NetSquared: In the Beginning

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In the beginning, TechSoup’s Marnie Webb, Daniel Ben-Horin, and Billy Bicket created NetSquared to "remix the web for social change." Online social networking was just being born. They originally wanted to organize a conference to convene social innovators and social entrepreneurs on the nonprofit tech cutting edge to see what everyone was doing. To get going, they built the first NetSquared website using open-source Drupal.

Announcing Virtual NetSquared Local: Participate from Anywhere!

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Each month, the NetSquared community (a project of TechSoup Global) meets up offline at NetSquared Local events around the world to discuss ideas, meet new people, and work together to make social change. Recently, many of these NetSquared Local meetings are being streamed live on the Internet via livestream or online recording. Due to the increased popularity of these streamed social gatherings, NetSquared has introduced the Virtual NetSquared Local page.


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Become a Storymaker with NetSquared

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Every month TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to over 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! Starting on August 26th NetSquared organizers are holding digital storytelling events as part of the Storymakers campaign. Using small wins to grow social media revenue.

NetSquared Events for September: Featuring #Storymakers2014

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Join your local NetSquared group. Using Small Wins to Grow Social Media Revenue. Denver, CO: Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Storytelling Through Social Media. Kisumu, Kenya: Social Media Week. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs and HandsOn Tech. Baltimore, MD: A Social Media Surgery in Baltimore. San Francisco, CA: Data for Social Good with Bayes Impact. Storymakers is live!

Fundraising Meets Social Networking

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What happens when fundraising meets social networking? Social Fundraising? Socially-Networked Fundraising? So, I slapped a piece of paper in the old IBM selectric and created a networking form. While analyzing our orchestra's "social network," I discovered that someone attended high school with Garrison Keilor. maginfies the offline social networking we used to do before the Internet became a part of culture and lives?

Events Roundup: NetSquared Loves You this February

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Every month NetSquared holds free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. Our events are powered by a global network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, self-sufficient local communities of nonprofit technology practitioners. Tripoli, Libya: NetSquared Tripoli Meetup. Seattle, WA: Facebook: A Discussion of the Strengths and the Limits of Social Networking. Event NetSquared tsevent

NetSquared in May: Healthy as an Ox

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That means it’s time for our monthly roundup of all the crazy goodness created by NetSquared Local in May. What is NetSquared Local? NetSquared Local is TechSoup’s volunteer-driven network of nonprofit tech meetups and salons. Our organizers hold monthly offline events for anyone interested in the connection of technology and social impact. This is the first step in her grand plan to build a regional hub of NetSquared organizers. June already?

Social Networking Inside and Out

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" I used the technique two years ago for a presentation at the first netsquared conference called " I Tag the Hand that Feeds Me " or what I should retitle "Meet Sally." There was a great question about social networking and representing one's organization posted on the Social Networking Affinity Group at NTEN by K.E: I found this slideshow Via Stephen Downes.

Innovation: Clay Shirky Interview & NetSquared Challenges

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Originally posted by me on the NetSquared blog. NetSquared currently has 3 open Challenges, calling for innovators and change makers around the world to submit ideas for Web and mobile-based technologies for social change. I recently sat down with Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody , and asked what he thought about the impact of the social web on innovation. Through a NetSquared Community vote, 10 finalists will be chosen.

Community Organizers Handbook: Launching a Resource for NetSquared Local and Beyond!

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This post was originally posted on the NetSquared Blog and was written by Amy Sample Ward. Over the last few years, the NetSquared Local network (a project of TechSoup Global's) has grown from just a few groups in only a couple countries, to 70+ groups in 21+ countries! Those local groups are organized by volunteers passionate about building community at the intersection of technology and social change.

NetSquared Think Tank Round-Up: Tools for Monitoring Online Feedback Part 2

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This post was authored by Claire Sale and originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog. interest to you and your cause on the web: Social Media Monitoring Tools. " For Twitter : Sprout Social , which helps to measure the return and reach you're getting with your. And you can also buy The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Alison Fine , and Social by Social , by Amy Sample Ward and others, put out by OpenMute press."

Social Networks for Social Change: Ivan Boothe Knows What He Is Talking About!

