CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re thrilled that today’s rapid changes in technology are opening up tremendous new ways to address the problems they face. SocialCoding4Good brings together individual software professionals as well as corporate social responsibility teams from companies such as Cisco, Google, Hewlett Packard, LinkedIn, and VMware to volunteer their technical skills to nonprofit partners that develop and maintain free and open source software addressing critical social problems.

Data Digest: Moneyball Giving, Data and Philanthropy, Data for Africa

Tech Soup Blog

The rational for "seeing data as a state" rather than a donor in Africa to help answer policymakers questions is also explained. Seeing Like a State in Africa: Data Needed. He says that “seeing like a state” is more similar to “seeing like a citizen”, and that citizens are more likely to ask for information like comparative school performance, for instance, since it is of direct importance to them, on open data platforms.

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Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

Tech Soup Blog

This week have a look at the just completed Open Data for Africa platform and learn more about the brewing open data revolution in the MENA region. There is some great insight into the need for the Open Data movement to be more inclusive as well as explanations of why big data gathering should be more strategic. Open Data. Is Open Data Just A Flash in the Pan Movement? Open Source data NetSquared big data

Caltech: Founding Values

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It wasn’t too many years ago when our pharmaceutical industry more or less argued that people with AIDS in Africa should die rather than to license their medicines for low cost manufacture. Top tech companies like Google, Facebook and IBM have figured out how to make vast quantities of money by giving away their core product, or building products on top of open source and free software. To the greatest extent possible, be open.

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IntraHealth International Launches OPEN Initiative to Improve Public Health in Africa

Tech Soup Blog

A couple weeks back, IntraHealth International — a supporter of TechSoup Global — launched a terrific new collaboration with great music artists, technologists, and health care workers in order to further benefit programs for urgent health needs in Africa. The InterHealth OPEN Initiative has brought together a cadre of famous artists including Youssou N'Dour, Nas, Peter Buck from R.E.M. (a

Data Digest: Global Open Data Initiative, OpenData Latinoamérica, Big Data for Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

This week check out the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative, the pursuit for the release and use of open data in Latin America and thoughts on open data and democracy in Africa. Open Data Applied. Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI). A new Global Open Data Initiative has been launched through a partnership with the Web Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Open Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation.

Great reads from around the web on December 15th

Amy Sample Ward

' Open Source Is Dead! Long Live Open Source! What I mean is that open source, as we knew it, is dead. For the last decade, what we've been talking about when we say "open source" is "open code" — a set of zeroes and ones that we can configure to our heart's desire." I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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12 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising, Social Media, and Mobile Technology

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East mobile payment systems through messaging apps are on the rise and worldwide digital wallets are gaining users. Source: 2016 Charitable Giving Report. Source: Dunham+Company. Source: 2016 Luminate Online Benchmark Report. Source: 2016 Donor Loyalty Study. Source: 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report. Source: 2017 Benchmarks Study. Source: State of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising 2017.

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I’m going to Rwanda

gokubi.com

Today I got confirmation of some great news–in February I’ll be going to Rwanda for a week to help install an open source medical records system at a rural health clinic! He wants to answer the question: does cloud computing have a role in health systems in rural Africa? In time, I think Salesforce.com can be a boon in rural Africa, and I’m really interested to start the work to figure out if that time is now, soon, or farther down the road.

Why Every Organization Should Make Sustainability Part of its Mission

Saleforce Nonprofit

For example, AfrikaVuka , the digital organizing platform for 350 Africa, is a climate organizing platform now engaging about 100 groups across the continent.

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Africa is definitely getting more attention from us. Susan Bazilli, an international human rights attorney, recently brought Martus to the attention of the women's rights community in Africa, through a posting to the Women's Information Technology Transfer site. Plus, we recently spotted this article on the Open Source Africa site. Our human rights group is active all over the place right now.

