June, 2008

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Nonprofit Blogging Burning Questions and Answers

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I originally wrote this post for the NetSquared Blog. Earlier in the month I taught a Nonprofit Blogging 101 workshop at the 2008 Making Media Connections Conference. At the beginning of the session, I asked folks what their burning questions were. Below are their questions, and my quick answers.

Mr. Jim Goes to Washington (Again)

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As part of the large national award we received from the Department of Education, we are spending a lot more time in Washington. I talk to lots of folks: congressional staff, members of Congress, folks at the Department of Education, the publishers, disability activists and so on.

What is private? What is public?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Today, someone on the progressive exchange list asked about a tool called Rapleaf. A story about Rapleaf in Clickz (a newsletter for online marketers) says this: Rapleaf allows you to quickly and inexpensively find out the social

SouthCoastToday.com: Web site connects volunteers, nonprofit

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SouthCoastToday.com: Web site connects volunteers, nonprofit: "United Way of Greater New Bedford is offering a free online matching application — called Volunteer Solutions — that helps connect individuals to volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations throughout the community

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Why Should Nonprofits Embrace Social Media? The why of social media

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But Why? Flickr Photo by Liquid Lucidity. Why Not? Flickr Photo by MPR529. Today we start NTEN's Be The Media journey where the community is the curriculum ! We invite you to join the conversation each week as roll out a new theme related to social media and nonprofits.

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What software freedom means to me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I got some interesting comments on the last post about Linux desktops. I realize that I haven't talked about this in a while, and I'm not sure I've actually ever articulated this completely on this blog. So here goes

Donors warm up to online giving | csmonitor.com

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Donors warm up to online giving | csmonitor.com: "Donors warm up to online givingGiving topped $300 million in 2007. A small but rising percentage of those gifts came via the Internet

NTEN We Are Media Project: Week 1 - How Can Your Nonprofit Organization Avoid Drinking the Web 2.0 Kool-Aid.

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Flickr Photo by Mike Monteiro NTEN's We Are Media : where the community is the curriculum ! We invite you to join the conversation each week as roll we out a new theme related to social media and nonprofits.

Must tell you about Crazy Egg.

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Check out Crazy Egg. It's an amazing analytics application that can help you analyze your website or blog. The coolest thing is a heat map that shows you where on your homepage (for example) people click. The "confetti" option shows you individual clicks.

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Visitor Studies Association Replaces Keynotes with Dialogue

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It’s not often I wake up and think: I wish I could go to another conference this summer. In Houston. In July. But the Visitor Studies Association is taking some chances next month with their annual conference , and it’s got me experiencing a new emotion around convention halls: excitement.

IDEO: Design for Social Impact

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I just gave a talk at IDEO, the famous Silicon Valley design firm. IDEO is very interested in making a bigger positive impact on society, and I was heartened by the great turnout and conversation. Doug Solomon, their Chief Technology Officer, was my connection to come in, and I appreciated Doug's invitation! IDEO has been working with the Rockefeller Foundation to bring more of the design community into the social sector.

Linux desktops?

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I'm doing a webinar on Linux Desktops next month, and it's making me think a lot about my own experience using Linux on the desktop, and where I think things are going. If you've read this blog for a while, you've heard my various sagas

Nonprofit groups team up to provide technology services | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Robert Miller | Business Columnist | Dallas M

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Nonprofit groups team up to provide technology services | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Robert Miller | Business Columnist | Dallas Morning News: "The Center for Nonprofit Management has entered into a partnership with NPower Texas to provide nonprofit groups with a one-stop source for technology services.".

Allison Fine asks, "Is it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service?"

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Flickr Photo by Dogs New Cloths. Allison Fine, who authored " Social Citizens" , a paper recently released by The Case Foundation on the intersection of Millennials, social change and social media, wonders whether it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service?

Vanity Fair on the History of the Internet and the World and Everything

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Vanity Fair has a totally awesome oral history of the internet. Although their cover pic of Angelina makes her look totally weird and unattractive).

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matthew noticed that when you create an advanced formula on an opportunity, you see a field called contactid: it doesn't show up in the admin interface, though. and when matthew tried to use it, it didn't have anything in it

Up there with Gordon Moore!

