Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

OK, well, not so unrepentant or unabashed since I’m writing this post on the varied factors around technology and the environment, and have been thinking about this issue for myself for a long time. There is some argument as to whether or not cloud computing is good or bad for the environment. There are some arguments about whether or not these are really helping the environment. E-waste pollutes the environment and poisons people.

Laptop or Tablet. Which Is Best for Your Nonprofit?

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup recently published an article comparing laptops versus tablets in terms of their benefits and advantages. If you need to invest in a mobile solution, our article helps you figure out which option is best. Laptops have more processing power. TechSoup also offers refurbished tablets and low- , middle- , and high-end laptops for reasonable prices through our Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI). Not only can you save money, you can help save the environment!

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Tech Policies for Virtual Teams: A Leader’s Responsibility

Non Profit Quarterly

So things like asking, will the organization be providing computers and mobile devices for all staff, or would there be a hybrid model where some staff would have organization-issued computers and other staff would have to rely on their personal devices?

New on SSIR: #4Change Examines Social Media for the Climate Change Movement

Amy Sample Ward

Think about a tool like YouTube, where people can share videos (uploaded and created in various ways from mobile phones to laptop computers to high quality cameras) and then find others who care about similar issues. Tags: case studies issues 4change climate change environment lessons learned social media My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog.

Tech for Good at Mobile World Congress

Tech Soup Blog

Mobile World Congress , an annual tech conference in Barcelona, Spain, sets the tone for global technology trends in the coming year. For example, you can work on a document in the new Microsoft Office on your Windows 8 laptop, take a break, and then pick up where you left off on your Windows Phone. AppMachine is a public, browser-based visual content management system (CMS) for building mobile apps. Mobile Green Tech. Accessible Technology Green IT apps Mobile

Learnings and Reflections from BlogHer about Mobile Phones for Video Blogging and Beyond

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, while at BlogHer 07 I had a little bit of a personal learning mission: What can I learn about mobile video blogging in a global context? I put out a call for a session "Mobile Blogging and Video Blogging: I know nothing, educate me." After introducing ourselves and realizing that we all thought we knew nothing about mobile video blogging, we decided to identify what we didn't know by formulating questions. What is the best blog platform for mobile bloggers?

Best Practices for Securing Data in Humanitarian Crisis Situations

Saleforce Nonprofit

The unfolding crisis in Afghanistan is a stark reminder that many Salesforce.org nonprofit customers often work in fragile environments. If the Salesforce Mobile SDK is utilized, it can work together with this as well.

How Cell Phones and Tablets Enable Telework

Tech Soup Blog

Since not a whole lot is out there yet on the role of mobile devices in telework, I thought it’d be interesting to have a look a look at that. You can call us work-from-home employees, e-workers, iWorkers, teleworkers, telecommuters, web workers, mobile professionals, mobile workers, digital nomads, location-independent professionals, technomads, or workers 2.0. As smartphones mature, we’re doing more on them and less on our laptops. Mobile Addiction.

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How to Plan a COVID-Friendly School Fundraising Auction

Top Nonprofits

This way, you can equip attendees with easy mobile bidding tools, essential for virtual and hybrid auctions. This might be the first time your supporters will experience an online auction or use mobile bidding software, so it’s critical to provide clear instructions.

Why is the Cloud Right for Your Nonprofit?

Connection Cafe

The right cloud environment will allow your organization to function in a more streamlined and efficient manner. Suddenly, “the office” is available anytime and anywhere your team members have an Internet connection and mobile device. Mobile has quickly become the mainstream. Having a mobile-friendly approach to engaging donors has never been more important. Nonprofit Technology #nptech Cloud data security Financial Edge NXT Mobile NXT Raiser's Edge NXT SaaS

The Concept of Microlearning

Gyrus

However, with the migration of learnings to more accessible on the go mobile learning (mLearning) platforms such as phones and tablets, their need becomes a bit more noticeable. When you implement a microlearning into your learning environment, ensure that the user is required to take it in an acceptable window that will focus them on the skills, compliance, or potential behavior that you are attempting to introduce. The Concept of Microlearning.

