October, 2009

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Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact


Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. As part of the LIVESTRONG Action campaign the LIVE STRONG day is focused on unifying people from all around the world through local events and activities that celebrate cancer survivorship. It’s also designed to generate awareness and foster support so the world can be freed from cancer.

How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

There are hundreds of millions of blogs according to Technorati, and that’s just blogs! Getting Started. Finding Feeds. Twitter Search. Blogs.

10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Six months ago I came pretty close to complete social media burnout. I was running over 20 social networking profiles, logging in seven days a week, and at minimum pulling 60-hour work weeks. Even when I wasn’t at home at my desk, I was on my iPhone updating Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Here’s a few tips on how to deal with it: 1.

Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

This is a story of a blog. In a matter of a few hours, most of Cancún’s resort beach had been sucked away and dumped on the sea bed. Cue sunset.

Social Media and the Performing Arts: Engagement First, Ticket Sales Second

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Arts and Social Media View more presentations from kanter. The questions I got: How do know that our social media strategy can help sell tickets?

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29 Nonprofit Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Last week I asked the followers of @NonprofitOrgs to nominate their favorite nonprofit bloggers. The list below is the result of that “Tweet Out&#. Some on the list are very known in the nonprofit sector, and others are completely under the radar and providing some very valuable resources to the nonprofit sector. Please follow: 1. David J.

National Potluck: a virtual event in action

Connection Cafe

Author: Sally Heaven. Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday, but it's usually over way too fast. How did it go?

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Justin Benttinen. My participation included: An interactive presentation on best practices for using social media for external communications.

Avoiding the Community Manager Superstar

Museum 2.0

Every time a colleague tells me her museum has just hired a "community person," a part of me cringes. Why does this happen in the first place?

350.org Day of Climate Action: From Lake Como

Amy Sample Ward

Let’s focus on 350ppm! Learn more about 350.org and get involved in the Day of Climate Action!

Encyclopaedia Britannica Supports Bookshare!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The news is excellent. Although it was possible, we never seriously thought about scanning the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Security and Privacy in a Web 2.0 world

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Security Camera - Photo by Sirius Rust. Wifi passwords, firewalls, password protected fileshares, virus protection software, etc.

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Social Media, Integrated Marketing and a Morning Out of the Office Sure Does a Body Good

Connection Cafe

Author: Jill Ward. Yesterday, I spent the morning out of the office (yay!!) Check out the 2:05 video below to learn more

Guest Post by Steve Waddell: Systems Mapping for Non-Profits - Part 1

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

See larger image here: Map from:  Waddell, Steve. Institute for Strategic Clarity, March 15. Clearly “seeing” those systems is important for success. 

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HOW TO: Create Videos for Your Nonprofit Without a Video Camera, a Budget of $0, and Little-to-No Tech Skills

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Animoto is a service that allows you to create videos about your nonprofit using a selection of your organization’s best photos. Within a few minutes and a couple of clicks, your nonprofit could have a new promotional video that you can use on your Web site, your Blog, in your e-mail newsletters, and on social networking sites.

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.

How Independent Schools Can Embrace Online and Offline Worlds


In the past year, I’ve come to a realization. The independent school arena has changed. Yes, you will say (and you would be right) it is constantly changing and has been for years! But I’m talking major mind shifts here, stay with me… No longer is the world of independent schools separated into segments of online/offline communication.

Library clips :: Online communities - technical facilitators are not enough :: October :: 2009

AFP Blog

Library clips :: Online communities - technical facilitators are not enough :: October :: 2009: "I’m finding that some Communities of Practice (CoPs) at work are lacking leadership even though they have a community leader.This is a broad statement, and there can be many reasons for this, but in this post I want to focus on one particular reason

Chicken Meetups, Solar Panels, and Yelp: 3 tools for fighting Climate Change

Connection Cafe

Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. For a couple of years my wife and I have had a wacky idea: chickens in the backyard. Community involvement is cyclical.

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.

