Conservation Planners Use Benetech's Miradi Software to Help Save Reefs in Guam

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Elaina Todd, an environmental planner who develops social marketing campaigns with the nonprofit conservation group Rare, is profiled in our most recent case study for Benetech’s Miradi software. conservation CMP Guam RARE Miradi environment

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Open Source: What Are We Really Afraid Of?

Idealware

A BBC news article got me thinking, what is it that really keeps people from moving to open source solutions.? In Open Source Questions for Schools , Andrew Miller looks at the British government recent efforts to introduce open source as a procurement option for schools, and illuminates some interesting pros and cons. The article quotes John Spencer from Sirius, a company involved in installing open source solutions in schools, as saying ".Good

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When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Matching Techies With Social Causes SocialCoding4Good began with the idea of building a sort of Match.com for tech volunteerism — an algorithmic platform that would match individual software developers to nonprofit organizations that were building open source software for socially good causes.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Birdcinema: New way to build birding community!

Network-Centric Advocacy

how are the groups you are working on lands conservation, birding, habitat conservation posting something visual and compelling out there? Figure out how to get conservation ads on this site. how are the groups you are working on lands conservation, birding, habitat conservation posting something visual and compelling out there? Figure out how to get conservation ads on this site. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Big News at Benetech (and for me!)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Helped environmental leaders design, manage, monitor, and evaluate global conservation projects and campaigns with the first open source conservation project management tool. I am incredibly excited to let you know that earlier this month we announced that Betsy Beaumon , Benetech’s current president, will be taking over as CEO of Benetech. Betsy is a recognized social entrepreneur who has dedicated much of her career to changing the world with software.

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SocialCoding4Good: Mobilizing Technology and Volunteerism for Transformative Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech, like many nonprofit organizations building open source software for social good, often relies upon the contributions of experienced software developers to help its solutions grow and scale. Last year, we found ourselves asking two key questions: What if we could build upon the enthusiasm and momentum that spring out of increasingly popular weekend hackathon-for-good events, and channel them towards existing, sustainable humanitarian free and open source (HFOSS) projects?

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NetCentric Advocacy: Local Live: MSN Attack at Google Maps: WOW

Network-Centric Advocacy

There are so many applications to conservation and communicaiton it boggles the mind. There are so many applications to conservation and communicaiton it boggles the mind. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Modest Proposal to Organizers: Four Steps to Start

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Value of Rapid Response in the Youtube World | Main | Modeling self organization of communication and topology in social networks » March 16, 2007 Modest Proposal to Organizers: Four Steps to Start Conservative advise from ONENW. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

10 Website Design Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Released in 2003, WordPress is open-source software and free to use and fully-customizable using WordPress themes and plug-ins. Conservation International features all three in their website’s primary navigation bar and footer – both visible on every page of their website.

Opposing Salesforce.com attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For example, there are many just in the area of open source foundations: nonprofit organizations structured as social enterprises writing open source software for the benefit of society, with many examples in each of the five claimed areas. I've been working closely with Kevin Lynch, the CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance, on countering the efforts of Salesforce.com to attempt to trademark the name of our entire field, Social Enterprise.

Go to Dreamforce we will

GroundWire

obviously, but also to talk with the best of the best about the new web: cloud-centered, open, social and mobile. Groundwire staff and clients are also presenting: Evan Callahan , GW CRM: Force.com for Sustainability Success: Tips, Tricks and Best Practices, 8/30 at 5pm Eric Magnuson , GW Labs: Paa S and Open Source, The New Frontier, 8/31 at 3:15pm Sara Arkle , Idaho Conservation League: Advocacy in the Cloud: Engaging.

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Going out on a limb

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

depends largely on two things: open standards, and open source software. which is as technically transparent and open as it hopefully will be in actuality. Open Source software and open standards are the foundations of Web 2.0. Open standards are now becoming de-riguer for application developers, and even proprietary vendors are adopting longstanding ideas and methods from free and open source software.

Benetech Truths

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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. Externally, Benetech is committed to open standards in software to ensure others are able to learn from and contribute to our work.

Think associations are not using Twitter?

SocialFish

link] [link] (online and offline organizing; advocacy; healthcare4every1.org) [link] (immigrant & refugee rights, GLBT rights, open-source CMS, CiviCRM, grants) [link] [link] [link] [link] (online organizing, grassroots, web 2.0 for government, social networks, open-source CMS, etc.) Check out this list, courtesy TwitterPacks. Are you using Twitter on behalf of your association but not on the list? Go add yourself. Easy-peasy- lemon-squeezy.

Mozilla Service Week Kick-off

NTEN

Long-time Mozilla community Ken Saunders reached out to Tutors for All and is volunteering to redesign their website , while Yale’s Free Culture Club is hosting an educational event on Free and Open Source Software. Mozilla Service Week kicks off today and runs through September 21st.

NetCentric Advocacy: WiserEarth: Wow Nice Site

Network-Centric Advocacy

WiserEarth is a community directory and networking forum for organizations addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more. WiserEarth is a community directory and networking forum for organizations addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more.

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We’re hiring!

Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire is looking for smart, energetic people to fill some openings on our team. In a team-based environment, the Programmer will work closely with Beaconfire’s clients and project managers to build custom web applications, implement commercial and open source Content Management Systems, and integrate external applications like email marketing. You can always see all of our open positions on our Careers page.

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Make Sure Your Nonprofit's Communications Are Safe and Secure!

Tech Soup Blog

Nonprofits that work to fulfill missions centered around environmental conservation, refugee support, health care services, or similar activities can draw unwanted attention from criminals and governments alike, including those in their home countries.

President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We've been developing Miradi for three years together with the Conservation Measures Partnership (which includes groups like The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund), and began beta testing the software in 2007.

