5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams

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There are a lot of benefits to virtual teams—you’re not constrained by geography and staff members have a lot more flexibility. To some degree, technology can compensate for the shortcomings of a virtual environment. We have used Google Docs for brainstorming—the way you might use a flip chart or whiteboard in person—and the experience has been interesting. Virtual Phone System. Virtual teams have many advantages, but there are also some limitations.

10 Tips for Starting a Virtual Social Change Book Club

Have Fun - Do Good

As I mentioned in my post, Community, Beauty, Party, Wisdom: More Reverb 10 Reflections , one of the highlights of 2010 was organizing a virtual social change book club. A few people have asked me how to organize their own virtual book club, so I thought I'd share the process with you.

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How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I think many nonprofits can get away with a kind of virtual IT system where the files reside primarily on Amazon’s S3 and any more specific applications can be set up remotely (maybe even on Amazon EC2 which now supports Windows servers ). Unfortunately, Google Docs are just not ready for primetime. Ever wonder what it takes to get a IT system up and running as a nonprofit under 25 people?

Why Google Might Be the Answer to Your Problems

NonProfit Hub

Google gives you virtually unlimited storage, easy sharing and compatibility with tons of apps and websites all for FREE. Pretty much every Google Drive platform (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar) allows you to work on documents simultaneously with your coworkers. Google Drive also allows you to download documents in multiple formats, like PDF or its Microsoft Office equivalent, which means: Docs? At Nonprofit Hub, we use Google for everything—and I mean everything.

Happy Earth Day! 7 Ways to Green Your Technology

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This fantastic doc from MIT will walk you through your office to help you pinpoint places where you can do more to help Mother Earth. Tags: earth environment green greenpeace NPTech techsoup virtualization IT Staff Flickr Photo: peppy sis Most people probably wouldn't put Earth Day and technology together, but you and I know that's just silly. There are many ways we can use IT to make the world a bit greener -- and that's what Earth Day is all about, right? .

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Making Facebook Groups Rock for Nonprofits – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Docs are like super-simple wikis, and probably the most truly collaborative aspect of a Facebook group. Docs live in a designated place within your group and are therefore not as subject to the news feed, which is more timely. Photo by Laughing Squid.

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Museum Work Today: All the Feels All the Time

Museum 2.0

And we need more people who lead by being truthful and intrepid and scared and nervous; people who still go to work, virtually, the next day. Let’s make the doc a living document to help us make informed decisions. Is there a good comprehensive google doc, growing list of museums that are closed, closing programs, etc? I’m not trying to make each week a Covid diary, but, well, it feels all-consuming.

How Can Volunteer Coordinators Help Their Organizations Become Networked Nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Innovative VCs in a networked nonprofit might go beyond tradition to explore micro-volunteering, virtual volunteering, service-learning, national service, pro bono, or bringing corporate volunteer programs into the organization.

11 Ways to Make Conference Planning Easier

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This will allow people to meet one another virtually, will provide a conference for those who were not able to attend, and will enable you to livestream your tweets on a wall at the conference. Are you planning a conference? It seems like nonprofits are perpetually planning conferences.

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Benefit from the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

This works just as well for local off-site staff members because they can access their work remotely, without the need to set up a virtual private network (VPN). For example, staff can manage vendors via Google Docs or create questionnaires via SurveyMonkey.

New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

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Use virtual tools to manage campaign internally (Yammer, Google Docs, Listening Dashboards, Private Facebook Groups, etc).

33 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum.

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Resource Roundup 5/31 | Idealware

