Gender, Race and Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Gender, Race and Open Source June 29, 2007 My session on Free and Open Source software and the US Social Forum went great yesterday. There were a very wide range of people there, from folks who didn’t know a whole lot about open source, to those who were developing open source apps.

Open Source Strategic Planning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Paul Connolly, who has been a guest blogger on this blog before , covered the session on Open Source Strategic Planning. In 2009, the foundation began by harvesting almost a thousand proposals for future directions from community members through online crowd-sourcing.

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The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. No credible nonprofit technology open source advocate has ever suggested that open source software was free to implement. No one would think that anyone thought that implementing open source software was without cost.

Five Tips for A Successful Open Source CMS Project on a Budget

Idealware

Sometimes it seems like open source CMSs should "just work." Anyone who's built a site in an open-source CMS knows that that's far from true. Here are five tips for making an open-source web project manageable, affordable and successful.

Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

Amy Sample Ward

We pull in donation opportunities, volunteer positions, petitions, event, and other actions from 60+ different sources. In 2007, I realized that a much more effective way to aggregate interesting actions would be to subscribe to RSS feeds from trusted sources.

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What software freedom means to me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realize that I haven’t talked about this in a while, and I’m not sure I’ve actually ever articulated this completely on this blog. In many ways for me, the most important aspect of free and open source software is that it does just that – it levels the playing field so that people and organizations with few resources can have access to quality tools to do what it is they need and want to do in this software-driven world.

My Theory of Practice

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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.

What I’ll be writing about (and not writing about)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realized, in getting this stuff, and trying to figure out what to do with it, that I needed to be better at understanding myself what I was doing, and articulating that clearly. In the realm of things in my life that this blog is meant to cover, I have two passions: data, and moving data around, and open source software. I’ll always be talking about open source software, particularly as it relates to web applications, but more generally as well.

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President’s Update - Spring 2012

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our team articulately expressed direct, succinct truths that required no editing. The Seven Benetech Truths: Social Change Through Technology We Get Stuff Done Right Stuff Right Open Over Proprietary Partnership Over Going Alone Value Flexibility Personal and Professional Development Social Change Through Technology Benetech is about social change first and foremost. Open Over Proprietary We’re an open source organization.

Benetech Truths

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Writing them down has been powerful for us: these truths articulate who we are and how we do things at Benetech. 4 We prefer open to proprietary (internal and external). Benetech seeks to be open internally and externally. While respecting individual privacy and our other values, we foster a collaborative work environment through open communication. We rely on open source tools for information exchange and development tools, as appropriate.

Mission Statement

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I figured it was a good time to think about and articulate mine. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Mission Statement August 30, 2007 I have not at all been tempted by the 31 days to a better blog challenge. Not because I don’t want my blog to be better, it’s just that I don’t have the time right now.

This guy is right on

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve always loved Excel (and, since I don’t own a copy, I hobble along with Open Office ’s pale, pale substitute.) What I’d really like to see though is a true, enthusiastic Open Source community get behind a “better&# spreadsheet for its own sake, not for the sake of copying Office. Phil: I agree – with time and effort, OO or any open source spreadsheet could out Excel Excel.

Penguin Day Reflections: OS as FairTrade, OS Feminism, and OS - the Next Generation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Open Source Feminism - Click to Play. Penguin Day is a day-long workshop for nonprofit organizations to explore the range of issues and options inovlved in using Free and Open Source Software. What are the tactics for supporting online open source communities?

Creating a Culture of Storytelling Webinar Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Helping staff articulate their stories and developing them might require storytelling training. To encourage library patrons to continue making content, Escondido Public Library trains library patrons using mostly free and open source software. By utilizing free open source software, LibraryYOU and Pop Up Podcast participants are encouraged to take their training outside the library and continue creating.

The Wealth of Networks, Part II

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

He lays out some interesting concepts, things I’d been aware of, but not really studied enough to articulate. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The Wealth of Networks, Part II October 29, 2006 Chapter 2: Some Basic Economics of Information Production and Innovation This is a really interesting chapter, where he lays out the basic economic theory behind information production.

What's Your Big Idea for Change in America?

