Open Source Strategic Planning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Paul Connolly, who has been a guest blogger on this blog before , covered the session on Open Source Strategic Planning. In 2009, the foundation began by harvesting almost a thousand proposals for future directions from community members through online crowd-sourcing.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

He also championed an open source ethos so that our work can be broadly shared (you can view all our open source projects on GitHub ). a11y accessibility Bookshare engineering executive Gerardo GoRead innovation open source Read2Go

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Goodbye, Game Friday. Hello Open Source Museum.

Museum 2.0

The Open Source Museum project at The Tech is a grant-funded grand experiment. On the website, participants can propose exhibit projects, join teams, and maintain presences for themselves and their exhibits in progress. All of the project ideas and virtual creations will be shared under a Creative Commons license, so the content truly is open to all. One of my mentors, Michael Brown, told me, “The only way to get better is to change.”

The Wealth of Networks, Chapter 3

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’m reading this book at the same time as I’ve been working on the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative. I’m realizing that all of the justifications for why I am so into open source and free software is right here in this book! He talks about three examples which have become classic – free/open source software, SETI@Home , and Wikipedia. At Omidyar Network there’s been an effort to write proposals for 9 $5,000 grants.

Data Digest — Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index

Tech Soup Blog

The need for open data from NGOs is reiterated, while the way philanthropy has promoted the global Open Government Partnership is explained. Philanthrocapitalists Propose a Social Progress Index. Open Data for Social Change. We Need Open Data To Change The World.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Modest Proposal to Organizers: Four Steps to Start

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Value of Rapid Response in the Youtube World | Main | Modeling self organization of communication and topology in social networks » March 16, 2007 Modest Proposal to Organizers: Four Steps to Start Conservative advise from ONENW. we offer you our "modest proposal" for using online networking to further your environmental activism. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

NetCentric Advocacy: Peer to Patent: Distributed Research on Patents

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Environmentalists Kill the Purple Cow: Endangered Campaigns Need Seth Godin | Main | Network-Centric Trends for Campaign Planners: Teased from The Journal of Community Informatics » July 22, 2005 Peer to Patent: Distributed Research on Patents Peer production proposal for the US Patent office. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

2012 SXSW Interactive – #nptech Highlights

Amy Sample Ward

Tendenci Released as Open Source by Schipul. Schipul, a web marketing agency based in Houston, Texas, announced yesterday during the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive festival that Tendenci, a content management system (CMS) will be released as an open source solution.

Exciting Times for Social Actions

Amy Sample Ward

I have followed the development of Social Actions over the last few years and really believe in the work that Peter, Christine and the community have done to shape a collaborative, open tool that benefits so many people and organizations in all kinds of ways.

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Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

For Open Source and custom databases, you can usually get directly to the database if needed. Usually the process of running import tests leads to additional iterations on the proposed data structure in the new CRM as you wrestle with limitations of the data extracted from the old CRM.

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Tidbits

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There are some fabulous sessions proposed for the 2009 NTC , running the whole gamut of nonprofit technology, from planning to Web 2.0, open source, etc. Vote for them , especially the one I’m helping out with (David Geilhufe is the spearhead) on open source CRM. Under my hat is a blog post about open source and SaaS.

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AxsJAX at Google

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

John Crossman (Benetech's Director of Engineering) and I attended an interesting and exciting Google Open Source talk on AxsJAX at Google this week, by Charles Chen (the developer of FireVox) and T.V.

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

Amy Sample Ward

We pull in donation opportunities, volunteer positions, petitions, event, and other actions from 60+ different sources. In 2007, I realized that a much more effective way to aggregate interesting actions would be to subscribe to RSS feeds from trusted sources.

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Build vs. Buy

Idealware

I keep being surprised by how frequently I hear clients tell me that a vendor has suggested they "build them a CMS," or by proposals from vendors that include custom building a CMS. And, for the purposes of this post, I'm using "buy" exceedingly loosely - including purchasing proprietary software, installing open source, or using SaaS.) First, the software available, whether it be open source, SaaS, or proprietary, is much better all round.