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Using Social Networks for Social Change: Facebook, MySpace and More View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: fundraising advocacy ) I was lucky enough to meet Ivan Boothe at the first (or maybe second) Netsquared Conference back in 2005 and have been following his work for years. Ivan Boothe helped start the Genocide Intervention Network in 2004, and was responsible for communications, web development and social networking strategy.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

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That's why TechSoup supports a global network of tech trainers called NetSquared. NetSquared groups focus on topics that address their unique local tech challenges, but once a quarter, we select a common theme. Find your closest NetSquared group. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

Livestreaming Netsquared… | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Internet Livestreaming Netsquared… 05.27.08 | 3433 No Comments [link] Livestreaming+Netsquared. 2008-05-27+16%3A28%3A37 Allan+Benamer Check out [link] for a live video/audio stream of Netsquared… Keep up on my twitter stream at [link] Relevancy Ranking ( 1 votes, average: 5.00

Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

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We’re half way into Social Media September , but we’re just getting started! There are several ways for you to get involved in our social media for social good events no matter where you live, since our community is holding both live and virtual gatherings. Join our global tweet chat on September 18 to discover the latest in social media best practices. Get answers to your tech challenges at a NetSquared meetup (see list below).

MyBLOC.Net & Future 5000: Social Networks for Youth Activists & Organizers

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Thirty-year-old matin is helping to develop a new social networking site for youth activists, MyBLOC.Net. Five years later, the Generational Alliance has created a searchable online directory and networking site called the Future 5000. Originally Posted on NetSquared. activism youth social networkingThe January/February issue of Colorlines has named ibrahim abdul-matin, the Technology Organizer for the Movement Strategy Center, as an Innovator of 2007.

NetSquared Think Tank Round-Up: Tactics for Monitoring Online Feedback Part 1

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This post was authored by Claire Sale and originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog. Using the social web to market your cause, communicate your services, and interact with your audience is an important part of the. communication function for many socially-focused organizations. the wave pool; the same rule applies to social media. deduce shape your approach to social media and online conversation." Any efforts to engage within social media need to have a.

nfp 2.0 » Thinking about social networks

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Skip navigation Recent Posts Natural blog cycle Buzz Director: the spacewalk metaphor Group fundraising primer When pictures speak a thousand words Another shout for a Netsquared Europe Communicating the soul of your non-profit My Fundraising 2.0 Libby Davy : Hi Steve - we are all about building capacity and deep learning on social media for. If it fits, embrace social networks. Simple actions repeated at scale within a social network produces serendipity.

July NetSquared Think Tank Round-Up: Building a Culture of Accessibility

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This post was authored by Claire Sale and originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog. And, what online networks are supporting people with disabilities and what efforts are being made to make the web more accessible overall? Here's why: The need for online accessibility is growing - "When talking about disability, it is easy to focus on more physical disabilities (like requiring aids in walking) and using social media to create networks of support.

Social Networking for non-profits | Non-Profit Tech Blog

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Pipes (1) OSS , Programming , Social Networking , nptech Social Networking for non-profits 09.11.06 | 93 5 Comments [link] Social+Networking+for+non-profits 2006-09-11+16%3A10%3A24 Allan+Benamer Back from vacation! But how can social networking work for social service nonprofits? More after the jump… He actually discusses some possible uses for social networking in the social services arena: Social services networking.

Vote in NetSquared’s Mashup Challange | Beaconfire Wire

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Maybe » Vote in NetSquared’s Mashup Challange Posted Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 1:16 pm by John Brian (91 posts) Voting ends tomorrow for NetSquared’s Mashup Challange, a competition to find great mashups for social change. Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects! Congrats!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Featured Projects will be going on to the NetSquared Conference and have an opportunity to receive cash, tech and consulting resources. A Global Neighbour Network: [link]. s Problems Through Social Networking Sites [link]. Aspiration Social Source Commons [link]. Global Women's Leadership Network [link]. HELP International Telemedicine Humanitarian Emergency Mobile Medical Clinic Network [link].

How the World Affairs Council Broadcasts Globally with Social Media

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As part of Social Media September (#SocMedSep), we've been tapping into the wisdom of our global TechSoup and NetSquared communities as well as experts in nonprofit technology. I reached out to Alana Post, the Online Communications Manager at The World Affairs Council of Northern California to hear how this nonprofit uses social media to reach a global audience. TS: How does social media support your organization's mission? Got any social media stories or tips?

