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BlogHers Act!

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BlogHer announces BlogHers Act, a year-long initiative to harness the incredible power of women online. Here's my suggestion for #1 over at Blogher There are two goals: 1. Making a difference on a single global cause. Identifying the top four issues that women online want the U.S. Presidential candidates to address in order to win our votes in the ??????08 08 Election. The details of how to participate are here.

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Nonprofit BlogHer: Starfish Circle

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I finally arrived in Chicago after getting up at 3:00 am to catch an early flight. So, yesterday was on less hours of sleep than number of lattes consumed. I had three lattes. Do the math. But, I had an opportunity to meet Sheila Bernus Dowd who writes a blog called Starfish Circle where she shares her insights about the nonprofit community in Silicon Valley. Check it out! It is always fun to meet readers who you have never met face-to-face and so I had to get my photo taken with her

BlogHers Act: Global Health Poll

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BlogHer (where I am a Contributing Editor) launched a year-long campaign, BlogHers Act, at their 2007 conference this summer. During BlogHers Act, BlogHers will work to make a measurable improvement in "global health" issues. BlogHers Act will take a two-pronged approach to make a positive change in global health issues. BlogHers will work together around a single global health issue that they want to create change around.

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Meet Some Do Good BlogHers

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I'm having a great time at the BlogHer Conference this year connecting with lots of do-good, good-hearted BlogHers like: Zoe Chafe, Staff Researcher and blogger for Worldwatch Institute. Photo Credit: Photo of Birdie Jawarski at the Scrapblog Stand at the BlogHer Conference 07 by Alex de Carvalho.

Blogher: Getting it on for a Cause!

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Yesterday, on very little sleep, I did a session at Blogher. Britt Bravo did a superb job of moderating. VITA and Kaylyn , fellow panelists, were inspiring. Katie took excellent notes! Thank you

BlogHer Acts: How Should BlogHers Change the World?

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Yesterday BlogHer launched a new, year-long initiative to use the power of its 11,000+ members for positive change. What is the global issue BlogHer's members should focus on this year? You can read my answer to the first question in my post on BlogHer, " BlogHers Act: We Need to Be A Witness for Darfur ". Bloghers Act , Bloghersact , Blogher , politics , women , election , social change Darfur

I'm Speaking at BlogHer and Blogme2007

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I'm off to my third BlogHer Conference! Meanwhile, I'm finally doing the ten-second blogme meme: I'm going to have to use my BlogHer 2005 T-shirt slogan again -- "Enough about me, let's talk about my blog" a big hat tip to Alexandra Samuels This year I"m speaking on a panel called " Getting It On(line) for a Cause. While PowerPoint presentations with deadening bullet points are banned from sessions, I a few slides to share.

Meet A Cambodian BlogHer: Sopheap Chak

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She started her blog this year in May, 2007 because it was an opportunity for self-expression. How come there are not so many BlogHers in Cambodia? Cross posted on BlogHerphoto by Oso Sopheap blogs at ifocus with the tagline ???three three dimensions of life.??? She is the Advocacy and Public Relation Officer for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. She has worked for that NGO for almost two years.

Global Health Initiative: Bloghers Act - Take the Poll

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BlogHers Act is a year-long initiative in which members of BlogHer , both on BlogHer???s s network and in our extended communities, will work to make a measurable improvement in Global Health (as distinct from BlogHer's Election 2008 Voter Manifesto initiative focused on the domestic issues of importance to Presidential candidates). BlogHers Act will take a two-pronged approach to improving Global Health: 1.

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Is the Nonprofit Technology Conference 2007 on your list?

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The 2007 NTC Conference is around the corner, well in April, but some discount pricing deadlines coming right up. I just read an excellent summary post by colleague Britt Bravo over at Blogher about virtual volunteering and thinking about all the "real time face-to-face" volunteers that support the Sharing Foundation and helped make our recent fundraising campaign successful.

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Meet Michaela Hackner: BlogHer and Nonprofit Techie

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So, she graciously agreed to participate in our panel and do a quick interview for me so I could "pro blog it" for BlogHer. Photo by Michaela Hackner, Kalabird. By the time you read this post, I will be crossing the International Dateline enroute to the first Cambodian Bloggers Summit in Phnom Penh. (No, No, I'm not blogging on the plane! I wrote it in advance). I was asked to participate on a panel proposal at SXSW 2008 with several nonprofit colleagues.