Announcing 2 Free Options for Donating Your Used Hardware

Tech Soup Blog

One is for consumers interested in donating laptops and phones. How Individuals Can Donate Laptops and Phones. InterConnection now offers a free mail-in donation program allowing anyone, anywhere in the country to donate a working laptop, smartphone, or tablet by simply mailing it in to Interconnection. " The recent donation of desktop computers and laptops to the AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma is an example of Interconnection's refurbishing and reuse in action.

MCON12 Live Blog: Building & Sustaining Relationships with the Next Generation

NTEN

Holly draws the connection via the Pew Internet & American Life Report that online access is moving away from the laptop experience. An equal number (55%) of Millennials are accessing the Internet via mobile device as they are a computer. This makes it ever more important to provide a mobile version of your site, especially donation sites or other sites where you're asking for action. holly ross mcon12 Millennials Mobile nptech nten peer-to-peer giving Fundraising

The Environmental Case for Remanufactured IT

Tech Soup Blog

They wrote Computers and the Environment: Understanding and Managing Their Impacts. It's much better for the environment to extend the life of a computer for an extra two or three years than to buy a new one every three to four years. If this equipment has a six- or seven-year lifespan rather than three or four years, the environmental impact for even a fraction of the billions of computers and mobile devices now in use in the world will be immense.

iFixit’s Basic Phone Repairs that Most of Us Can Do

Tech Soup Blog

Our goal is to teach everyone how to repair the stuff they own—whether it’s laptops , snowboards , toys , or clothes. But repair-unfriendly policies certainly don’t make sense to me: those policies hurt customers and they hurt the environment. greentech PC refurbishment mobile phone repair reuse smartphones iFixit Reduce, reuse, recycle: Everyone knows the three Rs of sustainability.

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Nonprofit Tech Forecasts for 2013

Tech Soup Blog

His big prediction was that 2012 would be a breakout year for mobile computing in nonprofit tech. We also noticed a significant increase in the way that mobile technology is being used in disaster relief. Mobile Computing. The crystal ball on mobile computing looks to be an area of dramatically increased use of tablet computers, and also the convergence of cloud computing services and mobile. billion mobile apps were downloaded across 20 countries.

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Top 7 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Be Using Email Marketing

Twenti

Its direct and mobile (but not intrusive). Most users can access their emails on a laptop/computer and on their mobile device, in fact 53% of emails are opened on mobile devices! Top 7 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Be Using Email Marketing. by Olivia Warnes.

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Live Streaming Basics for Virtual Events

AccelEvents

If you, like the rest of the world, have managed to shift to the virtual environment, you may be looking for ways to improve your digital presence. All of these parts can be filtered through a single device, like a laptop.

10+ Best eLearning Course Authoring Software Platforms

Web Courseworks Associations

The type of authoring environment that will benefit your team’s process. This could mean a fully open-source environment, a desktop environment where only one person can edit the course at a time, or a cloud-based environment for collaborative authoring.

The Future of the Nonprofit Office: Working from Home v2.0

NTEN

Advances in mobile technology are significantly changing how we live and work. The average smartphone outperforms the laptop computer of the previous decade. Emerging tablet computing devices, such as the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy, promise the benefit of mobile access with a larger form factor than a phone screen, making it much easier to do work in the field. It's true: the employees of tomorrow may not have laptops or PCs.

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Environmental Case for Refurbished IT Equipment

Tech Soup Blog

The scientific basis for the environmental case for refurbished IT equipment is primarily from Dr. Eric Williams of Rochester Institute of Technology in his book, co-authored with Ruediger Kuehr, Computers and the Environment, Understanding and Managing Their Impacts. It's much better for the environment to extend the life of a computer for an extra two or three years than to buy a new one every three to four years. Half the Periodic Table in That PC or Mobile Phone.

