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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. Tailor the Tool. Flickr Photo by Yandel.

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

Connection Cafe

This is probably the most sophisticated Google tools that was discussed in the session, but it's implications were clear - Google Earth, Maps, Sketchup and accompanying APIs can help: Improve collaboration and decision making. Get your hands on these great tools and get started

Trending Sources

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. Chart of Collaboration Tools used by Information Workers. Are you using social media to collaborate with your staff, volunteers, donors, consumers?

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Eugene Eric Kim is an expert in online culture and collaboration, particularly with new tools. 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

Forrester created the “social technographics” profile tool to help businesses understand the way different audiences engage with social media (and you can read more of my thoughts on it here ). You get to contribute to a collaborative project that produces something beautiful.

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?” Take a look at the posts below—many great conversation starters to get you thinking and buzzing about what 2009 will bring. Check out the predictions for 2009 from NetSquared community members: Channing’s predictions cover a wide range of areas from cell phones saving lives to our boards going online.

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. This means that we have established a space online where we want to learn, exchange, collaborate, and really engage with our community.

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. Many ’social media experts’ who are practitioners rather than thinkers also focus on specific tools. The Second C: Collaboration.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly 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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Social Learning Isn't Just for Kids: Learning in Public at Conferences and Workshops

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Peer discussion on use of online tools for collaboration for bounded networks, exploring some of the concepts in Digital Habits (each participant got a copy). Conversation is a “learning in public” tool – maybe one of the best. Photo by Justin Benttinen.

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. Here are 100 different applications to help you out with a variety of tasks from project tracking and collaboration to donor and membership management, and from building your non-profit website to tracking its effectiveness.(

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. Socialbrite’s mission is to shine a light on the best practices, social tools and strategies that will benefit each of these important constituencies.”.

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. It was an awe-inspiring experience ,* although eHope was probably a much more powerful tool than I needed. I'm scheduled to have surgery on January 20th.

Great reads from around the web on November 25th

Amy Sample Ward

" Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009 – Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media – "Over the past six months, I've been collaborating on a book with Allison Fine, titled "The Networked Nonprofit" and we've been sifting through stories, research, and seeing many patterns. " is an open-source, non-profit video player and podcast client, check out the tool here: [link].

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. The panel will cover the various tools (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook) that are being used to elevate protests, examine the benefits and drawbacks of the internet's involvement and whether social media makes protests more or less efficient, and discuss the issue of authenticity in information dissemination.

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. At one point during the presentation we asked the participants to tell us how they use online document sharing. Here are some of their responses: read more.

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the past six months, I've been collaborating on a book with Allison Fine , titled " The Networked Nonprofit " and we've been sifting through stories, research, and seeing many patterns. What do you think are the key fundraising/social media trends of 2009? Photo by Borman818.

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

Connection Cafe

On the heels of the NTEN webinar on Community Building and Management showing nonprofit organizations how to socially enable their missions, Carie Lewis of the Humane Society of the United States has launched the TAFA Online Community for the 2009 Taking Action for Animals conference.

Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

Amy Sample Ward

On May 12, 2009 the second annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit (held via phone and web) brought together hundreds of women from across the US and abroad in the non-profit, political and business world for an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels featuring technology change makers such as Joan Blades of MoveOn and Moms Rising, Allison Fine of Personal Democracy Forum, Lynne D Johnson of Fast Company, Charlene Li, Holly Ross of NTEN, Rashmi Sinha of SlideShare, Lisa Stone of BlogHer and more.

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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. Facebook or MySpace) Collaborative Documents: Users share and edit documents online, either in real-time or over time (i.e. Ning or KickApps) Wiki: Collaborative website, where all who can view can also edit (i.e.

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

She talked about the importance of online collaboration and project management tools as a way to support those self-organized actions. (My My single next action step is to set up a sand box with June and others to explore some of these tools in the context 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. Love to see @cariegrls present about the way she's using tools to do reputation management for Humane Society. Knowledge mgmt, super internet tools - strategy and tools.

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. Close collaboration is always easier said than done.

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. And in fact, we're currently working on diagram to easily convey strengths and weakness of different tools in this space.

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. Installation is a breeze, but with so many potential options, you may want to hire a consultant or have the Organizers’ Collaborative set it up for you.

London Net Tuesday January - Resolutions for Learning

Amy Sample Ward

7:00-7:20 - Collaborative learning grid & wrap up. We’ll have representatives from LASA’s Knowledgebank, KnowHow NonProfit, School of Everything, and more on hand to help you brainstorm and discover ways to connect online regardless of what your learning resolutions include for 2009 - from new media tools to new business models and everywhere in between. Tags: londonnettuesday collaboration nettuesday onlinelearning events

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.

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. In this blog post I'll cover ways you can increase online collaboration to reduce travel and work efficiently. The environmental impact of working collaboratively online is to reduce travel.

Tagging As a Community Building Tool


Tagging is SOCIAL = personal + collaborative at the same time. Motivations for users to tag (ROE): - ease of use - to manage personal info - sharing and collaborating ( > communities of interest) - fun - self-expression Business benefits (ROI): - to facilitate collaboration - to obtain descriptive metadata - to enhance findability - to increase participation - to identify patterns - to augment existing classification systems - to spark innovation (e.g.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click to see larger image Flickr Photo By @briansolis and @jess3 Last October, Brian Solis created the definitive list of Twitter Tools , a handy list of Twitter helper applications by key categories.

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. Gayle Thorsen has some great ideas for how non-profits can use VoiceThread to engage their supporters in a compelling, collaborative online story — and you’ll have plenty of your own ideas, when you see what VoiceThread can do!

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


frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!" 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. They collaborated online on the Jive community platform , the recommendations were published in a report , and the results were presented at an October 26 event at the National Press Club. Tags: Collaboration

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am participating in this year's " Connected Futures: New Social Strategies adn Tools for Communities of Practice " a five week online workshop for community managers, designers and conveners to explore social strategies and tools to support their work. Photo by D'Arcy Norman.

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 Thanks to everyone who participated in this morning's webinar about using Miscrosoft's Office Live Workspace (OLW).

Case Study in Local: Oakland Local

Amy Sample Ward

The social web has opened a lot of doors for communities and collaborations and changed the way many people view the definition of community—on the web, communities can form easily and quickly around ideas, interests, and anything else—as physical geography isn’t important.

10NTC: What do you want to talk about?

Amy Sample Ward

The conference schedule for NTC has been developed openly and collaboratively. Panel discussion of case studies, examples, and opportunities for collaboration within sectors for more effective impact.

Messages, Stories, and Conversations: Creating a Strategy for your organization and your supporters

Amy Sample Ward

Be sure to really consider this as there are probably many different groups, supporters, collaborators, or other audiences that you may not list right away!

Eartly Adoption: Not Just For Tech?

Amy Sample Ward

Promotion and Collaboration. There is a great post from Louis Gray that I’ve been thinking about lately with an interesting view of 5 Major Stages of early adopter behavior. The Five Stages of Early Adopter Behavior include: Discovery, QA and Spreading the Word.