Why I'm Not In Chicago at BlogHer Right Now

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I should be in Chicago at the pre-conference sessions and the reception for BlogHer Contributing Editors right now. But, all flights out of RI and Boston on United were cancelled due to the above Thunderstorms. I was lucky that I snagged a 6:00 AM flight out tommorrow morning. Hopefully, I will arrive just in time for my panel session, although I hope I won't be too over caffeinated

BlogHers, Gender Blogging, and Linux Chix in Cambodia!

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Click To Play Here a round up of some the fabulous women Bloghers in Cambodia and Linux Chix that I met. Dee Dee with the BlogHer bag! On the right, is Sopheap who I interviewed for BlogHer. Cross posted at BlogHerDee Dee is one of two women on the five-person Clogger Team responsible for organizing the Cambodian Bloggers Summit.

GiGi Congratulations Video! Plus congrats from Blogher and Cool Cat Teacher Blog

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Update: Lisa Stone over at BlogHer just wrote the most beautiful post about the NTEN award! I'm so proud to be part of the BlogHer community and to work with the amazing founders of blogher - who were just featured in the NY Times regarding the Cyberbullying issue. Further, the kind words from one of my favorite bloghers Vicky Davis have made me cry. I just saw this and had to post it.

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Pitch Your Cause or Organization and Help Me Write My Next Blogher Post

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I was assigned to write a piece for the Blogher Holiday guide for this Sunday. My assignment: Recommend 10 (or more) nonprofits or causes that people may consider as a holiday gift. Now, I could go make a list, but I thought it would be such a richer list if you all helped me. So, here's what you can do: 1.) Recommend a charity and/or cause. Describe what you think a contribution to this charity in someone's honor as a holiday gift would be an awesome gift. In LESS than three sentences.

Blogathon 2007: Raise Money for Your Favorite Cause with your Blog

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Starting Saturday, July 28th at 6 AM PST, 2007 Blogathon bloggers will post a new post every 30 minutes for 24 hours to raise money for their favorite cause. If you do decide to join the 2007 Blogathon, let folks know in the comments of this post. Image Credit: The 2007 Blogathon mascot, Meme the Sheep, was created by the Ryan Estrada. Who needs a walk-a-thon when you can join a Blogathon!

Learnings and Reflections from BlogHer about Mobile Phones for Video Blogging and Beyond

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While I was in Chicago, Ryanne Hodson , who I met at last year's BlogHer, is in Cambodia and Southeast Asia with Jay Dedman to document the work of Project Hope International. So, while at BlogHer 07 I had a little bit of a personal learning mission: What can I learn about mobile video blogging in a global context? As always, I got a lot out of BlogHer, so I wanted to capture here in case anyone else is wondering about this topic. Photo 1. Photo 2.

I'll Be Moderating, "Getting It On(line) for a Cause," at BlogHer

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You can learn some blog fundraising tips if you come to the BlogHer Conference in Chicago where I'll be moderating a panel on Friday, July 27th from 2:45-4:00 pm called, Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Part 1 - Raising Money. Girl (aka Siel) , who will talk about the Starbucks Challenge , and Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann , who will talk about BlogHer's new community activism initiative: BlogHers Act. blogher07 , Bloghers Act , Bloghersact , Blogher

Women Helping Women Blog: BlogHer Editors Mentor Beginning Bloggers

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11 of BlogHer' s Contributing Editors have volunteered to give free 1/2 hour phone consults to beginning women bloggers. Choose your beginning blogging mentor from the list on BlogHer. Is your New Year's Resolution to create a blog, but you don't know how to start? Did you recently begin blogging, but have a lot of unanswered questions? All you pay for is the cost of the call. Here's how you can take advantage of this special opportunity: 1.

Mary Joyce: Global Social Change Blogher - Her Latest: Free Monem Campaign

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Mary Joyce in front of her campaign posts during a recent trip to Lagos to set up computer equipment for the OpenNet Initiative in April, 2007 (Photo from her Flickr stream). My colleague Mary Joyce who writes a blog called " ZapBoom: The Sound That Change Makes " that focuses on the question, "Under what conditions does citizen activism occur and how can it be supported and encouraged?"

Amy Sedaris: Why You Should Support Cambodia Bloggers Summit

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I met Amy Sedaris at BlogHer. She was so excited about the Cambodian Bloggers Summit that she agreed to make a campaign video for me. In appreciation of her kindness, I'm including a link to her new book

Another Meme. foot level girl geekery

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Then I read the attribution, "photo concept shamelessly stolen " and realized that I had taken a similar photo at Blogher! And, not only that, Gina graciously gave me some of her BlogHer swag to take to Cambodia and this is a perfect way to say Thanks! Photo by Gina Trapani. The photo from one of my flickr contacts, Gina Trapani , caught my eye and I thought, this looks familiar but couldn't place it.