Online Auctions for Nonprofits: Ideas for 2021 and Beyond

Qgiv

When equipped with both web-based and mobile bidding tools, online auctions for nonprofits are not only very possible but also extremely successful. Themed branding elements on your online platform and mobile bidding app.

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New! Develop and Expand Wireless Networks with Brocade Hardware

Tech Soup Blog

Now available at TechSoup: Wirelessly connect desktops, laptops, and printers to your network with hardware from the Brocade donation program. Also: Brocade hardware can help address WiFi overload in high-use environments, like conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, and lobbies. Donated Brocade Mobility Wireless Access Points and Controllers. For more information, see the Mobility Series 300 datasheet. For more information, see the Mobility Series 7131 datasheet.

Live Streaming Basics for Virtual Events

AccelEvents

If you, like the rest of the world, have managed to shift to the virtual environment, you may be looking for ways to improve your digital presence. All of these parts can be filtered through a single device, like a laptop.

Environmental Case for Refurbished IT Equipment

Tech Soup Blog

The scientific basis for the environmental case for refurbished IT equipment is primarily from Dr. Eric Williams of Rochester Institute of Technology in his book, co-authored with Ruediger Kuehr, Computers and the Environment, Understanding and Managing Their Impacts. It's much better for the environment to extend the life of a computer for an extra two or three years than to buy a new one every three to four years. Half the Periodic Table in That PC or Mobile Phone.

Does the Used IT Market Have a Future?

Tech Soup Blog

During the intervening two years, we have entered the “post-PC” era in which laptop and desktop computers are being superseded by tablets, phones and other mobile devices. bring your own device) movement has been a staple topic in the IT press, and it is commonplace for us to use our own mobile phones and tablets for work related activities. As adoption of mobile devices increases for both work and pleasure, IT will no longer be dominated by PCs.

What Is Green IT? Take the Greener IT Challenge

Tech Soup Blog

Properly recycling all e-waste at end-of-life including computers, mobile devices, batteries, compact fluorescent lights, ink, toner etc. Our Refurbished Computer Initiative has provided charities and libraries with top quality refurbished desktop and laptop computers at competitive prices and with free end of life recycling for many years. Dispose safely : Dispose of used electronics so they can be reused and recycled and cause minimal harm to the environment.

Comparing Windows 7 and Windows 8

Tech Soup Blog

The reason why Windows 8 is such a big departure is because it is designed to work on all computing formats including mobile phones, tablet computers, and all types of PCs. Mobile computing now leads the way in our post-PC world. But Windows 8 or versions of it will run on an array of smartphones, laptops, hybrid laptops, desktop computers, and tablet computers. Have you been wondering how Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows 8 compare?

Connect with TechSoup at NCVS!

Tech Soup Blog

Here are some of our favorite platform and application recommendations in the TechSoup NCVS toolkit for multichannel, live, interactive, and mobile media. UStream Producer — This cloud and mobile application allows you to produce professional quality live streaming events with many inputs at your next live event. WebEx and GoToMeeting , available through TechSoup, offer free iPad apps and easy availability on mobile devices.

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5 Community Needs That Companies Can Impact Now

Connection Cafe

First, employers are ensuring a safe working environment for essential workers and then extending paid time off and health benefits for employees and contractors who are ill, exposed to the virus or have unmet childcare needs.

6 Governments Who Set Their Data Free

Forum One

Whether on crime, education, or the environment, governments are putting more data on the web. This would have come in handy a few years ago when my laptop was stolen from a parked car in Stanley Park. The submissions included several compelling mobile apps. Independent programmers have used the data to develop a range of innovative mashups an mobile apps, which the city lists in its App Showcase.

Seven Ways Your Organization can Put Privacy Into Practice – and Why

Beth Kanter

As social media managers and nonprofit leaders, we’re living in an age of connectedness with a goal of empowering our users, engaging and mobilizing them for the greater good. We have to create an environment of trust around the information we collect and be crystal clear about where it’s going. Does your organization have a mobile app? Our core policy priority is kids’ mobile and online privacy. Photo by Sean MacEntee.

