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Top 10 NTC Speakers

Submitted by Anna on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 10:48am

All of the speakers at the 2008 NTC were phenomenal and we are grateful for all their hard work in making this NTC the best rated one in our history. Thanks to all of you who took the time to complete a session survey.

> View the Top 10 NTC Speaker Survey Results

The top ranked speakers were (Click on the links to go to Session Materials):

1. Teresa Crawford -- The Virtual Nonprofit: When a Café Can Be an Office

2. Katya Andresen -- The Seven Things Everyone Wants: What Freud and Buddha Understood

3. William Lester -- The Virtual Nonprofit: When a Café Can Be an Office

4. Tuba Coskun -- The Virtual Nonprofit: When a Café Can Be an Office

5. Mark Rovner -- The Seven Things Everyone Wants: What Freud and Buddha Understood

6. Dahna Goldstein -- The Virtual Nonprofit: When a Café Can Be an Office

7. Brian Reich -- Media Rocks!

8. Beth Kanter -- The Next Latest Thing: The Future of Nonprofits in Technology

9. Eric Leland -- So You Want to Be a Consultant

10. Dahna Goldstein -- Roundtable: How I Solved My Data Integration Problem (No materials provded as of yet.)

Check out the following links for more NTC results and resources:


Are You a Busy Peep? Check out TwitLinks!

Submitted by Anna on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 2:50pm

Just learned about the new (dare I say adorable) Twitter mashup Twitlinks from Richard MacManus's post on Read Write Web.

Twitlinks can be defined in two simple steps:

  • Tech People Talk about Cool Stuff
  • TwitLinks Makes It Look Nice

You can subscribe to the RSS Feed (also available as JSON, iPhone, and Google Gadget), eliminating the need to follow all these tech industry folks individually, and receive fast bits of the latest technology buzz.

As Gary Brewer, creator of TwitLinks, told ReadWriteWeb:

" well as drawing links from the latest tech blogs, it also highlights some of the quirkier links these users post that would never see the light of day on sites such as techmeme."

It's Easy to Raise Money for a Favorite Cause - So How Do You Tell Your Supporters?

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 9:48am

I came across a blog post today that made me smile (and not just because of great vocabulary used across the Pond). It's a simple and straight-forward example of how easy it is for someone to use free, fast, online tools to raise money for his or her favorite cause. Here's an excerpt:

"I've just had a rather intense week of trying to use social media to raise funds and by and large succeeding. Inevitably this story involves blogging and tweeting and people I don't know very well being incredibly generous...."

David Harte, Digital Central project manager at Birmingham City University and contributor to the Birmingham Post's Business Blog, decided to try a spur-of-the-moment fundraising campaign one week before he ran in the London Marathon. He didn't have to raise money for a charity, but he decided he wanted to try to help his favorite, St. Mary's Hospice. His goal was £495, and he ended up raising over £300 (and he's still raising money for his cause online).

2008 NTC Session Materials and Evaluations Now Available!

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 2:49pm

We've gathered the 2008 session materials provided to us by the presenters and posted them for your perusal.  Instead of last year's method, we've linked to them from the NTC session pages themselves, which you can sort by session, presenter, and track.  There will be links to all available materials under the session's description.

We think this should make it easier for you to find what you want, but please let us know, in comments, below.

> View 2008 NTC Session Materials 

The results of our session evaluations are also available, linked to from the main NTC pages.  C'mon -- you know you're curious. + Google = Improved Productivity

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 1:39pm and Google announced a new level of integration today.  At first blush, a few things stand out:

  • If you're already a user of Google Apps and, installation is a breeze.  We configured the framework, then added Google Docs integration in roughly 2 minutes, 17 seconds.  (Yes, we counted.)  Now we can access Google Docs, and attach them to records, from within Salesforce.
  • The star of the show may be Gmail integration.  With two clicks, you can now attach messages sent from Gmail -- or even chats from Google Talk -- to a Salesforce record, where it is stored under Communication History.  This means that everybody in your organization will be able to access every email sent to a particular contact, without annoying CC::ed trails or desperate attempts to remember which keyword might bring a particular message from your 3 GB email archive to the top of your search results.  Nice!
  • Events from within Salesforce can be viewed in Google Calendar, giving you a timeline view of your workflow.
  • The demo people at Salesforce have pretty cool jobs.  Check out their 3-D demo:

A Reboot for Democracy

Submitted by Anna on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 9:40am

When the Framers met in Philadelphia in 1787, they bravely conjured a new form of self-government. But they couldn’t have imagined a mass society with instantaneous, many-to-many communications or many of the other innovations of modernity. So, replacing that quill pen with a mouse, imagine that you have to power to redesign American democracy for the Internet Age. What would you do?