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Eight Steps to Thriving on Information Overload

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At Blogher, I got a chance to finally meet Jack Vinson who writes a blog called Knowledge Jot With Jack. And thanks Jack, for giving your BlogHer bag to take to Cambodia I keep on wanting to update my really " Information Coping Skills " workshop curriculum from almost ten years ago. His recent post " Eight Steps to Thriving on Information Overload " caught my eye.

Blog Day and One Web Day: Are You Participating?

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August 31, 2007 is the third annual Blog Day. Since the event is dedicated to BlogDay, I'm sure that my BlogDay post will point to five (or more) Cambodian BlogHers. I enjoyed Sopheap's recent post about public education about not littering in Cambodia ) After I get back in September, OneWebDay is next community web event on my calendar scheduled for September 22, 2007. BlogDay is focused on getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest.

SlideShare Adds Audio and Meeting Rashmi

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And everyone know how much I love SlideShare ) I got to met her at BlogHer and talk about Slideshare! Photo: Jennifer Pozner. That's Rashmi Sinha, the CEO of Slideshare. Slideshare recently launched slidecasting, the ability to add audio. I tested it using the Camtasia powerpoint narration feature, but looks like there is some bug. But, for me, what I really like is the access to the excellent content on the site and the community. I'm gonna have to fireup audacity and give it whirl

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She's Geeky: Feeling Energized, Connected, and Learning

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Deb Roby a BlogHer Blogger. Liz and I had incredible conversation about mobile blogging during the blogher unconference last July and I always found her to be one someone who with a great deal of wisdom. Two of my favorite bloghers who have worked in the nonprofit sector were also in the room, Liz Henry and her sister. For past day and half, I've been here in Mountain View at She's Geeky.

Re-Engerize Your (Nonprofit) Career with Michele Martin and Rosetta Thurman

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Two of favorite nonprofit BlogHers, Michele Martin (of the Bamboo Project ), and Rosetta Thurman(of Perspectives from the Pipeline ) are interested in piloting one-day free retreat for about 15 women on a Saturday in the Washington, DC area. For more on Career advice for women, check out these blogs: The Savvy Entrepreneur Career Woman, Inc The Career Encouragement Blog Career Assessment Goddess Blog Cross-posted at BlogHer

31 Days To Better Nonprofit Blogging

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Michele Martin, Bamboo Project Michele Martin is one of my favorite BlogHers in the nonprofit space. I discovered some wonderful nonprofit BlogHers by checking out the bloghers who participating in this learning experiment. I've been a fan of her blog for about two years. Michele covers a wide range of topics related to how nonprofits are using technology. She also writes about training and personal learning. What's even better, she is a terrific community-builder.

2008 SXSW Panel Picker: You can Vote

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I wasn't as lucky as Amy Gahran who won the free pass to attend at BlogHer. I've never been to South by Southwest Interactive Festival or SXSW. Only read about it online wishing I could attend. So when Ed Schipul invited me to be on a panel with him, Rachel Weidinger, Seth Mazow, and Erin Denny about using social media for fundraising, I decided go for it. The panel selection process is done by vote and anyone can vote. Here's the link.

I'm Halfway To Cambodia Bloggers Summit Goal!

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There is a connection to something that Tara Hunt mentioned at BlogHer. And, I'd like to thank these wonderful people who contributed to the campaign! Celeste Wroblewski. Alan Levine Gr??goire goire Japiot Shirley Williams Ruby Sinreich Sean Stannard-Stockton Laura Chambers Allison Hewlitt Thomas Taylor. Twitter isn't half bad as a fundraising tool. more about that later. And, a special thanks again to Liz Sanger and this time with link love. I've never met Liz in person.

Send Creative Commons T-Shirt (s) to Cambodia.

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I ran into her at BlogHer and immediately noticed her t-shirt because I have the same one. Click to Play. Meet Candace N. Nast who writes a placeblog called BlogWindsor and Femilicious. In fact, the photo I took of my kids wearing it won the Creative Commons photo contest !

