Volunteer with Shunku Llacta and Visit the Rainforests of Ecuador

Have Fun - Do Good

In June 2005, my friend Abby Jaramillo, the Executive Director of Urban Sprouts , brought six international volunteers to two rural communities in the rainforests of Ecuador, Guayabillas and Santa Rosa, with the organization Shunku Llacta. The two communities are located in the rainforest of northwestern Ecuador and are so remote that they can't be reached by car. Ecuador volunteer rainforest artisan

Seth Mazow from Interplast is live blogging from Ecuador

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jorge Palacios And A Resident Setting The Schedule Originally uploaded by interplast. Read his first post here. Seth is doing this so Interplast supporters can learn first-hand how the organization spends its money. Stop by, read the post, ask questions, etc

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5 Questions for Michelle Samplin-Salgado

NTEN

You were born in New York, grew up in Phoenix, and have lived in Hawaii, Ecuador, Boston. What brought you to Miami? The common thread here, aside from a 14-year stint in Boston, is warm weather. That would be the easy and probably obvious response.

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Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Hot issue this week are the now four proposals on solving the problem of access to print by people with print disabilities globally: The TVI: the treaty sponsored originally by the World Blind Union and supported at WIPO by Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Mexico. [I I'm here in Geneva for the 20th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting.

30 Days of NetSquared Events

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. What has NetSquared got planned for the next month? So much that it’ll blow your mind! Net2Local organizers hold regular events connecting the nonprofit and technology communities. With over fifty groups in twenty countries there’s probably a group close to you.

Copyright treaty in Geneva Advances!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay joined together to propose that WIPO consider this treaty. Lots of excitement recently in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization. We've been supportive of an effort by the World Blind Union to get an international treaty in place that sets up a global system much like the one we have today in the United States. I was part of an expert panel that drafted the original proposed treaty.

Breaking News on the Global Treaty from Kareem Dale

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We look forward to discussing a wide range of solutions and proposals at the next meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, including the proposal put forward by Brazil, Ecuador, and Paraguay Relating to Limitations and Exceptions: Treaty Proposed by the World Blind Union. Betsy Beaumon and I had the pleasure to meet today with Kareem Dale, the special assistant to the president for disability policy.

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2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/24 (2010 NTEN Membership!)

NTEN

You can learn more about Fundapi -- it helps if you can read Spanish -- and the work they're doing in Ecuador here. Second-to-last member prize today! That means we're giving out a complimentary 2010 Membership to one current member, as part of our NTEN Appreciation Month festivities.

NetSquared Local Events: Week of July 8, 2013

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Facebook: Explorando su potencial en las organizaciones. The Internet has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to online nonprofit tech education. Webinars? Check! Tutorials? You betcha! Blogs? Heck yeah! But what if you learn best face-to-face or with a group? That’s what NetSquared Local is for! We’ve a global network of 50 #nptech meetups with chapters in 50 countries. If you want to keep your nonprofit tech skills sharp join your neighborhood group.

Member Round Up: We've got dancing babies!

NTEN

Teams in Croatia, Ecuador, Jordan, and the United States were awarded $75,000, software, cloud computing services, solution provider support, and access to other Microsoft resources. This week, our members are releasing new fundraising tools, hosting workshops, and even awarding grants.

NetSquared Goes to 14NTC. And to Your Hometown too

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Monthly Net2 Meetup. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. NetSquared believes in the power of meeting face-to-face in the actual physical real world. Online learning is awesome (and TechSoup has got you covered ), but there’s a real magic when we get together in the same room and start building relationships.

Packable philanthropy: Donate a TEDx in a Box

AFP Blog

So far, boxes have been shipped to organizers in Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, India and Pakistan — and counting Packable philanthropy: Donate a TEDx in a Box : What is a TEDx in a Box, you ask? It’s a suitcase stuffed with everything an economically marginalized community needs to host their very own TEDx event — a projector, an iPod preloaded with subtitled TED Talks, a sound system, camcorders to capture fresh talks, and a how-to guide.

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Help a Friend Cross the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. You’re reading the TechSoup blog, so you’re probably already comfortable with using technology in your work. But there are millions of nonprofit staffers who aren't yet confident enough with digital tools and services to increase the impact of their work. In fact, you probably know a few of these beginners.

NetSquared Celebrates Progress and Looks Forward to 2015

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers connect nonprofits with local technology experts. Our volunteer-run events are live, free, and held monthly. The goal is to create strong, self-sufficient communities of nonprofit technology professionals (and accidental techies too!).

