September, 2008

Dragonair Hauls Rami off the Plane

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our flight from Hong Kong to Fuzhou on Dragonair was made much more interesting when we had a ringside seat on a disability rights demonstration! Rami Rabby is famous in the American blind community as the first blind foreign service officer working for the US State Department.

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Find me in my “office”

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

NTEN has a great program, called “Office Hours“, where folks can talk to people and get their burning questions asked about everything nonprofit technology. I volunteered to be the “expert” in residence for the “Program” track of Office

Are you a Facebook fan? - News

AFP Blog

Are you a Facebook fan? News: "Although the College is more than 250 years old, administrators are trying to keep as up-to-date as possible with the latest networking trends.As part of this push, the College developed a Facebook page last spring.". NPtech

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RSS: Best thing since sliced bread

NetWits

Learn how to use RSS in Kinteras CMS Are you actively using an RSS reader in your daily life - for work and play? To be quite honest, I didnt begin regularly using RSS until recently, but it's changed my life. Seriously! Why is RSS so important for your supporters? First , it makes it easy to know when you've published new content. They don't have to come to your site to check all the time. Their RSS reader will update them!

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Using Google Apps for Your Social Media Listening Dashboard: Social Productivity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been thinking a lot about the concept of social productivity as it relates to using social media and chewing on a post that Chris Brogan wrote a few days ago called " You Can Do Your Job Without Twitter."

How to Design from Virtual Metaphor to Real Experience, and an Example

Museum 2.0

I often talk about the idea of taking social technology out of the Web and putting it into physical museums as part of our exhibitions and programs. Recently, I learned about an innovative, super-low tech tagging pro ject in a library that does this beautifully.

Fuzhou

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

My first stop in mainland China is Fuzhou - 禝州 , the capital of Fujian Province. I had heard of the province, but was flabbergasted to not know the name of Fuzhou. Imagine overlooking a city of over 6 million people (described by a Fuzhou native as a "medium-sized Chinese city!").

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More Trending

AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Resources: Fundraising Blogs from the AFP Community

AFP Blog

From the AFP ewireAFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Resources: Fundraising Blogs from the AFP Community: "Resources: Fundraising Blogs from the AFP Community(Sept. 29, 2008) They have been down the road you’re on, and their expertise is just a hop, skip and a blog away.Some seasoned fundraisers and nonprofit leaders are finding self-published online columns and articles (a.k.a. blogs) to.

Love Thy Neighbor: Governor David Patterson at the Presidential Forum on Service

Have Fun - Do Good

Seeing the Presidential candidates at the Presidential Forum on Service at the Service Nation Summit was thrilling, but I think my favorite speaker last night was New York Governor David Patterson.

NpTech Summary: Nonprofit and Social Change Digg Redux

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Should there be a nonprofit and social change category on Digg? Digg it here ). That was the conversation in the nonprofit, nonprofit technology, and social change social media space. Here's a summary of the distributed conversations, some context, and some questions. Back in the early days of Web 2.0,

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Rock the Vote Executive Director on Mobile

Mobile Commons

Jordan just put up a great post on the Convio Connection Cafe about Rock the Vote’s results with text messaging.

Celebrating 20 Years of Hadley China!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We came to Fuzhou for a celebration. Celebrating 20 years is a big deal in China. As you might imagine, it's unusual for a U.S. nonprofit to have been in China for this length of time. The big celebration was held in our hotel, which I think is the nicest hotel in Fuzhou.

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Google Chrome

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The hiatus is over with a short entry about Google Chrome, the new browser from Google that I learned about on the twitterverse while I was stopped at one rest stop or another. I can't test it, because my Mac that has a Windows virtual

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Learn and Serve America > Press Release - Detail

AFP Blog

Learn and Serve America > Press Release - Detail: "Washington D.C. Aiming to tap the skyrocketing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to promote social good, the Corporation for National and Community Service today announced $2.3 million in grants to use social media to engage college students in service to meet community needs.The grants provide seed funding to six. NPtech NPSocialNetwork

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Ask Britt: How Do You Increase Blog Traffic?

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What, Why, and How of Facebook Pages: An Expertise Roundup from Mari Smith, Jesse Stay, Collin Douma, and Others

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Many nonprofit early adopters of Facebook set up groups as their organizational hubs because that was the only option. Later, Facebook Pages were introduced and many nonprofit s have set these up as their institutional hubs.

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OpenRegulations.org and CapitolWords.org

Network-Centric Advocacy

Tracking government actions a hobby of yours? Here is a new interface that tracks agencies and generates an RSS feed of rulemaking notices. Want a view of the trends check these out.

First trip to China

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm now on my first-ever trip to mainland China, thanks to the Hadley School for the Blind twentieth anniversary of their China school. It's unusual for a U.S. nonprofit to have a China branch, but truly amazing that it's been there for twenty years.