Got Mic?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Since I'm going to Podcamp , I'm summarizing this bit of wisdom from the N-TEN Discuss List: Any recommendations on a decent microphone that will plug into a laptop? Be careful because some of these require "phantom" power from whatever they are plugged into, your laptop's jack will not provide this. If you are just recording in a relatively controlled environment, and you want better sound quality, I would recommend going with some sort of large-diaphragm condenser mic.

Networking Your Nonprofit: Let's Talk About Hardware

Tech Soup Blog

You can wirelessly connect desktops, laptops, and printers to your network with hardware from the Brocade Donation Program or develop your nonprofit's wired and wireless network with hardware from the Cisco Donation Program. Also: network hardware, like a controller, can help address Wi-Fi overload in high-use environments, like conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, and lobbies. For more information, see the Mobility Series 7131 datasheet.

Collecting Data in Low Resource Areas: How to Get Started

NTEN

You have paper and pen, but in this harsh environment, even collecting data the old fashioned way can be unreliable. They include things like: Access/FileMaker databases on desktops or laptops. Mobile phones. People can fear or mistrust or envy someone walking around with a laptop or a PDA. Sometimes the environment is too harsh or too dangerous. William (Bill) Lester, NPOKI.

The Next-Generation Office Is Here!

Tech Soup Blog

This means you can start working on a document on your desktop and then continue where you left off on another computer, laptop, or tablet because Office saves your work in the cloud as you go. The notes you take on your desktop or laptop will be accessible from any other computer as well as your tablet and smartphone. You can use OneNote Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android phones. The latest version of Microsoft Office is here!

NpTech Tag Summary: Nonprofits Lead Fortune 500 in Social Web Adoption, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tis the Season Is mobile fundraising the next frontier? DaveTV has a campaign to support the One Laptop Per Child effort. Green Laptops One Laptop Per Child give one, get one has been extended to December 30th. If you participate in Give One Get One today, you will receive your XO laptop(s) in early 2008. Your donated laptop will reach a child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda in the same early 2008 timeframe.

Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth Kanter

Is everyone sitting around the table, but only engaged on their mobile phones or laptops, checking email or looking at social feeds? Many apps can be easily be transferred to your mobile phone while you walk. One-on-one meetings, like check-ins or donor cultivation meetings are perfect to do as walking meeting because it is about building relationships – and nothing does that better than walking shoulder-to-shoulder.

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The Digital Divide Doesn't Exist

NTEN

And as web-enabled mobile devices gain popularity, actual computers may become less and less important to the information economy, but monthly fees won't. The mission statement of One Laptop per Child is artfully constructed: "To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning."

14 Top Nonprofit Websites to Inspire Your Organization

DNL OmniMedia

Mobile-responsive design. Create Amazing looks, well, amazing on the big screen, but the landing page’s full-width layout and high-quality video loop still work just as well on tablets and mobile devices.

Should Nonprofits Focus on Email or Facebook?

Connection Cafe

Almost everyone in this country who uses the internet at all has an email account, whether they access it by phone, tablet or laptop. . Mobile. Though email is now a mobile medium as well, Facebook and mobile phones have long gone hand in hand (hah!). . Crowded communications environment. A question I have often heard: should nonprofits focus on email or Facebook? Of course, the correct answer is almost always “both.”

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Learning and Development: The Presidential Debate Edition

Gyrus

” With this in mind, and my trusty laptop timer working as a moderator, I will now begin. This projection is set to grow throughout at least the next two presidential terms, and I for one would like to help educate potential users on all of the great features of which they can be getting out of their learning environments. How secure is your LMS environment? Learning and Development: The Presidential Debate Edition.

NCVS: Mission-Driven Technology Planning

Tech Soup Blog

For organizations with scattered or disarrayed IT environments, it's amazing how different your tech infrastructure can look after you've spent some time documenting it. Maybe some of those constituents are on the laptop of an employee who works remotely and can't connect to the CRM. Document all of the servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices that staff and volunteers use for the organization's work.