Member Round Up: Fighting the Holiday Slump!

Submitted by Amanda on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 3:28pm

Flickr:Andy FieldFlickr:Andy FieldWe’re officially six days into the new year, and the NTEN office is bustling with productivity. No post-holiday slump here, and it sure doesn’t seem like our members are in one either. In the first week of the new year, NTEN members are already hosting free events, saving a domain, and even blogging about robots!

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Epic Change launched their Epic Thanks fundraiser in November, which encouraged people to share a picture of what they are thankful for, and to donate to the group. Stacey Monk and Debra Askanase just recorded a podcast for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which talks about keeping things fresh for fundraising participants, and their approach this year with Epic Thanks.

Every nonprofit uses technology. But not everyone has a strategy for the role technology plays in achieving organizational goals (well not yet, if NTEN has anything to do with it!). On Tuesday, January 17th the Tech4Good Denver is hosting Getting Started with Technology Planning. It’s free to attend!

The .NGO domain, short for non-governmental organization, is a technological asset to the nonprofit community. But, in the next year, the Internet is opening up to allow for new Internet extensions. Allyson Kapin recently blogged about why she feels the .NGO domain should be handled by the Public Interest Registry, instead of a corporate entity, after the change.

Big Duck is challenging their newsletter readers to take 2011 trends and turn them into 2012 resolutions.  For example, you’re using your image in fundraising campaigns, social media, and messaging, but have you evaluated or reevaluated your brand recently?

Speaking of Big Duck, they are hiring! If you’re a nonprofit communications specialist, interested in working a small group with big values, you should check out their openings. 

Could the future of robotics actually lie somewhere in the ancient age of tyrannosaurus and velociraptors?  Research at UC Berkely, studying the ways in which lizards use their tails to maintain balance when leaping, applied their findings to a robotic car. This advancement in robotics could lead to robots that are more durable, and nimble. How many ways could your organization use a durable and nimble robot?! 

Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!