ASAE 2008 Here I come!

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The most important addition to this is the Blogger Unconference - just a bunch of us hanging out again for the benefit of those bloggers who are actually presenting during the time slot of the main bloggercon. The Twitter channel will give you the scoop on behind the scenes stuff, but you can't really converse with it or with everyone on it as a group (you can of course talk to any individual from the group that you choose to follow).

Online Courses

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Online Courses November 6, 2007 I’ve been thinking a lot about giving online courses in the use of open source software. The course is a 12 week course, starting on November 19th (with time off for the holidaze.) I’ll be following this up with an Open Source 101, starting in early 2008, on my own Moodle site. {

Trending Sources

How Much Time Does It Take To Do Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Time Chart - See Flickr Discussion on Version 1 Wanna Remix it? Here's a question I get all the time: How much time and resources does it take to implement social media? " It does take more time in the beginning if you're just acquiring the skill with a particular tool.

Dragonair Hauls Rami off the Plane

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

They tried about ten times and about ten different ways. Of course, I felt Rami was taking a much bigger risk! Of course, we were worried about Rami being stuck in Hong Kong as we jetted off to Fuzhou.

Landing Page Optimization for Online Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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I had the opportunity to attend Marketing Sherpas landing page optimization certification course and I think the methodology applies easily to the work we do in the nonprofit world. But the key take-away from the Marketing Sherpa course was to never rely on instinct alone.

Traditional Strategic Planning Sucks part 1

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Of course traditional strategic planning CAN work, and has to some extent in the past, but the whole point is that things move much faster these days and associations are finding it hard to do all the "management" necessary to monitor The Plan. Surely there should be some strategic capacity within the organization as a whole that does not need top-down management, (and board retreats, and all that time-consuming stuff that is EXTERNAL to one's daily job).

Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Admissions Desk

Museum 2.0

to 2 times the price of single admission, but at ski resorts, a season pass costs almost 20 times the price of one-day admission. Hostesses at my favorite restaurants are nicer to me each time I bring new guests.

There is no spoon

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You may think we can't create a new world on top of the old; I think you have to respect the history of an industry that has evolved purely from hard work and common goals, at the same time as you work to convince the people in that industry to change the way they do everything. And of course, it's not enough to just persuade organizations to use the new technologies available to them. What I said was, "I think we use our strategic imagination all the time, every day!"

Web 4

HSUS YouTube User-Generated Video Competition Grows List - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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Since this brought dogfighting into the spotlight and put it on the minds of many Americans, we figured it was a good time to reach out to people. Of course, we had no budget for this. The only cost, as with many social campaigns, was staff time.

HSUS YouTube User-Generated Video Competition Grows List - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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Since this brought dogfighting into the spotlight and put it on the minds of many Americans, we figured it was a good time to reach out to people. Of course, we had no budget for this. The only cost, as with many social campaigns, was staff time.

Long time coming.

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Course I still don't have time to go through and do anything with this - number #237 on my "to-do at some point" list. Facebook launches new privacy features.

Authenticity is the new Cool and other lessons from my Pecha Kucha Session at ASAE 2008

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ASAE & The Center 2008 San Diego) view presentation tags: discovery insights ideas story Jeff De Cagna and I conducted a session at ASAE using the Japanese presentation format Pecha Kucha , where the entire presentation is done using 20 slides (images only, minimal or no text) for a maximum of 20 seconds each (totaling 6 minutes and 40 seconds). You have to repeat, repeat, repeat… - You can get to know someone 140 characters at a time. Green is good but takes time and diligence.

Austrian Mountain Top

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However, most times that means I'm not in the picture. Neil Soiffer of Design Sciences took this nice picture of me on the top of the mountain for the ICCHP conference's Mountain Attack on July 12th, 2008. I love my digital camera and taking lots of pictures.

Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits April 17, 2008 I guess because I’m a blogger, I get these interesting tidbits in my mailbox. I don’t always have a lot of time to investigate them, or figure out if they are useful, but I do like to not completely ignore the ones that look interesting.

New tools

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology New tools February 5, 2008 Last week, I spent too much time watching demos from DEMO , which is this twice yearly event that showcases the most bleeding edge internet technology. Of course, there is a lot of buzz about Sprout. I am, of course, waiting for Beth to tell us.

The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

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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. I’ve been caught using the “free as in kittens&# metaphor many more times than once. This of course is rubbish.

Signs of the times

FI Space

Detroit, of course, is deeply troubled, but the trend nationwide is clear. So it seems likely that by the time this recession is over the transformation of the media landscape will be complete. There’s no time to dither or to dally In this morning’s Washington Post an article appeared about why two Detroit newspapers are cutting back home delivery to three days per week.

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

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Allison Fine, who authored " Social Citizens" , a paper recently released by The Case Foundation on the intersection of Millennials, social change and social media, wonders whether it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service?

Give the Gift of Time Together for the Holidays

Have Fun - Do Good

When you're on your death bed looking back on your life, what will you remember most, the stuff you received as gifts, or the time you spent with the people you care about? Of course, I have to be involved in it, but they get to pick what they want to do, and then they gift it to her.

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Saving Money and Building Up Social Capital in Hard Times

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Michael Gilbert, Nonprofit Online News, has an article entitled, " Turning To Each Other in Hard Times: Four Steps To Save Money and Building Social Capital." Of course, Gilbert's article, while touches on listening, is about how organizations should make decisions about technology in this financial crisis, where to cut back, and where to invest using social capital concepts as a guide. Making Whuffie View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: fuelconference whuffie ).