How Wikipedia Faces Emerging Knowledge with Collective Capital

Non Profit Quarterly

The overwhelming majority of editors on the page, according to Wikipedia’s own breakdown , work in English, and a full 20 percent of editors live in the US while no editors live in Africa. CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link. February 12, 2020; Marketplace.

Announcing the Third Impact Lab on Climate Justice

Saleforce Nonprofit

Our first Impact Lab cohort designed Service Match , an open-source app designed for case managers who connect people experiencing homelessness to vital human services. “To address our climate emergency, we must rapidly, radically reshape society.

Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

Tech Soup Blog

The link need to be like so: Africa. Africa and the Middle East. TARGET END LINKS. ## Central and South America. ## North America. ## Africa. ## Europe. ## Asia and Pacific Rim. --> North America. Kitchener, Ontario: Promoting Open Source. Africa and the Middle East. Birmingham, United Kingdom: November Meetup: Open-Source Tools. October is here, which means we can't ignore the fact that fall has arrived.

Digital Platforms for Greater Impact: Examples for Foundations

Forum One

The platform provides a, “reliable, sustainable source of local data and evidence to communities to help them identify opportunities to improve their health.” . Open data science tools and resources for marine science and management”.

Training Human Rights Defenders in the DRC

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

at Benetech.org In my job as outreach coordinator for Martus , Benetech’s free and open source information management technology, I teach human rights workers in many countries how to secure their data. Caption: Human rights workers receive Martus training in the Democratic Republic of Congo The first Congolese Martus training took place in Kinshasa, the state capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is located on the bank of the Congo River in central Africa.

Michelle, the consultant

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I do a ton of technical writing, and I have become the “documentation facilitator&# of the OpenMRS project – it is an open source medical records system, designed to serve clinics in low-resource areas (such as sub-sarahan Africa) that treat patients with HIV/AIDS. I’d also love to consult with for-profit vendors who are thinking about dipping their toes into offering support for open source projects, or open sourcing their software.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We develop free and open source software to help groups capture the stories of human rights abuse, and store and back them up securely in another country. We work in North Africa Latin America, Asia: most of the places where large scale human rights abuses are going on. Benetech, is a leading nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. We write software for people with disabilities as well as human rights and environmental groups.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There is an interesting case study of the marketing of Tampax and Africa on the Cause Related Marketing Blog. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants April 14, 2008 I like hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. Mostly, because I get to read blogs by people that aren’t on my list of feeds I read regularly.

Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects! Congrats!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Addressing Africa???s Aspiration Social Source Commons [link]. Strengthening the Social Web in Africa [link]. Open Source, Open Standards Video [link]. There were 150+ submitted nominations and 3,000+ people voted and 21 projects were selected. The Featured Projects will be going on to the NetSquared Conference and have an opportunity to receive cash, tech and consulting resources. Congrats to the list of 21!

Tell Your Community's Story with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

The link need to be like so: Africa. The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in: Africa. TARGET END LINKS. ## Central and South America. ## North America. ## Africa. ## Europe. ## Asia and Pacific Rim. --> Central and South America. Portland, Oregon: Secret Knowledge of Open Source. Africa. With less than two weeks to go, TechSoup’s Storymakers campaign is roaring along.

The First Global Martus Users Group Meeting

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Martus is Benetech's free and open source software package designed for human rights activists to collect stories and data about human rights abuses. And, support from the Open Society Foundation made this event possible! I head out again soon to meet with potential Martus users in Southern Africa – in other words, I’m returning to focus on specific projects. Tripathi Open Society Open Society Foundations Martus human rights Thailand Chiang Mai Patrick Ball MacArthur

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Doing the Right Stuff Right for Human Rights

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Delivering my opening remarks at the Martus'' 10th Anniversary A decade later, in 2003, Benetech —the nonprofit tech company I founded and lead—launched our Human Rights Program to address this very question. You can read more about the many faces of the Martus user community and the impact that Martus has had on human rights groups , from Africa to Burma to Guatemala.