No more custom CMS!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As the author of a custom CMS (it did have the advantage that it was released as open source, but it never caught on, so it still counts as custom) I know what it is like to put my heart and soul (and time) into a CMS, and want my clients to get what they want. I wrote that CMS back before there were any really good open source ones, like most of the custom CMS out there. Should we be able to achieve a migration to drupal or one of the other open-source models?

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Benetech, Bookshare and Google Summer of Code

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Many thanks to Thushan Ganegedara for this guest post about his summer open source project. Additionally I should mention Rom Srinivasan, who has been a great support starting from the proposal submission period. I’m Thushan Ganegedara, a 3 rd year undergraduate from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. My interests are Mobile Development and Computational Intelligence.

I Need a Good Lawyer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re deep believers in the benefits of openness, which means we publish open source software and create open content under Creative Commons licenses. Here’s a sampling of the kinds of projects on our current list: Operating an open repository of image descriptions to assist blind and other disabled people to access the information locked up in images, especially in education (big fair use question here).

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Let me give two specific examples that came up in my first conversation with a lawyer about the proposed bill: 1. We develop free and open source software to help groups capture the stories of human rights abuse, and store and back them up securely in another country. Benetech, is a leading nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. We write software for people with disabilities as well as human rights and environmental groups.

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Conservation Planners Use Benetech's Miradi Software to Help Save Reefs in Guam

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The free and open source software, which is a joint venture between Benetech and the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) , guides users through a series of step-by-step interview wizards, based on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

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My Theory of Practice

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Actually, a client had a grant proposal, and it included the consultant’s “theory of practice&# which of course is something that most organizational development/effectiveness type consultants have, but rather few technology consultants have.

What I’m up to these days

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I like proposals that focus more on the project, and show clear understanding of the project. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What I’m up to these days January 29, 2008 As you might have noticed, my blogging has diminished a bit. It’s because, basically, I am about as busy as I’ve been in a very long time. It feels quite good, actually.

4 Resources to Transform Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Strategy

NonProfit Hub

At first glance, you might overlook Google Docs as too simplistic, but the built-in brochure, project proposal and newsletter templates give you endless possibilities. WordPress.org offers free themes uploaded by the open-source community that you can use. There are more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations in the United States, comprised of churches, neighborhood associations, universities and charitable organizations.

The First Global Martus Users Group Meeting

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Martus is Benetech's free and open source software package designed for human rights activists to collect stories and data about human rights abuses. And, support from the Open Society Foundation made this event possible! Tripathi Open Society Open Society Foundations Martus human rights Thailand Chiang Mai Patrick Ball MacArthur

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Delhi University

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Lord Mountbatten proposed to his wife in that building and was later the Chancellor of the University as the UK's last Viceroy to India. I quite enjoyed our discussions, which ranged from Bookshare to the need for open source screen readers.

Quickie Links: Surveys, Transcripts, and a Strange Bedfellow

Museum 2.0

Ideum, the company that brought you ExhibitFiles (with ASTC), is conducting a survey on museums' needs in support of an NSF grant proposal (Open Exhibits) to build open source templates for simple interactive exhibits (timelines, digital collections, news kiosks).

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Avoiding the Digital Dark Age

Idealware

Chris and his colleagues at Illinois are proposing to develop a tool called myKive, an open-source and customizable personal archiving software that will to capture the digital interactions of its users without affecting their daily routine and that will give them complete control over the data harvested. I came to Idealware from the library world: I earned a master’s degree in library and information science and worked as an archivist for a few years.

Invitation to Open Innovation Exchange

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Open Source bid for Third Sector Innovation Exchange. million invitation to tender for a third sector innovation exchange has prompted an innovative response - an "open source bid" under which people are invited to share ideas with one team that is preparing a proposal. However one team - led by social entrepreneurs - decided to break away from the competitive approach to bidding for contracts, and develop their proposals in public.

2012 SXSW Interactive Roundup

NTEN

Tendenci Released as Open Source by Schipul. Schipul, a web marketing agency based in Houston, Texas, announced yesterday during the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive festival that Tendenci, a content management system (CMS) will be released as an open source solution. The threat to defund Planned Parenthood was bundled in a larger packaged proposal of funding cuts to be….

This Month at TechSoup: Sharpen Your Website

Tech Soup Blog

The RFP Process for Nonprofits and Libraries An RFP is a document that describes a project's needs and asks for proposed solutions (along with pricing, timing, and other details) from qualified vendors.

