TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs

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The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. The nonprofit sector in Japan has a major role to play now in providing services and support to the devastated local communities. In order to assist with the recovery, TechSoup Japan , a program of the Japan NPO Center , is working with Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec to aid local nonprofit organizations whose facilities are damaged in the earthquake by providing software donations. About TechSoup Japan.

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Resources & Support for Japan Earthquake


Thoughts and prayers to those impacted by Japan''s earthquake and tsunami. For official updates on the nuclear reactors in Japan, go to International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA ; the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, NISA ; and to the Tokyo Electric Power Company for a list of regular updates. For those trying to reconnect friends and family, use the Red Cross Safe and Well site via the web or mobile (deployed on VisionLink''s CommunityOS software).

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The NPTech Response to Japan


Flickr photo: Logan was his name-o It's been just a few hours since one of the largest recorded earthquakes and subsequent tsunami hit off the coast of Japan. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. The photos and video coming out of the region are awe inspiring and scary. Fortunately, the quick response to the quake, especially in the realm of technology, has been equally impressive. Just a few short years ago, technology in disaster response was a different animal all together.

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Crowdfunding helps revive quake-hit small businesses in Japan | The Japan Times

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Crowdfunding helps revive quake-hit small businesses in Japan | The Japan Times

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TechSoup Japan and Kenya Launch!

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June marked the launch of two new international TechSoup partners: Japan and Kenya , bringing the total count of TechSoup Global Network partners to 24 (not including the original U.S. TechSoup's Partner NGO in Japan is the Tokyo-based Japan NPO Center , which hosted a successful launch event at the Tokyo International Forum. Present were 48 representatives from Japanese nonprofit organizations, as well as representatives from Symantec Japan, Microsoft Japan, and Adobe Japan.

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Updates from TechSoup's Partner and Friends in Japan

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Words cannot describe the devastation that has engulfed Japan, and pictures paint a grim scenario that will affect the region for years to come. As someone with many ties to Japan and has been to the afflicted area in the past, I am certain that in spite of this tragedy, the spirit and resilience of the Japanese people will prevail.

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Latest Resources to Help Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Victims


Looking to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and Tusanmi, but don’t know where to start? “ Vonage , a provider of voice-over-internet-protocol communications, also said it will waive per-minute calling charges from 830 pm March 11 until 830 pm (EST) March 18 for customers call from their Vonage home phones to Japan.

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Donors needed for our friends in Japan. Will you help?

Connection Cafe

It’s just few days after the worst earthquake ever recorded in Japan, followed by a devastating tsunami and still uncertain consequences around affected nuclear plants, and many of us are thinking about how we can help. I’m thinking about Japan a lot this week because I lived in the Kansai area (about 3 hours southwest of Tokyo on the bullet train) for 4 years. People may be thinking that because Japan is more developed the need is less. Author: Molly Brooksbank.

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LivingSocial Deal Contributes $2 Million to Japan Disaster Relief

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LivingSocial Deal Contributes $2 Million to Japan Disaster Relief: "LivingSocial has raised $2,301,130 for the American Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund after leveraging its popular group-buying platform to solicit donations.Instead of offering a discount coupon for a product or activity, the site offered its more than 24 million subscribers an opportunity to make a $10

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Apple & Microsoft Take Different Approaches to Japan Relief

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Apple & Microsoft Take Different Approaches to Japan Relief: "First up, Microsoft. The company tweeted a plea on its Bing search engine Twitter account, offering to donate up to $100,000 for earthquake victims, but under one condition: that users would retweet the message, which would result in Microsoft increasing its donations by one dollar per retweet

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How Effective was Crisis Mapping During the 2011 Japan Earthquake? | TechPresident

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How Effective was Crisis Mapping During the 2011 Japan Earthquake? Yet crisis mapping in the immediate aftermath of the Japan earthquake, including an Ushahidi map of Twitter reports,, was not as critical to response TechPresident : Compared to similar efforts put to use in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, not as consistently.

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Text Message Donations: Aiding or Stifling Relief Efforts in Japan? - TIME NewsFeed

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Text Message Donations: Aiding or Stifling Relief Efforts in Japan? But are text message donation campaigns really helping the situation in Japan, following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck last Friday? TIME NewsFeed: "In an age when you can balance your bank account or make dinner reservations from your cell phone, it's no surprise that disaster relief efforts have gone mobile.

