October, 2009

Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact


Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. As part of the LIVESTRONG Action campaign the LIVE STRONG day is focused on unifying people from all around the world through local events and activities that celebrate cancer survivorship. It’s also designed to generate awareness and foster support so the world can be freed from cancer.

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How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

This month’s Net2 Think Tank question asks, “How do you stay up-to-date online?&# There are so many blogs, news sources, and conversations happening at the same time, every day, and the chances that you’ll be able to find them all without trying is pretty unlikely.

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10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Six months ago I came pretty close to complete social media burnout. I was running over 20 social networking profiles, logging in seven days a week, and at minimum pulling 60-hour work weeks. My brain was completely fried and those around me were getting pretty fed up with the fact that I was never present, only connected… online, all the time. Even when I wasn’t at home at my desk, I was on my iPhone updating Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.

Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

This is a story of a blog. It’s a story I really ought to have shared long before now, and I am truly thankful to my good friend Ron Mader for (politely) badgering me to tell it.

Social Media and the Performing Arts: Engagement First, Ticket Sales Second

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Arts and Social Media View more presentations from kanter. This morning I gave a presentation for a group of senior marketing people from performing arts centers around the country on social media.

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29 Nonprofit Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Last week I asked the followers of @NonprofitOrgs to nominate their favorite nonprofit bloggers. The list below is the result of that “Tweet Out&#. Some on the list are very known in the nonprofit sector, and others are completely under the radar and providing some very valuable resources to the nonprofit sector. This time around I limited the list to individuals bloggers, rather than blogs maintained by associations, publications, PR firms, etc.

350.org Day of Climate Action: From Lake Como

Amy Sample Ward

I’m so honored to be here in Lake Como at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center. A group of technologists and social entrepreneurs/ Ashoka Fellows have gathered here for a 3 day conference to discuss and implement social technology tools into the social impact work for projects around the world.

Social Learning Isn't Just for Kids: Learning in Public at Conferences and Workshops

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Justin Benttinen. This past week was a busy one for leading workshops. I was in Washington, DC where I did a session on social media strategy for a convening of Packard Grantees.

Avoiding the Community Manager Superstar

Museum 2.0

Every time a colleague tells me her museum has just hired a "community person," a part of me cringes.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Supports Bookshare!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The news is excellent. We just announced: Encyclopaedia Britannica Grants Digital Rights to Bookshare -- Major Reference Collections Now Accessible for Individuals with Print Disabilities Worldwide. Although it was possible, we never seriously thought about scanning the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Security and Privacy in a Web 2.0 world

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Security Camera - Photo by Sirius Rust. Beth threw down the gauntlet , and I had to pick it up. I’m sort of surprised I hadn’t written about this before. I think a lot about both of these, not so much for myself, but for organizations that I work with whose work is fairly sensitive.

HOW TO: Create Videos for Your Nonprofit Without a Video Camera, a Budget of $0, and Little-to-No Tech Skills

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Animoto is a service that allows you to create videos about your nonprofit using a selection of your organization’s best photos. Within a few minutes and a couple of clicks, your nonprofit could have a new promotional video that you can use on your Web site, your Blog, in your e-mail newsletters, and on social networking sites.

Case Study in Local: Oakland Local

Amy Sample Ward

Oakland Local is launching today! Oakland Local is a news & community site for Oakland, CA, USA, focusing on social justice issues including climate change, air quality, food access, arts as activists, and identity, race & ethnicity. About Oakland Local.

Guest Post by Steve Waddell: Systems Mapping for Non-Profits - Part 1

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

See larger image here: Map from: Waddell, Steve. 2005. A Learning History of the CARE LAC - Institute for Strategic Clarity Guatemala Poverty Project. Institute for Strategic Clarity, March 15.

How Independent Schools Can Embrace Online and Offline Worlds


In the past year, I’ve come to a realization. The independent school arena has changed. Yes, you will say (and you would be right) it is constantly changing and has been for years! But I’m talking major mind shifts here, stay with me… No longer is the world of independent schools separated into segments of online/offline communication.

Library clips :: Online communities - technical facilitators are not enough :: October :: 2009

AFP Blog

Library clips :: Online communities - technical facilitators are not enough :: October :: 2009: "I’m finding that some Communities of Practice (CoPs) at work are lacking leadership even though they have a community leader.This is a broad statement, and there can be many reasons for this, but in this post I want to focus on one particular reason

Open Mobile Camp report

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Yesterday, I spent the day in Manhattan, at the UNICEF building, with a bunch of folks passionate about the technology in mobile phones, and the ways to use that technology for good. I’ve been a very long time cell phone user (had one since 1998), but I haven’t been involved in implementing a mobile system for an organization, so I had a lot to learn. The place to find reports on what happend is on the wiki. Also, check out the twitter stream for the #omc09 hashtag.

Video Fridays #19

NCE Social Media

For the 19th installment of Video Fridays, I thought I would choose a video that show you how to use URL Shorteners. What is a URL Shortener you say? Wikipedia states “URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web where a provider makes a web page available under a very short URL in addition to the original address. For example, the page [link] can be shortened to [link] If you use tools such as Tweetdeck or Seesmic , these are already built into those applications.

LOUDER, a collaborative campaigning platform

Amy Sample Ward

“Together we are…LOUDER!&# It’s true! And that’s the leading tag for a new campaigning platform called Louder. The platform just hit open beta today, so create an account and start playing (hey, it’s Friday, right?).