NpTech Tag Summary: Scarcity Thinking, Social Network Fragmentation?, and Engagement Strategies

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When I saw the title of this post, " I'm Engaged ," I thought he was talking about the report that The Network Centric Advocacy Blog mentions as a must-read for advocacy and communication staff called Activation Point. Social Network Fragmentation. Social network fragmentation? Social networking burnout? Will this lead to niche social networks that are more relevant to people's interests? Flickr photo from handsome monkey.

NpTech Summary: Social Networking Strategies and Nonprofits: Getting Beyond Shiny Object Syndrome and Getting More Precise Practices

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I'm moving beyond monitoring the NpTech tagged items and meta feeds to incorporate nuggets from micro media sources, nptech bloggers, friend feeds, and networks. The summaries will be briefer, focused on a social media theme or a social media question related to practice. We are in the very early stages of how nonprofits and social activists can leverage social networking applications for good causes and just learning what works and what doesn't.

Another social network for activism on the horizon… | Non-Profit Tech Blog

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Pipes (1) Social Networking , Startups , nptech Another social network for activism on the horizon… 03.31.07 | 3150 16 Comments [link] Another+social+network+for+activism+on+the+horizon. 2007-03-31+15%3A08%3A50 Allan+Benamer Techcrunch reports that Project Agape started by Sean Parker (co-founder of multiple Internet properties, Plaxo, Facebook and Napster) is headed towards the social and political activism space.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Using Social Networking Tools - Advice, Brief Case Study, and Resources

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Nancy Schwartz invited me to submit a piece for next week's Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants theme on "Using Social Networking Tools." I've been experimenting quite a bit over the last 18 months way too many social networking tools. Nancy White has mentioned the need for a network of experimentors, and perhaps that could be a future Carnival. Katya Andresen has written a fantastic five minute guide to social networking tools.

NpTech Tag: To Launch White-Label Social Network for Nonprofits, GeekToys that Give Geekbumps, and Blog Readability

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Social Networking for Social Change According to TechCrunch ,, a social networking site that links volunteers to causes and voters to politicians will launch a new white-label social network for non-profits. Rolling your own social network wrapped with your organization's branding, data, and integrated into an organizational site will provide more control. What reading level is your blog?

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Nominate a Project for a NetSquared Innovation Fund Award

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One of my jobs is as the Community Builder for NetSquared , a project of Tech Soup that works to help nonprofits and NGOs use the social web for social change. If you, or someone you know, is working on a tech for social impact project, please encourage them to nominate their project for a NetSquared Innovation Fund Award. April 9-14 nominated projects will be voted on by the public on the NetSquared web site. Hi Have Fun * Do Gooders!

Follow TechSoup Global at #10NTC on Twitter 4/7

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TechSoup Global Network: @ TSGN. NetSquared: @ netsquared. Tags: Social Networking Web 2.0 Below are TechSoup Global staff you can follow on Twitter during the Nonprofit Technology Conference. There's also a listing for hashtags that'll make monitoring the breakout sessions that include TSG presenters much easier. Follow TechSoup Global at # 10NTC on Twitter. TechSoup: @ techsoup. TechSoup GreenTech: @ tsgreentech. Billy Bicket @ billyb. read more.

Survey: How Can the Leap to Mobile Broadband Affect Social Change Organizing?

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This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Claire Sale. How can the leap to 4G mobile broadband help social change organizers?". Acquiring Technology Connecting to the Internet Digital Divide Online Activism Online Recruitment Social Networking Telecom Services Using the Web and InternetTate Hausman and Sam Boykin recently contacted me on behalf of Mobile Citizen to ask me that question and to ask for my help in finding the answer.

Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

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This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge. Hear from Peter Deitz about the Social Actions API!

