WEB Network: The Well-Being and Equity Bridging Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have been working on an exciting project along with dream team of network thinkers and people who are excited about the idea of how collective action drives health in our communities. Whether we know it or not, many of us are already practicing community well-being.

2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

NetWits

Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge just released the fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report. The report is packed with insights into how nonprofits are leveraging social networks as part of their marketing, communications and fundraising strategies.

Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement. Principles of Community Organizing. And maybe the community wants to endorse a specific candidate, and your organization doesn’t.

Tweetcamp: Online network moves to offline community

Amy Sample Ward

What this created was a chance for people who use Twitter to come together offline to create community. It is for the community, by the community, all thanks originally to Twitter. Here are some of my ideas: How is Tweetcamp going to move the community?

DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

I had a lot of fun yesterday giving a webinar for the Nonprofit Webinar series ; it was a whole hour discussing community engagement! DIY Community Engagement Metrics. Community Mapping. >> Step 1: Identify all the groups within your community.

The Well-Being & Equity Bridging (WEB) Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The last few months I have been honored to serve on a team as a trainer, a team lead by Leadership Learning Community with the purpose to activate a network focused on the intersectionality of equity, well-being, and health.

Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members. On Twitter , look up hashtags that your community uses and follow them to track conversations.

How Networked Nonprofits Visualize Their Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo Tweeted by @starfocus during a network mapping session at NWF. Danielle connected me to Daniel Chu, Vice President, Affiliate and Regional Strategies and resident network weaving enthusiast. They used sticky notes to visualize the network. E-Mediat Networks

The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It made me wonder about the similarities and differences between “systems” and “networks.” ” June Holley , guru of network weaving, said “ Big overlap! ” By this definition, Network Weavers are system thinkers, if not system leaders as well.

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In Defense of Community Managers

Amy Sample Ward

There are definitely times when community building and even campaigning or organizing feels just like that! But, operating as a community organizer or manager is such a filling and critical role for programs, platforms and even campaigns to be successful that the idea of herding cats turns into searching youtube for cutest kitten videos. In Defense of Community Managers. Community Managers provide key facilitation that empowers participation and engenders trust.

Online Community Building: Gardening vs Landscaping

Amy Sample Ward

My current job title includes the term “Community Builder” and I get asked nearly every day just what that means: how do you build community? where is the community you want to build? how can I be a community builder online? I want to take a break from all the hard work building community (does that get a wink?) to share some of what I believe is the core of successful community building (on or offline). Community building” is about a lot of things.

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?

Wisdom About Networks From Encore Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Wisdom About Networks From Encore Network – A Guest Post by Leslye Louie and Lyle Hurst. We hope others in Beth’s network will find the SSIR article interesting and helpful. Nancy has gone on to pioneer other networks to promote the broader Encore movement. -

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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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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Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

Establishing a Discussion Group - When your volunteers can post and reply to messages to events they have an interest in, it facilitates a type of community in which volunteers feel more connected with their peers and committed to the cause. Author: Guest Blogger.

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Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Amy Sample Ward

I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. One that really speaks to me is the point that “measurement helps nonprofits understand and improve their social networks.”

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The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Networked NGOs and Social Media Integrated Into Organizational Communications. Also on Day 2, we shared examples of Networked NGOs from different places in the world as well as used a case study exercise focusing on NGOs in Pakistan that had used social media effectively.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

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Note from Beth: I’ve wrote about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today. Lessons Learned About Resilient Networks from Super Storm Sandy by Pat Brandes, Executive Director, the Barr Foundation. Networks

New on SSIR – Be Human: Temporary versus Permanent Networks

Amy Sample Ward

—– Lately, I’m thinking about the topic of cross-platform community building. I’ve written about it , submitted a session proposal with colleague Debra Askanase to the 2011 NTC, and recently had the opportunity to start a conversation on the topic of engaging your community across platforms in a GroupVine message (more information about my use of the tool at the bottom of this post). Temporary versus Permanent Networks. People are networked.

The Art of Tidying of Your Online Professional Network Connections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve just finished teaching an online course for The Knight Digital Media Center @ USC Annenberg for community foundation leaders on practical networked leadership skills. So, you might want to “Kondo” your connections in your online professional network!

Networked Nonprofit: Get the book!

Amy Sample Ward

Beth Kanter and Allison Fine ‘s book, The Networked Nonprofit , is now out and starting lots of conversations. Let’s start at the beginning: what is a “networked nonprofit&# anyway? Review the slides below for an overview and introduction to The Networked Nonprofit.

Cisco, nonprofit launch community network projects in northern Ohio - Computerworld

AFP Blog

Cisco, nonprofit launch community network projects in northern Ohio - Computerworld: "n a videoconference and Webcast presentation organized by Cisco, OneCommunity CEO Scot Rourke said the Cisco partnership will allow an expansion of telemedicine programs between hospitals and patients, using a $13 million federal grant, and free public Internet access for job training centers in low-income areas

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June 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

The June Community Builder chat focused a lot on listening, engaging, and supporting communities with organic and emerging conversations and goals. I find that its critical to step back and help the community let itself emerge. I think that every community needs goals.