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Skip to Main Content Area Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Resource Roundup 5/31 By Laura Quinn , May 31, 2007 Writing Tools: Just Add Inspiration (Beaconfire Wire) A look at software that aids writing quality - such as tools that generate tag clouds from your text and analyze the grade level of your writing Four Lessons for Organizational Blogs (INFluence) Some great, tactical advice on organizational blogging from ForumOne Building a Widget Response Network (Technically Speaking) An interesting proposal for a network for widgets which would allow a network to deploy a campaign virtually instantaneously Wikis in Plain English (CommonCraft) From the folks who brought us the popular "RSS in Plain English" video, heres a similarly useful and engaging look at Wikis Make Communication Tools Simple and Ubiquitous (How To Change the World) A thought piece on the key ingredients that are necessary to ensure communication and social networking tools are widely used Using Google Docs and Spreadsheets for Online Collaboration (Wild Apricot Blog) An interesting how-to on using Google Docs and Spreadsheets to collaborate with people in real time. Skypecasting For Beginners - Free Audio Conferencing For Up To 100 Participants (Robin Good) Detailed directions on how to setup a skypecast - an audio conference - using skype, which is a great conference call possibility especially if you have a number of participants outside the US. 7 Ways to Send HUGE Files (Mashable) A roundup of methods that let you send files of more than 500MB (as well as more rationally large files, presumably) Using Partimage to Clone Hard Disks (pittman.ws) A detailed how-to on replicating (ghosting) hard drives with Partimage, an open source alternative to Norton Ghost Google and Salesforce Team Up (Tate Hausman) Rumor has it that Google and Salesforce are teaming up to create an integrated tool suite. Tate Hausman describes what that might mean for nonprofits. Facebooks New Open Platform (Fortune) Facebook opens up its platform to allow anyone to create their own FaceBook widget. Subscribe to This Blog Subscribe via Feed Reader Follow Us on Twitter Recent blog posts Six thumbs up: Three reviews of The Networked Nonprofit Accounting Support: Batches vs. Full Integration Flying Cars and Web Fonts The 2010 Nonprofit Taglines Awards Competition is Open: Interview with Nancy Schwartz Technology Projects: Virtual is Good but Not Always Better To Track or Not to Track Salesforce, Chatter, and user expectations about data A Tweet into the Ether New article: Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Online Communications In Seach of Phone Banking Software more Contributors Debra Askanase Debras Posts Steve Backman Steves Posts Marc Baizman Marcs Posts Johanna Bates Johannas Posts Andrea Berry Andreas Posts Peter Campbell Peters Posts Heather Gardner-Madras Heathers Posts Eric Leland Erics Posts Laura Quinn Lauras Posts Monthly archive July 2010 (5) June 2010 (10) May 2010 (11) April 2010 (12) March 2010 (11) February 2010 (11) January 2010 (8) December 2009 (10) November 2009 (12) October 2009 (11) 1 2 3 4 5 6 next › last » Menu: Topics | Reports | Articles | Online Training | Blog | Custom Resources | Donate | About ©2010 Idealware 135 Ashmont Street Portland, ME 04103 Privacy Policy | Reprinting & Quoting | Contact Us | Site Credits | eNewsletters

10NTC: Don't Be Afraid of Low-Tech Communication

Tech Soup Blog

Working With a Virtual Team. Ian and company had even set up a Google Doc where the audience could post their notes on the panel as it was taking place. One of the sessions at NTC I enjoyed a lot was Are You For Real?! Host Ian Rhett of Civic Actions was joined by his coworker Jenn Sramek and Tom Heck of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators. As was the case at many NTC sessions , this panel had a heavy online component.

Tech Across Your Org: Social Media Collaboration Across the NYC Elder Abuse Center

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Some of the team is dispursed, working virtually. Team meetings The entire social media team participates in bi-weekly telephone calls to address "big picture" issues related to NYCEAC's social media strategy, knowledge-sharing, and training; the minutes are captured in an ongoing social media team meetings Google doc for the entire social media team to access. Ongoing conversations in the Cloud The team accesses a shared Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) folder.

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50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding.

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Cthulhu Calling

Gavin's Digital Diner

Everyone was pressed up against the garden walls; nobody could figure out how to easily move things into the iPad restricted zone without going through the virtual Checkpoint Charlie known as iTunes.

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Resource Roundup 3/22 | Idealware

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Its a two part series - in Part 1, they discuss the pros and cons of web-based tools for these applications, while in Part 2 they discuss a number of specific products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Plaxo , ThinkFree , Zoho , Google Docs, and Google Spreadsheet.

July Is Web Conferencing Month

Tech Soup Blog

With the ability to present slides, share links and desktops, conduct polls, and create and store meeting notes, virtual meetings can be more productive than meetings in person. Audio, video, application, and screen sharing (jpg, ppt, pdf, flash, mp3, doc). This post was authored by Salem Kimble, social media development manager with BetterWorld Telecom. Web conferencing is a technology that can be a game changer for an organization.