Open Mobile Camp report

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The place to find reports on what happend is on the wiki. Also, check out the twitter stream for the #omc09 hashtag. I was especially interested in the issue of mobile data collection. (I was so interested, I facilitated a session.) Globally, what you can basically depend on is SMS. So how do you get SMS data into a database system like CiviCRM?

LOUDER, a collaborative campaigning platform

Amy Sample Ward

“Together we are…LOUDER!&# It’s true! And that’s the leading tag for a new campaigning platform called Louder.  Dive in!

Creating a Social Networking Strategy (Part 1)


This is a follow-up to Creating a Social Networking Strategy (Part 0) that originally appeared on my Connections blog and also as a guest post on Beth Kanter's blog. One of the key takeaways from Part 0 is that once you stop just playing around with social media then you need to start putting together a strategy.

What Are the Challenges to Social Network Fundraising? | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog

AFP Blog

What Are the Challenges to Social Network Fundraising? eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog: "roving that social media can be used to raise significant funds for nonprofits is “the brass ring” that every nonprofit utilizing social media wants to reach. But it is quite an elusive brass ring!

Video Fridays #19

NCE Social Media

For the 19th installment of Video Fridays, I thought I would choose a video that show you how to use URL Shorteners. What is a URL Shortener you say? Wikipedia states “URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web where a provider makes a web page available under a very short URL in addition to the original address. Trim – [link].

New Co-Lo: Game Changer


Do you ever get the bug to travel? Well, about every three years around here we get the bug to complete a major technological overhaul. It''s fun, it keeps us on our toes--but more importantly, we do this to ensure your success. You certainly don''t want to trust your data to an outdated system. Or so we said. Because we can be even more reliable.

Climate Warming and Palo Alto -> Miradi and the World

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One day last month we were shocked to discover all the street trees on our quaint downtown street had been chopped down. Clearcut. To be honest, most of us probably never took much notice of the 63 mature holly oaks. They were just part of the landscape. Until they were gone. Suddenly the world seemed a little harsher. No more trees. No more shade.

Gift Economgy and Social Reporting at myPublicServices Conference

Amy Sample Ward

The myPublicServices conference is coming up next month here in London and I’m really looking forward to it.  For two reasons: 1.

Jumpstart Year-End Giving with eCards


It’s that time of year already, and nonprofits everywhere are brainstorming ways to boost their year-end holiday giving. What better vehicle than the Internet to help give your organization an edge

Churches connect with parishioners online -- chicagotribune.com

AFP Blog

Churches connect with parishioners online -- chicagotribune.com: "On Tuesday, 250 Web-savvy Christians -- from blogging pastors to iPhone programmers -- gathered at Park Community for Cultivate 09, an interactive conference on ministry communication, which includes marketing strategy.

Deals with Twitter, Facebook and Search Engines

NCE Social Media

This week there has been quite a flurry of news for Twitter and Facebook. Bing , Microsoft’s search engine, announced a deal with the two social media tools to include their feeds in search results. That means in the future if you blog or post or tweet about your agency, those blog posts and tweets will appear in Bing’s results.

Last 10 delicious.com links

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

These are the last 10 sites I bookmarked on delicious.com: VideoPress — Quick and easy HD video sharing for WordPress. Welcome to Aviary. Mozilla Labs – Weave Sync :: Add-ons for Firefox. How to Set Up an SMS System | MobileActive.org. Your ShowtimeFu is Strong in Oakland, CA – ShowtimeFu.com. Spicynodes : Home. PowerBase.

How well do you know the cloud?

Connection Cafe

Author: Tad Druart. If you live in Austin like I do, after the last few weeks of rain and clouds, you’ll probably say you know the cloud very well. But if we say "cloud computing'" what would you say? Cloud Computing is attracting a great deal of interest across a number of industries. Heard of it, but unsure what it all means?

10NTC: What do you want to talk about?

Amy Sample Ward

The 10NTC will be April 8-10, 2010, in Atlanta, GA - mark your calendars now! But, what do you want to talk about? See you in Atlanta for 10NTC!