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Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

Tech Soup Blog

That’s why we invited NetSquared organizers and ambassadors to participate in the TechSoup Africa and TechSoup Europe Summits. The link need to be like so: Africa. Africa and the Middle East. TARGET END LINKS. ## Central and South America. ## North America. ## Africa. ## Europe. ## Asia and Pacific Rim. --> North America. Africa and the Middle East. Birmingham, United Kingdom: Open-Source Software for Charities.

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Growing the NetSquared Community

Tech Soup Blog

The link need to be like so: Africa. Africa + Middle East. TARGET END LINKS ## Central and South America. ## North America. ## Africa. ## Europe. ## Asia and Pacific Rim. --> North America. Austin, Texas: CiviCRM: Free, Open-Source CRM for Nonprofits and Startups. Africa + Middle East. TechSoup's network of nonprofit technology meetups has been growing. In fact, during the last quarter , we had 56 active groups in 19 countries!

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

The link need to be like so: Africa. Africa and Middle East. TARGET END LINKS. ## Central and South America. ## North America. ## Africa. ## Europe. ## Asia and Pacific Rim. --> North America. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels & Bytes "Open-Source Summer Fiesta" San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night. Africa and Middle East.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

The link need to be like so: Africa. Africa and Middle East. TARGET END LINKS. ## Central and South America. ## North America. ## Africa and Middle East. ## Europe and UK. ## Asia and Pacific Rim. --> North America. Boston, Massachusetts: Monthly Pitch Night | BostonSpeaks/Impact Hub Open Project Night. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes "Open-Source Summer Fiesta" San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night.

Christian Kreutz, Web 2.0 for Development Blogger, is in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam Now. Cambodian Education System Changes To OpenSource Software!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One example to publish comes from Africa - here and here. On another note, I got an email from Javier Solas (interviewed the Linux Chix on his staff last fall) from Open Institute who has been leading the Khmer OS project and building the educational technology plan for Cambodia letting me know of major project milestone: The Cambodian Education System Changes to Open Source Software and KhmerOS.

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Socialbrite: Social Tools for Social Change

Amy Sample Ward

Ken Banks, who is using mobile technology to foster positive social and environmental change in the developing world, particularly in Africa. Socialbrite.org is built in WordPress, the popular open source blogging platform. 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 Socialbrite.org, a hub that showcases social tools for social change.

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Great reads from around the web on October 11th

Amy Sample Ward

One of the worst humanitarian crises continues to escalate in the Horn of Africa, where famine, war and drought are threatening 13M+ people. – "Well how about that – after Epic Change’s use of JustCoz, and Al Gore’s campaign with Climate Reality Project in September to get folks to donate their status updates, someone has gone and open sourced the concept. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Nonprofit Technology News for March 2014

Tech Soup Blog

The nonprofit technology news this month reports on the reinvention of the wheel in India and Africa, how nonprofits are leading the wearable computing field, the privacy threat you may not have heard about yet, and plenty more. Reinventing the Wheel in India and Africa. was designed for Africa and costs more. Charity Digital News in the UK just announced that the Digital Leaders 100 competition in the UK is now open to nominations.

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Shovel-ready Online Civic Projects #1: Global Development Commons

Forum One

and which benefits cannot be excluded from anyone; -will be open and available for others to extend, build upon, and to use for new innovations; -are projects which a private party cannot control sufficiently to capture the full value or revenue stream. We think civic infrastructure for this online age needs to include open-source standards and software which provide a platform or framework for many to use, and which are licensed to allow others to extend and enhance the services.

Guest Post by JD Lasica -- Socialbrite: A new sharing & learning hub

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ken Banks, a Hewlett Foundation grant recipient who focuses on using mobile technology to foster positive social and environmental change in the developing world, particularly Africa. Matt Mullenweg and the entire WordPress development community for their open source code and awesome set of plug-ins. Submitted by JD Lasica, publisher of Socialbrite Socialbrite.org fills a glaring gap in the social media world.