10 Popular #Hashtags for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Hashtags and their usefulness are definitely open to interpretation. Example Tweet: #FollowFriday || Wildlife Conservation || @ WildlifeTrust @ WildlifeRescue @ JaneGoodallInst @ gorilladoctors @ polarbearsintl @ seaturtle. Event] Example Tweet: UNICEF is using RapidSMS in 23 countries, many more users who download the open source software. If used correctly, #hashtags can be very useful to nonprofits on Twitter.

09NTC Nonprofit Radio: How to Make Podcasts That Promote Your Brand and Engage Supporters

Amy Sample Ward

Audacity - open source and free, lots of community resources, have to download a separate mp3 encoder but they have links on their site. Can import other sources well. The Nature Conservancy. I’m here at the 09NTC in Corey Pudhorodsky and Chad Norman’s session on podcasting!

Kickstarter: Funding Creativity in a New (Old) Way

Museum 2.0

Or build an open-source PCR machine for copying DNA. Project creators can also write updates (a kind of project-specific blog) to share either privately with backers or openly with all. Let's say you want to make a documentary about the World Cup. Or sail around the world.

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Teens 4 Planet Earth Moves to Ning

Beaconfire Wire

Recently, we relaunched an environmentally focused service learning program for the Wildlife Conservation Society on the Ning community platform. Thankfully there are growing numbers of social networking tools sets - many free/open source, some commercial and costly, some good, and some bad. Teens for Planet Earth launched at the beginning of April (ok, I guess that isn’t so recent!) on Ning after beginning its life as a typical minisite some years ago.

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Is your software green?

Idealware

When he discusses energy conservation, Jones notes that “buildings are responsible for 36 percent of our energy use , 30 percent of our greenhouse-gas emissions, and 30 percent of our waste production” (p 117). While Terminal Services or CITRIX themselves mean more demanding, more energy consuming, servers, they also open the possibility of using energy efficient network workstations at the desk. Green consciousness around information technology continues to grow these days.

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Meet Our NTC Green Sponsors!

NTEN

Founded in 2001, we focus on serving the nonprofit sector and provide technology consulting, strategic assessments, print and web design services and open-source CMS implementation. We chose to open our DC office in a Gold LEED-certified building which utilizes green cleaning practices, energy-efficient fixtures and 100% wind-energy credits. When the Zoomph team heard about NTEN’s green initiative, an energy-conserving light bulb went off in our heads.

Guest Post by Debra Askanase: Fill the Gap Campaign Crowdsourcing for Citizen Museum Curators

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is an open study/storage facility displaying about thirty-three hundred objects from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Crowdsourcing the art selection process, and opening it up to the public.

PopTech Fellows Program: Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The goal: a movement powerful enough to respond to any conservation emergency anywhere swiftly and efficiently, reverse the catastrophic loss of habitats and species and secure the future of wildlife in Africa, Asia and around the world. PopTech Slides View more presentations from kanter.

NetCentric Advocacy: Revolution in Jesusland » Almost speechless

Network-Centric Advocacy

It belongs in our people but not in our politics and progressive or conservative I dont get my hopes up that true spiritual religious movements ever gain and long term traction if they focus on anything but connecting people to awakened spiritual experience. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Harnessing the Power of informal campaign and political networks.

NetCentric Advocacy: Lakoff at Google 51:minute introduction to his work.

Network-Centric Advocacy

It is really important to filter through the stuff the talks about that he know little about (political process, national power stuggles, the power of the conservative message machine, etc.etc.) NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

NetCentric Advocacy: Are we loosing ground on evolution and science?

Network-Centric Advocacy

As many of the huge common-ground groups, non-political education, "conservation", win-win efforts working to greenwash bad corporate images ( WAL-MART NFWF DEAL ) and funding from big conservative leaning donors peal away from the more poltical and advocacy focused groups the movements voice has been weakened. ( NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Scorecard Ideas?

NpTech Tag Summary: Chimp Personality, Convio Open API, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

NpTech Conversations Convio Opens Up API Jason at DIA summarizes the posts and the bigs news in the nptech field this last week - Convio Releases An Open API. A short case study about the Nature Conservancy uses e-metrics. Enjoy this post about nonprofit open source software.

50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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Convio Open: How APIs May Change the Way You Work - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

APIs achieve this by opening small windows into a database that allow light-weight applications to access and display the data in a variety of places online. To the extent that APIs make widgets possible, these nonprofits benefited from the use of open platform technology.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Loosing Site of the Three Page Letter from Grandma: Like Congress ever listened to that!

Network-Centric Advocacy

I dont believe it for a second but someone ought to forward this message around on all the conservative listserves you can think of. I dont believe it for a second but someone ought to forward this message around on all the conservative listserves you can think of. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines.

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For a great example of a nonprofit using Meetup, see the the Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines.

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85 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines.

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All for Good and Social Actions conference call transcript and takeaways

Social Actions

Last Friday, Social Actions hosted a conference call for its 50+ action sources and other partners to discuss the launch of a new platform called All for Good (event description and list of 60+ participants posted here ). All for Good is an open source aggregation of volunteer opportunities in the U.S. While the process behind All for Good’s development has not consistently been viewed as open or collaborative, there is optimism that this will improve going forward.

100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines.

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The Philanthropic Web, Questions and Answers

Social Actions

It kind of elevates that action and may dilute, a little bit, the source. And if it’s from some other microlending source maybe you’re not as likely to take it. There are some challenges and opportunities on that front that I think we can discuss in a kind of more open way. And that does take some deliberative collaboration, some deliberative openness, in our approaches to the space. The web is an open platform already.

60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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