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NOSI and Aspiration join forces, yay!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been working with NOSI (the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative) for more than 5 years. In addition, I’ve worked with Aspiration a lot in the past few years as well. It is a great pleasure for me to announce that NOSI is becoming a project of Aspiration, and I am re-joining the board of Aspiration. I think the two organizations together will provide a really strong focus for advocacy and resources for open source development and use in the nonprofit sector.

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Celebs Join MySpace and PayPal for 'Net Philanthropy Effort - MarketingVOX

AFP Blog

Celebs Join MySpace and PayPal for 'Net Philanthropy Effort - MarketingVOX: "he aforementioned celebrities are supporting the effort by sporting the fundraising widget on their MySpace profiles: * The Jonas Brothers: www.myspace.com/jonasbrothers * Miley Cyrus: www.myspace.com/mileycyrus * Hilary Duff: www.myspace.com/hilaryduff * Vanessa Hudgens: www.myspace.com/vanessahudgensEach.

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The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones: Help Me Spread the Word

Have Fun - Do Good

Hey Have Fun * Do Gooders! I'm helping Green for All get the word out about Van Jones ' new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Two of Our Biggest Problems.

What color is your nonprofit's blog?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nina Simon, Museum 2.0 Blog.

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Facebook group or Facebook page?

SocialFish

All you need to know is in here. Thanks Beth! Although if you think of anything unanswered, just let me know in the comments).

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Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 - Part Two

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 was great for gaining a perspective on an island with a great deal of innovative social enterprise. My guess is that roughly 80% of the attendees were from Scotland and the rest of the UK.

SaaS vs. Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. I said in that post: At one level, whether or not the software underneath the SaaS is open source is not relevant. You are not obtaining the

Foundations and Web 2.0 - Philanthropy.com

AFP Blog

From the Chronicle Give and Take BlogFoundations and Web 2.0 - Philanthropy.com: "Foundations and Web 2.0A new report that looks at how foundations are using interactive Web 2.0 technology, such as blogs, podcasts, and social networks, in their communications has been announced — appropriately — on the blog run by the Communications Network, a membership organization for people who handle public

Ask Britt: How can I combine the creative arts with social impact?

Have Fun - Do Good

This week's Ask Britt question, sent in by a reader, is, "How can I combine the creative arts with social impact? What are some great examples of creative work that is very effective in social impact?" Great question!

Should there be A Nonprofit and Social Change Category on Digg?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I got a message from one of my readers, Ashley Messick, on Facebook about a recent post about Social Actions Twitter for Good Facebook Group and TwitterFeed Mashup I wanted to Digg post about Save the World with Twitter and wasn't quite sure how to categorize it when submitting.

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One to watch: nice strategic alliance!

SocialFish

From the press release : " San Francisco, CA - Aspiration ["better tools for a better world"] and NOSI [Non Profit Open Source Initiative] announced today that NOSI will become a project of Aspiration. Since 2003 NOSI has provided the nonprofit sector with information and education designed to help nonprofits leverage the benefits of using free and open source software (FOSS) in their work.

Social Enterprise in Scotland: the World Forum

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm here in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the first-ever Social Enterprise World Forum. There are over 400 attendees from twenty-five countries, all here to talk about how to use business to accomplish social outcomes. And Scotland is a logical place for such an event.

Welcome to the new theme!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I changed my Word Press theme, mostly because I was getting a bit tired of the old one, and wanted something really simple. Also, it coincides with a new installation of Drupal for my consulting website, using the same basic template

Social Media Opportunities for Social Movements | Open Media Boston

AFP Blog

Social Media Opportunities for Social Movements | Open Media Boston: "Social Media Opportunities for Social Movementsby Jesse Kirdahy-Scalia (Staff), Sep-19-08 * Open Source * Tech Newsmass_media_forum.jpgTraditional mass media forums provide few opportunities for weak social movement organizations to advance their frames. As a result, organizations without sufficient resources are largely

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The Journey of the Spiritual Activist: An Interview with Marisa Handler

Have Fun - Do Good

"The world of activism, can be rigidly secular.

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Networking Tips from A Pro: Charlene Li

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been following Charlene Li ever since I heard her speak at opening keynote at the first BlogHer Conference in 2005. She's smart, she's insightful, she rocks.

Food for thought: Usability and design for the social web

SocialFish

I have been thinking about usability a lot lately, and Lindy pointed me to an awesome blogger/web designer who specifically talks about this stuff, and has written a book on the subject. Joshua Porter writes about designing for the social web. I love his Five Principles to Design By: Technology Serves Humans. Design is not Art. The Experience Belongs to the User. Great Design is Invisible. Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.

More users for Bookshare.org

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It's typical to think of Bookshare.org as being for blind people. But, we keep mentioning that there are more people with print disabilities than people with visual impairments. People with physical disabilities such as those from cerebral palsy often get significant benefits for access to alternative text. We recently had a big article in SpeakUP, the journal of the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

What are learning platforms?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Note: This blog entry was originally posted on Idealware's new community blog. I'm honored and happy to be contributing blog posts there. Nonprofits have become intimately familiar with Content Management Systems (CMS