Developing a Social Media Plan: Lessons from Election 2008

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Election 2008 is remarkable for so many reasons. For the first time in U.S. As agents of social change, there is a great deal the nonprofit sector can learn from Election 2008. And of course, the campaigns themselves are using network centric tools to activate a grass roots base. Go Mobile: Mobile applications have surged in this 2008 and some predict it will make the difference in the election's outcome. But of course mapping has gone public.

Worth Trust: Scanning in Tamil Nadu

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The Times of India covered the story during my visit, Disabled in city help blind in US. The scanning setup is quite similar to ours in Palo Alto, of course. And, hopefully in the future we'll be able to do books in Indian languages like Hindi and Tamil (and many others, of course).

First trip to China

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The Hong Kong Society for the Blind Home Page The Hong Kong Blind Union | 香港失明人坔進會: 本會新消杯 (website has no English) Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired | å¿ƒå…‰ç›²äººé™¢æš¨å­¸æ ¡ Our timing was great: we had excellent meetings in all three places.

On my way to NTC

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology On my way to NTC March 17, 2008 Tomorrow, I step off the plane in New Orleans, to go to the Nonprofit Technology Conference , and see folks I only get to see once a year, meet new people, chat and hang out with people I’ve been emailing/blog commenting/twittering, etc. And of course, there is Penguin Day !! I think it will be a great time.

How To: Put Technology to Use (October 2008)

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Then, of course, there are blogs , and podcasts , and video , and. Those are all "How-to" links, by the way, but) if you're short on time, here are 50 Web2.0 NTEN's own Holly Ross suggests a simple formula: (Time & Money Saved + Money Earned) - (Time & Money In) = ROI. Money earned is easy, but how do you figure if you're saving time and money? Your guide to the resources that will help you put technology to work for your cause.

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

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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. RSS should actually stand for " Real-time Subscription Service ". All for free, of course, that's the beauty of it.

A Procrastinators Guide to Year-End Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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» Friday Nov 09 2007 A Procrastinators Guide to Year-End Fundraising Friday, November 9, 2007 at 02:38PM | by James OMalley Its November, crunch time for nonprofit fundraisers looking to cash in on some of the Yuletide cheer of the giving season.

My Theory of Practice

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My Theory of Practice July 10, 2008 I finally had the reason to begin to more completely articulate my theory of practice. I’d had bits and pieces of this in varied places, and in my head, but it was a good time to get it all down.

Frackin’ Brilliant

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Frackin’ Brilliant June 17, 2008 That’s what I said to Tompkins Spann, of Convio, when he told me last week (after I duly signed the requisite NDA) that Convio was going into the donor database business by building an app on top of Salesforce.com.

Reflection and Evaluation

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Reflection and Evaluation March 10, 2008 Michele Martin, one of my fave bloggers, has a great post today on Reflective Practice. In the last few months, I was involved in helping three organizations choose vendors for varied technology projects, and in the course of that time, I talked with almost a dozen technology vendors of one type or another.

What software freedom means to me

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What software freedom means to me June 25, 2008 I got some interesting comments on the last post about Linux desktops. I got involved in Linux a long time ago. I left academia to do that sort of thing with nonprofits full time.

Reflections on Micronesia

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It's great to go to completely different places, spending time learning about history, politics, issues and culture from new perspectives. Of course, much of the wreckage is left over from World War II and its immediate aftermath. Micronesia left quite an impression on me.

Frustrations

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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. Now, of course, as a techie, and someone with a home network, and multiple computers, and varied projects, there is always a list like this. Of course with my mac, I opened up the system preferences, checked a button, and, voila!

Post-NTC Ramblings

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Post-NTC Ramblings March 24, 2008 It was a great week. I’ve got several posts on tap about specific aspects of the conference, or specific products and such that I’d come across during my time at NTC last week, so stick around.

Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits February 14, 2008 These are tidbits of things I’ve gotten recently from vendors, or gotten via feeds or twitter. But first, of course, you must be “verified&# as a Kintera Connect partner. Setup of all three has a one time fee.

No more custom CMS!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

February 18, 2008 This is a rant. As the author of a custom CMS (it did have the advantage that it was released as open source, but it never caught on, so it still counts as custom) I know what it is like to put my heart and soul (and time) into a CMS, and want my clients to get what they want. Of course, one could argue that migration off of one of the more popular CMS to another one is difficult – as difficult as migration off of a custom CMS.

gokubi.com

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Rolling up the sleeves with VisualForce Rolling up the sleeves with VisualForce Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:58 Written by Steve Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:58 I wrote the other day that VisualForce was the real deal. And ditching the webservices simplifies and speeds up everything, of course. This entry was posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 7:58 am and is filed under CRM , Technology.

So where is open source in the nptech ecosystem?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

January 16, 2008 I’ve had a few interesting things happen lately which is making me wonder about what’s happening with open source, and the perceptions of open source in the nonprofit sector. In a sense, we are, of course quite biased. Perhaps it’s time to change the message, a bit. Of course, one can’t base anything on two forum comments, but I wonder if we haven’t turned a corner in the conversation.

Can open source software save organizations money?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There are, of course, arguments that IT budgets should be, at least, level funded during slim times, but the reality is that organizations are going to reduce budgets across the board. The answer, of course, is a solid maybe, but also a resounding yes. Organizations that haven’t been able to do that migration might find those costs to be prohibitive at this time - which is unfortunate. Of course, it all takes effort and work.

3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

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Campaigns use not only the tried and true tactics we see every time around, but also innovate to get an edge over their competitors. As the 2008 campaign was heating up, internet based tools, especially social media, were really taking off.

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