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Summer Meme


I got tagged by the Buzz Bin for their Summer Meme ! Haven't done one of these in a while, so here goes. SUMMER MEME 4 things you like about summer Margarita on the rocks, no salt Bethany Beach, Delaware (I have one RB (Rehoboth) and one BB sticker on my car bumper - that would be the past and the future)!

IDEO: Design for Social Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just gave a talk at IDEO, the famous Silicon Valley design firm. IDEO is very interested in making a bigger positive impact on society, and I was heartened by the great turnout and conversation. Doug Solomon, their Chief Technology Officer, was my connection to come in, and I appreciated Doug's invitation! IDEO has been working with the Rockefeller Foundation to bring more of the design community into the social sector.

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NTEN Project: Week 1 - Module 1 - Are we there yet?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Travelin' Librarian. On Monday, we started down the road to build Module 1: What is Social Media and Why It is Important To Nonprofits. If you have kids and have ever taken a long road trip, you've heard that question.

Strange(r) Encounters: Conditions for Engagement

Museum 2.0

I've written before about techniques for talking to strangers, looking at how buttons , buses , and dogs and can all be tools for participatory design. Today, we return to that well-loved topic and look more broadly at the conditions of participation.

Don't be a Sun-Dial in the Shade


Image via Wikipedia Read this awesome post by Dawud Miracle about how Benjamin Franklin was a blogger in spirit - long before there were blogs, but not before there were printed pamphlets meant to spark conversation and discussion, like his very own Poor Richard's Almanack.

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Association BloggerCon Painted Nails Challenge


Image via Wikipedia Bmart has just announced the men's challenge here - so don't be confused by the strange proliferation of facial hair you'll see while out and about at the conference. And, here we go, not to be outdone, here is the womens' challenge !

How Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions Going?

Have Fun - Do Good

At the end of December 2007, I posted about creating activist resolutions for the New Year based on Latoya Peterson's activist resolutions post on Racialicious. We're half way through 2008, so I thought I'd share how mine are going, and check in on yours. My resolutions were to: 1.

Liz Strauss Asks - Are Crayons Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What does the Internet look like ? Liz Strauss asks if crayons qualify as social media. It made remember the workshops I taught way back in 1993 for arts people about Internet literacy - the web was just getting started.

Museums and Libraries in the 21st Century in 714 Words (or less)

Museum 2.0

Dear Museum 2.0-ers, Next week, I'll be going to DC for a meeting convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Museum and Library Services on "Museums and Libraries in the 21st Century."

Totally off topic.


Anyone else into old-skool deep house? My husband Andy Grant spins a mean groove. Ah, the nostalgia of youth.

All 2gether now

Steve Bridger

This is where I’m going to be for the next two days. Looking forward to it. I’m particularly looking forward to introducing Hoop MD, Sean O'Halloran who will talk about the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP). Sean has a close family link with the project. MAP is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and is led by Professor Bob Snow at Oxford University. Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers – but it is preventable if the right steps are taken.

Critical Friends and A Reflection Process for Working Wikily

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm very interested in learning how different types of networks or communities work in a networked way - this whole notion of working wikily. The NTEN project is an excellent learning laboratory for reflection and learning about this topic.

the 100-mile mountains to sound relay race was run yesterday in 90 degree heat. 25% of the proceeds of the race go to onw/northwest client mountains to sound greenway trust. the race has 5 stages starting at snoqualmie pass at 3000?

No personality? Here's how to get some.


I don't mean you, of course! I mean your association! A bunch of us bloggers are all passing around Rohit Bhargava's book *Personality Not Included - Why Companies Lose Their Authenticity - And How Great Brands Get It Back.

ICANN to allow new top level domains | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

is the internet running out of domain names? well, not really, but it could be argued that we're running out of easily remembered and typed names. the combination of lower entry costs for even the smallest businesses to get online with

What do mobile phones, baseball, and pediatric Diabetes have in common?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Christopher Dale. A text to give campaign will make its major league debut at a professional sporting event on the July 13th ??? Children???s s National Day at Nationals Park. This a special day will highlight and support the partnership between the Washington Nationals and Children???s

Wild Apricot Blog : How to Check Your Website on Different Browsers

Wild Apricot Blog

Cross-browser compatibility has long been a frustration for website designers. What looks fine in one browser may be more or less “broken” in another, with sidebars shifted and elements overlapping. But does it really matter, how your

OK, now THIS looks like a useful book!


