Tag, You're IT! An Introduction for Technical Managers: Mentorship

Tech Soup Blog

Follow him on Twitter and read his first post in the Tag, You're IT! Interestingly enough, the entry has the following tags and sums up our global confusion about what mentoring is. If you can articulate what you can bring to the table in return for the mentor's investment, your chances of getting a larger time investment from the mentor grow substantially.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Laura Quinn outlines the process of how a folksonomy be developed into a taxonomy: "So for instance, because it's so easy for users to tag things with free-form keywords, let them do so. A traditional rigorous taxonomy scheme includes "synoynm ring" - basically, just a bunch of synonyms mapped together - why not use that to standardize the tags(i.e. "It seems to me that the tag is not that useful ??? How are you using the NpTech Tag?

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One-Man Bands and Museum Labor as an Access Barrier

Museum 2.0

I hope to hear you articulate your thoughts in comments or on social. But as a field, we don’t always articulate our work norms to each other. Recently, my amazing colleagues and I have started to articulate and improve many aspects of our work.

NetSquared White Paper: Building Community To Foster Social Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

Reflecting on the Community and the work being done in every corner of the world, we’ve tried to articulate some of the aspects that make the NetSquared Community so unique and also so powerful. Tags: community net tuesday reports case studies global netsquared nettuesday whitepaper

Audience-Engagement Successes and Failures

Museum 2.0

We didn’t articulate where our norms overlapped and where our goals connected. As always, tag me in your posts and shares so I can include you in my summary post at the end of the month ( @artlust , @seemarao , @_art_lust_ ).

Saving Money With Smart Research and Smarter Defaults

Network-Centric Advocacy

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness have articulated the benefits of default choices in encouraging positive behavior for workers and organizations. Tags: Advocacy Strategy Books Communication Technology Media Trends Organizing Guide Personal Rants Though those books talk about default choices in the context of retirement choices for workers, the key lesson that's been learned is how efficiencies can be gained simply by offering smart defaults.

Visualizing Your Social Media Analytics Data Can Trigger Insights

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

See Larger Version here from Labnol's Flickr Account Charting and graphing your data helps you see patterns and trends more easily and articulate them to decision-makers. Tags: visual thinking

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Dueling moral high grounds

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

And, the Authors Guild is suffering because the NFB and Reading Rights Coalition has done a great job of articulating the differences. Tags: RRC greed Kindle2 books Authors Guild amazon.com NFB Reading Rights Coalition discrimination President Marc Mauer of the National Federation of the Blind just had an excellent op ed published by the Baltimore Sun entitled Bias against blind book lovers. Mauer does a great job in capturing the advocacy position of the Reading Rights Coalition.

How to Sleep Better After Your Next Nonprofit Fundraising Event

NonProfit Hub

When then took those graphics and incorporated them into the program, name tags and all emails. The evening closed with an inspirational speech from a board member who articulated our story and our vision for the future perfectly.

Tracy Justesen visits Benetech

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Patrick was able to explain our human rights work articulately and passionately as always! Tags: Department of Education OSEP Justesen Bookshare Just before the holidays, we had a great visit from Tracy R. Justesen, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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. Tags: Nonprofit Tech nptech I get a lot of email all the time from people hawking various wares, fundraising ideas, new ways to use Web 2.0, or this and that.

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Responsible IT conversations

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

The problem with this picture is the techy's passivity: she assumes that the user alone is responsible for articulating his concerns. Only after they are articulated will the techy become responsible for providing a solution. Tags: nptech , agile , tech_support

The Phone Test

Tech Soup Blog

I love the way Laura articulates this. This is not to say that there's no place for social media; rather, I think that the phone test can actually help you articulate the purpose of any communications tactic, be it a fundraising letter, a donor event, a print ad, or a Facebook page.

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Here's someone who really gets it.


His blog articulates his own questions about social media and Enterprise 2.0, Tags: social networking technology community social media communications Lee White rocks. particularly in relation to his new consulting business. His new elevator pitch : Other person in the elevator: “So, what do you do?” Me: “I facilitate the development of community as an organizational structure within organizations.” Other person in the elevator: “Cool! Tell me more about that.” …or

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


Articulate a mission for your project. So they merged those three content types into a big new blog area in their new site, and they created thoughtful, flexible categories and tags to organize the posts. Sometimes it seems like open source CMSs should "just work."