This Month at TechSoup: Sharpen Your Website

Tech Soup Blog

The RFP Process for Nonprofits and Libraries An RFP is a document that describes a project's needs and asks for proposed solutions (along with pricing, timing, and other details) from qualified vendors.

15 Steps to an Awesome Website Launch

Frogloop

If you are engaging a web developer or in the middle of an RFP process for a new site, be sure that proposals include mobile friendliness in the project. Most open-source CMSs have tools or plugins for setting up daily backups. Your website is often the first introduction people get to the amazing work you do to change the world. Sometimes you only have moments to get people’s attention before they move on.

Peering behind the curtain of advocacy email campaigns

Beaconfire Wire

After working in Congress the past 6 years (and now working for a company that consults with nonprofits), I wanted to share a bit of perspective about how advocacy organizations and Congressional offices can find greater benefit from email campaigns by being more open with each other.

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Report Back from the Do Good Data Conference 2015

NTEN

There were a lot of data points they could measure, but by selecting and focusing on six key levers and limiting the sources of data (for now), they have a usable program to which they can continue to add functionality and improvements. However, Michael Weinstein from the Robin Hood Foundation had me dusting off some of those old finance-for-good feelings as he explained the foundation’s rigorous strategy for analyzing grant proposals.

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President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It is open source software, but we're experimenting with a revenue model to sustain the project over the long term. A pricing manifesto proposes that members of the community that can afford the software should support the project financially.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Let me give two specific examples that came up in my first conversation with a lawyer about the proposed bill: 1. We develop free and open source software to help groups capture the stories of human rights abuse, and store and back them up securely in another country.

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Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The measure of impact is to determine whether the comments and feedback strengthened or improved the final proposal. Ushahidi is an open source platform that facilitates crowdsourcing through the use of SMS/cellphones and online mapping. Crowdsourcing 101.

Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

Amy Sample Ward

We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights. There are quite a few options for doing this, some open source and free others not. subject line: what are you saying before the email is even opened? opening: do you make your email seem personal, use your database to insert members’ names.

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Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector

Idealware

The same kind of democratizing, collaborative, open source/open content trend that has swept through nonprofit technology now is gathering momentum in local, state and even national government. Data” was likely the biggest buzz word at the conference—open data, sharing data, collaborative data, mapping and visualizing data and so on. Looking at the wordle (word cloud) of those introductions, you can see that data and open information drew many to the conference.

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Resource Roundup 5/31 | Idealware

Idealware

7 Ways to Send HUGE Files (Mashable) A roundup of methods that let you send files of more than 500MB (as well as more rationally large files, presumably) Using Partimage to Clone Hard Disks (pittman.ws) A detailed how-to on replicating (ghosting) hard drives with Partimage, an open source alternative to Norton Ghost Google and Salesforce Team Up (Tate Hausman) Rumor has it that Google and Salesforce are teaming up to create an integrated tool suite.

NetCentric Advocacy: Civil Disobedient Lawmaking

Network-Centric Advocacy

More than a year ago, the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Corporation stirred an uproar in Mr. Morrisons eastern Schuylkill County borough with a proposal to use a large strip mine as a disposal site for material dredged up from the Hudson and Delaware rivers. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Notes and Questions: Are you also building the capacity of the network to serve itself?

Social Entrepreneur API interim report, July 2009

Social Actions

The Social Entrepreneur API (Application Programming Interface) is the first open database of publicly available information about social entrepreneurs who have won fellowships or awards from esteemed organizations like Ashoka, Civic Ventures, the Draper Richards Foundation, Echoing Green, ideablob, PopTech, the Schwab Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, and TED. Review of proposal responsibilities. Foundation Source: Sharon Schneider, Jamie Buck.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Creative Commons points out the projects that support free culture and open content on their site and on. Gregg Swanson from HumaniNet picks out a few projects that are based on collaboration/partnership and a track of record of doing projects like the one proposed.

Nonprofit Technology News for March 2014

Tech Soup Blog

anniversary celebrates British physicist Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal for creating the World Wide Web in 1989. Charity Digital News in the UK just announced that the Digital Leaders 100 competition in the UK is now open to nominations.

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