How to Support Women in Lebanon

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The GFW recently donated $15,000 to the Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action to support displaced families in Lebanon: CRTD.A, women lebanon donation philanthropyThe Global Fund for Women has lots of good information up right now about how to support women in the Middle East. You can donate to the Global Fund for Women and they will make sure your money goes to women in the Middle East.

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance

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Over the 30 years of our organization, we’ve sent over 25 million dollars in direct aid consisting of food, medical supplies, books, and toys to Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon. Now in addition to our work in Iraq and Palestine, we also support Syrian refugees who are in Lebanon. The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) works to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education.

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7 Nonprofits that Inspired Us in 2013 and How Your Favorite Nonprofit Can Make the List this Year.

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Best Use of Integrated Marketing – ANERA – Due to the influx of new refugees from Syria to Lebanon’s refugee camps, ANERA had to raise funds quickly to respond to the increased need of essential supplies. This is a guest post by Bill Fryman. Bill is Blackbaud’s corporate communications manager. His passion for communications extends to speech writing, blogging, newsletters, and, sadly, bad puns. He avoids clichés like the plague and is finally coming around to the Oxford comma.

Bookshare without Borders: #3/3

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Our collection includes children’s books from Scholastic, contemporary books from Arab Scientific Publishers in Lebanon and literary books from the public domain from Kotobarabia in Egypt. Creating the World’s Largest Collection of Accessible Arabic eBooks Access to knowledge is the critical first step on the path to economic, educational, and social development.

Seven Nonprofits That Deserve a Standing Ovation

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Best Use of Integrated Marketing – ANERA – Due to the influx of new refugees from Syria to Lebanon’s refugee camps, ANERA had to raise funds quickly to respond to the increased need of essential supplies. The suitcase is finally unpacked, and the email pile is a bit more manageable – but the bbcon buzz hasn’t worn off yet! bbcon 2013 , Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits concluded last week, and as I remember some of my favorite moments during the conference, one tops them all.

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Great reads from around the web on March 23rd

Amy Sample Ward

Beth Kanter of Zoetica Media is the moderator, along with fellow panelists Danielle Brigida of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Mark Horvath of Invisible People and Jessica Dheere, of Social Media Exchange Beirut in Lebanon. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of March 23rd).

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Beth Kanter

Nada Hamzeh, Country Directory, Lebanon, @NADO23. Mona Messlmany, Training Coordinator, Lebanon, @MonaSul. March 8, International Women’s Day , marks an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide.

NetSquared: The Place for Free Nonprofit Tech Help

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Beirut, Lebanon: Creative Writing Workshops and Programs. What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to drink, laugh, and network with their peers? Well, there are! TechSoup's NetSquared is the world's largest volunteer-driven network of in-person nonprofit technology training and peer support events.

E-Mediat Networking Conference at the Dead Sea, Jordan

Beth Kanter

” The conference marked the end of an 18-month capacity building program that trained more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on how to use social media effectively to advance civil society. The official ceremony includes opening remarks, a discussion panel from participants sharing their stories, and two brief presentations by the social media advisers from Lebanon and Jordan.

E-Mediat: Social Media Capacity Building for NGOs in the Arab World

Beth Kanter

The project is training 300 NGOs in Jordan , Lebanon , Tunisia , Morocco , and other Arab countries to become networked ngos and use social media for civil society goals. A true public/private partnership, the funding partners include Microsoft and craiglist Charitable Fund. The team in Lebanon has also s hared success stories on its blog about the NGOs participating in its program. Flickr Photo by SMEX Beirut.

Get Fundraising Tips at a NetSquared Community Event

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Beirut, Lebanon: Writing Workshops: Monthly. Hamra, Lebanon: صورة غب الطلب. Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season! More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of #GivingTuesday makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared group is here to help with free, in-person events being held across the U.S. and the globe.

E-Mediat: Beirut Bound – Guess What’s In My Suitcase?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today, I’m headed to Beirut, Lebanon for the E-Mediat project, a multi-stakeholder capacity building project for NGOS and Social Media in the Middle East. I’ll be sharing insights about the project as it unfolds here on my blog and other social media channels, including #Emediat tag on Twitter. The project is a rich opportunity for learning because it is a capacity building project that leverages a networked approach.

The Deep Learning When Nonprofit Techies Get Together

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Beyrouth, Lebanon: SkillPill: Creating Wikipedia Articles. Beyrouth, Lebanon: Android Development for Teens. (Please visit the site to view this video). NetSquared DC's Roshani Kothari on why she loves NetSquared. I've just returned from the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin and I'm pumped!

SXSW Panel: Join A Global Discussion About Free Agents and Nonprofits in a Networked World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We will have a simultaneous tweet-up taking place in Beirut, Lebanon and connect with them on Twitter using the hashtag #netnon. Illustration by Jonny Goldstein who will provide live graphic facilitation of this highly interactive and fun panel.

