March, 2007

The 2007 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The big celebration was also in the Sheldonian: the 2007 Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. And it was exciting! Below, I have picked a few select photos: the rest are on my Flickr page.

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Goodbye Microsoft…

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Just today, I received in the mail some Sony Vaio Picturebook laptops, courtesy of Gavin's regular potlatch program. My goal was to bring them to the Linux geek out at NTC, and have people play with Linux installs on them

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Meet Bob and Judy, First Vloggers -

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Meet Bob and Judy, First Vloggers -: "Today, Bob and Judy have access to cheap video equipment that fits a shirt pocket, or sits like a little eye in the frame of your computer screen, ready to make 'television' at the flick of a switch. The resulting 'shows' can be transmitted worldwide in a matter of minutes, bypassing TV networks, national governments and pretty much any regulation. They're

Institutional Blogs: Different Voices, Different Value

Museum 2.0

Nik inquired as to how I feel about museum blogs. He asked: Hey Ms. what's your take on museums that keep blogs? Worthwhile? Any good ones out there? Or do they just become boring PR vehicles, due to administrative fears over message control? And the answer is. it depends.

DAM Pictures « Digital Diner

Gavin's Digital Diner

While there are lots of consumer-level products to manage digital images, photographs and the like, institutional options, it seems, are not that plentiful. Moreover, those options that do exist tend to cost a pretty penny

10 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Blogs and Bloggers to Support Their Cause

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Last March I was on a blogging panel for an event put on by the Alliance of Technology and Women. To prepare for the panel, I wrote up 10 Ways Nonprofit Can Use Blogs.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Just arrived in Oxford in time for the opening Monday night dinner of the Skoll Forum. The Skoll social entrepreneurs get a day together before the big opening on Tuesday afternoon. The location is Exeter College, whose dining hall was the prototype for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film.

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Tips for Integrating Channels to Strengthen Your Overall Fundraising : FundRaising Success

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Tips for Integrating Channels to Strengthen Your Overall Fundraising : FundRaising Success: "Tips for Integrating Channels to Strengthen Your Overall FundraisingBy Abny Santicola, editor, FS AdvisorMarch 26, 2007Online and offline fundraising approaches each have their place in an organization’s program, but also can be used to complement one another.A session at the AFP 44th International

Hierarchy of Social Participation

Museum 2.0

As part of the article I’m working on for the journal Museums and Social Issues on using web 2.0 to promote civic discourse in museums, I’m developing an argument about the “hierarchy of social participation.”

'Tis the gift to be simple.

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

There is a lot of discussion of "usability" in software design circles. Everyone knows usability has a lot to do with simplicity - but as the old Shaker song tells us, it can be tricky to hone in on what true simplicity is.

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What Do You Think of Carbon Offsets?

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I did some research recently on how to use carbon offsets for my flight to the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington DC. I haven't taken a cross-country flight since the whole "carbon offset" thing started to gain momentum, so this was an opportunity to understand what it is all about.

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8th Gathering of Social Enterprise Alliance

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just an email noting that online registration for the Gathering closes tomorrow. I'm already registered (well, I am on the board), but thought I'd remind my buddies who are planning on attending to register now. Maybe I'll see you in Long Beach

My life as an (almost) ex-Technology Consultant

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Beth Kanter interviewed me for Blogher recently, and one of the questions included ". you work as an independent consultant." Well, those days are numbered. I decided several weeks ago, for a variety of reasons

10 Best Practices for Netting and Keeping Donors : FundRaising Success

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10 Best Practices for Netting and Keeping Donors : FundRaising Success: "Attracting new donors is harder than keeping the ones you’ve got. But keeping the donors you have is easier said than done.The session “Be Your Donors’ Favorite Charity: 10 Tips to Keep Them Giving Again and Again” presented by Heather Burton, product marketing manager at Sage Software, on Monday at the AFP 44th

ISO Understanding: Rethinking Art Museum Labels

Museum 2.0

I don't usually fist-pump while reading the New York Times. But I’d been scribbling notes for an art museum label post for awhile, and then yesterday, the NY Times had a review of a new show at MOMA, Comic Abstraction. The review was harsh.

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Patent Office goes Webby

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

The non-profit community has had a special romance with a variety of collaborative tools that have often been lumped together under the rubric of Web 2.0. This includes wiki-style collaborative posting, social bookmarking and "voting" on the importance of article or comments alla Digg.

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Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World

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As part of CARE's campaign to empower women, photographer Phil Borges created a compelling collection of photographs and stories of women leaders who brought change to their communities in Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World.

Hadley China

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Content access on the internet is a constant area of fascination to me. Hadley School , the main distance education school for blind people in the U.S. turns out to have had a major program in China for almost 20 years, and they have come up with a cool way to use the net. Just got some information on this cool program: The Hadley School for the Blind has launched an innovative program of English language learning and empowerment which spans the Pacific Ocean.