Open Community Case Study – Local Government Knowledge Network

SocialFish

Community: Local Government Knowledge Network. The Alliance for Innovation is an international network of progressive governments and partners committed to transforming local government by accelerating the development and dissemination of innovations.

Social Media, Networks, and Data in Patient Healthcare Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This post summarizes some of the insights related to the effective use of networks and data in healthcare information and patient advocacy. It got started in upstate NY by Pat Quinn and through social networks, it spread to Pete Frates. Click for Twitter Transcript.

2011 Non-profit Social Networking Survey

NetWits

I just got an email from Holly Ross, the Executive Director of the Non-profit Technology Network – better known as NTEN. What’s the Nonprofit Social Networking Survey? Facebook, Twitter); average community size in Twitter rose 627% to 1,792.

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Networks Are Beautiful

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Bob Agres Executive Director of Hawai’i Alliance for Community Based Economic Development said that network weaving is the humility to discover the unique gift of each person you encounter and to connect it with a need. NetworksPhoto by Rumpleteaser.

Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ari Sahagun , a consultant who works with social justice groups on network visualizations, called for a group to discuss Network Mapping and Visualization. There are two different lens to think about network mapping. You can do a whole network analysis.

Social Media for Alumni Networks

SocialFish

Engaging and Inspiring Alumni Networks with Social Media from Beth Kanter. Case Study Content Strategy From the Trenches Open Community This nice deck by Beth Kanter should have good info for any association, not just alumni associations…!

Join the monthly Community Building chats!

Amy Sample Ward

Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. Monthly Community Builder Chats. What: Community Building Across Platforms. Tags: community events 4change chats community buidling community management twitter chats

Online Community Manager Job Description

SocialFish

Here’s the best job description we’ve come across so far, courtesy of our friend Ben Martin at Online Community Results. We’re doing lots of cool work with Ben, who’s our go-to for outsourced community management. JOB DESCRIPTION: ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER.

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Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar for the National Center for Media Engagement , focused on community-driven engagement, and present a session at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference , talking about building a social media strategy. Defining Community.

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Crowdsourcing vs Community-sourcing: What’s the difference and the opportunity?

Amy Sample Ward

The first time I focused on DIY Community Engagement Metrics and shared lots of templates and examples. Community sourcing vs Crowdsourcing. Community & the Crowd. The core elements in both crowd and community engagement are time, action, and people.

Wiser Earth: A (free) Platform for Networks of Networks and Communities of Action

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As part of my research at the Packard Foundation, I've had the opportunity to attend a lot of briefings and discussions related to social media and network effectiveness. WiserEarth is more than a "green" online social network for individuals, although you join as an individual.

Nurture Your Organization’s Online Community

TechImpact

These days most organizations work hard to foster a network of supporters, constituents, volunteers, donors, and just about anybody else they can find online. Having a strong online network can be extremely beneficial for nonprofits, according to a recent post from Wild Apricot.

Networks and Social Movements

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In her article Unstill Waters: The Fluid Role of Networks in Social Movements , Robin Katcher describes the several of the roles that networks can play in social movements : Building linkages and connection with a broader movement. How can networks facilitate that? Networks

March 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

We just wrapped up another rousing Community Builder chat – I’m always so energized and inspired by these chats and thankful for all those that participate and share. Some of the topics from the chat include: Engaging specific ethnic groups/communities.

EveryAction Acquires ActionKit

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Clients of both companies will benefit in many ways, including by expanding the network effect of each company’s one-click contributions and form pre-filling features, leading to higher conversion rates and more engagement for nonprofits.

Ning saying no to free networks

Amy Sample Ward

As someone that has helped others to create, and has created many networks on the Ning platform, yesterday’s news that the company would be dropping 40% of it’s staff and dropping the free service was incredibly alarming. Our Premium Ning Networks like Friends or Enemies, Linkin Park, Shred or Die, Pickens Plan, and tens of thousands of others both drive 75% of our monthly US traffic, and those Network Creators need and will pay for many more services and features from us.

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June #4Change Chat: Local Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

I love community organizing. I’ve had experience organizing communities offline in local communities, and organizing community online – but the kind of organizing that inspires me the most is combining online and offline. And when we get connected, and can connect our networks with other networks, we get even more social and have huge potential to make great things happen. What roles are important in online community organizing?

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Evaluating Networks and their Effectiveness

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And at a conference like Growing Social Impact in a Networked World ([link] I made several lists–in my notebook, on my iPad, emails to myself, and on those very cool hexagonal Post-its. I was very fortunate to be a part of the early Network of Network Funders community of practice.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.

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