Meet Danielle Brigida: Ranger Rick's AlterEgo on Facebook

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Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE for Social Change and NGOS, writes Beth's Blog. A few months back, I wrote about a Facebook campaign to reinstate Ranger Rick's Facebook profile. Ranger Rick Raccoon, the persona of the National Wildlife Federation , was taken down by Facebook staff because it violated the Facebook's terms of service (no fake people.)

Social Media Measurement Tools for Scattered Content Creators

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Following the link to this post "The need to centralize brand in a decentralized world" made me link of a recent post from Amy Gahran about Jack Vinson (both of whom I hung out with at BlogHer). Jeremiah emphasizes the need for Digital Lifestule Aggregation (I'm thinking of that People Aggregator T-Shirt Lisa Canter gave me at BlogHer 2006). Jerimiah Owyang points to a social media measurement tool called Blogscope.

Thank you Darlene and Mata!

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Mata, over at Blogher, wrote a terrific post called " Three Ways you can simply change the world for the better. One of my longtime flickr contacts, an artist named Darlene, just sent me a note that when her paycheck arrives, 10% is going to the Sharing Foundation. OMG, I can't believe this generosity. So, in return, I'm plugging her cause - Life in Africa and this cause. Is this an example of the virtual gift economy?

Cambodia Bloggers Summit: Help Young Cambodian Bloggers Join the Global Conversation

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They are organizing the first " Cambodian Blogger Summit (aka Cloggers Summit) " to take place 30-31 August 2007 in Cambodia. Identify and interview 3-5 amazing Cambodian BlogHers and post on BlogHer site. Cambodian young people are joining the global conversation in the blogosphere and sharing their perspectives through different forms of grassroots citizen's media thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of Cambodian bloggers.

My 10 Second Bio

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Mocha Mama has launched a "You in 10 Seconds" meme for the bloggers attending the BlogHer Conference next week so that they can learn a tiny bit about each other. Even if you aren't going to BlogHer, you can still continue the meme. Rabindranath Tagore You can read more 10 second bios on BlogHer , or follow the blogme2007 tag

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How do you encourage your kids to contribute to charity or causes?

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I'm working on a piece for the BlogHer Holiday Guide about encouraging children to contribute causes and charities. Winners of the Creative Commons Photo Contest, 2006. In our family, I involve my kids in various fundraising activities - from Cambodia to Creative Commons. We have dinner table discussions on why it is important to support causes, particularly programs in Cambodia like the Sharing Foundation.

How To Green Your Tech Conference

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Last summer, I remember seeing Britt Bravo photographing the trash at the Blogher Conference. She was creating a visual for this post, " Can't Blogher Conference Be Greener Next Year ?" The NTC Ride/Room Share Board. " Looks like Britt has been looking at other tech conferences and asking the same question. Her recent post at Netsquared called " How To Green Your Tech Conference " has some good advice.

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Gift the Gift of Charity: Make A Contribution to any of these Fabulous Organizations

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Photo by Life in Africa For this week's BlogHer Holiday Guide post, I needed to come up with a list of nonprofit organizations or causes that BlogHer readers may consider making a donation to as part of their year-end giving. I also turned to the readers of my blog who are very savvy about nonprofits and asked them to pitch their favorite causes and organizations that might be of interest to BlogHer readers.

Loyality: RSS Subscribers and How To Keep It Growing

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I learned about this from a personal branding session at BlogHer I attended this summer. Skelliewag has value packed post called " How To Get 1,050 Subscribers in 3 Months. " It's a three prong strategy: 1. Work out who your target audience is and write your content exclusively for them. Pack your articles with as much value as possible. If time is a problem, post less. Source out your target audience by getting or making links and writing for social media.

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Change Status: Facebooking and Twittering for a better world

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Maybe we should consider adding it to BlogHers Act ? Cross posted at BlogHer. Alexandra Samuel of Social Signal has an excellent post about of how to use your Twitter and Facebook status messages to change the world, one tweet at a time. In the nonprofit sector, many people work long, hard hours on behalf of larger movement. Alexandra asks, "What can we do in between those milestones to track our progress, boost our morale, build community, and celebrate our successes?"

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Give One, Get One: One Laptop Per Child.

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Virginia Debolt who covers the technology beat at BlogHer has a great roundup of the reactions. DC Metblogger Flickr Photo. Almost exactly two years ago, the One Laptop Per Child launched. I blogged it and was initially very excited! But when I realized it would take a long time before a small NGO working in a country, like say, Cambodia, might be able to purchase a small number of them (less than 100) to outfit a school, I was disappointed. Tharum was disappointed too.