Nonprofit Technology Meetings In Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Monthly Net2 Meetup. Every month NetSquared volunteers hold free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. With 50 groups in 20 countries there’s probably a Net2Local group near you (but if there isn’t we’d love to help you start a new meetup.) :-). Ever wanted to discover the art of transmedia? Or determine if Office 365 is right for your organization?

Join a Nonprofit Tech User Group This August

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Your NetSquared organizers are gearing up for Social Media September , a month of social media for social good -themed events. We’ll be hosting social media surgeries for local nonprofits and community activists.

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NetSquared Gets Down to Business This Summer

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Actually, that headline is a lie. NetSquared is taking it easy this summer! There are just twenty events scheduled for August, but we’re deep in planning mode for a HUGE fall. This September we’re holding our annual digital storytelling campaign (called Storymakers ) and in October we’ll be partnering with Microsoft on the Safer Internet data security and privacy project.

Authorized Entities Trusted Intermediaries

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This was first introduced (to my knowledge) in the Stakeholder's Platform discussions, which were the quickly ginned-up alternative option created in response to the original introduction at WIPO of the Treaty for the Visually Impaired ("TVI") by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay (and now co-sponsored by Mexico). A hot topic at the SCCR20/WIPO discussions in Geneva on global access to materials by the print disabilities is the term "Trusted Intermediaries"("TIs").

NetSquared October Event Preview

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Last month was a monster for NetSquared - we held 48 events during Social Media September , including 14 workshops and nine social media surgeries. October promises to be a bit quieter — we’re going to relax and eat candy. But we are prepared for Halloween, since we spent the month in costume dressed as (social media) surgeons! October’s NetSquared Events.

Keep your New Year's Resolution with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Now I’m no Houdini, but I predict that your New Year’s resolutions are noble, high-minded stuff like “find a mentor” or “learn a new skill every month.” ” But following through on these plans can be difficult. We are, after all, in the second golden age of television ! Luckily for you NetSquared is here to keep you on track.

Daniel Ben-Horin on Campus Party

Tech Soup Blog

Since 1997, in Spain , Mexico , Brazil , Chile, Ecuador , Colombia - and soon in Peru - Paco and his team have been serving up their magic brew. TechSoup's founder and co-CEO Daniel Ben-Horin, took to the Huffington Post last week to talk about an innovative technology phenomenon that's growing around the globe and coming to the U.S. soon: Campus Party. Campus Party. is one of those names that doesn't translate perfectly. It's not a.

How to Turn Video Views Into Life-Saving Dollars

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In places we assist, like Ecuador, less than 50 dollars keeps a person needing insulin alive for an entire year as it covers the transport cost for us to send the donated insulin.”. Note from Beth: On my way to Kenya for the Ushahidi Board meeting , so enjoy this post by Manny Hernandez.

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NetSquared in May: Healthy as an Ox

Tech Soup Blog

A total of 28 events were held in May in cities ranging from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Adelaide Australia. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. June already? That means it’s time for our monthly roundup of all the crazy goodness created by NetSquared Local in May. What is NetSquared Local? NetSquared Local is TechSoup’s volunteer-driven network of nonprofit tech meetups and salons.

Getting Social with Your Local Nonprofit Tech Community

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Webinars are awesome, and so are blog posts. But there's a special magic that happens when we get face to face. That's why each month NetSquared organizers in 60 cities across the globe host networking events for the nonprofit tech community.

Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. I bet you made all sorts of grand New Year's resolutions for 2015. If you're like me, then you swore that this year, you're finally going to learn to use technology to make yourself more productive at work. Unless you're Superman, you're probably already struggling. Keeping resolutions is hard. But don't worry, NetSquared is here to save the day.

NetSquared Events for September: Featuring #Storymakers2014

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Storymakers is live! TechSoup’s digital storytelling challenge is open between now and September 26, 2014. Submit your digital video, five photographs, or a super-short story. We have $13,000 in prizes available! Looking for inspiration for your digital story? Join your local NetSquared group. They are holding digital storytelling events all month! No local group?

Become a Storymaker with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Every month TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to over 50 cities. If you want to network with your peers or love to learn at live, in-person events NetSquared is the place for you! Starting on August 26th NetSquared organizers are holding digital storytelling events as part of the Storymakers campaign.

