August, 2005

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

"For the first time I can read what I want, when I want, where I want, by myself." A great quote from a five minute video on accessible e-text books produced by college students in New York. It really delivers the message of how access to books changes the lives of students with disabilities

Letting Your Fingers Do the Running - New York Times

AFP Blog

Letting Your Fingers Do the Running - New York Times : "Letting Your Fingers Do the Running * By MARK WALLACE Published: August 21, 2005 THIS year is the 20th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events, in which teams of runners jog through the night at schools, fairgrounds and parks to raise money for the fight against cancer. To date, the program has raised more than $1.5 billion for the organization.

IP Tidbits

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Here are a few tidbits I've come across in the Intellectual Property arena in the past few days. Downhill Battle, which is an organization people interested in the whole "copyfight" issue should know about, has a new project

Vlog 100

Vlogging to Cambodia: Eath Chhnon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Eath Chhnon (otherwise known as " Village Girl ") is a Cambodian ???video video blogger??? or vlogger. She grew up in a small village in Cambodia near Angkor Wat , one of country???s s cultural treasures. Two years ago, at age 20, she came to New York City.

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Gimme that old time CRM

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Well, I'm off tomorrow to “Fiddle and Dance” at Ashokan – it's a week of classes, workshops, dances, jams, and concerts, focusing on traditional music from the Southern US.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Arctic Promise: We want YOu: You lead the Charge

Network-Centric Advocacy

thanks to noah for the tip. finally, it looks like some of the more traditional campaigns are dipping their toes into the pool of bottoms up voice and organizing with their online tools. they may have money, but we have a much more

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Great article on one of our funders and one of their leaders, Barbara Kibbe of the Skoll Foundation, in Nonprofit Online News, entitled Role Models of Rigor and Vision. It covers a broad range of issues around the Foundation and Barbara's thinking. We're especially excited about the commitment to capacity building, a topic for which Kibbe has been a major advocate and leader.

Grant 100

More Trending

More patent office silliness

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

OK, this is great. At the same time as the patent office is granting business method patents that everyone knows have tons of prior art, they are busy rejecting trademarks, based on who knows what, exactly

Method 100

Andy Carvin's Podcasting Tools

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Andy Carvin wonders which tool to use to record the podcast! Tonight I attended a cocktail party for Global s hosted by Rebecca Mackinnon. I got a chance to meet some folks connected with GV face-to-face, including Ethan Zuckerman , Paul Frankenstein and Andy Carvin.

A model approach to Membership Management

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

I was chatting the other day with a friend who works as membership director for an association of universities. The discussion, of course, got around to software, and she said, "Most vendors' membership modules seem to be built around the idea that their main purpose is to help me keep track of my members." Well, if that was a crime, we were guilty - what else would the main purpose of a membership module be?

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NetCentric Advocacy: Hey, Hey.Made you Look.Employees switch tasks every three minutes.

Network-Centric Advocacy

this looks like an important study. the consumerism, rapid impulse shopping and age of information overload are shifting attention spans and focus and standard operating procedure of life in the modern office

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I spent an hour today trying to write up just my list of action items from the O'Reilly Foo Camp 2005 ! This is where tech publisher Tim O'Reilly and his team host a weekend of camping in their empty second office building (built during the Bubble) by over 200 of the leading geeks. The energy was great, and lots of folks were excited to talk about the social applications of technology. One of the themes I heard with interest is the rise of the technical foundation.

Influence Blog: Forum One

Influence

"(t)he depth of the relationship you can have with them is unbelievable." so says the chief of global advertising and marketing firm euro rscg, david jones, about the role of the internet in consumer marketing

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On occasion, a sad event occurs that makes a major impact on me personally. Last weekend, one of the leading entrepreneurs in adaptive technology in the world, Dr. Russell Smith, died in a small plane crash in New Zealand , along with his wife. Russell was someone I greatly enjoyed and admired. His commitment to developing technology for blind and low vision people started long before I even knew there was a field. Based in New Zealand, he built one of the leading companies in the world.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We got some great local TV coverage this week, thanks to a referral from the Skoll Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley. Here is the video and text from our CBS-Channel Five: Silicon Valley Ten Years After Netscape's IPO. A newspaper story had come out in the Washington Post about how the Valley had become more friendly to social issues and causes. Skoll also has it posted at their site: Skoll Foundation News , as Sandy Herz was the other main person quoted in the story

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last week Jane Simchuk, Dave Offen and I got a demonstration of Quindi: the Meeting Capture tool. The link to Quindi came from my old buddy Patti Price, who I've known for many years as a leading speech technology researcher. Quindi makes capturing meeting video/audio and action items really easy. It's the sort of thing that is a bit hard to describe, but very cool to see in operation.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Jim Phills and Lyn Denend of Stanford Graudate School of Business just published a case entitled Social Entrepreneurs: Correcting Market Failures , where Benetech was one of the featured social enterprises. They have kindly permitted us to post an excerpt on our web page. This was a pretty exciting project: it's also a video case study. The other social entrepreneurs profiled are David Green and Victoria Hale, two folks I greatly admire.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Two articles caught my eye recently. Nicole Wallace, the tech reporter for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, who does a great job, just wrote an article on new business plan software that the Social Enterprise Alliance has helped develop, entitled New Technology Tools Aid Business Plans. I saw a demonstration of this software at the last Gathering conference, and it looks very well done! People who have heard me speak know how excited I am about the potential of cell phones.