Self Care in the Museum Workplace

Connection Cafe

Elizabeth) I tagged this article from Forbes early in my self-care research. Seema) I’m a big fan of articulating norms. The following post was originally published on the Center for the Future of Museums blog. On Wednesday, August 8, over 300 museum professionals joined CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Seema Rao, principal of Brilliant Idea Studio , to explore self-care in the museum workplace.

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How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Networked Nonprofits have articulated SMART objectives and a target audience for their Facebook page. They also know how to make use of a customized landing tab – articulating value at a glance and a call to action that ladders up to the objective.

Meet the Queen of Social Media Measurement: KD Paine


most organizations can't articulate what it is that they want to achieve. Tags: data social media analytics PR communications As I mentioned in my post about BlogPotoma c, I wanted to reserve a post specifically to talk about KD Paine , one of the best speakers at the conference. She has a company which has been helping organizations learn how to measure and monitor social media for over a decade - since before there existed the term "social media"!

So You Want to Be a Consultant? Part II

Robert Weiner

Be able to articulate what you help orgs do and accomplish, not necessarily the technical products/skills? Tags: Consulting NTEN Today was the second session of my 2-part workshop for consultants and wanna-be consultants. Jana Byington-Smith blogged it again, and here’s what she recorded. We started by listing everyone’s burning issues, then discussed as many as we could in-depth. Presenters: Robert L. Weiner. John Kenyon, John Kenyon Technology Consulting.

10NTC: IT Pros Share How to Deal with Technophobes

Tech Soup Blog

So today's Articulating Tech: How to Win Friends and Influence Luddites turned out to be a pretty fitting followup session for that discussion. Tags: Acquiring Technology Clients Hardware Networks Project Management Running Your Organization Servers Services Software Staff Tech Planning Tech Support Technology Assessment Training Troubleshooting and Maintenance Volunteers

The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

Museum 2.0

This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value. Tags: Technology Tools Worth Checking Out design Unusual Projects and Influences usercontent

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Mission Statement

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I figured it was a good time to think about and articulate mine. The tag line for this blog is “Conscious, mimalist, neo-luddite perspectives on nonprofit technology.&# 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.

Measuring Return on Investment for Technology


When you are writing grants, articulating the funder’s ROI in terms of dollars and mission impact makes your case stronger for technology funding. In the price tag for technology, don’t forget the costs of training and support, and disposal or recycling of your old technology.

Questions and Actions


His articulation of opportunistic action in a dynamic world resonates with me at the deepest levels. Tags: Change Jack Ricchiuto has an amazing essay on working beyond goals and plans. I wrote earlier about how to act now in service of long-term goals , and I find that Jack has summed up everything I was trying to say much more eloquently. Here’s a passage I love, but please go read the entire essay. Thanks to Jodie for passing this on!

Ant Trails, Autumn, and Placement of Fences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Guidelines should be articulated to participants in community guidelines. (Information shared behind this password protected area should not be shared with the mainstream media.). If community guidelines are formally articulated, they need to be enforced. Tags: scholar

How can we prepare organizational leaders to work in a networked world?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This value network, or web of formal and informal relationships that must be managed, is the third level of network a leader needs to understand and articulate. Tags: Guest Post Networks Organizational Culture leadership Photo by Eric Eugene Kim. Guest post by Patti Anklam.

Ocean Conservancy: The Art of Social Media Experimentation, Learning, and Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

By embedding tagged links in the ads to the Ocean Conservancy site, they were able to track the referral traffic for different ads. . Articulate learning questions on the front end, identify metrics/data to collect to answer questions. Tags: reflection scholar

NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: May 14


Tag your own news with "ntenmember" or "nptech" to help us find your awesomeonline, or contact Annaliesewith your updates.) I heart this post from Groundwire about developing and articulating yourorganization's "engagement superpower." Tags: community buzz nten members What's Your Nonprofit's Superpower? Flickr: levork) (Note: This is a weekly round-up of NTEN members doing and sharingtheir nptech awesome. Members are in bold.

