News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Interview with NTEN's Community Program Coordinator

Submitted by Amy on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:08pm

Cats and nptech? That sounds like NTEN! Check out this interview with NTEN's newest cat-loving nptech-er.

Reflections on 14NTC: Technology Experimentation and the Ad Hoc Open Source Society

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 6:42pm
In the true spirit of collaboration, NTC attendees collectively stewarded an ad hoc open source society. Craig Sinclair reflects on his experience, why he supports the open source movement, and shares examples of open venues for experimentation.

SXSW: Do Good Dialogues on Social Change

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:10pm

With more than 35,000 attendees at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas from March 7-11, attendees from the nonprofit sector are just one segment of the highly diverse SXSW attendees; but this number is growing, and so are the number of breakout sessions. Within this massive conference, the Beacon Lounge has emerged as a space for nonprofit and social good professionals to connect with each other, and experience some alternative programming, the Do Good Dialogues. Learn more about the three core themes that came out of it. 

Reflections on Drupal Day: Creating a One-Size-Fits-All Day for Nonprofit Professionals and Technologists

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 5:12pm
After an action-packed Drupal Day event at the 14NTC, Stephanie Gutowski shares her key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal.

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 3:46pm
The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. Open source is meant to be free and equal, but then why do men continue to dominate open source sites like Wikipedia?

Building a Supportive Environment for Your Online Community

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 2:49pm
To build a supportive environment for your online community, we should incorporate what we've learned from history, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.

Five Nonprofit Online Communities that Inspire Action & Generate Results

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 2:30pm
These five examples of nonprofit communities show the diversity of options and ideas for engaging people around a mission.

What Madison Avenue Ad Agencies Know about Facebook that You Don’t

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 12:27pm
Creating an online community for your own organization is a way that you can take control of your social presence, and not be at the whim of Facebook.

CiviCRM: Software Built and Sustained by Community

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 11:00am
Founded nearly a decade ago, CiviCRM is now being used by more than 10,000 nonprofits worldwide, with over 15,000 members that help to generate the software’s development, and has been translated into over 20 languages. With a modest core team of six, and its founder just winning the 2014 Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest at the 14NTC, learn how CiviCRM is helping nonprofit communities worldwide build relationships with their constituents.

5 Things Your Online Community Should be Doing

Submitted on Fri, 3/21/2014 - 11:30am
Building a community online isn’t just about you and your organization, it’s about embracing the people who share your vision, purpose, and cause outside of your immediate organization. It should establish commonality, shared identity, and culture that seeks to address and solve problems together.