybe one of the best.  Photo by Justin Benttinen. My reflections are here. Deployment Packet.

Socialbrite: Social Tools for Social Change

Amy Sample Ward

Nonprofit tech experts team up to help others master ‘social tools for social change’. Eight leading experts in social media and nonprofit technology have joined forces to create, a hub that showcases social tools for social change. Tags: digital learning resources collaboration nptech resource socialbrite

Another opportunity for field testing online tools that assist with communities in coordinating care

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

When I had surgery in 2009, I used eHop e as an online tool to help me stay in touch with my community and ask for help. Main Page

Great reads from around the web on November 25th

Amy Sample Ward

Tags: roundup 2009 bookmarks casestudies community communitybuilder free fundraising gardeningbook interviews list onlinecommunity opensource philanthropy postalicious public report research resources socialmedia tools video wiki

Guest Post: Beth Kanter's SXSWi Nonprofit Panel Roundup


At the end of that panel, we all hoped there would be a larger nonprofit presence on the agenda for this 2009. And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were  many more panel proposals. note: I was getting around to writing up my own notes about SXSW, when I realized Beth had done all the work for me, as usual! The SXSW Interactive Festival.

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Uses for Online Collaborative Tools

Tech Soup Blog

Tools Last week, I facilitated a webinar which discussed Microsoft Office Live Workspace. Ken Polson from Microsoft explained how Live Workspace works, how to get started and what it can be used for. Click here to view the webinar recording. Here are some of their responses: read more.

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In May, 2009,   Peter Dietz, founder of Social Actions , reflected on the future of online fundraising and wrote about a shift in donor expectations. 

Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

Amy Sample Ward

Here’s a run through of the Tools Galore session.  See the slide deck below and notes from the panelists: WomenWhoTech: Tools Galore. has reviews of many of these tools as well. New tools get talked about a lot, but don’t get caught up in new sexy tools and forget about the power of email. 

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Software for Collaboration


Everyone suddenly wants to collaborate! For some reason (I suspect it's related to the economy, though I haven't pinned down exactly how) my phone is ringing off the hook these days with people who want to talk about how software can help teams collaborate. What have I missed

Why SharePoint Scares Me


If you get the way it uses lists and views to organize and display data, it can be a very powerful tool for managing and collaborating on all sorts of content. For the past four years or so, at two different organizations, I've been evaluating Microsoft's Sharepoint 2007 as a Portal/Intranet/Business Process Management solution.

June Holley and The Art of Being Rhizomatic (The Practice of Network Weaving)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meeting June Holley for the first time! The most exciting moment for me was to meet June Holley face-to-face - the guru of network weaving.

Notes from 10NTC Community Call - Agenda!


dmarx from Energy Action Coalition gave a really awesome presentation at Google this week on how he and his team are using online tools to not only communicate / collaborate as a team but also using those tools to communicate out to members of their coalition and the voting public at large. Leadership. Change Management. html5.

Making Smarter Decisions: Five Business Intelligence Myths


The field of Business Intelligence (BI) is growing by leaps and bounds as technology tools make getting, combining, and visualizing data easier than ever before. Even though you DON'T have to buy expensive tools if your needs are fairly simple, it will cost you in staff time. Collaboration. want to eat statistics for dinner.

Digital Storytelling with VoiceThread: Create a Collaborative Multi-Media Presentation

Wild Apricot Blog

VoiceThread, named one of Webware's top 100 web apps for 2008, is an online media album tool that lets a group of people easily add their comments to a collection of images, videos, and documents. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech online community Video collaboration media read more ).

Using a Blog Network for Organizational Collaboration


It's apparently the month of collaboration, for some reason. I've talked to four people this month about presenting information about the types of collaboration tools that are available, particularly for networks of organizations who want to work together. So I'm giving it a lot of thought! I'm kind of compelled by this model.

Welcome to the New Age of Accountability in Grant Management

Connection Cafe

These methods would also pave the way for new analytical tools to coordinate audit resolution across agencies and funding periods.

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Open Source Donor Management Systems: Know Your Options


It’s strong in querying and generating exports to Excel, but there aren’t any standard reports, so getting information out requires mastery of the query tool or the creation of custom reports using the native Access reporting tool. by the Organizers’ Collaborative. Donors are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations. CiviCRM.

London Net Tuesday January - Resolutions for Learning

Amy Sample Ward

00-7:20 - Collaborative learning grid & wrap up. 7:20+ - Networking. Tags: londonnettuesday collaboration nettuesday onlinelearning events Tomorrow night is the January Net Tuesday event and I really hope to see you there! Join us for Net Tuesday London, this month: Resolutions for Learning! Agenda : 5:30-6:00 - Networking.

Useful Tools and Tips


Make Friend Lists on Facebook This is a tip, not a tool - if you've been stymied by Facebook's recent changes to how it handles updates, you can make a lot more sense of it by making lists of related friends, and then filtering the updates by group. Any Google search you perform will also search Twitter, posting the top five relevant results.

Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

This is our last week in our TeleGreen Your Work travel reduction campaign so if you haven't done so already, we hope that you’ll have a look at our 10 technology tips to help you reduce your need to travel, and try out some of the travel reduction tools we've collected. read more.

Tagging As a Community Building Tool


Tagging is SOCIAL = personal + collaborative at the same time. data mashups, geodata/geotagging) THEREFORE: - tagging must be made easy, - it must help people manage their info as well as yours - it must encourage collaboration, play, self-expression. There can be friction between these. Tag Clouds are a visualization of this).

To The Twitterverse and Beyond: A Taxonomy of Twitter Tools from Brian Solis

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They are asking for feedback on what is missing, suggestions for categories, and other ways to improve the tool.

Tools Galore in Online Communications - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


WomenWhoTech: Tools Galore View more presentations from Amy Sample ward. has reviews of many of these tools as well.

Policy 2.0: Can Online Collaboration Lead to Better Public Policy?


Now, Hope Street Group (a Forum One client) has opened up the policy making process with a new collaboration platform: Policy 2.0. Provide them with the tools to learn about, collaborate and refine real world policy recommendations. Tags: Collaboration The concept is simple. Hope Street Group pilot tested its Policy 2.0

Connected Futures: Connected futures: New social strategies and tools for communities of practice

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Looking at this way really helps you avoid the trap of shiny object syndrome and making tool driven decisions. The organization has to own it. 

Webinar Wrap-Up: Online Collaboration with Office Live Workspace

Tech Soup Blog

This free, online collaboration tool allows users to share files and documents anywhere they have access to the Internet. Have you used Office Live before to collaborate online with staff, colleagues, peers, volunteers, board members, or others? Tools udc=esrhq125z5ve. read more.

Case Study in Local: Oakland Local

Amy Sample Ward

Oakland Local is launching today! About Oakland Local. You can also connect with Oakland Local on twitter and facebook. Getting Local.

10NTC: What do you want to talk about?

Amy Sample Ward

The conference schedule for NTC has been developed openly and collaboratively.  But, what do you want to talk about?

Notes from SOCAP09: Thoughts on Micro-Donations, Crowd-Sourcing, Radical Collaborations, and Mobile Tech

Tech Soup Blog

On Thursday, I attended the unconference/open space portion of SOCAP09 (Social Capital Markets 2009). What's the best platform to use for online collaboration? Tools This post is cross-posted on my personal blog and on the NetSquared Blog. And so on.) Here is what you missed, so you don't have to regret not having gone.