Training Afghani NGOs in Cambodia

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Over 8 weeks this last fall, I had the privilege of working with NGOs from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, in a series of trainings that took place in Phnom Penh, Beirut and Istanbul. Guest Beneblog by Vijaya Tripathi As a Program Associate for the Benetech Human Rights Program (HRP), I train and support human rights advocates who use Benetech’s free and open source Martus program to securely document human rights violations.

#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

Beth Kanter

Refugee Girls in Lebanon. Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits. One of the most amazing nonprofit storytellers I ever heard in my life is Alberto Cairo (International Committee of the Red Cross) who delivered a truly inspirational speech during the International Fundraising Congress closing plenary. He shared incredible stories from over two decades of providing rehabilitation for disabled people in Afghanistan.

Love to Learn Tech Tips in Person? NetSquared Is for You!

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Hamra, Lebanon: The Dream Matcher Experience — Beirut. Hamra, Lebanon: ARTECHA: Art and Technology Hackathon. Every month TechSoup's NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free and low-cost nonprofit technology events and workshops to more than 50 cities. If you want to network with your peers or love to learn at live, in-person events, NetSquared is the place for you!

Supporting Nonprofit Tech Educators Across the Globe

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Beirut, Lebanon: Elevate Startup Sprint. Beirut, Lebanon: Elevate Startup Sprint. Beirut, Lebanon: Elevate Startup Sprint. Beirut, Lebanon: Elevate Startup Sprint. Here's your monthly roundup of free in-person #Tech4Good events. But first I'm going to show off on behalf of our NetSquared organizers. I have the very best job at TechSoup — I get to support our network of nonprofit technology event organizers.

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What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first day of training is this Sunday and we’ll be covering networked approaches for NGOs and social media trainers. The participants include in-country teams from six different countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. When we apply a network mindset to the way we work – whether as an individual or as part of a network strategy, we believe that value is created through our connections, interactions and building relationships.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Beth Kanter

” I first used this exercise in 2011 in Lebanon to kick off E-Mediat project that brought trainers and capacity builders from 5 countries in the Middle East to be trained on curriculum based on my book, the Networked Nonprofit , and interactive training techniques. In this case, I used the exercise to help the teams from Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan see a visualization of their collective expertise.

Nonprofit and Activist Women Bloggers in Chicago

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Journal of a Young Activist write about her travels and human rights work in Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Afghanistan, and her life as a Chicago Seminary Student. With just nine days until the BlogHer Conference in Chicago, where I'll be moderating the panel, "Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Raising Money," I thought I'd search around for nonprofit and activist women bloggers in the Chicago area.

Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits

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Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Digital Big Bang — An AltCity Info Session. NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings. but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events.

Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

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Beirut, Lebanon: SkillPill: TV Presenting. I bet you made all sorts of grand New Year's resolutions for 2015. If you're like me, then you swore that this year, you're finally going to learn to use technology to make yourself more productive at work. Unless you're Superman, you're probably already struggling. Keeping resolutions is hard. But don't worry, NetSquared is here to save the day. TechSoup's NetSquared is a global network of nonprofit technology meetups.

Happy, Focused, and Productive: There Is An App for That!

Beth Kanter

One of my colleagues, Nada Hamzeh , a nonprofit capacity building consultant from Lebanon, tagged me when sharing this striking image that depicts how can easily develop a behavior addiction to our mobile phones. Image by Ayyamsyria. As Aliza Sherman and I wrote in the Happy Healthy Nonprofit the apps on our mobile phones can be agents of distraction, but they can also be agents of calm.

E-Mediat: Social Media and Digital Activism in the Arab World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jessica Dherre and Mohamad Najem from SMEX Beirut gave an overview of Social Media use in Lebanon. As Mohamad pointed out, most of the users of social media are using it for social reasons and only a small percentage by “terrorists&# or political activism. This third and final post shares some insights from the planning sessions for E-Mediat project, a networked approach to capacity building for NGOs in Social Media in the Middle East. (For

E-Mediat: Networked Capacity Building in the Middle East

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The goal is to train over 150-250 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Morocco, and other countries and help them put social media skills into practice. The E-Mediat Implementation Partners at SF Planning Meeting. Last week, I participated in three very intense days of project, curriculum, and online community planning for a new project, E-Mediat , a multi-stakeholder capacity building project for NGOS and Social Media in the Middle East.

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NetSquared Events to Cure Your Social Media Ailments

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Beirut, Lebanon: Start-up Ideation Meets Design by Bootcamp During BDW. NetSquared events come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all! The exact format isn't important, as long as we are consistently gathering the nonprofit and tech communities together so that they can learn from each other. However, our organizers are currently very keen on social media surgeries.

Meeting the Geeks of Arabia at N2Vlabs Talks in Amman, Jordan

Beth Kanter

E-Mediat is working with more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen. During the next two days, I will be facilitating a two-day social media bootcamp for NGOs from Jordan and Lebanon that have been through the program in their respective countries. Rami Al-Karmi, N2V Lab.