June Holley and The Art of Being Rhizomatic (The Practice of Network Weaving)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meeting June Holley for the first time! Last week, as part of my work at the Packard Foundation as visiting scholar I had the opportunity to participate in a face-to-face convening of the "Network of Network Funders," facilitated by the Monitor Institute.

Creating a Social Networking Strategy (Part 1)


This is a follow-up to Creating a Social Networking Strategy (Part 0) that originally appeared on my Connections blog and also as a guest post on Beth Kanter's blog. One of the key takeaways from Part 0 is that once you stop just playing around with social media then you need to start putting together a strategy. The first place to start is a proven and solid framework for your strategy. That bad news is that most people don't like "strategery" stuff.

What Are the Challenges to Social Network Fundraising? | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog

AFP Blog

What Are the Challenges to Social Network Fundraising? eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog: "roving that social media can be used to raise significant funds for nonprofits is “the brass ring” that every nonprofit utilizing social media wants to reach. But it is quite an elusive brass ring! There are a number of challenges to overcome before social network fundraising is as easy (.

New Co-Lo: Game Changer


Do you ever get the bug to travel? Well, about every three years around here we get the bug to complete a major technological overhaul. It''s fun, it keeps us on our toes--but more importantly, we do this to ensure your success. You certainly don''t want to trust your data to an outdated system. So, it with great pleasure that I can let you know that we successfully completed our co-lo move.

Deals with Twitter, Facebook and Search Engines

NCE Social Media

This week there has been quite a flurry of news for Twitter and Facebook. Bing , Microsoft’s search engine, announced a deal with the two social media tools to include their feeds in search results. That means in the future if you blog or post or tweet about your agency, those blog posts and tweets will appear in Bing’s results. Also, Google just announced a new social media search feature.

Gift Economgy and Social Reporting at myPublicServices Conference

Amy Sample Ward

The myPublicServices conference is coming up next month here in London and I’m really looking forward to it. For two reasons: 1. it’s a gift economy event, and 2. my gift is social reporting. A Gift Economy Event.

Climate Warming and Palo Alto -> Miradi and the World

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One day last month we were shocked to discover all the street trees on our quaint downtown street had been chopped down. Clearcut. To be honest, most of us probably never took much notice of the 63 mature holly oaks. They were just part of the landscape. Until they were gone. Suddenly the world seemed a little harsher. No more trees. No more shade. No more leafy beauty. Our hot summer (and autumn!) days became a little hotter. Our local version of accelerated climate change.

Jumpstart Year-End Giving with eCards


It’s that time of year already, and nonprofits everywhere are brainstorming ways to boost their year-end holiday giving. What better vehicle than the Internet to help give your organization an edge

Churches connect with parishioners online -- chicagotribune.com

AFP Blog

Churches connect with parishioners online -- chicagotribune.com: "On Tuesday, 250 Web-savvy Christians -- from blogging pastors to iPhone programmers -- gathered at Park Community for Cultivate 09, an interactive conference on ministry communication, which includes marketing strategy. More than a third of Americans younger than 50 don't have a religious affiliation, according to a 2008 study by

Last 10 delicious.com links

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

These are the last 10 sites I bookmarked on delicious.com: VideoPress — Quick and easy HD video sharing for WordPress. Welcome to Aviary. Mozilla Labs – Weave Sync :: Add-ons for Firefox. How to Set Up an SMS System | MobileActive.org. Your ShowtimeFu is Strong in Oakland, CA – ShowtimeFu.com. Spicynodes : Home. PowerBase. Guide to CSS support in email clients – Articles & Tips – Campaign Monitor. Intuit Developer Network Home.

Video Fridays #18 – Collaboration Style

NCE Social Media

What is your collaboration style? What tools do you use to help in your agency’s work? What tools do you use in your personal work? Here’s a chart from a Forrester report that identifies what collaboration tools information workers from companies of 100+ employees use. Chart of Collaboration Tools used by Information Workers. Are you using social media to collaborate with your staff, volunteers, donors, consumers? If so, please let us know.

10NTC: What do you want to talk about?

Amy Sample Ward

NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference held each Spring is always THE place to be for nonprofit techies: whether you work in a nonprofit organization or with one, are totally technical or fell into your techie job, like social media or like wiring an office.

Read Only + Speed


We keep hearing that CommuntyOS (formerly Tapestry) is the fastest system out there. Well, it just got faster. Plus, more enhancements including a Read Only multi-agency function. We have optimized our code base to improve the loading and reloading of various key pages, including the Client History, Contact History, Case History, Client Search and New Client Record pages. Of course, your experience will depend on your browser, the computer you are using, and the speed of your Internet access.

NTEN Webinar - The State of Online Fundraising


November is NTEN member appreciation month and they are having several free webinars for members. I am fortunate enough to get to host a session called "The State of Online Fundraising" on Wednesday, November 4th from 2pm to 3:30pm EDT / 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT

Americans Unsure About Social Media's Charity Benefits, Survey Finds - Philanthropy.com

AFP Blog

Americans Unsure About Social Media's Charity Benefits, Survey Finds - Philanthropy.com: "Americans Unsure About Social Media's Charity Benefits, Survey FindsAmericans seem to be conflicted about the role of social networks as a way to support the causes they care about.According to a new survey, while nearly eight in 10 people who use new media think the technology can help companies and