Gov 2.0, Shirky & Local Communities

Amy Sample Ward

David Wilcox and I are getting ready for iterations on Social by Social - the first two being applications of the lessons learned and strategies for using social media shared in Social by Social ( read online or download the PDF for free, or buy your hardcopy ) in local communities and the same for local government. It’s something I say all the tine: my brain can only hold so much, but when I rely on my community, on the web, I can be SO much smarter!

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Case Study in Local: Oakland Local

Amy Sample Ward

Oakland Local is launching today! Oakland Local is a news & community site for Oakland, CA, USA, focusing on social justice issues including climate change, air quality, food access, arts as activists, and identity, race & ethnicity. About Oakland Local.

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Twestival is Back and Local

Amy Sample Ward

The Twestival is back this September, this time focusing on local groups instead of a global campaign! Now is the time to help choose the local organizations that will benefit from the twitter-powered organizing and convening. Check out Twestival Local.

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The Importance of Collaborative Benchmarking in the Nonprofit Sector

Connection Cafe

The nonprofit community is always eager to do one thing: learn from each other. Whether it’s via the Blackbaud Community , local networking sessions or even events such as bbcon , nonprofits readily collaborate with their peers on best practices. The Opportunity of Collaborative Benchmarking whitepaper from the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact explores just that concept: How do we as a sector improve by collaboratively sharing our data?

How Cross-Sector Collaboration is Helping Fight Youth Unemployment in Boston

Connection Cafe

Where does your organization sit in your community? Have you interacted with your local government, or spoken to your peers about their programs? Do you have a pulse on what the most pressing local needs are at this moment?

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How Your Nonprofit Can Partner with Local Businesses

NonProfit Hub

When nonprofits and local businesses work together, both parties reap the benefits. The nonprofit gets the word out about its cause and expands its donor base, and the business boosts its sales and exposure in the community.

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New on SSIR: Global Tools for Going Local

Amy Sample Ward

—– I truly believe that in all communications, information sharing, marketing and even community building there is a natural balancing between more-and-more-global and more-and-more-local. Social media may connect people around the world but it can also connect them locally. Just as our tools get more interesting and dynamic for global collaboration and impact, so do they for locally-focused work, campaigns, and communities.

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Open Community Case Study – Local Government Knowledge Network


Community: Local Government Knowledge Network. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the professional association for appointed local government administrators throughout the world. Tracy advises helping your community build the habit of sharing content.

Teem’d: The New Collaboration Tool


The goal of the social media team is to find ways to keep the company’s message meaningful and relevant for the community- making them want to stick around. It transforms how organizations create, collaborate, and publish social media content at the national and local levels.

Guest Post: Radical Collaboration - Tools for Partnering with Community Members

Museum 2.0

The majority of our public programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History are created and produced through community collaborations. Each month we work with 50-100 individuals to co-produce our community programs. Start with and continuously identify your communities.

How Fundraisers & Grant Managers Can Collaborate to Achieve Stronger Results

Connection Cafe

Here are a few observations on how fundraisers—the ones making the asks—and grants managers—the ones managing the application process—can better collaborate to achieve strong grant results: Build a partnership. They have social impact investments that can be made in the local community.

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Learn to Love Your Local Data

Museum 2.0

We should identify a few key community health indicators to focus on." Inability to collaborate and share. Here are three reasons to find and connect with community-wide sources of data instead of doing it yourself: The data already exists.

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Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. One of the participants was Ericha Hager, the Regional Collaborative Coordinator for Community Media Access Partnership.

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Online Community Organizing: Start small, think big!

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared’s February series exploring “Online Community Organizing” includes three different interviews; I’m really excited to participate! Q: What does “online” add to the community organizing? Q: What makes a community?

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities.

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How to Use Local Giving Days to Boost Your Donations

NonProfit Hub

While I haven’t exactly been showered with gifts (it’s still early) the community has rallied around hundreds of nonprofit to help raise money and awareness. One nonprofit can’t drive these events; it takes a community to put on these days.