Getting Things Done

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been enjoying Alexandra Samuel's obsession with treo and getting things done lately. She has a great sense of humor. But so does her husband, Rob Cottingham , who created the above

Why aren't the Walker Arts Center Bloggers Vlogging?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just popped over to the Walker Arts Center blogs to see if more departments had entered the blogosphere. When I interviewed the Walker Bloggers two months ago, there were only two departments. Now there are four, including the Film/Video department.

Vlog 65

Blogher Seen at Berkman Thursday Night Meeting

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I went to the Thursday Night Berkman Blogger Meeting and I saw this woman who looked vaguely familiar - it was Jory!! That's Jill Fallon of Estate Legacy Vaults, Inc. Jill is from Boston and she live-blogged the Political Blogging session.

My First Vlog Post (2nd & 3rd)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

(I've been wanting to do audio and video for a long time, but it wasn't until my blogher experience that I actually got moving and picked up the knowledge to try my first one.

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Ponzi's Podcasting Protest

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ponzi will be posting her audio interviews she did during blogher hopefully soon. She did about 30-40 of them! Wow, I'm impressed. She rocks as an interviewer! Read about her experiences doing audio during a conference session here. Seems like a debate or possible feud is brewing.

Renee Blodgett's Blogher Fashion Photos

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Renee Blodgett took these awesome photos at blogher

Meet the Bloghers: Village Girl - Eath Chhon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Eath Chhon is vlogger behind the Village Girl Blog. She is blogging her trip to California, taking a break from her life story which is a must view.) She came to Blogher with her husband and daughter, Jampa only briefly. She spotted me because I carried my Cambodian bag (I did that on purpose).

Welcome home

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I missed my family and they missed me. I got home to two wonderful welcome home drawings. Above, Harry (age 5) says he missed me.

It wasn't a dream, I was there thanks to flickr

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was beginning to wonder if I had attended blogher at all after stepping off the redeye at Logan at 10:00 a.m. this morning. But thanks to the blogher flickr stream and blogher participants with digital cameras, I found a few photos that documented my presence.

Found coffee and wifi in Bangor, Maine

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Just about to unplug (yes, really), but noticed free wifi in the coffee shop and wanted to post the last three vlog posts from the Water Festival in Lowell, MA shot over the weekend. Check it out and see you in September

Vlog 50

Water Festival in Lowell, MA

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We'rein Lowell, MA and the hotel has wireless Internet access. So, just posted my first vlog of the Water Festival

Vlog 50

Taking a break.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We're taking a brief vacation in the Northern Woods of Maine by way of the Water Festival in Lowell, MA. From what I could tell, there isn't much in terms of Internet access in Maine, but you may see a few posts from the Water Festival. So, don't expect a lot of posts in the next week or so

Discussion on the Nonprofit Blogosphere

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The new world of the non profit blogosphere is a discussion started by Patrick O'Heffernan at Socialedge. He summarizes from "The Emergence of the Progressive Blogosphere: A New Force in American Politics," a report recently released last week by the progressive New Politics Institute think tank and provides some resources. I don't see some obvious nonprofit blogging resources or blogs on his post -- so stop by and let folks know about you in the comments! Technorati Tags: nptech

The 2nd Podcast

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I made my second podcast tonight with my son. One of the Cambodian bloggers created his first podcast -- illustrating how to say the word "thank you" in khmer correctly. Apparently, in our khmer video blog post , we mispronounced it. So, we created a podcast of our practice session. I was able to do the production on this one if five minutes -- I've mastered the work flow

Jillaine Smith Creates A Blog!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jillaine Smith has created a blog and I added her to my blogroll. According to her email: "I'll be sharing current thoughts and resources relevant to the intersection of strategic planning, Internet communications, leadership development and organizational effectiveness." " Check it out! Technorati Tags: nptech

When all else fails, read the instructions.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I got a cheap Olympus Recorder (WS-200) after reading Andy Carvin 's and Brian Russell 's posts. I did my first recording with a Thai Dancer who speaks Cambodian, along with my son. It's here: Download firstpodcast.mp3. My big mistake was that I neglected to make sure the recorder was turned off while transferring the files to the computer. The files were corrupted! Lost the fantastic interview! So, I told my tale of woe into the recorder. It records in WMA format (Windows Media Audio).

Nonprofit Blog Exchange

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I also ran into Deborah Finn who mentioned her lastest idea, the Nonprofit Blog Exchange. It is a group blog for nonprofit bloggers. If you're interested in participating, Nonprofit Blog Exchange, you should send an email to Emily who is coordinating the project

Major Computer Problems.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The hard drive of my deskstop computer, an ancient Dell, appears to be dying. Thank god I have backups. So, now going through the time consuming process of moving everything I need to my laptop. That's keeping me from the time consuming process of finishing my first podcast

Podcasting for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm also wondering about removing barriers to podcasting for nonprofits in countries without much infrastructure, like Cambodia. Feedback would be appreciated. Podcasting Without An Ipod, Internet Access, or Electricity 2. Conversation with Andy Carvin about Podcasting in the Third World. Meanwhile on this side of the world, via Nancy White : A frequent audio show/podcast about Multiple Sclerosis: From breaking research news, to personal stories, fundraising tips, book reviews, and much more