Sat.Feb 06, 2010 - Fri.Feb 12, 2010

Should CEOs and Executive Directors Use Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The NASSCOM India Leadership Forum has multiple tracks based on theme. It also has a track that takes place in a large room with roundtables and a designated discussion topic and facilitator. These sessions are not for presentations, but for disscussion and sharing of ideas.

31 Days to Social Media Nirvana

NCE Social Media

John Haydon recently completed a 31-day series on how to improve your social media optimization. John, as you know, is a social media strategist who specializes in nonprofits and has an awfully resourceful blog.

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Counting the Uncounted

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our Human Rights team specializes in counting the uncounted: shining a light on the numbers of people who have disappeared or have died who often do not show up in official accounts. Just this week, we released a new study on the Colombian state of Casanare. History, victims, and the survivors need to know how many people have been killed and disappeared in Casanare,” said Tamy Guberek, the study's lead author and the Benetech Human Rights Program Latin America Coordinator. “We

Time Spent With Personal Email Unchanged From Last Year : eMarketing & Commerce (eM+C)

AFP Blog

Time Spent With Personal Email Unchanged From Last Year : eMarketing & Commerce (eM+C): "Despite the growth in the number of people using social networking sites to communicate with each other, time spent with personal email to friends and family is unchanged from last year, with 71 percent of respondents spending 20 minutes or more weekly

16 Million 2-1-1 Calls in 2009

VisionLink

From our colleagues at the United Way of America, an update on 2009 Call Volume: 2-1-1 call centers across the country have completed their annual survey of call traffic. In 2009, these calls totaled more than 16 million calls across America. This is an increase of 13% in call volume over 2008. More than 40% of the 16,235,348 callers had basic human service needs for housing, utilities, food, clothing, personal and household goods.

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Feature Review, February 12th, 1:00pm Mountain

VisionLink

Join us on February 12th for a Feature Review session focused on client needs and taxonomy management. Specifically, this session will focus on tools and tips for managing and reporting presenting needs, met and unmet needs. In addition, we will provide an overview of new and existing Taxonomy Management Tools. Note that this this session is helpful precursor to the Design Studio scheduled Feb. 26th (see below).

Interview: Marshall Kirkpatrick on the Real Time Web Report

Amy Sample Ward

The Real-Time Web and Its Future , a new report from ReadWriteWeb , focused on the changing ecosystem of the Web, one that runs in real-time. “For the following report, we interviewed 50 companies, developers and executives building or leveraging real-time Web technology. We combined that research with insights gained from more than 300 industry leaders that participated in our Real-Time Web Summit in October 2009.

My Davos remarks on IP

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I had multiple chances to plug my ideas around a more open approach in Davos, and found a sympathetic hearing, given some exciting activity in the same area. Nike launched the GreenXchange , and the Young Global Leaders had a humanitarian patent licensing concept that seemed promising. My main talk was at a session on commercialization of university research. Here's what I said.

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AFP Blog

[link] "n a project that could revolutionize international communication, Google is working to create mobile phone software that will build on voice recognition and automatic translation technology to provide almost instantaneous voice translations. Google says the project should be ready in a couple of years. The UK Times reports

February 26th Design Session, 1:00 pm Mountain

VisionLink

VisionLink’s development team is queued up to focus on another round of enhancements to the Taxonomy Management & Reporting capacities of CommunityOS, and we want your input! Join us for this important Design Studio that is designed for you to provide VisionLink with guidance based on your day to day experiences as we seek to improve on key features to the system. I will be joined by Kyle Kuczun, our CIO, and Craig Quincy, our Software Development Manager.

Technology for Change Contest: Win a new computer from HP!

Amy Sample Ward

Technology for Change. What’s your favorite example of technology helping people create positive change in the world? I think there are too many to count, really. For example, simply review the hundreds of ideas listed in NetSquared ’s Project Gallery and you’ll quickly see that people from around the world are hard at work leveraging all kinds of technologies to create positive change for communities tackling many different issues.

Total Engagement

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just finished reading the book Total Engagement. It's rare that I read a book that has me wondering if the authors have caught a glimpse of an unexpected future, and that ten or twenty years from now people will be looking back and saying: that was the book that spotted this crucial trend. Having lived in Silicon Valley for many years, I'm used to having that experience of being exposed to the future ahead of its time. This could be one of them. The thesis is simple.

Introducing the New NTEN.org | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

AFP Blog

Introducing the New NTEN.org | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network: "hile the new look has thrown off a few of us here at NTEN HQ -- years of habituation to click the same spot to go the the NTC pages, undone! -- we hope it will make the process of finding things on our site more intuitive for everybody else. The new 'Resources by Topic' section, in particular, should make it easier for you to

On saints and advocates

Connection Cafe

Author: Alan Cooke. Proving that even saints are not immune from criticism, the famously cantankerous British writer Christopher Hitchens has almost built a career on invective against Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Hitchens assumes that saints should always be presumed guilty until proven innocent.

Idealware’s Field Guide to Nonprofit Software: Fundraising, Communications and Outreach

Robert Weiner

Idealware recently released its Fundraising, Communications and Outreach. Unlike their earlier guides (to inexpensive donor databases, content management systems, online donation tools, etc.)

An Open Letter to Convio

Judi Sohn

The buzz in our biz is that you have made enormous strides over the years in the areas that count – client service, product usability, and bringing the promises of the salesforce and the realities of customerhood into an acceptable equlibirium. Vinay continues to be a major thought leader in fundraising, and an inspiring colleague. You’ve turned some of the hardest-to-please folks I know in the space into some of your most passionate supporters. That’s all good. Really good.

Facebook | Beth Kanter: Win A HP Computer and Printer: What's Your Theory of Change for Social Media Use?

