July, 2008

AxsJAX at Google

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

John Crossman (Benetech's Director of Engineering) and I attended an interesting and exciting Google Open Source talk on AxsJAX at Google this week, by Charles Chen (the developer of FireVox) and T.V. Raman (the developer of EMACSpeaks).

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Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This week, it is my pleasure to host the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. This week, I asked the question: What is the biggest mistake a nonprofit can make with their website. I got some interesting answers

Customer Service 2.0


You have probably heard lots about Web 2.0, but increasingly companies are using Web 2.0 to drive what is now being called “Customer Service 2.0”. Customer Service 2.0 is about using blogs, discussion boards, and all the latest social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. to monitor and stay in touch with customers to help uncover and resolve their issues.

A 2nd look at an old post

AFP Blog

Happened across a historical posting which discussed the pro's and cons of tagging. The criteria and discussion was interesting as well as some of the cross blog discussion.[link]. link].

Building your Donor base on Facebook - The Nature Conservancy's experience.

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

There's been a lot of excitement in the last year about social networking in general, and about Facebook in particular. And a lot of talk about the value of social networking for non-profits. But is there really a return on investment for non-profit participation on these sites?

A Guide To Facebook Activism

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

(Hat tip: Jessica Dheere, Project Director, Social Media Exchange, Beirut) for pointing to this excellent resource - A DigiActive Introduction to Facebook Activism.

NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last year, the National Federation of the Blind took on Amazon.com about the accessibility of their website, which NFB felt at one time had been quite accessible, but which had declined in accessibility.

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Save Your Trash: An Interview with Ari Derfel

Have Fun - Do Good

"That's the big take home. It's not just like, "Hey, make less trash, the trash guy did it," but find where meaning is for you, and believe that you can make a difference if you learn about yourself." -Ari Ari Derfel Late last month I interviewed Ari Derfel, CEO and co-owner of Back to Earth, Inc.

Intel, Portugal agree to deal for 500,000 laptops

AFP Blog

Intel, Portugal agree to deal for 500,000 laptops: "Intel Corp. on Wednesday pledged to provide elementary school students in Portugal with 500,000 computers based on its Classmate PC design, the latest move by the computer chip maker to take the lead in the emerging low-cost laptop market.The computers will be delivered over the course of the 2008-09 school year. An Intel spokesperson declined

A new chapter.

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

The other day a friend dropped by the office to talk to us about how we manage chapters in our software. For example, he wondered if we assumed that the national organization did the dues billing, and distributed revenue to the chapters?

Don't be a Sun-Dial in the Shade


Image via Wikipedia Read this awesome post by Dawud Miracle about how Benjamin Franklin was a blogger in spirit - long before there were blogs, but not before there were printed pamphlets meant to spark conversation and discussion, like his very own Poor Richard's Almanack.


Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There's so many cool things going on at Benetech. One of the coolest has been the reaction to our brand new environmental project management software, Miradi. Miradi is a great example of how technology can be used to more fully benefit humanity: now in the field of improving the environment!


Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Between the Connection Cafe, and the new name for their fundraising database: Common Ground (formerly known as Aikido,) I have to admit that I'm beginning to think of coffee, when I think of Convio. Is this a bad thing

The Girl Effect: Watch This Video

Have Fun - Do Good

Did you know: " • An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.

Who Needs So Many “Friends”? | eJewish Philanthropy

AFP Blog

From ejewishphilanthropy.comWho Needs So Many “Friends”? eJewish Philanthropy: "Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook aren’t just for college keg stand contest pictures anymore. Nonprofits are joining social network sites to connect with people, strengthen cause awareness and hopefully cultivate donors." NPSocialNetwork NPWeb2.0.

How To Develop a Social Media Plan in Five Easy Steps

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr photo by Terry Bain. Terry / aXis / You Are a Dog / the book / the blog // We Are the Cat / the blog. I found Mashable's How To Develop a Social Media Plan in Five Easy Steps Via Britt Bravo who forwarded me this link.

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Nonprofit Organizations on MySpace


I don't really "do" Myspace, but check this out. In particular, look at the links to all the (mostly charitable) non-profits and associations towards the bottom. I don't pay much attention to MySpace, but maybe I should. This page has 33,323 "friends".

Austria conference on access technology

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just got back from a terrific week in Austria at the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs conference. This is an academic conference on access technology, full of researchers trying out new things that will help people with disabilities. My first day was hanging out at the Young Researchers seminar, which was organized by Professors Paul Blenkhorn (the UK's first professor of access tech) and the ICCHP host Klaus Miesenberger.

The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I had a startling realization a few days ago. I seem to spend inordinate amounts of time responding to people (proprietary software vendors, to be specific) harping on the idea that “open source software is free” is a myth

Office Fundraiser Ideas

Have Fun - Do Good

When you're in charge of your office's fundraiser, you've got two goals to meet: 1. Raise the amount of money you've been assigned. Not make your co-workers dread the sight of you. Your campaign needs to be fun and engaging, but also effective.