Shouldn’t the Word Phone Be Removed from Mobile? The Use of the Mobile by Nonprofits for Development

Tech Soup Blog

in Africa. developing economies in Asia and Africa. For those nonprofits working on health issues - In Uganda the Electronic Mobile Open-source Comprehensive Health Application (eMOCHA) has been developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and it enables health workers to build HIV awareness and provide prevention information in rural areas. skip Africa because of costs.

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Tech Across Your Org: Program and Fundraising Innovation Sprung from an Internal Technology Project

NTEN

We do this in in urban settings in Asia and Africa, where children live at the intersection of two streets: (1) worst water quality conditions and (2) greatest degrees of poverty. Mid-stream we realized something phenomenal: We could make this platform 100% open to the public and not hold our performance data behind a curtain. [Editor's note: The following is an article from the March 2012 issue of NTEN:Change.

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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

Wikipedia was a popular resource and established as a citizen-driven information source. Since then, the platform (which is open source ) has been modified for use in South Africa (mapping xenophobic violence), DR Congo , Vote Report India (to monitor the recent local elections) and more. Anyone in or outside of Haiti could use the tool via the web or on a mobile phone to make reports with voice, text or video; the reports were then mapped and sources verified.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

A wealth of data sources are becoming available online, allowing data from around the world to be mingled, mixed, and mashed up -- and where data does not yet exist, communities are using these new tools to gather it themselves! " The Ushahidi project was so helpful, it quickly evolved from a one-off web site to an open source "software platform" that any organization can download and customize for similar projects. Jim Craner , MapTogether.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Penguin Day in New Orleans, Fondling the Tools, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michelle Murrain is doing a post about 100 free and open source software tools. There's also the DiSo Project , an umbrella for a group of open source implementations of distributed social networking concepts. " Gates Foundation also announced grants to programs aimed at helping small-scale farmers in Africa and Asia.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

A wealth of data sources are becoming available online, allowing data from around the world to be mingled, mixed, and mashed up -- and where data does not yet exist, communities are using these new tools to gather it themselves! " The Ushahidi project was so helpful, it quickly evolved from a one-off web site to an open source "software platform" that any organization can download and customize for similar projects. Jim Craner, MapTogether.

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Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

Beth Kanter

We develop free and open source software to help groups capture the stories of human rights abuse, and store and back them up securely in another country. We work in North Africa Latin America, Asia: most of the places where large scale human rights abuses are going on. Flickr Photo by DonkeyHotey. Note from Beth: I ran into Jim Fruchterman at the Social Innovation Summit last week in Palo Alto. He explain the SOPA Bill and why, as a nonprofit leader, he was concerned.

PopTech Fellows Program: Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The goal: a movement powerful enough to respond to any conservation emergency anywhere swiftly and efficiently, reverse the catastrophic loss of habitats and species and secure the future of wildlife in Africa, Asia and around the world. She is a lawyer, activist and blogger , and the co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, a free, open source, Web mobile-based platform capable of crowd-sourcing, sharing and mapping information in near real time. .

Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

Tech Soup Blog

Mozilla’s Firefox , the nonprofit driven free and open source web browser; Creative Commons , the project set up to provide a straightforward licensing framework for online creators. Facebook is the most popular site in the Spanish-speaking parts of the America, also the Middle East, and North Africa. ” The World Bank blog reports that it has launched an open data website.

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A New Marketing Paradigm: How Affordable, Active and Agile Technology Can Change Nonprofits

NTEN

The advent of open source technology and years of use by corporations have both made these technologies inexpensive and proven they are more agile and reliable than the complex systems most vendors currently offer the nonprofit market. based The Pendulum Project, which empowers grassroots organizations that support children in AIDS-affected regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Matt McCabe, Orange Leap. [Ed. note: This article is part of NTEN's Member Appreciation Month spectacular.