ASAE have just announced the release of " The Power of Partnership : Principles and Practices for Creating Strategic Relationships Among Nonprofit Groups, For-Profit Organizations, and Government Entities".

Beaconfire Survey: Firefox 3 | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

editor's note: periodically, we do a survey of beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. all opinions expressed here are solely those of their authors. with the release of firefox 3 burning up the

Why Should Nonprofits Embrace Social Media? The why of social media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But Why? Flickr Photo by Liquid Lucidity. Why Not? Flickr Photo by MPR529. Today we start NTEN's Be The Media journey where the community is the curriculum ! We invite you to join the conversation each week as roll out a new theme related to social media and nonprofits.

Wild Apricot Blog : Whats Your Rapleaf Reputation - and why should you care?

Wild Apricot Blog

We all know that the Internet is a very public space -- but do we always act that way? The separate compartments of social networking sites, once isolated in their own little boxes, have created an illusion of privacy where none may

Good idea of the week: Create an Innovation Award!


Heard this on the ASAE listserves: "If an organization doesn’t innovate, it dies. We have changed a great deal over the years. How do we continue to innovate? How do we continue to broaden our scope? We have to look at our decisions through the lens of how we can continue to innovate. How do we get our members involved in innovation? How do we get members to participate in [the organization's] future?

Come see us at the American Marketing Association’s Nonprofit Marketing Conference! | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

beaconfire will be exhibiting and presenting at the ama nonprofit marketing conference, which will take place at the mandarin oriental hotel in washington, dc, july 14-16, 2008. beaconfire vp & co-founder michael cervino will be


NTEN We Are Media Project: Week 1 - How Can Your Nonprofit Organization Avoid Drinking the Web 2.0 Kool-Aid.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Mike Monteiro NTEN's We Are Media : where the community is the curriculum ! We invite you to join the conversation each week as roll we out a new theme related to social media and nonprofits.

How Associations can use Facebook


I was getting ready to write a post on this subject (How Associations Can Use Facebook), and had a "pile" of bookmarked webpages all ready to read through, but Ben beat me to it !! So I am not going to reinvent the wheel. Instead, here's some good links, to add to those in Ben's post. Facebook's instructions here. Create a page here. -

NTEN Project Name Change: We Need Your Feedback

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you've been reading this blog, you know that last week I started to work with NTEN on a social media and nonprofits curriculum development. Yesterday, Holly Ross, NTEN Executive Director, posted this discussion thread on the wik i: We've hit a snag in the road, and we need your help to get past it. It seems the lawyers affiliated with an about to be published book aren't too thrilled about our title.

An easy-peezy way to start listening


Dude. I am finding so much good "ease of use" stuff lately! Just heard about from a post on the ASAE listserve (thanks Mimi!) It's an incredibly easy way to start listening for chatter about your association. Just plug in your name, keywords, President's name, etc. into the search box, and then click on any one of 18 social site search engine icons, including Twitter, Bloglines, Google, YouTube, Technorati, Delicious, Digg, Reddit, Newsvine.

Here come the "Anti-preneurs"


Dave Webb asked me and several others via Twitter to comment on his post, " Spin on Cause Marketing Strategy Stirs Controversy ", about a recent Business Week article, Meet the Anti-preneurs. The story, about a new style of small business owners who are against globalization, advertising and corporate America, spawned a whole bunch of comments. Dave Webb asked, "is this type of market hypocritical and disingenuous or transparent and genuine?" Here's what I answered, in my comment on his blog.

The easiest blog tool in the world


Always wanted to try your hand at blogging but feel a bit intimidated? Try this. Posterous is the easiest blog tool EVER. No sign up, no login, nothing. Just email text, pictures, links, videos, whatever to Et voila! Your blog is now at [link] Here's how it works. A perfect way to get your feet wet, methinks.

Debunking the open rate | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

when you've worked hard on an email campaign, you want to know how well it did. depending on your crm/email service, you probably have a plethora of statistics to consider: send rate, open rate, click-through rate, hard fails