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Dad to pull comic-book all-nighter for charity

AFP Blog

Dad to pull comic-book all-nighter for charity: "Stephen David Wark plans to pull an all-nighter tonight reading comic books and blogging about them. But it's for a good cause.Wark is among dozens of bloggers around the world participating in the Day of Blogs, a fundraising campaign in which each participant posts every half hour for 24 hours straight and solicits sponsors to donate to the.

Walking the Line Between Web2.0 and Old Skool in Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Kalabird (Michaela Hackner). Johanna Bates, an extraordinary nonprofit technologist, has launched her blog with a very thoughtful post called " Walking the Line Between Web 2.0

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For ASAE members: Countdown to ASAE 2008


I'll post about this again later, I am sure, but just a quick head's up about ASAE's Annual Meeting in San Diego, August 16-19, since I had a few minutes to look through my pile of stuff about it and try to work out a little bit of a schedule for myself.

The Summertime Blues

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

You'll love those lazy hazy crazy days of summer - those days of hot dogs and pretzels and beer. remember that old tune? I can remember listening to it on the radio as we drove to the Catskills in my Dad's old Dodge. But vacations are different now - everywhere I'm reading articles about how we Americans don't really get away from our work anymore when we go on holiday. We go loaded with smartphone and laptop and a plan to get six weeks of special projects done during six days on the beach.

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My Theory of Practice

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I finally had the reason to begin to more completely articulate my theory of practice. My theory of practice is different than my consulting philosophy. They certainly are consistent with each other, but they are distinct

Wanna Create Social Change? Be Creative

Have Fun - Do Good

David Bornstein's book, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, describes the qualities Ashoka looks for in the social entrepreneurs they support through their Fellowship program. The quality that stood out the most for me was Creativity.

How Should Charities Use Social Networks? - Philanthropy.com

AFP Blog

From the Chronicle Blog Give and TakeHow Should Charities Use Social Networks? Philanthropy.com: "How Should Charities Use Social Networks?Is Is it wrong to use social-networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to help promote your nonprofit group?A A debate on that topic is brewing among nonprofit experts, as some people express concern that marketers show a lack of respect for the purpose of

What do mobile phones, baseball, and pediatric Diabetes have in common?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Christopher Dale. A text to give campaign will make its major league debut at a professional sporting event on the July 13th ??? Children???s s National Day at Nationals Park. This a special day will highlight and support the partnership between the Washington Nationals and Children???s

"If you get it, share it" - SMC forms a Board of Directors


Breaking News - the Social Media Club has just announced they have formed a 42-member board of directors to help shape their strategic direction. And check out who's on the Board ! With so many heavy hitters in the room, this is one to watch. SMC has free open membership.

Insiders Guide to Video and YouTube for Nonprofits - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


YouTube is one of the most popular sites on the Internet, reaching about 20% of Internet traffic daily according to Alexa rankings. In keeping with our coverage of video for nonprofits, we spoke with Ramya Raghavan, Nonprofits and

MPower Open keeps moving forward

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This is old news, but I've been busy. What's kind of funny is that I was quoted on the press release, which was out 3 weeks ago or so, but it's taken me this long to blog it. Bad Blogger! (I I think my clients thank me for being a bad

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Spirituality, Religion and Activism: What's the Connection?

Have Fun - Do Good

Microsoft finalizes Windows XP for OLPC laptops | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

AFP Blog

Microsoft finalizes Windows XP for OLPC laptops | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com: "Microsoft has internally released to manufacturing the version of Windows XP that it has tweaked to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer.As James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group, announced on his blog on July 24:".

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Congrats to Mazarine Treyz - The First Wiki Contributor to WeAreMedia Module 5

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Congrats to Mazarine Treyz, Senior Development & Communications Officer, Urban League of Portland. She was the first one to contribute something to the WeAreMedia Module 5: Online Community Engagement Strategy and Skills. The question was : How do you get prepared for an online community?

We Are Media: The Social Media Starter Kit for Nonprofits


Interested in " working wikily "? Join me in the WE ARE MEDIA project, hosted by NTEN. The goal of this wiki is to provide a source for strategies and tools in the social media sphere specifically for NONPROFITS. More info is here.

Wild Apricot Blog : 4 Ways to Put a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Web Site

Wild Apricot

If your organization makes PowerPoint slideshows for special events, meetings and conferences, you've probably put a lot of time and effort into creating each one. Why not get extra mileage from those PowerPoint presentations by putting

Resource Roundup 7/28 | Idealware


Twitter: Not Just Chatter But a Channel for Your Cause (NTEN) Nice look at the benefits, drawbacks, and uses of Twitter for nonprofits Still a Big Gap Between Reality, Wishes for Web 2.0 (IT IT Business Edge