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Ben Rattray, Change.Org's founder, describes it as - "to create an open-sourced advocacy platform that identifies and then mobilizes resources around the best ideas for how to change the country." Ideas for Change in America is a citizen-driven project that aims to identify and. create momentum around the best ideas for how the Obama Administration and 111th. Congress can turn the broad call for "change" across the country into specific policies.

Technology Support as Teaching

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As I move out of doing implementation, and into more evaluation, planning and facilitation of technology change within organizations, I wanted to spend some time articulating what I have tried my best to practice when I’ve been in a place of providing technology support. It opens additional doors.

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DIY Online Collaboration: Wikis

Tech Soup Blog

Software for creating wikis is easy to use and is available in both open-source and proprietary forms. Begin by identifying what your community needs and articulate what the purpose of your wiki is. The TechSoup team is also impacted by these changes and to that end uses the wiki to share curated content from other sources that has informed their work.

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

The fricative sounds of German wafting through the open windows of today’s hotel room reminded me of that fact, reminded me of a misadventure long past, a memory from a time when connectivity took a modem and a phone line. The hotel’s wireless… well, it’s wide open.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

The fricative sounds of German wafting through the open windows of today’s hotel room reminded me of that fact, reminded me of a misadventure long past, a memory from a time when connectivity took a modem and a phone line. “ Monsieur , he repeated as I opened the door, “is there is a problem with your telephone, Mein Herr? &#. Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Open-Mesh Mini-Routers.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

The fricative sounds of German wafting through the open windows of today’s hotel room reminded me of that fact, reminded me of a misadventure long past, a memory from a time when connectivity took a modem and a phone line. “ Monsieur , he repeated as I opened the door, “is there is a problem with your telephone, Mein Herr? &#. Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Open-Mesh Mini-Routers.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

The fricative sounds of German wafting through the open windows of today’s hotel room reminded me of that fact, reminded me of a misadventure long past, a memory from a time when connectivity took a modem and a phone line. “ Monsieur , he repeated as I opened the door, “is there is a problem with your telephone, Mein Herr? &#. Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Open-Mesh Mini-Routers.

NpTech Tag Cross Blog Discussion: What do those guidelines look like?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When the nptech tag started one of the ideas was to gather enough data to look and see what words people were using to describe, say, open source (open source, floss, foss, open source software) and then use those words to inform a taxonomy. The Cross Blog Discussion of the NpTechTag has generated some comments and blog posts that I've summarized below. Let's begin with big picture question that Gavin raised: What purpose do folksonomies serve?

Guest Post by Paul Lamb: The Religion & Technology Divide

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They seem to fear losing control and having traditional hierarchies challenged in an increasingly open source and bottom up world.

501c3 Cast

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He, like me, prefers free or open source tools and admits that Audacity did have a learning curve and it can be conquered. and he has promised to me sound smart and articulate!). I'm on a little podcasting kick here. Last night I had a wonderful conversation with Corey Pudhorodsky who is the and brains behind 501c3Cast - Podcast for Nonprofits , a weekly podcast show of interviews and news about Nonprofit volunteers, do-gooders, and professionals.

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CMS Evals: Leading a horse to water…

Beaconfire Wire

In a recent project, the client was very clear that they only had $X for the software license and thus we restricted the search to those tools that cost less $X or less and Open Source tools. Part of my role of late has been working with clients on Software Evaluations for CMS software.

NpTechTag Summary: Connected Conversations, Live Blogging, and Other Great Finds

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week I summarized Allison Fine's articulate rant about the Gates Foundation. The " OpenItUp " blog shares a list of commonly used excuses for not using open source as heard during the recent LASA UK Circuit Rider Conference.

Social Actions Community Call, July 2009

Social Actions

Peter and I can share some ideas that are already underway, but we also want this to be a reminder and an opportunity for truly community-sourcing that work going forward. So news to share from the Social Actions galaxy: The number of kinds of online platforms and action sources for the Social Actions API continues to soar – well over 50 sites, now, plus Twitter and Delicious #takeaction tags. The idea of a linked open data cloud completely blew my mind. Open discussion.

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Women's Global Green Action Network: An Interview with Melinda Kramer

Have Fun - Do Good

One of the things that I've found in working with women and hearing how women articulate environmental and social justice challenges is the holistic aspect of the conversation, that these issues are related and that there is no separation.

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