What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

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Beirut, Lebanon: Android Development for Teens. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably encountered one of my twice-monthly roundups of nonprofit tech meetups. But perhaps you're leery about attending an event because you're not quite sure what it will be like. Describing NetSquared events is difficult, because each one focuses on a different topic and has a unique flavor set by the organizing team.

E-Mediat Day 3: Digital Activism

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nada, In-Country Team Leader for Lebanon. Mary Joyce leads a session on digital activism using the Story of Electronics. Beirut Diary: I’m in Beirut for the week as part of The E-Mediat project , a capacity building project that leverages a networked approach. I’m the lead for Zoetica where my role is to deliver training, advise on the curriculum and coaching methods, model transparency, and serve as meta network weaver.

Your #NPtech Community Calendar for July

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Beirut, Lebanon: Pre-Bootcamp SkillPill: Spreadsheets for Startups. Have you ever thought about hosting nonprofit technology events in your community? You should, because it's awesome fun. Not only will you be contributing your skills to local nonprofits, you'll also be building your reputation and connecting with your tribe. NetSquared is here to help you along the way with everything from slide templates to planning checklists. Not sure if hosting a NetSquared group is for you?

5 Ways to Use Data Storytelling for Advocacy

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SMEX, also known as Social Media Exchange, is a nonprofit based in Lebanon that compiles an Arab digital rights dataset. Nonprofits are often wary of creating their own data visualizations, and for valid reasons. Setting up such a project can require a team of designers, developers, and coders to bring it to life. Unfortunately, many organizations and individuals that usually collect insightful data lack access to such resources. We're helping to bridge that gap.

TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge Global Tweet Chat Recap

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Beirut, Lebanon: NetSquared Beirut. On Monday, April 16, TechSoup took its Digital Storytelling global with a full-day tweet chat spanning 10 time zones. Each tweet chat covered a different facet of digital storytelling and featured storytelling experts and nonprofit and library participants.

Keeping Your 2016 Resolutions with NetSquared's Free Workshops

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Hamra, Lebanon: FREE Design Basics Workshop. Now, I'm no Houdini, but I predict that your New Year's resolutions are noble, high-minded stuff like "find a mentor" or "learn a new skill every month." " But following through on these plans can be difficult because life is unpredictable and complicated. Luckily for you, NetSquared is here to keep you on track. NetSquared holds free or low-cost educational events for people who want to use technology for good.

E-Mediat Day 1: A Networked Mindset To Capacity Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the morning, we did a team building exercise to better understand the network core, the in-country teams from Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan. Photo by @sdarine. Beirut Diary: I’m in Beirut for the week as part of The E-Mediat project , a capacity building project that leverages a networked approach.

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SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The panelists included: Danielle Brigida of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Mark Horvath of Invisible People and Jessica Dheere , of Social Media Exchange Beirut in Lebanon. Over the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1.

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter

Both conference marked the end of an 18-month capacity building program that trained more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on how to use social media effectively to advance civil society goals. The project kicked off a year ago with a seven-day Train the Trainers intensive in Beirut, Lebanon for the in-country teams who would localize and implement the curriculum for five 3-day workshops that I designed. Group Photo with Certificates.

Women Who Tech Around the World

Beth Kanter

Unfortunately, our presenter from Lebanon had connectivity issues and was unable to present. Women Who Tech Around the World. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Yesterday, I had the honor of participating in the 4th annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit that brings together women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change.

Mom in the Movement: Lisa Russ of the Movement Strategy Center

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And of course this year, after Katrina there also has been the bird flu scare, it has also been the 100th anniversary of the earthquake, the war in Iraq and then this war between Israel and Lebanon, and Israel's own war on Gaza, on Palestine -- so there has just been a lot of like Armageddon in the air and I definitely, for maybe six months of Zach's life, got preoccupied by this fear. It's about Israel and Lebanon and I was like, "I'll definitely do that, I'll definitely do that."

How to Visualize Information and Help Change the World

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" An example is a campaign sponsored by the Women Empowerment Program at the Hariri Foundation in Lebanon. So you want to change the world, and you know that using images and other visual content is an excellent way to convince people to support your cause. But what's the best approach to take? What should that visual content look like? What information should you include? How do you decide?

How to Visualize Information to Change the World for Better

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" An example is a campaign sponsored by the Women Empowerment Program at the Hariri Foundation in Lebanon. So you want to change the world, and you know that using images and other visual content is an excellent way to convince people to support your cause. But what's the best approach to take? What should that visual content look like? What information should you include? How do you decide?

How Save the Children Is Using An Edgy Infographic As Part of A Multi-Channel Campaign for Children in Syria

Beth Kanter

We are working with refugees on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Save the Children’s Ettoré Rossetti, Director of Digital Marketing & Social Media for Save the Children USA, emailed me an infographic on the impact of the Syria crisis on children. As you can see, the design is a bit edgy – and its part of new multi-channel campaign that hopes to activate activists and ignite conversations.

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