Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As a supporter of the work that the Sharing Foundation does for children in Cambodia, I’ve seen first hand the value of literacy programs in developing countries. Like many, I had duly devoured founder John Wood’s riveting bestseller and I fully admired the incredible work of Room to Read to promote literacy around the world. Read our blog about it, check out our literacy micro-site , and tweet with the cool widget we made.

Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech is hiring new Vice Presidents for our Global Literacy and Human Rights programs. Whether you are a nonprofit leader with a track record of using technology to improve outcomes, or a for-profit tech leader with a history of commitment to social justice organizations, we want to see a commitment to both sides. Benetech Bookshare human rights jobs Labs literacy social enterprise social entrepreneur social entrepreneurship

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The Librarian of Marrakesh

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

She would bring books especially for children and women, and conduct a couple of days of workshops on wide-ranging topics about enterprise, culture, history, poetry and books. She''s very proud of her country, and thinks that her fellow Moroccans need to know more about their culture and history. book caravan books librarians literacy Marrakech Marrakesh Morocco women women''s rights

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

This event continues and builds on the legacy of the COOL National Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, spanning an incredible 32+ year history. The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference. The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference. The Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning conference is a source of information for anyone affected by dyslexia and other learning based challenges. It's finally here!

Announcing… 29 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2012!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Prevent students from dropping out of high school and increase literacy: @ CISNational , @ FirstBook. Teach human history, art, and culture: @ Smithsonian. Every January Nonprofit Tech 2.0 selects a new set of nonprofit avatars to be featured in the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 banner. The selection process is a personal one. I choose nonprofits that in my mind have excelled at social media throughout the previous year and represent causes that I feel are timely for the coming year.

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Funding & Grant Resources For Nonprofits Focused On The Environment And Conservation Efforts

Kindful

If, however, through your research, you can establish a clear connection between your programs and their funding history and priorities, it’s still worth reaching out to that funder and introducing your organization.

Encourage Recurring Giving: 3 Simple Digital Strategies

sgEngage

Whether your organization promotes literacy, shelters animals, or impacts another worthy cause, recurring donations have the power to increase your funds so long as you take a smart approach to optimizing your program.

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth

EveryAction

Whether quietly spearheading some of the world's most groundbreaking scientific and medical research or not-so-quietly leading revolutions on the battlefield, our history is ripe with stories of ferocious, adventurous, enlightened, and persistent women. In celebration of Women's History Month, we wanted to share some of these sheroic tales and introduce you to young women who are carrying the torch forward today. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

Beth Kanter

Here, he draws from the work of Howard Rheingold when talking about data literacy and attention fitness as well as others and lays out an information diet that is intended to help us change in our daily habits. He doesn’t recommend quick fixes like “unplugging” which is the metaphorical equivalent to a crash diet because it doesn’t work. To increase digital literacy of our communities with good digital literacy skills.

Pollination Project: $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers

Have Fun - Do Good

Do you have an idea for a world-changing project that could bloom with some seed money? The new Pollination Project is giving $1,000 seed grants to individual changemakers, every day, 365 days a year. You can find information about how to apply on the Pollination Project website, follow them on Twitter at @Pollinationproj, and like them on Facebook.

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Designing a Desktop Menu That Actually Helps Your Audiences Navigate

Forum One

data literacy, device preferences)? Example 2: The American Museum of Natural History in New York shows a clear hierarchy of content. Navigation and menu. Two words often used interchangeably. From Andrew Hinton’s viewpoint, “Navigation is not the menu on a screen.

Hosting Harkin at the Hub

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Harkin’s work, especially his efforts to guarantee that every child has the opportunity to pursue quality education, infuses everything we at Benetech do through our Literacy Program to transform the lives and outcomes of individuals with disabilities. history, but the work ensuring equality of opportunity is far from over.

Stop What You're Doing NOW and Celebrate the FCC's Decision

Tech Soup Blog

Earlier this month, the FCC explained why Lifeline expansion matters : "Internet access has become a pre-requisite for full participation in our economy and our society, but nearly one in five Americans is still not benefiting from the opportunities made possible by the most powerful and pervasive platform in history." In The Tech That Will Change 2016 , I boldly predicted that this is the year that the digital divide will finally be bridged in the United States.

Stop What You're Doing NOW and Celebrate the FCC's Decision

Tech Soup Blog

Earlier this month, the FCC explained why Lifeline expansion matters : "Internet access has become a pre-requisite for full participation in our economy and our society, but nearly one in five Americans is still not benefiting from the opportunities made possible by the most powerful and pervasive platform in history." In The Tech That Will Change 2016 , I boldly predicted that this is the year that the digital divide will finally be bridged in the United States.

President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Highlights of this Letter: * The MacA (!) * Recruiting technical talent * Selected Project Updates o Route 66 Literacy demosite launches o Bookshare.org is going international o Guatemalan secret police archives The MacA Getting an award like the MacArthur Fellowship is pretty humbling, especially one that embodies the built-in challenge that justifies the confidence shown by the awards panel. Guatemala has a sad history of large scale human rights abuse.

Carrie Karnos, recipient of the 2006 James H. Veale Humanitarian Award.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Working for an organization with a long, illustrious history, I am always curious about how other organizations got their start. I found Bookshare's interesting history on its Web site's About Us section: "Benetech, a new kind of nonprofit enterprise, is sponsoring the Bookshare initiative. During Arkenstone's 11 years, Benetech sold literacy products under the Arkenstone brand in more than a dozen languages to over 35,000 individuals in 60 countries.