Getting Your Nonprofit Organization Ready To Listen

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Is there an articulated need that we can help fulfill? Tags: listening Flickr Photo by PaulGi. Your organization has identified a social media objective, audience, strategy, tools, measurement, and experiment.

What’s in your social media measurement tool box and why?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It should be driven by what you want to learn. As soon as you have articulated a SMART objective and KPI, it should guide you to what data you need to collect and transform into insights That prevents you from collecting data you don’t need and being overwhelmed.

No Really, What Are You Doing on Facebook?


One of the main stats we track to articulate the value of our social media presence is site traffic. Tags: facebook NPTech Social Media Communications Back on May 28, Beth Kanter asked a question on her Facebook page : Here at NTEN, we've been thinking about that a lot, too. First, we had a Facebook Group. Last year, we switched to the Facebook Page.

Curated Collaborative Filtering: Listening to Pandora

Museum 2.0

Instead, it uses hundreds of tags, signifiers assigned to each song by a team of musicians, to find correlated songs that may be of interest. Could I have articulated that at the start? How is a museum like a radio station?

What Does it Really Mean to Serve "Underserved" Audiences?

Museum 2.0

The YES program helps teens not only learn science but learn how to articulate their interests and pursue new passions. Tags: youth comfort Let's say you work at an organization that mostly caters to a middle and upper-class, white audience.

Links Roundup - April 1-10

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Tim Anderson tackles an issue I've troubled over in the back of my mind but never quite articulated. Tags: nptech , web2.0 , agileHere are a few sites and resources I've found worth bookmarking in the last week or so: 1. On the Office on the Web front - here's the first creditable database offering I've seen so far: Lazybase lets you create tables, link them, share them, and view them in a variety of ways, including on maps and graphs.

This guy is right on

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Technorati Tags: microsoft , web2.0 { 4 comments… read them below or add one } 1 Scott Wells 04.18.07 OOo Calc integrates really nicely with databases and stuff (I know that wasn’t too articulate, but I know what I know and not what I don’t.

Fascinating Meeting at the Copyright Office

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I came away with a much better understanding of the issues they are exploring and certainly did my part to articulate why I support the positions we have. Tags: accessibility Kareem Dale SCCR18 PTO copyright Pallante copyfight SCCR Chafee Bookshare Last Friday I spent almost two and a half hours in a wide-ranging conversation with Maria Pallante of the Copyright Office (and two other folks whose full names I didn't write down).

Bridging the Innovation Divide: New Report | Idealware


The authors present a well-articulated argument and framework for helping small organizations access the innovations available through technology. Comments Thanks for tagging it with by Beth Kanter (not verified) - 2007-05-11 14:25 Thanks for tagging it with NpTech and putting it in the tag stream!

A Decade of Nonprofit Reflections

ASU Lodestar Center

I know that because we articulated that message repeatedly at the Alliance. Blog Tags: Patrick McWhortor posted by Patrick McWhortor Arizona Campaign Director Open Primaries. In April, I left the helm of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, after ten years of building it into a force for strength and progress in serving the state’s nonprofit community.

A Free Agent and Nonprofits Working Together To End Homelessness

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I hope you’ll spend the three minutes to watch and listen to the video – both Mark and Christian articulated the issues so well. Tags: Free Agent

Guest Post by Holly Hight: When Controlling the Message Stifles Community (and Staff Morale)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While a large percentage of our organization can articulate the importance of being on Facebook, very few staff can grasp how these tools will help to achieve our goals: greater awareness and involvement in the broader movement to address hunger. Tags: change management

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Why Geeks (like me) Promote Transparency


As Marnie is proposing, we need to start discussing and developing data standards that will enable us to interoperate on the level where we can articulate and quantify the needs that our mission-focused organizations address.

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You're Invited to the Tech Leadership Academy


At the end of the 9 weeks, you'll be able to: Articulate the value of technology in your organization for yourself, your staff, funders, and other key stakeholders. Tags: Budget Change Management Infrastructure Leadership microsoft NPTech NTEN Planning Social Media Web Sites

The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 4: Viewing the Internet as a Third Place

Museum 2.0

It was by articulating it that Oldenberg allowed a common platform of understanding through which others could develop, debate and refine these concepts. Tags: Book Discussion: The Great Good Place

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