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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.

E-Mediat Networking Conference at the Dead Sea, Jordan

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” 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.

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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.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

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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.

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 Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

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'Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network. It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice. It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. Since we were working on how to integrate networked leadership principles into the design of a program, I wanted to incorporate an icebreaker that helped us visualize our professional networks and see the interactions. As part of the workshops I have facilitated to teach nonprofits to become networked nonprofits, I created an exercise called “Creating the Me to We Network.” 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. The idea was that if they knew each other’s knowledge and skill related to the project, it can help everyone can be more effective in delivering the social media training because one person or team doesn’t need to know everything. Building a solid core, participants can use social media tools to easily connect NGOS with new people who have knowledge, resources, and ideas to share to help with the project goals. The first step in the exercise was to ask participants to write down three things about themselves that are important for others to know for this project, including skills, knowledge, interests, or learning goal. Then each person introduced themselves to the group using the sticky notes and added them to the wall. Each country was represented in a different color. Once we mapped the network on the wall before our eyes, we reflected on the following questions: * What are the points of connection? * What are the opportunities for reciprocity? I’ve subsequently have used this exercise in many different contexts for different purposes. I have found it especially useful to do this to kick off a longer-term peer learning experience as in the example below illustrating the knowledge and expertise of a cohort of NGOs from Pakistan that I worked with during my time as Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation. For the design lab earlier this month, the exercise was to create a network map of all our professional networks – a network of networks and see where the connections were. Each person drew a self-portrait on a sticky note and then wrote the names of three or more networks on shaped sticky notes. The networks they selected were to represent their own particular lens to the design challenge. Everyone introduced themselves and their networks to the group with their self-portrait and shaped sticky notes and as the facilitator I drew the connections between nodes. I asked for the first volunteer to introduce him or her self to the group. Then I asked for a volunteer to make a connection with one of their networks to introduce themselves. We did this one by one as each person did their self and network introduction. We ended up with a powerful visualization of the networks and interconnections and diversity of thinkers in the room. Connecting people in a network involves more than just making an introduction. That is the first step toward building trust of each other’s intentions. Trust is the lubricant for the sharing of information, ideas, and ultimately leads to working together. In Connecting to Change World , the authors have a diagnostic for measuring the intensity of connections between people in an network. It looks like this: I have introduced to this person, but do not exchange information with them on a regular basis. I exchange useful information with this person on a regular basis, but I have not worked with them on a project. I exchange useful information with this person on a regular basis and I am working with them on a project. I depend on this person regularly for important advice and have worked with them on more than one project. To take the exercise deeper, you could map out the intensity of connections, perhaps with different types of lines – thick lines for a more intense connection and dotted lines for a less intense connection. There are two different lens to think about network mapping. You can do a whole network analysis which looks at organizations and people in specific geographic or social change area. But I am really interested in the second lens or what has been called the “ego network.” I don’t like the term, but it describes when you create a network map of your professional network. You do this to consider who to connect and engage in your professional network for learning or help your organization address social change goals. I think mapping and visualizing your professional networks and going deep - can help you see if your professional network is too much of a silo that is connecting with people who are similar to you in where you work, how you think, etc. It can help you make connections across disciplines and think outside your network box so to speak. Learning from Adjacent Practices. It is easy to focus on our area of practice, our comfort zone and continually deepen our expertise. However, when we map our networks, there may be adjacent practices and professionals who can stimulate our own learning, give us a new view with which to reflect upon our own work. Nancy White has called this process “ triangulating professional development ” or learning from adjacent practices. In elementary school, these are called “ transciplinary ” skills that can help us learn in all subjects (Communication, Research, Critical Thinking, Self-Management, and Social Skills). When we visualize our networks, we can also ask if it is diverse enough? Diversity correlates with innovation! Are you getting new ideas from your network? If you find Twitter or LinkedIn boring, perhaps you are following wrong people. It is time to tune your network and add new connections by exploring the edges. Have you visualized your professional network to help see connections and inform your own learning? How do you engage in cross-discipline learning? How do you get out of your silo and comfort zone for professional learning? Network Map Networks Training Design'

E-Mediat: Day 2 – The Networked NGO in the Arab World

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The Team from Tunisia identified Sawty as an example of a networked nonprofit in Tunisia, while the Lebanon Team pointed to Nasawiya. The participants were intrigued by the concept of Free Agents and the teams from Jordan and Lebanon discussed Free Agents in their countries.

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Great reads from around the web on March 23rd

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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).

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

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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.

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?

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

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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.

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

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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. Group Photo with Certificates.

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.

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!

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.

Women Who Tech Around the World

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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.

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

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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.

E-Mediat: Networked Capacity Building in the Middle East

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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.

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E-Mediat Day 3: Digital Activism

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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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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."

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

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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.

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

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But the level that it hits me in my stomach now when I imagine what it must feel like during the air raids in Gaza and Lebanon to not be able to keep your child safe, and to be laying there with your child and not be able to say, and mean, "Everything's going to be OK.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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