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Benetech: President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last summer I talked about our great summer interns and fellows and early this year, I sent a copy of our 20th Anniversary Report that talked about our entire history. Literacy, human rights and the environment are critically important to the future of humanity. Benetech President's Update Winter 2011 I’m pleased to provide you you a detailed update on Benetech for the first time in two years.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Literacy and access to knowledge underpins just about every social good, from education, to economic development, to health, to women’s empowerment, democracy and respect for human rights. Amazingly enough, it wasn’t the publishers who fought against the treaty; the publishing industry has a long history of supporting access for the blind, as long as their interests are respected. I believe in the power of books to change the world.

Leading the Participant

Museum 2.0

You will make history. It isn't until the last group when Starlee sees a young Reagan who decides against the invasion--and against history. If the point of the Discovery Center is to teach students the facts of the Grenada invasion, it's reasonable to create a program in which there's a right and wrong answer about what happened in history. But when the students leave, we want to make sure they have the right information about what really happened in history.

Vietnam and Indonesia Join TechSoup Asia’s Growing Family

Tech Soup Blog

Although Vietnam is regarded as a developing country, it has a literacy rate of 94 percent. The ASEAN Vision 2020 foresees ASEAN "as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies, as well as a community conscious of its history, aware of its cultural heritage and bound by a common regional identity."

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

They also have a homework help program for school children and offer a variety of digital literacy computer classes. He installed Faronics Deep Freeze , which is system restore and recovery software, mainly to clear out the browsing histories for each user. He reports that very little maintenance is needed beyond insuring Microsoft updates, and clearing browsing histories. Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server. is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing.

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

They also have a homework help program for school children and offer a variety of digital literacy computer classes. He installed Faronics Deep Freeze , which is system restore and recovery software, mainly to clear out the browsing histories for each user. He reports that very little maintenance is needed beyond insuring Microsoft updates, and clearing browsing histories. Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server. is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing.

Will It Take a Village to Bring Our Communities Online?

NTEN

Platform values are most obvious in the TOS (see Facebook's history.) We landed on the possible solution of leveling up the concept of online literacy. We need a new more involved kind of online literacy (which needs a new name)--a working knowledge of the issues creating and managing online platforms and communities and a way to stay in conversation with colleagues who are working with the same issues. Rachel Weidinger. [Ed.

"Leveling the Playing Field" Through Broadband and Public Computers

NTEN

He spoke about FCC's expansive efforts to increase "digital literacy" for both individuals and small businesses. History has taught us that information is not the domain of the wealthy," he noted. Matt Quinn, IT Manager, Harvesters. Local, state, and federal agency representatives spoke about efforts to extend broadband connectivity to small businesses and individuals as a crucial stepping stone towards economic development and civic involvement.

Youth Connection Session at Games 4 Change Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gaming is a literacy of transgression. Gaming is literacy. The history of gaming. Notes from live blogging. All the usual disclaimers apply - typos, grammar, etc.

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The Birth of a Field: Digital Media and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This morning I attended the MacArthur Foundation Digital Learning briefing that was taking place at the Natural History Museum in NYC. He noted that media literacy has to be integrated as a skill set in all places. Media literacy and creation skills can't be add-ons in schools, but have to be integrated across the curriculum in all subjects. " Media literacy is a paradigm shift - not an add-in subject. That's my avatar, I'm live blogging from Second Life.

Ask Britt: How can I combine the creative arts with social impact?

Have Fun - Do Good

Examples of socially rousing photography permeate our history: Vietnam, Rwanda, 9-11’s Ground Zero. Streetside Stories "Through the power of storytelling, Streetside values and cultivates young people’s voices, fostering educational equity and building community, literacy and arts skills." This week's Ask Britt question, sent in by a reader, is, "How can I combine the creative arts with social impact?

NetCentric Advocacy: The Long Sunday Mass: Organizers and Blogim Stori (Storytelling Blog)

Network-Centric Advocacy

The redundancy of local community leaders baffles the "professionals" but in reality they are working in a way that is most wired into the way we learn as a species in oral histories. The literacy rate is low and audience needs time to index and organize the stories. The redundancy of local community leaders baffles the "professionals" but in reality they are working in a way that is most wired into the way we learn as a species in oral histories.

The Next Step: Performance Management Systems

NTEN

Will you track results of adult literacy tests or teens transitioned into work programs? Does it provide protected levels of access within your organization, a tracking history of individual records and their modification with audit capability? Ingvild Bjornvold, Social Solutions. When it comes to determining how effective programs and organizations are, anecdotes don't tell the whole story. Many programs, when evaluated, have been shown to be ineffective or have negative outcomes.

Six Steps to Making Risky Projects Possible

Museum 2.0

I used the example of two very different exhibitions that solicited visitor-contributed content: Playing with Science at the London Science Museum, and MN150 at the Minnesota History Center. The Minnesota History Center team solicited visitor nominations for exhibition topics and then built an exhibition out of those contributions. There is a preponderance of reports about the value of new media literacies towards educating productive citizens of the 21st century.

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

Have Fun - Do Good

They wanted to create a literacy program for themselves because now there was a school where their children could go to school, but they felt embarrassed that they couldn't support their children because they themselves were illiterate. It is a good thing we are doing this in Women's History Month. It hasn't happened in Latin America's history. "I think there are many different ways in which you define leadership.

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Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange Talks about the Global Citizen Center

Have Fun - Do Good

We have reality tours where we take people out to other parts of the world, kind of reverse Club Med, "get your butt off the beach and meet real people," see the development projects, the literacy campaigns, the women's groups, the political opposition parties, the trade unions, but focused on positive, build the next system kind of things. Kevin Danaher is the co-founder of the nonprofit Global Exchange which co-sponsors the Green Festivals with Co-op America.