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Nonprofit Technology Conference: Where You Want to Be on Day One

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Unconference: NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data. Tags: Social Networking Staff Training Using the Web and Internet Web 2.0 Folks from TechSoup Global will be presenting at several breakout sessions and activities during # 10NTC. Below is the best way to keep up with them on day one of the conference. Thursday, April 8, 2010. read more. Tools

Great reads from around the web on June 17th

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NetSquared Local Reaches 70 Groups Worldwide! NetSquared, an initiative of – "In the last two months, we've had 5 new NetSquared Local groups join the scene, bringing the new official number to 70 groups worldwide! " Facebook | The Networked Nonprofit Virtual Launch Party – "After more than a year of anticipation, on June 21 Beth Kanter and Allison Fine will release the Networked Nonprofit, published by Jossey-Bass.

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LinkedIn's Nonprofit Solutions

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This post was authored by Trenton DuVal, a contributing editor at NetSquared, and originally appeared on the NetSquared blog. spoke with Bryan about the changes for nonprofits coming to the social network for a post on SocialBrite. That article includes links to various resources about using this network for nonprofits, including NetSquared's Think Tank on using LinkedIn for Change. NetSquared's own LinkedIn group.

Vote for Genocide Intervention Network’s Netsquared Mashup | Non-Profit Tech Blog

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Pipes (1) Genocide Intervention Network , Ivan Boothe , Netsquared contest Vote for Genocide Intervention Network’s Netsquared Mashup 03.24.08 | 3358 2 Comments [link] Vote+for+Genocide+Intervention+Network%27s+Netsquared+Mashup 2008-03-24+19%3A06%3A08 Allan+Benamer Ivan Boothe has asked me to vote for Genocide Intervention Project’s mashup via Facebook so I shall and I’m asking you to consider doing so as well.

Connect, Share, and Act at the 2010 NTC (And Show Your takeholders How To as Well)

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"… technology is helping nonprofits tap into and build communities to create social change. The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is here again and team members from NetSquared and TechSoup Global will be busy presenting, sharing, and connecting in Atlanta, and hopefully with you! Follow in social media. Members of the NetSquared and TechSoup content and community teams will also be using Twitter and blogs during the event.

NpTech Tag Summary: Voting Deadline at Netsquared Extended, NTC Pipe, and More

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Netsquared Voting Deadline Extended. Due to some technical glitches , you now have 48 additional hours to figure out what 5-10 of the 150 fantastic social change and technology projects at Netsquared will receive your vote. We are all photographers now , Steve Bridger's excellent post about nonprofits and social web photosharing. Through TechSoup's Netsquared project, blogger Beth Kanter, was commissioned to write a weekly summary. Photo from Cambodia4kids.

Running Free: Seattle Free School at Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp

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Jessica is also a Nonprofit Commons member and NetSquared Local organizer.) Tags: Marketing Online Activism Online Fundraising Online Recruitment Running Your Organization Social Networking Staff Using the Web and Internet Volunteers Web 2.0 One thing I always enjoy about Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp is getting to know very small organizations. A lot of people stopped by our booth and told us about the challenges their one-or-two-person nonprofits are facing.

Digital Media and Learning Competition: Applications Now Open!

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This post was written by Amy Sample Ward and was originally posted on the NetSquared Blog. In partnering with the White House, National Lab Day, and videogame makers Sony and EA, the Digital Media and Learning Competition has prizes up to $200,000 and is open to all kinds of innovative projects (including games) that make use of digital media for education and social change.

TSG2011: TechSoup Global Contributors' Summit Day One

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In a post from Amy Sample Ward last week, we let you know that many of our team would be parading down the peninsula to Mountain View, California to Microsoft's campus for a summit of great technologists, innovators, funders, practioners, corporate partners, librarians, and leaders all to talk about technology and social change.

Social Media: You're Probably Doing It Wrong


Let''s be honest, social media is progressing and changing every single day and most people don''t have the time to keep up with the most effective way to do social media. Amy and I will provide concrete advice from our new book Social Change Anytime Everywhere on what you need to be doing to build and mobilize your communities through multifaceted campaigns and by integrating social media into your online communications and outreach.

Notes from SOCAP09: Thoughts on Micro-Donations, Crowd-Sourcing, Radical Collaborations, and Mobile Tech

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This post is cross-posted on my personal blog and on the NetSquared Blog. On Thursday, I attended the unconference/open space portion of SOCAP09 (Social Capital Markets 2009). Meet these smart people whom I met, and you may not know about, but should: Jill Finlayson, Social Edge Social Media guru.