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

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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.

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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

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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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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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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.

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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

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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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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.

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.

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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.

NetCentric Advocacy: Nonprofit Networking: The New Way to Grow

Network-Centric Advocacy

hbs professor jane wei-skillern has been exploring something different: her research suggests that a more powerful lever to increase a nonprofit's social impact might be to focus on building network relationships like-minded groups—even

NetCentric Advocacy: Network-centric Parks: 30,000 Advocates Rally in the Connected Age

Network-Centric Advocacy

the online world reflects the onland organizing reality. the best place to find supporters for an issue is to troll social networks. is this new? hell no. ask any political hack that has a candidate attend a block party, concert

NetCentric Advocacy: Horizontal Fusion: A Key Concept for NetCentric Advocacy

Network-Centric Advocacy

this was interesting for lots of reasons. the power to the edges paper.and now the push for the end of stove piped organizations. the term "horizontal" refers to reaching across traditionally stove- piped organizations

NetCentric Advocacy: Ring. Your Eggs Are Calling : In a case of the application to far a New service tracks fertility via SMS.

Network-Centric Advocacy

now i am feeling a bit old fashion but this seems a bit over the top for even me. ring=, ring your eggs are calling. eggalert: for those just too busy to track fertility on their own, this new text service notifies women of the best

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Those whacky wikis

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

We all know how challenging collaborative writing is: Jefferson carried around a copy of his original draft of the Declaration of Independence until his dying day, so people could see how it read before Franklin and his committee ruined it by putting it in the form we know today. Self-evident, indeed! And you think revising your Board manual is hard!

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NetCentric Advocacy: Have a Few Ads in Your Feeds: Issue Work

Network-Centric Advocacy

so what is your group doing with all these passionate people out there reading blogs on issues? i look forward to the ways that we can plug campaigns into the content feeds of content and data. not sure it needs to be a big commercial

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Thinking Strategically

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Did you folks know there's another Michael Stein? Who also spends his days thinking about software for non-profit organizations? I was surprised too, but it's true. he lives on the West Coast instead of in D.C. - and we have different middle initials - and there are no doubt other ways to tell us apart. I mention him because he turned me on to a book that I'd like to recommend to you: NonProfit Internet Strategies - it's by Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield, and Michael Johnstone.

Goin' to Meetin'

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

One of the things I'll be talking about from time to time is online collaboration, as MEMBERS ONLY SOFTWARE explores new tools to expedite work among our teams and with our clients. Lately we've been very excited about GoToMeeting , a Citrix service for online meetings and presentations. We've been using it for presentations to prospective users, training sessions, as well as testing and walkthru sessions with clients.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Scorecard Ideas? Help.Help Help.

Network-Centric Advocacy

i actually need comments. in my day job, we are making a pitch to redesign the site to serve a huge swath of the environmental movement. it is an amazingly cool site and assuming ownership of the site could be a great opportunity to

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NetCentric Advocacy: Are we loosing ground on evolution and science?

Network-Centric Advocacy

i have really been amazed that the professional environmental, health, science, economics, math and basic academic community are not going nuts on the president's intelligent design push. i really thought that we would just let all