Interview: SXSW4Japan Raises over $120,000 #sxswcares

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, the Japan earthquake and tsunami occurred on March 11th 2011, the first day of the conference. That morning, I saw the jaw-dropping photos and videos from the Japan tsunami disaster. Meanwhile, bloggers Leigh Duncan and Deb Ng were starting a grassroots effort to raise awareness and support for the Japan disaster too. fundraising interview case study disaster japan online fundraising sxsw

Google, Local Platforms Respond to Japan's 8.9 Earthquake Crisis | Fast Company

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Google, Local Platforms Respond to Japan's 8.9 hit Japan today, resulting in tsunami warnings for 20 countries, as well as California and Hawaii. Earthquake Crisis | Fast Company: "An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 Crisis mappers wasted no time responding: In under 2.5 hours Google launched its person finder application, which was also used when New Zealand's 6.3 quake struck last month, and

NetCentric Advocacy: Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha

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Main | Food Fight from the Makers of Ham Solo » August 28, 2007 Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha Link: Seths Blog. Posted at 12:41 PM in Advocacy Strategy , Communication Technology , Personal Rants | Permalink | Reblog (0) TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha : Comments Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha Link: Seths Blog.

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Japan Tops the List of Fastest-Rising Charitable Google Searches in 2011 - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Japan Tops the List of Fastest-Rising Charitable Google Searches in 2011 - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : Google this week released its annual Zeitgeist report, which tallies the 10 most popular and fastest-rising searches in a wide range of categories.

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Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

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The notification app J-ResQ was developed in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Microsoft earthquake disaster response disaster recovery japan disaster mobile phone ICT for development Microsoft Citizenship Windows Azure apps App It UpThis edition of the App It Up project "Cool App Roundup" highlights different ways apps can be used in disaster, crisis, and emergency situations. Preparing for Disaster. The U.S.

How the Cloud Can Make a Difference for Disaster Relief

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One of the scenarios where it's especially important to be able to handle unusually high amounts of traffic is after a disaster, which is why Second Harvest Japan decided to host its Emergency Response Portal in the cloud. If Second Harvest Japan had set up its own server to run its Emergency Response Portal, it probably would have crashed pretty quickly — like the lone customer service rep that got too many calls to handle.

Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

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GreenTech International Online Activism Social Networking Volunteers social media Green IT volunteer disaster response disaster recovery japan microwork mapping disaster mobile phones ICT for developmentThe January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief.

Top 10 Free Emoji Maker Apps For Making Your Own Emojis

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Originally adapted from Japan mobile telephone messaging service, Emoji (singular) or Emojis (plural) are ideograms used in electronic messages and widely in web pages as a means of communication. The increased use of social media has caused emojis to be a hot topic in modern times. Discover the best emoji apps for Android and IOS.

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Daily DoGooder: The Cove trailer


Change the world, one video at a time.The Cove trailer | 2:18 This captivating film follows activist Ric O’Barry (of Flipper fame) and a team of commando environmentalists as they heroically film the yearly slaughter of approximately 23,000 dolphins in a well-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan.

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TechNet Blogs

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TechNet Blogs : "n order to assist with the recovery, TechSoup Japan, a program of the Japan NPO Center, is working with Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec to aid local nonprofit organizations whose facilities are damaged in the earthquake by providing software donations.

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Global philanthropy responds to the Ukraine crisis


The United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan account for 91% of total grant funding for Ukraine to date. Since February 24, more than two million people have fled Ukraine.

How Not to Thank an Online Donor During a Disaster - Thanking an Online Donor AFter a Disaster

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How Not to Thank an Online Donor During a Disaster - Thanking an Online Donor AFter a Disaster: "I decided to see what charities were doing in response to online donations given to help Japan. Only one provided a thank you email that was specific to the relief efforts in Japan. So I donated a small amount online to several charities, specifically for relief efforts in Japan.The result? The others

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20 Must-Know Fundraising and Social Media Stats

Nonprofit Tech for Good

53% of Asia Pacific citizens donate to charity, with those in Thailand (71%) more likely to do so and those in Japan the least likely (16%). Google research has revealed a 30% uptick in searches from August to September related to charitable giving. Your donors are currently in the process of deciding which organizations will be receiving their year-end donations.

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Science Technology and Society Forum in Kyoto

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I'm in Kyoto, Japan for the STS forum, an incredible gathering of top scientists and policy leaders from around the world. The event is the brainchild of Koji Omi, former Finance Minister of Japan. The caliber of attendees is amazing from all countries: ministers of education and science, top scientists, university presidents.

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Twitter Stats You Need To Know and Tips to Get More Clicks


33,000 : tweets per second in Japan during New Years. 80 percent : users on mobile in the UK and Japan. A lot of organizations focus more of their engagement efforts on Facebook than Twitter. I think this is because organizations feel limited by the 145 character tweet length. Plus it can be a noisy space.

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Microsoft's Windows Azure and Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

Second Harvest in Japan. Second Harvest Japan’s use of the Windows Azure emergency response portal following the disasters that struck Japan in March 2011 provides the best test case for how this tool can be used. Using the Windows Azure emergency response portal, Second Harvest Japan was able to provide their supporters and partner agencies with information regarding food donation and distribution needs.