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Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

And be sure and check out the great online video, Google Docs in Plain English. More conversations in our Virtual Community Forum. In 2010, TechSoup's GreenTech initiative held a travel reduction campaign that we called our TeleGreen Your Work. It turned out to be a lame name, but we did compile some pretty useful information. I liked our 10 technology tips to help you reduce your need to travel, and also our travel reduction tools we compiled.

60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum.

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Crazy for the Tools

NTEN

I also need to be able to work on the move: I need my "virtual desk" in front of me quickly, whether from my laptop or some other desk or smart device. Dropbox sits nicely between formal, full featured project communications tools such as Basecamp (which we also use), Central Desktop , or Google Apps and Docs.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Nonprofits Lead Fortune 500 in Social Web Adoption, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In response to the Facebook flip, Doc Searles, in this post and a follow-up argues that we should "stop petitioning Facebook and Google to solve our problems for us." Then do the next best thing, take a virtual trip to Bali. Net Tuesdays are spreading around the globe!

Information Coping Skills - How Information Overloaded Are You? Take This Quiz

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Is your email, google docs or hard drive filled with "virtual piles" of information or ???drafts??? I'm speaking at BlogHer Boston on Saturday. I'm looking forward to finally meeting Maria Thurell in person and connecting again with Twitter maven Pistachio ( Laura Fitton ).

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum.

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Resource Roundup 3/14 | Idealware

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This has been a popular topic of late - also take a look at the detailed discussions of the pros and cons of blogs vs listserves on the Bamboo Project Blog , Designing for Civil Society , and DoWire.Org Collaborative Writing Tools And Technology: A Mini-Guide ( Kollabora ) Kollabora continues their great mini-guide series - this time covering collaborative writing platforms (like Google Docs and Zoho ), with an overview of the topic and mini-reviews of twelve different online tools.

Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough

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The cloud refers to a number of different technical components -- from applications to databases to server virtualization to web services. This enables free services (Google Docs) and cloud vendors can offer product donations as part of their corporate citizenship programs (NetSuite.org). The cloud is the technology direction where everyone is heading and virtually everyone will end up. David Geilhufe, NetSuite, Inc.

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

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Nature vs. Nuture, or Why You Should Follow Your Gut on the Social Web

NTEN

It has its own Google Doc.) Much like you need to take risks to learn and grow in your physical reality, you have to do the same in your virtual reality. Photo: johncabrerea@att.net I've been crafting the "official" NTEN Social Media Strategy. What makes it official? The majority of the time I spent thinking, I can't believe it's taken me this long to watch our own webinars and listen to our own advice! I scoured the internet for resources.

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Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough

NTEN

The cloud refers to a number of different technical components -- from applications to databases to server virtualization to web services. This enables free services (Google Docs) and cloud vendors can offer product donations as part of their corporate citizenship programs (NetSuite.org). The cloud is the technology direction where everyone is heading and virtually everyone will end up. David Geilhufe, NetSuite, Inc.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

With video conferencing, broadband, and Second Life, well, we can all safely stay ensconced in our own virtual-reality-sensory-deprivation-tanks and just digitally dance the salsa at the next NTEN gathering.???

The Social Sector Cloud

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Chances are you probably already do this with Yahoo Mail or Google Docs or Flickr or Salesforce or Twitter or Facebook. Project teams shared their progress with each other through a wiki, volunteers were recruited through twitter and texts, and tools could be worked on by a project team in one place and then "handed off" virtually to teams in other regions. Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint R+D.

The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Chances are you probably already do this with Yahoo Mail or Google Docs or Flickr or Salesforce or Twitter or Facebook. Project teams shared their progress with each other through a wiki, volunteers were recruited through twitter and texts, and tools could be worked on by a project team in one place and then "handed off" virtually to teams in other regions. Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint R+D.

Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Maarten Van Horenbeeck also notes: …in the cases listed, the trojan actually gave virtually unfettered access to the compromised system. doc 2008_beijing_olympic_games__b_.doc doc Both files taken together exploit a vulnerability in the JetDB4 engine and drop to disk sysqaz.exe.

1stfans: An Audience-Specific Membership Program at the Brooklyn Museum

Museum 2.0

There are both virtual-only and local 1stfan members. We couldn't use our exisiting setup to process these memberships, so we had to rethink it by using Google Checkout for payment and Google Docs to keep track of folks.

60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding.

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