November, 2006

India's Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Big social entrepreneurship event here in New Delhi! At the India Economic Summit, Vikram Akula of SKS, the microfinance institution, won the award today. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was on hand for the presentation, and I understand that's unusual honor. There's great buzz around here about it.

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My wish for Web 2.5

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Well, both in the process of learning about all of the very cool web 2.0 apps out there, and beginning to try and use them to create content and organize my life, I have come to the following conclusion: the apps are great

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Ask Starbucks to Hold the Hormones on December 5th

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Nowadays, many dairy farms inject cows with rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), a genetically-engineered, artificial hormone used to make cows produce more milk. In the United States, rBGH is given to about 22% of cows. It is banned in Canada, Japan, Australia, and the European Union.

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NetCentric Advocacy: A Bear Votes

Network-Centric Advocacy

In one of the better examples of recycle, reuse.A Bear Votes! Thanks to Rob Stuart and all the folks that worked on the the original. Thanks to and Getactive for the recast Now digitially remastered for

Penny-wise or Pound-Foolish?

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

This morning we woke up to find that our furnace had died, and the house had cooled to 57F. Morning coffee under the quilt, and then a call to the heating folks. Turns out we need to replace the valve that controls the gas intake - parts and labor come to about $600. The furnace is over 20 years old.

What is a Widget?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Based on photo entitled " Gear " from Flattop341's Flickr Industrial Set. If you've been following my widgets category , you know that I'm working on a screencast and have been researching and playing with widgets.

Of Mice and Down Syndrome

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I attended the Coleman Institute Conference on technology and people with cognitive disabilities last week. It was great to be part of this meeting: I got to have dinner with the famous author Temple Grandin, who is autistic and has built a career around working with animals. One of the most interesting conversations I had was with Katheleen Gardiner of the University of Denver. I have been aware of the incredible advances in human genomics and animal models for different diseases and conditions.

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More Trending

Shop Local First

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Hey Have Fun * Do Gooders--I've started posting over at WorldChanging: San Francisco about local WorldChanging happenings. I wrote the post below for them, but thought I'd post it here too 'cause Shop Local First Week is a national program.

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Give the gift of interest free microloans: Last Updated on Friday, 25 December 2009 09:50 Written by Steve Sunday, 26 November 2006 05:22. This year my family will be giving Kiva gift certificates to our friends and loved ones

Tech support owner gone wild! | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I figure I might as well add to my “vendist” reputation. Really, I'm not a vendist, many of them are my best friends. Anyway, check out this irate consultant comment at Deborah Finn's blog. Here's an excerpt

Fundraising Widget Campaign: Success! Thank You! You Can Still Contribute!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click To Play. We are very grateful to everyone for their contributions, links, and advice. I'm elated that we made goal. I'm pulling together all my notes and will post reflections about all the campaign shortly! In the meantime, enjoy the thank you video!

Access and Washington

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech's mission is to create technology that serves humanity and our longest-running commitment is to people with disabilities. We have been helping blind and print disabled people gain access to books for over 17 years. The ability to read printed material is essential to advancing educational and employment opportunities for this community. Two recent experiences underscored different parts of this struggle to deliver access.

The Wealth of Networks, Chapter 3

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I bet you thought I'd stopped reading? Or given up? It gets chewy, for sure, but it feels like every chew is worth it. I'm reading this book at the same time as I've been working on the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative

Thankful Trees, Thanksgiving Books & Hope

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When eating fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. Vietnamese Proverb.

Networking with Sushi – Hamachi VPN « Digital Diner

Gavin's Digital Diner

Every once in a while I stumble across useful tools, things I want in my bag of tricks. Hamachi is one of those tools. Why is it called Hamachi? Hamachi = Tuna = which sounds like tunnel? That's a guess.) With Hamachi, at first blush

Resource Roundup 11/30 | Idealware


Okay, I'm behind again, but here's a few of the good software resources out within the last couple of weeks. More soon! Don't Live in Fear Online--Let Users Post Comments! FrogLoop) A thoughtful look at the benefits of allowing users

Seth Mazow from Interplast is live blogging from Ecuador

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jorge Palacios And A Resident Setting The Schedule Originally uploaded by interplast. Read his first post here. Seth is doing this so Interplast supporters can learn first-hand how the organization spends its money. Stop by, read the post, ask questions, etc

New tech application for controlling diabetes

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I enjoy sharing (when I get permission to) the stories of new social tech ventures that visit Benetech. Because we're not a funder, we usually can't help new social entrepreneurs with their number one need, money. But, we can be a sounding board for new projects and help them on their path to using technology to make the world a better place. One of these projects is the Care Product Institute.