How To Double Your Shopping App Revenue

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

They don’t need to go to Japan to get a Kimono, for ex. Mobile world has become a huge part of our lives.Not too early, but just about 20 years ago it took so many days, even weeks to get a piece of information from books and encyclopedias. Now, mobile users can do anything with their mobile devices within seconds. They can make their purchases just with a tap on shopping apps. If you have a shopping app, or an app, or if you live in this world, you high probably know what I’m saying.

Delivering Happiness CEO Jenn Lim Shares Insights About Four-Day Workweeks

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data : Microsoft Japan increased sales by 40%). You’ve likely heard more about the four-day workweek concept lately, and discussions about the pros and cons of a shortened workweek undoubtedly will increase in the coming years.

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After 5G, Comes 6G

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

The first ever commercially available automated cellular network was launched in Tokyo, Japan in 1979 by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. At first this network was just in the Metropolitan area of Tokyo, but within five years, it had spread to the entire population of Japan, and became the first nationwide 1G network. We rarely ever consider much of anything about how we get internet so easily to our cell phones, no matter where we are.

10 Facebook Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For example, the Dolphin Project streams live daily updates from the Taiji dolphin hunts in Japan and NPR regularly streams live news updates.

Using Causes on Facebook to Change the World with Matthew Mahan


Then, learn from others – By looking at “The Cove&# – Save Japan Dolphins (925,372 Members helped raise $115,807), Darius Goes West (6,888 Members helped raise $38,758) or others like them you’ll be able to discover what worked, what didn’t and get ideas for how you might use the Causes application. Meet Matt. He’s the vice president of impact at Causes.

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Samin Nosrat: Cook, Teacher, Writer, Accidental Activist

Have Fun - Do Good

She's known for the Pop-Up General Store , Tartine Afterhours dinners , Home Ec Cooking Classes , and the nationwide Bakesale for Japan that raised $140,000. "I think as cooks there's something sort of innate in us that's about sharing and being generous and giving to people." Samin Nosrat Samin Nosrat creates community around food with her varied endeavors as a cook, teacher, writer, and accidental activist.

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Real Time Charitable Giving | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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In addition, a majority of those surveyed (56%) have continued to give to more recent disaster relief efforts—such as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan—using their mobile phones Real Time Charitable Giving | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project : Yet while their initial contribution often involved little deliberation, 43% of these donors encouraged their friends or family members to give to the campaign as well.

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Bookshare Announcements

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The second announcement was by Plextor of Japan, about their new ebook player that will play Bookshare books. The Bookshare team has been attending the summer conventions of the two major blind consumer groups, the NFB and ACB. We had great user parties, listened to our users and talked to other key players in the accessibility field. We also announced a couple of assistive technology partnerships.

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Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs. Updates from TechSoup's Partner and Friends in Japan. Relief organizations and first-responders are working tirelessly to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The staff at TechSoup Global is keeping all those affected by the devastating hurricane in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts. Donate to Organizations Providing Relief.

Bookshare User Sends Haiku

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This form of poetry has risen in popularity in the west, though it has come a long way from its beginnings in feudal Japan. A guest Beneblog by Lindsie Verma of the Bookshare Team Hot Fall Sun hangs low Cooling breeze ruffles oak tree Beneath, small boy reads. And now, as an old man, that boy is still reading. Thanks! Don Meyer, Bookshare user. We get a lot of emails from happy users, but never before have we received gratitude in Haiku-form!

Latest global social, digital, mobile data for ya

AFP Blog

Alongside regional pictures that capture the stats for every nation on Earth, we also present in-depth analyses for 24 of the world’s largest economies: Argentina, Australia, Brazile, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Thailand, the UAE, the UK, and the USA.

Flying High: Some Truly Creative Ways that Drone Technology is Being Utilized

Byte Technology

From the earthquake in Nepal to the numerous tsunamis that have devastated Japan and Southeast Asia, drones are being used to pinpoint remote regions that would typically be underserved by emergency crews, in the end saving more lives.

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Networked Nonprofit Update: November

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Networked Nonprofit in Japan. >&# >&# ichi&# – Hiroyasu Ichikawa who is president of the SocialCompany in Japan was visiting the Bay Area to attend SoCap. I met “ichi&# virtually when he let me know about a Netsquared Japan meet up featuring the Networked Nonprofit. He also kindly demonstrated on a video how to do social networking in Japan the old fashion way.

Pecha Kucha: The F2F Twitter Stream for Events | Engage365

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Pecha Kucha: The F2F Twitter Stream for Events | Engage365: "Adrian Segar, author of Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, said Pecha Kucha, which originated in Japan, consists of several speakers presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds apiece.

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Youth Programs Benefit from Microsoft Donations

Tech Soup Blog

Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders) in Japan is a humanitarian educational association NGO that supports disadvantaged children and youth in Asia who are on the street, are victims of trafficking, forced labor, and natural disasters, or in conflict with the law. Its projects in Japan focus on educating and connecting Japanese youth with the young people KnK serves outside of Japan.

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