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Well, that's a very optimistic title: I never expected to be up there with Gordon Moore. But, I was totally amazed to have my comments on the future of technology in the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum right next to Gordon's comments! Tech Luminaries Address Singularity Gordon Moore is one of the fathers of Silicon Valley, and has had wide-reaching impacts. He's from my alma mater, Caltech, where he has been chair of the board and the biggest or one of the biggest donors.

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NPTECH Punk

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Beth, of course, suggested this, and I'm jumping on her bandwagon. I realized, in being introduced to Edupunk, that I have been doing it for, oh, almost 20 years now. In 1989, I joined the faculty of Hampshire College (and stayed for 10

Virtually New Orleans : CU News : Boulder Daily Camera

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Virtually New Orleans : CU News : Boulder Daily Camera: "High school students enrolled in the camp are spending this week intensively exploring what led up to the 2005 storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast and went down in history books as one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes. Later, the students will use Google SketchUp software and will post virtual reconstruction projects on Google Earth, Tags: NPDisasterRelief NPtech

Where is the sweet spot between network and community?

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Click to see larger image. What you are looking at is a tag cloud created with Be The Media Project description and the highly addictive WRDL (hat tip to Tom Watson ).

"Fish Where the Fish Are". Takeaways from BlogPotomac

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Had a REALLY GREAT time at BlogPotomac , a Social Media Marketing conference for bloggers organized by Livingston Communications (you may have heard of their blog, the Buzz Bin, linked later in this post).

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is it really fair to go on vacation 1.5 miles from the iphone data coverage boundary? the wrong side of the boundary? anyone know where i can buy iphone methadone

Guatemala: the Secret Files

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Frontline World is airing a terrific piece on our Guatemala work tonight on KQED in the Bay Area (9 pm PT). You can view it online right now. It already aired on the east coast. I don't think we've ever had such extensive and thoughtful coverage of a topic: there are the video segments, slideshows, extended interviews and more. Everybody at Benetech is so proud of our human rights team getting this kind of exposure and promoting the importance of human rights

Frackin’ Brilliant

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That's what I said to Thomkins Spann, of Convio, when he told me last week (after I duly signed the requisite NDA) that Convio was going into the donor database business by building an app on top of Salesforce.com.

Wired Campus: University Used Instant Messages to Communicate After Fire - Chronicle.com

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Wired Campus: University Used Instant Messages to Communicate After Fire - Chronicle.com: "University Used Instant Messages to Communicate After FireIn the wake of a devastating fire at Our Lady of the Lake University last month, university officials didn’t rely on phone calls or e-mail to keep the university community connected. They couldn’t. The fire was in the campus’s main building and had.

Arts 2.0: Brooklyn Museum Click Exhibit Results: It's not a contest, it's a study in curation of the crowds.

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In April, I taught a social media workshop for artists and arts nonprofits and did some research. on how different arts organizations using social media effectively. The Brooklyn Museum kept coming up as a stellar example, particularly its Click Exhibition , an experiment in crowd-sourced exhibits.

Read the Essential Guide to Social Media

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As you probably know, Brian Solis is one of my social media heroes and an essential source for really clear, simple language and straightforward thinking about how to "just get crackin'" with social media.

Big Paycheck or Service? Is There a Middle Way?

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The New York Times recently published an article, Big Paycheck or Service? Students are Put to Test , about graduates who go into school with high ideals for changing the world, but come out working for big business. Hat tip to Echoing Green for the link).

User Experience Design Patterns from the Yahoo! Library

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When you design a new interactive, talkback station, or traditional exhibit for your museum, what best practices and design requirements do you consult? Do you use in-house documents to guide your actions? Do you use classic books?

Tidbits

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The Tides Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 Anthonio Pizzigati prize, a $10000 annual award for outstanding contributions to software in the public interest. The competition, judged by a panel of national leaders in

Technology Firms Come to China's Aid - WSJ.com

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Technology Firms Come to China's Aid - WSJ.com: "As donations poured into China following last month's devastating earthquake, one group of Google Inc. engineers came up with their own contribution to the relief effort: a search engine.".

Web 2.0 Ennui Season? no? or yes? Is it just me?

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Confession. Before I focused on music performance in college, I was on a path of creative writing and poetry. I took a course on French poetry and Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil was on the reading list.

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Phrase of the day: "Working Wikily"

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The Magic of Giving

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