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Meet Your Local NetSquared Organizer at #17NTC

Tech Soup Blog

Don't worry, there are NetSquared groups in 75 cities who are dedicated to holding events for their local nonprofit technology communities. Naples, Florida: Google Drive: Tips and Tricks for Collaboration and Productivity. SF Online Community Meetup.

DIY Online Collaboration: Wikis

Tech Soup Blog

A wiki is a website maintained collaboratively by a community of contributors focusing on a particular subject or project. Typical wiki communities are work groups within a company, educators and students, and hobbyists. Begin by identifying what your community needs and articulate what the purpose of your wiki is. Wikis are meant to evolve, and building a strong community around your wiki will ensure that it remains useful into the future.

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Getting Social with Your Local Nonprofit Tech Community

Tech Soup Blog

That's why each month NetSquared organizers in 60 cities across the globe host networking events for the nonprofit tech community. Check out the [blog]([link] to get a taste of our grassroots community. * **Katharine Bierce** recorded her recent [tech and philanthropy panel]([link].

What Attributes do Nonprofits Need to Build Cross-Sector Collaboration?

ASU Lodestar Center

The nonprofit sector has the ability to achieve significant social change through collaboration across sectors. The community’s homeless housing and service providers were aware how the funding cuts would drastically eliminate transitional shelter beds within the family shelter portfolio.

Open Challenges Harness Local Knowledge for Local Change

Tech Soup Blog

Since the first NetSquared challenge in 2006, TechSoup has continued to offer people and organizations opportunities to connect, share ideas, and collaborate; they work on solutions online and offline through events, meetups, and hackathons. Image 3 : Vanja Ćerimagić / Community Boost_r.

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Guest Post: Weaving Community Collaborations into Permanent Installations at the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

The Denver Art Museum is no stranger to community collaborations, but we’ve been dipping in our toe a little more deeply when it comes to developing permanent participatory installations. Some community artists even helped install the space.

Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit sector, communities of practice are an established concept. These groups bring together cross-sector leaders to develop talent, improve performance, and deepen community impact.

New on SSIR: Innovating at the Speed of Communities

Amy Sample Ward

Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. And then the community changes, there’s an opportunity for the institution and the service to change or not to change. Communities As A Model.

Cool Social Tools: Small World Labs Community


———— Cool Social Tools: Small World Labs Community. Small World Labs helps nonprofit organizations engage, collaborate with, and mobilize their supporters. Empower local leaders or volunteers. What Is an Online Community? Collaboration Groups.

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NetSquared Local: How to Get Connected Locally

Tech Soup Blog

This guest post comes from NetSquared community development manager Amy Sample Ward. An initiative of TechSoup Global, NetSquared is a global community of organizations and individuals leading the way in social change through technology. As Amy explains in her post, local NetSquared chapters have been quickly springing up all over the world: there might even be one in your city. The website and Community Blog are your online spaces to connect, share ideas, and collaborate.

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Boost Your Voice with LightBox Collaborative’s 2012 Editorial Calendar

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It’s not every day that you come across high quality content shared freely with the community – it helps life all the boats. But many causes and organizations are finding that it’s a lot harder to get picked up in the local paper and/or the national news than it used to be.

SSIR Post: Swine Flu or Why Local Organizations Matter

Amy Sample Ward

In a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times , David Brooks compared the global response vs localized response to the outbreak. I think this comparison, and context, is a great example of why local (read: non-global) organizations are still key in social change work, and why we need to be building stronger networks for data and information sharing. Speak the Local Language. Local organizations provide this local face.

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Achieving the SDGs: Taking Action for the 2030 Agenda In Your Community

Connection Cafe

You may be a grantmaker sitting in a community foundation, convening local change-makers to address issues like ending hunger, addressing inequality, or creating economic opportunities. With multiple stakeholders across sectors, there’s incredible opportunity to collaborate for change.