Net2Local November Event Preview

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? It’s time to get face-to-face with your nonprofit tech friends! Net2Local is a project of TechSoup Global that invites activists, techies, nonprofits and the social good community together to meet monthly in 50 cities around the world.

NetSquared in May: Get Face-to-Face with Your Nonprofit Peers

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Net2 Guayaquil. NetSquared’s core objective is to get nonprofit techies and activists together in the same room. There’s a special magic that happens when we get face-to-face. Relationships are formed, projects are started, and we feel less alone in what can sometimes be a challenging job.

Free In-Person Events for Nonprofit Techies

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who's interested in using technology for social change. Every month, our meetup leaders host free in-person events in 60 cities. Find your closest group or apply to start a new group.

Events Roundup: NetSquared Loves You this February

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Every month NetSquared holds free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. With 50 groups in 20 countries there’s probably a Net2Local group near you (but if there isn’t we’d love to help you start a new meetup.) :-).

Together We're Stronger: NetSquared in June

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Webinars are awesome, and so are blog posts. But there’s a special magic that happens when we get face-to-face, which is why each month NetSquared organizers in 50 cities across the globe host workshops and socials for the nonprofit tech community.

NetSquared's April Nonprofit Technology Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Net2 Guayaquil. If you want to learn how nonprofits can use technology to advance their mission and generally be more effective and efficient TechSoup has got you covered with their blog and webinars. But many of us find that we learn better when we get into the same room with our peers to ask questions, gossip and build relationships. That’s why TechSoup Global also offers NetSquared, community of nonprofit technology meetups with groups in twenty countries.

April NetSquared Events in Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. NetSquared’s global network of volunteers will be organizing more than 30 events this April in communities as diverse as Mukono, Uganda; Wellington, New Zealand; and Boston, USA. We organize these free tech-for-good training and networking gatherings because we believe that it’s critical to build strong, self-sufficient communities of nonprofit tech practitioners.

The Deep Learning When Nonprofit Techies Get Together

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. (Please visit the site to view this video). NetSquared DC's Roshani Kothari on why she loves NetSquared. I've just returned from the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin and I'm pumped! I had the chance to connect with more than 25 NetSquared organizers during the week, and that face-to-face time was a powerful reminder of the deep learning that happens when nonprofit techies get together in a room.

Get Fundraising Tips at a NetSquared Community Event

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season! More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of #GivingTuesday makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared group is here to help with free, in-person events being held across the U.S. and the globe.

Learn from the Pros at a NetSquared Community Event

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Group Monthly Meetup. Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season! More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year ; the emergence of #GivingTuesday and the growth of online giving makes the fall ever more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared group is here to help with free, in-person events being held across the U.S. and the globe.

NetSquared Events to Cure Your Social Media Ailments

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Group Monthly Meetup. NetSquared events come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all! 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. However, our organizers are currently very keen on social media surgeries.

An Interview with Lorene Straka, Joanna Eng, and Mari Velasco from the Idealist

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Mari Velasco: I am originally from Ecuador and have two stories about connection. The other story is from another friend who is the executive director of a great NGO (Fundacion Futuro del Ecuador) that works with indigenous communities living on the highlands, helping them have access to decent health care system.

What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably encountered one of my twice-monthly roundups of nonprofit tech meetups. But perhaps you're leery about attending an event because you're not quite sure what it will be like. Describing NetSquared events is difficult, because each one focuses on a different topic and has a unique flavor set by the organizing team.

Learn Nonprofit Tech Skills at a NetSquared Meetup

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Every month NetSquared volunteers hold free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. With 50 groups in 20 countries, there's probably a NetSquared group near you (but if there isn't, we'd love to help you start a new meetup ). :-). Ever wanted to use open data in support of your advocacy campaigns? Or learn how to use Excel better?

Spring Is Here! Get Outside and Meet Your NPTech Community

Tech Soup Blog

Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Monthly Meetup. The weather is getting better now that we're firmly into spring. No more excuses are allowed about your New Year's resolution to power up your nonprofit tech skills — it's time to join a meetup and find your tribe! There are free workshops and networking events happening in cities across the globe this month.

The Power of Thank You Letters

Connection Cafe

It reminded me of an experience I had when I was a high-schooler raising money for a community service trip to Ecuador with Amigos de las Americas. Author: Jonathan Weldon. There have been a number of posts recently about the power and importance of donor thank you letters.