This is the challenge posed by Personal Democracy Forum for its new book project, Rebooting America: Democracy in the 21st Century. It is an anthology of essays from leading thinkers and activists -- check out the impressive list here -- that they will publish to coincide with this year's Personal Democracy Forum conference, June 23-24 in New York City. Folks from the NTEN community are featured in this list, including Alan Rosenblatt, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Craig Newmark,, Nancy Tate, League of Women Voters, Ellen Miller, Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation, and Robert Sherman, Surdna Foundation.

The best part is that they are inviting their readers to submit essays answering how to make America better, stronger, more inclusive, and participatory, and to vote on their favorite essays. Up to three winning essays will be included in the anthology.

Are You Paid What You're Worth? Nonprofit vs. Forprofit Salaries

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 9:42am

Are you paid what you're worth?

It's an interesting question. I think most of us in the nonprofit sector -- especially on the tech side of things -- know that it wouldn't be too hard to walk out the door and find a higher paying job. But does that mean you aren't being paid what you're worth?

Last week, we had an interesting exchange on the NTEN Discuss list about this and other salary related questions. It  began with a simple ask (paraphrasing here): "My boss wants to pay a network admin $40k a year. That's not reasonable, is it?" This led to a discussion about what tech staff make in nonprofits vs. for profits.

The answer is, as far as I can surmise, about 25-30% less.

Hot or Not? Rank Your CMS Vendor

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 04/08/2008 - 7:10am

Flickr Photo: Vin Crosbie

The survey is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated.  We should have the final report out in June 2008. 

If you've ever used a Content Management System, we want you to share your opinion.

Building on the success of our 2007 CRM Satisfaction Survey, NTEN is gathering information from the NPTech community about CMS providers. Tell us what you love -- and what frustrates, irks, and just generally annoys you -- and we'll compile the results into a handy report.

> Rate your CMS today!

This short survey will deliver both quantitative and qualitative results to you. The more people who participate, the better the results will be, so please take just a few minutes to share your experiences. And since the results will be valuable to the nonprofit community as a whole, we're pretty sure taking the survey counts as work.

Survey responses are anonymous. Survey respondents will receive a complete copy of the results, when available.

> Rate your CMS today!

If you have any questions, please send me an email:

NTEN Member Online Round-Up: Resources, Reflections, and Announcements

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 8:06am

LOLnptechNTEN members were sharing lots of great tips, checklists, and resources online last week.

Colin Delany, of e.politics, shared his Social Marketing "cheat sheet" for using Web2.0 tools for engagement and fundraising purposes.

If you're a do-it-yourself kind of nonprofit when it comes to designing your web site, you might want to check out Kivi Leroux Miller's "10-Point Basic Website Checklist for Nonprofits".

For anyone plagued by email delivery statistics (or curious about what your organization should be considering when it comes to email messaging), take a look at NTEN member and NTC speaker Bill Pease's helpful tips.

Marnie Webb provides a couple of posts about integrating Twitter into your communications practice: first, she brings Twitter into the virtual tool chest she's building for her readers, then shares a list of Twitter resources that can help you maximize your Twitter-effectiveness.

Speaking of Twitter, Rose Vines is the back-channeling star of the NTEN community. Fortunately for us, she shares her tips for using Twitter for good (documenting and sharing).

In other news, NTEN members are . . .

Boston Joins the Wirleless Revolution, Modestly

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 10:57am

Flickr Photo: pfhyperMunicipal wireless became a dirty word a few months back. The stories out of San Francisco and Philadelphia were salacious, making the idea of wireless Internet access seem like a pipe dream.

The truth of the matter is that many towns have made it work, and many large cities are still committed to bringing the Internet to ALL their citizens, affordably. Look at Boston. Why haven't you heard about the Boston municipal wireless initiative before now? Probably because they are taking the slow and steady approach. This week, they had their first victory, getting a one square mile patch of the city covered.

With the ashes of so many municipal wireless contracts swirling around us, what makes places like Minneapolis and Boston (and the still viable Philadelphia plan) work? The answer in the case of Minneapolis and Boston is community ownership.