Great reads from around the web on May 20th

Amy Sample Ward

"After running successful community websites in London's challenging Kings Cross I wanted to help other communities achieve the same sense of empowerment and communication. Well, #CharityTuesday was started as a way of creating visibility for orgs using Twitter, get them talking to each other instead of just broadcasting information, and more. These are some links I wanted to share from May 20th. Find me on Delicious for more!

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New on SSIR: Give Permission to Peer Influence

Amy Sample Ward

When I say “give permission,&# in this post, I’m really saying that you should balance the herding and collecting of the community with the encouragement and empowerment for the community to go wherever it wants with your message or information. All of this is really to say: you can create a multiple win for your organization and your community by giving permission to broadcast and influence on your behalf.

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New on SSIR: Letting Technology Lead

Amy Sample Ward

When a friend starts a campaign, supports or fundraises for an organization or cause publicly on a social networking platform, they broadcast that action and encourage their friends to do the same. Yes you can claim that anyone has the power to blog, but that’s really only the people who have access to the tools and the time and the empowerment. My latest post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up and I hope you’ll dive into the conversation with me!

New on SSIR: Letting Technology Lead

Amy Sample Ward

When a friend starts a campaign, supports or fundraises for an organization or cause publicly on a social networking platform, they broadcast that action and encourage their friends to do the same. Yes you can claim that anyone has the power to blog, but that’s really only the people who have access to the tools and the time and the empowerment. My latest post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up and I hope you’ll dive into the conversation with me!

Spotlight on South Africa: Nonprofit Profiles from SANGONeT

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Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking provides video and broadcast training to young people. The Media and Training Centre for Health specializes in the design and development of community learning models that promote health and empowerment in marginalized communities. TechSoup's partner in Africa, SANGONeT , has compiled case studies and profiles of the South African nonprofits and charities they serve.

Connected Citizens Report: The Power, Peril, and Potential of Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Decentralization and Individual Empowerment: As power is pushed to the edges, individuals will have an increasing ability to exert influence through social and broadcast media. Knight Foundation and Monitor Institute published a new report called “ Connected Citizens &# that looks at the impact of networks on communities, and asks, what do these emerging networks mean for community change? And, how can funders leverage them for good?

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards

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Constituent Empowerment. Came up with sassy email newsletter and went against broadcasting best practices. Each year, at the annual Convio Summit, Convio honors a few of their clients who have pushed the envelope with their online campaigns. Here are the results for the 2008 Innovator Awards: Advocacy campaign or program. Honorable Mention: National Parks Conservation Association. Winner: Freepress for their StopBigMedia.com campaign.

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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Constituent Empowerment Honorable Mention: Sierra Club and American Cancer Society Winner: Children International Used TeamRaiser to recruit new sponsors and recuited 5,000 sponsors since 2005 and sponsored over 560 children. Email Communications Honorable Mention: NRDC - National Resource Defense Council Winner: KQED Came up with sassy email newsletter and went against broadcasting best practices.