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Back Channels, Workflow, Data, Twitter, and me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I read Beth's recent blog entry on Twitter, and of course, the neo-luddite in me said "waste of time!" But then I had to think about it. What is it about Twitter that seems so, well, besides the point? Why aren't I Twittering away

The $5 philanthropist: GiveMeaning's new site is launched

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The $5 philanthropist: GiveMeaning's new site is launched: "Monday, March 26, 2007GiveMeaning's new site is launchedAt 6am this morning, we launched a brand-new version of the GiveMeaning website.As most of you know, we here at GiveMeaning have been hard at work on a new version of the site since last September. We have codenamed this new site 'SaveAnything' because one of the most significant

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Museums and Flickr

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Leonard Gagnon's daughters knitting from John Collier, Jr. used with permission). This photograph is part of The American Image: The Photographs of John Collier Jr. online exhibit developed by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and Ideum.

Some Africa Links

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Those of you who have been following me for a while have noticed that I've become interested in West Africa. Here are a few blogs I've been reading since my return.

Help the Sigida Keneyali Project Win the International Youth In Volunteerism Challenge

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Last month I posted an e-interview with Caitlin Cohen, the US coordinator and co-founder of the Sigida Keneyali Project , a community-run clinic in Sikoro for 28,000 people. It is a project of the start-up NGO, Mali Health Organizing Project.

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Guatemala struggles to find war crimes justice

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Two good articles recently covered the Guatemala secret police archive project that we are supporting. Guatemala struggles to find war crimes justice was in the San Francisco Chronicle, and captures the personal side of this work. Many people want to know what happened to those who disappeared in Guatemala's civil war. ITworld.com's Digging for the truth quotes Benetech's Tamy Guberek and notes that our Martus software is being used in the project.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Nonprofit Data Management

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As you know, nonprofit data management has been a really important issue for me for a long time. So I thought it would be a great subject for the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants hosted here today. There are some great posts for today

Gadgets, Geeks, Gators - Forbes.com

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Gadgets, Geeks, Gators - Forbes.com: "Thursday, former presidents George H. Bush and Bill Clinton will appear together on stage, giving speeches about philanthropy and taking questions from the audience

Skype to Conference Call Bridge Line? Free?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click to see larger photo in flickr with notes. For a client meeting, I needed to do a conference call with one person here in the US and another in Europe. Everytime I use skype conference calls, it is a pain - echoes, static, dropped lines, etc. We waste 10-15 minutes fumbling.

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Reach for the common denominator

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Problem solving, how to get better at it, and how to teach it, remains a concern with me. In looking at problem solving heuristics in IT the other day, I mentioned that one important rule for me is that when several problems start up at once, odds are they are related.

Obama in Oakland

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I've always wondered why people cry when they see famous people, until yesterday. There were thousands of people packed into Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall for the Barack Obama rally on St. Patrick's Day (the San Francisco Chronicle has a great bird's eye view photo here ).

Global Alliance for ICT and Development

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last week I attended a meeting of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), which was subtitled "UN Meets Silicon Valley." The goal of the meeting was to talk about ways to advance crucial goals of the UN with help from the technology community, especially poverty reduction. The people in attendance were good, and I had many exciting conversations. The chair of the effort is Craig Barrett, Intel's chairman.

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Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Nonprofit Data Management

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As you know, nonprofit data management has been a really important issue for me for a long time. So I thought it would be a great subject for the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants hosted here today. There are some great posts for today

Inside Bay Area - Kiva does well, with help from friends

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Inside Bay Area - Kiva does well, with help from friends: "Kiva does well, with help from friendsBy Constance Loizos, MEDIANEWS STAFFArticle Last Updated: 03/26/2007 05:20:32 AM PDTIF YOU HAVEN'T yet heard of Kiva.org, a San Francisco nonprofitthat at just 18 months old is already the leading online microcredit site, you're about to. Its friends in Silicon Valley will make sure of that.Here's how

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Stop Cyberbullying Day: Some Inspiration from the Blogosphere

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

First off, I want to thank Andy Carvin for organizing this day and the ning site and leading by example - showing us how to take an issue and integrate the use of new social media tools! Looks other nptech bloggers and social networks are supporting this effort too!

NetCentric Advocacy: DoGooderTV-Contest

Network-Centric Advocacy

what can i do with youtube? how do advocacy groups and issue folks use video to sell their story ? how can it work? watch tv on my 11 dollar a month blog. dogoodertv dogoodertv-contest

Change.org Launches Fundraising Widget

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Change.org , the social network where users can find like-minded do-gooders based on shared issues that they want to change, or nonprofits that they support, has launched a fundraising widget (pictured left). The widget can be placed on a blog, MySpace, Facebook, or a website.

Revisiting Old Ground | Idealware

Idealware

We've now done our first round of updates to old articles – we've updated our A Few Good Email Newsletter Tools and A Few Good Low-Cost Databases articles. Both were completely reviewed and have new tools, considerations and more

Carnival Hosting Again!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Next Monday, I'm hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. The topic is "Nonprofit Data Management: from slips of paper to CRM" As you all know, I've been thinking about data management issues for years, and it would be great for