Women and Technology

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

One of the things I really like about the nonprofit technology community is that there are so many women involved. There are lots of women on the varied lists I read, there are nonprofit technology organizations that have lots of women

Eat Local Thanksgiving Challenge

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"I'm not one to rain on anyone's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But, on the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims did not have the much-loved cranberry sauce at the table. Because they didn't have any sugar to make it with - it wasn't locally available to them."

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Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Our PolicyOrg collaborative is having a lunchtime "meet-and-greet" presentation for non-profits in the Washington DC area this coming Monday, Nov 20th. If you work with a non-profit in the public policy arena and you feel you could be making more effective use of Information Technology, both internally and on your public-facing web site, come on by, meet our partners, get treated to a great lunch, and bend our ears about what your organization needs from vendors like us.

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Resource Roundup 11/13 | Idealware


A selection of nonprofit-applicable software news and articles from the last couple weeks. Whiteboarding Tools and Technology Miniguide (Kolabora) Another great mini-guide from Kolabora - this one on tools that allow you to show

Maria Estela Godinez gets a full scholarship for Tec de Monterrey!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been following this remarkable young woman from Mexico, Maria Estela Godinez. She has accomplished a lot for a 16 year-old! She has received three prestigious awards for her work in electronics.

Build great companies, then help build a great world

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The San Jose Mercury News just published my op-ed today entitled Build great companies, then help build a great world. I'm putting the text of the op-ed below: Silicon Valley has become rich by selling our products around the world. We have a highly efficient system for creating technology that solves problems and delivers value far beyond the confines of Northern California.

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APIs – what, how, whither, and writing

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I've been asked by NTEN to write a whitepaper on APIs, following their Open API debate. I've been learning about some interesting examples of the use of APIs in nonprofit organizations, as well as learning what vendors (both proprietary

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Know Where Your Coffee Comes From

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Through just one cup of coffee, we are inextricably connected to the livelihoods of millions of people around the world who are struggling to survive.

Using the right tool

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

I muse about the issue of problem solving from time to time: in my work, it's clear to me that some users of technology are good problem solvers and some just aren't. But I have had little success breaking out the skillsets required to be a good general problem solver. I made some progress on this the other day after my friend Gilles attacked my old sofa-bed with his chain saw.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Intelliwiki: intellipedia: Can a top secret Wiki work?

Network-Centric Advocacy

This is an interesting but not unsuspected development of the homeland security and intelligence community. The launched intelliwiki. It is not surprising given a mission to actively trying to get folks to share information on subjects

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Screenshoting and TakeBackTheTech Campaign

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That's my screenshot contribution to the Take Back the Tech Campaign. This is a great example of " screenshotting " recently pointed out by Fred Wilson. So here's another thing to add to a campaign. hits 30,000 books!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our volunteer community just keeps scanning in books, and we're happy to announce that has hit 30,000 books! Patrick Ball, our CTO, and I were discussing the Web 2.0 conference (Patrick has been attending it this week) and Patrick mentioned a nugget he heard from Tim O'Reilly, the conference organizer. Tim said that a Web 2.0 application gets better with more users. And is a great example of that.

nfp 2.0 » Camera Rwanda: Storytelling using Flickr

Rebooting Charity

kresta king cutler has been posting images to the flickr photo-sharing community since september 2005. at the time of writing, her images have been viewed over 136000 times. in may, kresta left her tenured high school post in arizona

ChipIn Over the Holidays

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Did you know that according to the 2005 Kintera/Luth Nonprofit Trend Report : "On average, online givers donate in total (both online and offline) more than 50 percent more than those donors who do not give online."

PolicyOrg Resource makes its debut!

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

I generally shy away from tooting my own horn on these pages, but this news is too exciting to ignore. My company, Members Only Software , has joined a consortium of three groups in Washington that have been working with public policy think tanks. Our goal is to offer a more unified approach to technology for this very specific type of non-profit.

The Coming Wave of Web 2.0 Consultants and Vendors - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


By Matt Howes, Director of Technology, Media Matters for America. Remember when the webmaster did everything from graphic design to information architecture and content writing? Those days are long gone: Creating a website

Mike Remixes My CC Entry

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

CreativeCommonsReadWriteCulture03.jpg Originally uploaded by MikeBlogs. We keep running into each other in many different places. Mike is writing some great stuff on remix culture and creative commons license.

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Universally Accessible Demands Accessibility for All of Humanity - Google Video

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Google invited me over last month to talk about accessibility. Of course, when I talk about accessibility, I'm focusing on access for people with disabilities, and Google people are typically talking about access to more material. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the different developers, and at a place with Google's culture, that counts for a lot.

Cogmap: wikified Org Charts and why you should care. Last Updated on Saturday, 25 November 2006 01:39 Written by Steve Saturday, 25 November 2006 01:28. Cogmap is a weird new service, but is worth examining. It's a public repository of

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