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Nonprofits Live: Online Collaboration on October 25

Tech Soup Blog

"What are the best ways to foster collaboration?" How to pick the best tools for your particular collaboration challenges. Ken Homer is the founding partner of Collaborative Conversations - Include More Voices, Make Better Choices , a consultancy offering numerous approaches to bring people together in ways that are both productive and fulfilling. Event GreenTech Online Seminar nonprofits online collaboration nplive TechSoup Event

Ten Ways Small NGOs Can Collaborate


What can small nonprofits do to benefit from collaboration? Now here's the rub: for this to work for you and the community, plan to answer twice as many questions as you ask. Second, it helps build a community of trust and collaboration: the "I know I will get three or more good ideas" as well as, "I had that experience!" The GE Crotonville Center is the legendary example An easy "ask" for your local corporations is: can I get a donated seat in your classroom?

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The premise is that governing well is essential for strong nonprofits working efficiently and effectively to address critical needs in our communities. Our institute is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit professionals, volunteers, board members, and community leaders.

Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation, Case Studies, and Workshop

Amy Sample Ward

I had a really wonderful time, and the Community-Driven Social Impact session was terrific! Let’s start at the beginning: what is “community-driven social impact” anyway? Instead, the community will feel cheated or lied to. The first step: Who’s your community?

NetSquared Local Events: Week of June 24

Tech Soup Blog

The exact format isn’t important, as long as we are consistently gathering the nonprofit and tech communities together so that they can learn from each other. What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently? Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group?

Great reads from around the web on April 2nd

Amy Sample Ward

– Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media – frogloop – Have you heard about FourSquare – maybe you are already the Mayor of some of your local businesses. " Tags: roundup applications blogging bookmarks citizenjournalism collaboration community free journalism list local music nonprofits postalicious principles resources socialmedia strategy video

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United Way Community Leaders Conference


The UW Community Leaders Conference is under way right now in Nashville, TN. Participants include leaders from the private sector, elected officials, other non-profit organizations, and of course local United Ways across America. On how organizations can work together to make change happen in communities through strengthening education, income and health.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Better Together: Collaboration and.

ASU Lodestar Center

Disclaimer Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Better Together: Collaboration and Nonprofit Networking posted by Jessica Sadoway , Nonprofit and Social Media Blogger Just last Friday, The Collaboration Prize announced its third annual winner (congratulations to the Adoption Coalition of Texas !). This competition is working hard to encourage collaboration and highlight outstanding partnerships in our communities. Collaboration" is one of the big buzzwords in nonprofits now.

MyBallard recognized nationally for community collaboration , our local neighborhood news blog, just got recognized nationally. We’re excited to announce that My Ballard has just won an Online Journalism Award for community collaboration, edging out the LA Times and Miami Herald. Seattle continues to be a national leader in the post-newspaper world. I know more about the goings on in my neighborhood than I ever have, and MyBallard is a big part of that. All my friends read it, because it is throughly awesome.

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Building Community: Who / How / Why

Museum 2.0

We invited community members in, to be active contributors, collaborators, and co-creators in our museum space. They talked about community building. I don’t think there is a way to directly build community. We can’t sit down and say, “let’s go build some community.” Participation is one (of many) tactics for building community. As time has gone on, my attention has shifted from the tactic of participation to the outcome of building community.

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Does Community Participation Scale to Destination Institutions?

Museum 2.0

Our entire strategy at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is rooted in community participation. We invite diverse locals to share their creative and cultural talents with our greater community at the museum. Local politics are personal, accessible.

Want to Co-Create an Exhibition on a Hot Issue? Introducing the Community Issue Exhibition Toolkit

Museum 2.0

We partnered with foster youth, former foster youth, artists, and community advocates to create an exhibition that used art to spark action on issues facing foster youth. We co-created it from start to finish with community partners. We commissioned new collaborative artwork.

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Helping Members and their Communities Succeed: the Future of What We Now Know as Membership


The community was shaped to her needs and facilitated the kind of interactions, learning and development paths she needed to practice successfully. Its value was not a list of “benefits” but the community itself: a facilitated joint journey of continuous discovery.

Crowdsourcing and the nonprofit community

ASU Lodestar Center

Funding, guidance, volunteers, community engagement – all vital resources to sustaining a nonprofit – seem to be in short supply most days. Crowdsourcing organizations can effectively tap the collective intelligence of online communities for specific purposes,” Brabham says.