It's all about the ch-ch-ch-changes.
When I started at NTEN, blogging was just a twinkle in someone's eye and practically no one had heard of del.icio.us. Now, Technorati tracks more than 70 million blogs and, well, still practically no one has heard of del.icio.us. Which just goes to show that so much has changed in the last five years in the field of nonprofit technology while some things have stayed much the same - a little bit like NTEN itself. I continue to be energized by watching our community grow by leaps and bounds as it tackles the important social, economic, and environmental issues with an ever-wider array of tools and resources.At the same time, we are still dealing with some of the very same issues we were talking about five years ago, when I joined NTEN:
> What do you need to know about technology to make it serve you, instead of the other way around?
> How does technology planning, budgeting, and implementation fit into the rest of the organization?
> With all the trends and hype, how can you tell what's real and going to last?
As the next Executive Director of NTEN, I very much look forward to tapping this amazing community to stay on top of the innovations and tackle the age-old questions. You are a remarkable group of individuals with diverse experiences, expertise, and points of view. I am privileged to work with you.
I want to thank Katrin for all the work she's done to re-energize and re-imagine NTEN. She's been an inspiration and has expanded our vision of what NTEN can and should be. Many thanks also to Lynn Labieniec, our Board Chair, for her leadership and support.
We want every one of you to have the tools, resources, and community you need to use technology to change the world. The NTEN team - Annaliese, Brett, Karl, Rob, and I - are committed to that vision and look forward to working with you to make it a reality.
As always, if you have any thoughts or questions, I look forward to hearing them. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415 397 9000.