News from the NTEN Connect Blog

If You Listen, a T-Shirt Will Come

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 8:19am

Congratulations to Ashley Messick!

Yesterday, we kicked off our month-long We Are Media Festival of Tools with a conversation about how to monitor the conversation. Many of you added your favorite tools for eavesdropping on the interwebs to learn more about what people are saying about your organization and your issues. We're also hoping to learn why you use those tools, and how you use them.

Ashley Messick shared her two cents yesterday, and now she's the proud owner of a We Are Media T-Shirt (designed by our own Brett Meyer). Share your thoughts on monitoring the conversation or today's topic, RSS Readers, and you could get a T-Shirt too!

Fundraising, Online Marketing, Tracking Your Impact: Tools You Can Use at Your Nonprofit

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 8:01am

Flickr Credit: I Are RowellFlickr Credit: I Are Rowell You probably think about fundraising year-round, but let's face it: there's something about this time of year that revs up the intensity around organizational fundraising and impact.

Whether you're looking at your annual budget compared to the actuals, planning for the programs you'd like to add next year, tracking your success, or putting together a report of how donations helped your impact, you're probably crunching numbers and planning campaigns right now.

This month's Show & Tell session might give you some ideas and options for making the campaigns, donor management, and analysis of impact a little easier -- and your work more effective.

> Free Session - Sign Up Today!

We Are Media Toolbox: RSS Readers

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 7:10am

Welcome to Day 2 of the We Are Media Toolbox extravaganza! Today's topic: RSS readers.

There's so much more information out there than we can competently digest, one of the skills we need to master in this new age is information management. Enter RSS readers. One of the first people I remember hearing talk about RSS and readers in the nonprofit space was Marnie Webb. I'm glad I heard her, because I would be lost without my reader!

We Are Media Toolbox: How Do You Monitor the Conversations?

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 12:09pm

It's We Are Media toolbox time!

Most of the time, when we talk about social media, we have to be careful to temper our enthusiasm. Social media has to have context. You have to have a plan-- and an awareness that it's not for eveyone or every situation.

But sometimes, dontcha just wanna talk about how much fun it is?

Meet the Author, Read the Book, Mobilize Generation 2.0

Submitted by Anna on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 4:38pm

Another Meet the Author session is right around the corner!

On October 23rd, we'll have the pleasure of hosting Ben Rigby, author of Mobilizing Generation 2.0: A Practical Guide to Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Recruit, Organize, and Engage Youth for a phone call and online chat. We'll talk about this incredible guide for nonprofits, political campaigns, and other organizers who want to use new media tools effectively.

> Sign up for Meet the Author: Ben Rigby

Check out what a few folks have been saying about the book:

How To Video Videos

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 1:05pm

We had a 501 Tech Club meeting here in Portland this week, where we spent a lot of time talking about video. It seems some groups are really starting to get interested in all of the ways they can use video to tell their stories and inspire action. One performance group was interested in live-streaming their performances. Another wanted to get their event fundraising teams to take video of their experiences as they prepared for the big event.

NetWits Wrap Up

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 3:07pm

I finally gave a presentation in my own back yard! The fine folks at Blackbaud were in town to run NetWits Live, and they were nice enough to let me yammer at their guests for a while.

As usual, the people in the session were more interesting than anything I had to say, and we had some great conversations, especially around metrics. Several folks asked me to share some resources, so I figured I'd throw them up here in case anyone else might find them useful.

We Are Media Toolbox: The Buzz Begins Next Week

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 12:29pm

You've seen the tweets. You want the shirt. Now's your chance!

Keep your eyes peeled next week, because all month long, we're going to "fondle the hammer!" We'll be talking about social media tools just for the sake of how cool they are. (Because let's face it, they are wicked fun.)

Every day, we'll ask you to share the tools you use to listen, share, and build community. All we need you to do is tell us what tools you use, and why you love them.

You'll get two great rewards:

  • First, you'll get the satisfaction of helping to build a curriculum that will help other nonprofits learn how to use social media effectively.
  • AND, you'll get the shirt. (You know you want one!)


Podcasting with Big Duck

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 11:38am

A short while back, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the fine folks at Big Duck about the We Are Media project. I've never been interviewed for a podcast before, and I have to say, it was a lot of fun! Though I can't stand the sound of my own voice being played back -- which is funny given how much I talk! -- I am very much looking forward to hearing it, so I can compare the process of recording the podcast with the final product.

When it was all said and done, I asked Sarah Durham from Big Duck if she wouldn't mind sharing a little bit about her podcast and the process. She was kind enough to answer:

Affinity Groups: What Do Penguins Use for Project Management?

Submitted by Anna on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 10:57am

Flickr Photo: Snow_girlFlickr Photo: Snow_girlI feel it's cliche to say that Fall is in the air, but it definitely is. I feel it on my morning bike commute: the chill, dodging children on their way to school, and the generally increased sense of hustle and bustle that continues into the work day. The Affinity Groups were no exception this past week, with lots of advice coming in and big announcements being made.

Take a read through these highlights, then go sign up for the NTEN Discuss email list (or one of the many other Affinity Groups that might suit you).