AFP Blog

Facebook | Beth Kanter: Win A HP Computer and Printer: What's Your Theory of Change for Social Media Use?: "HP HP is giving away laptop and printer bundles as part of its HP’s Create Change program which is an example of 'embedded giving.' That's a buzz word coined by Lucy Bernholz to describe the common practice of building a philanthropic gift into another, unrelated, financial transaction

Launching HOPE

Connection Cafe

Author: Amber Wobschall. Many non-profits struggle with website redesign projects because they are such a huge undertaking.

Texting for $$: The Definitive Guide

Robert Weiner

In the wake of the huge number of donations given to Haiti earthquake relief via text mesage, MobileActive has published Texting for Charitable Dollars: The Definitive Guide. It describes the process of raising funds via SMS from the donors' and the nonprofits' perspectives, including costs and tips for getting started. The guide is available for free at [link]. read more.

Help more nonprofits go to NTC

Judi Sohn

In 2005, I naively accepted an offer to run operations for a new nonprofit. I was always comfortable in technology, I was comfortable working with nonprofits. What else did I need to know? I didn't have a clue. Now, nearly 5 years later I am confident in my ability to help C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition achieve its mission with the aid of technology. I'm proud every time someone marvels at how much we've been able to accomplish despite the fact that our budget is still under $1 million.

Why My Mom Is My Fundraising Guru | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

AFP Blog

Why My Mom Is My Fundraising Guru | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network: "he challenge in online fundraising today is that it's more than just email: it's Facebook, and Twitter, and e-mail, and widgets, and your website, and your blog, and your supporters blogs, and. well, you get the idea.During the course of the 2009 fundraising campaign, the task ahead of me often felt like Medusa: if I

Crowdsourcing, old school: the Great Backyard Bird Count

Connection Cafe

Author: Seth Merritt. If you live in one of the many areas blanketed by snow the past few weeks, you might be looking for a cure for cabin fever. The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend, February 12 - 15, 2010, and it's great way to get outside with family and friends, have fun, and help birds—all at the same time. GBBC happens once a year, when tens of thousands of bird watchers of all ages create a snapshot of where the birds are across the U.S. & Canada.

The Nonprofit Technology Conference Scholarship Fund: Why I Donated

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been a proud member of the Nonprofit Technology community since, yikes, 1993 and a part of NTEN/NTC community since the early days. This year's Nonprofit Technology Conference will be my 11th one. .

Help more nonprofits go to NTC

Judi Sohn

In 2005, I naively accepted an offer to run operations for a new nonprofit. I was always comfortable in technology, I was comfortable working with nonprofits. What else did I need to know? I didn't have a clue. Now, nearly 5 years later I am confident in my ability to help C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition achieve its mission with the aid of technology. I'm proud every time someone marvels at how much we've been able to accomplish despite the fact that our budget is still under $1 million.

Dell Social Innovation Competition

AFP Blog

Dell Social Innovation Competition: "Welcome to the Dell Social Innovation CompetitionThe University of Texas and Dell are looking for college students from around the world who want to improve areas of critical human need through innovation.Providing a vehicle for taking student innovations from idea to reality, Dell’s Social Innovation Competition is a real-world exercise for perfecting your

A Free Worksheet for Your Big Vision Goals for 2010

Have Fun - Do Good

The more I learn about how people achieve their big visions, the more I believe in not only the importance of setting goals, but writing them down and sharing them. I have several groups and individuals who I share my big vision goals with on a regular basis.

Mumbai Tweetup: A High Energy Experience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tonight I attended a tweet up at the NASSCOM India Leadership Conference with about 30-40 folks from business, social sector, and ngos. David Meerman Scott was the guest of honor.

An Open Letter to Convio

Judi Sohn

The buzz in our biz is that you have made enormous strides over the years in the areas that count – client service, product usability, and bringing the promises of the salesforce and the realities of customerhood into an acceptable equlibirium. Vinay continues to be a major thought leader in fundraising, and an inspiring colleague. You’ve turned some of the hardest-to-please folks I know in the space into some of your most passionate supporters. That’s all good. Really good.

Conversation Agent: Blogging at Work if You Don't Have a Blog

AFP Blog

Conversation Agent: Blogging at Work if You Don't Have a Blog: "Many companies and marketing communications professionals are thinking about social media. But starting a blog seems daunting. If you're among them, I'm certain you've considered who's going to write consistently, who will moderate comments, how closely you will need to watch to see if anyone comes, and you probably also worry that

The Buzz Factor

Idealware

Long time readers of my ramblings here are aware that I drink the Google kool-aid. And they also know that I've been caught tweeting, on occasion.

Opening Session at NASSCOM and Social Innovation Winners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Lighting of the lamp is a traditional way to begin a conference here in India. I'm still very jet-lagged and adjusting to both the time zone and culture in Mumbai.

Add a Little Do-Goodness to Your Valentine's Day

Have Fun - Do Good

On Sunday, February 14th, thousands of people will exchange cards, go out to dinner, eat chocolates, buy flowers, and give gifts for Valentine's Day. If you're celebrating, why not add a little do-goodness to your Valentine's Day? Cards Make your own!

What Do You Want to Switch?

Frogloop

I’ve lost 3.5 pounds since January. My goal was to get to the gym every day of the week and because I’ve managed to do this (most days), I’ve lost some weight. I realize this isn’t very interesting or surprising. Everyone knows that exercising helps you lose weight.

How Different Types of Museums Approach Participation

Museum 2.0

Recently, I was giving a presentation about participatory techniques at an art museum, when a staff member raised her hand and asked, "Did you have to look really hard to find examples from art museums? Aren't art museums less open to participation than other kinds of museums?"