News from the NTEN Connect Blog

When Web 2.0 meets Web 1.0

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 3:18pm
Business 2.0TechCrunch reports that Business 2.0 magazine lost its entire June magazine just two weeks before it was to go to print. Why? The issue was accidentally deleted from the editorial server and the backup system wasn't working. As usual, Old School technology proves its importance in a world obsessed with the new.

Technology for Good: NTEN on ABC

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 8:09am
Katrin VerclasNTEN's very own Executive Director, Katrin Verclas, filmed a short spot with ABC a few weeks ago addressing how nonprofits are making use of some cool technologies to further their missions.  Check out the Video Clip!

You are a media mogul...and you didn't even know it!

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 9:50am
SplashCast LogoThe folks at SplasCast Media have released a new feature today - MyPodcastNetwork. It's a nice little widget that allows you to aggregate feeds from all the podcasts you like, and make them available in one place. Marshall Kirkpatrick, who's been a fantastic NTEN community member created the very first Network on the service, and it's full of nptech content. Thanks Marshall! You can check out the announcement yourself, and see how it works here:

Global Giving Film Fest

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 2:50pm

Global Giving LogoNTEN community members Global Giving are having a video contest of their own. So - Watch. Vote. Give.

Are you interested in being a part of global change at the local level? Have you ever wanted to use art to communicate something really meaningful to you? The GlobalGiving FilmFest: Watch, Vote, Give is the perfect opportunity to bring to life the story of a high-impact, grassroots project. The projects will provide the footage, you provide the creativity.

People around the world are changing lives every day through their community-focused health, environmental and human rights projects. We need to share these stories and get them the support they need to continue their work. Sign up to be a film-maker now at

Project footage will be available May 3rd (sign up now, and we’ll send you an email when it’s live). Video submissions will be voted on by the general public – the top three voted film-makers will receive prizes.


The Latest Communication Strategy - Diversification

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 12:15pm

Jason Zanon, Democracy in Action
Republished With Permission at

Almost any thematic takeaway for the NTC would be a plausible one, simply because there were just so many different ways to look into the kaleidoscope. My personal version of the theme -- having hit sessions on screencasting, mobile, and radio both online and off -- was multi-channel engagement. It feels to me that the sector is straining against this membrane, looking for the next ah-ha moment, the next breakout into open country. Can we get Internet everywhere? Can we mate it with television, telephones, voice, thought, shoe leather? Can the multiplying tools and gizmos combine and connect? Can it get from niftiness and even effectiveness to really game-changing?

We catch glimmers. A citizen video flips control of the Senate -- hybridized data sets present the occasional but isolated dazzling perspective -- rumors circulate of flash mobs on distant shores. The Twitter froth, I suspect, emerges fundamentally from its hint of gathering blogging, texting and social networking into a bridge tenuously connecting meatspace and cyberspace identities.

The Merging of Technology and Marketing

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 12:13pm

Marc Sirkin, The International Rescue Committee
Republished with Permission from npMarketing Blog

I’m finally recovered from a solid NTEN experience, my first ever. I will leave most of the commentary, notes, and reflections to the great round up on the NTEN blog and will instead talk about something that is happening to our industry (or may have already happened): marketing and technology are merging into one beast.

What was evident from the lack of marketing people in attendance (or so it seemed to me!) is that marketing folks either don’t see how important this is, or have their heads in the sand. Why?

One reason could certainly be how the conference positions itself (The Nonprofit Technology Conference or NTC) certainly could throw a marketer off. What marketer would possibly want to sit around with geeks all day talking about code and open-source software? A smart marketer would, that’s who. The reason a smart marketer should attend these types of conferences is simple – but understated. While technology should never drive strategy, it most certainly does enable strategy.

Show Your Story With Maps

Submitted by Ali on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 12:12pm

Ali Levine, NTEN Special Projects Fellow

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful communications strategies, but many nonprofits become so focused on providing facts, figures, and statistics that our communications and marketing becomes dry and tedious. We forget that what we really need to do to get people excited about our cause is to start with a compelling story. One session (materials here) at the NTC focused on the art of storytelling and how to do it well. Although many of the same rules apply, not all storytelling techniques are in a text-driven, once-upon-a-time format.

For example, there is something about maps that makes sense to the human brain. A good map has the power to get across a huge amount of information in just a few seconds, quickly and effortlessly giving a sense of scope and context. Interactive maps create a visual story and give an easily accessible starting place from which users can explore at their own pace based on their own interests. Many nonprofits have caught on and are telling their stories with online mapping tools like Google Earth.

This I Change Series

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 12:10pm

In the This I Change series recorded at the NTC, we asked nonprofit techies to tell us what inspires them to do the work they do. They had some great explanations of what drives their work and how technology helps them advance causes.

Jeff Slobotski, United eWay

“Being able to give back to the community through technology and using technology to change for greater good.”

Phoebe Lee, United Nations Foundation

“Ability to share my passion for issues with a lot of other people.”


Ryan Ozinek, PICnet

“Help the organizations we work with and make them utilize the tools they have and inspire change.”

You can find out what inspires other nonprofit technies by watching video interviews and listening to podcasts in the This I Change series at

Community Buzz

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 8:30am

News and buzz from people and organizations in the nonprofit tech sector.

And the Prize Goes to...

Beth Kanter! Beth is the winner of the very first NTEN award, given for fantasticness in the nonprofit technology community. Congratulations Beth, and thanks for all that you do! You can read what one of Beth’s colleagues has to say about her and watch two video interviews to find out what inspires her.

Journal of Information Technology In Social Change Available

The first issue of this peer reviewed journal has been released and is full of great articles on ICT in the global south, lessons learned reporting in humanitarian work, the challenge of data integration, and more. You can order a copy here.

Take the Stockholm Challenge

If you’re involved in a project that uses technology in innovative ways to advance human development and bring about social change, apply for the 2008 Stockholm Challenge Award.

New Version of Ubuntu System

Congratulations to our colleagues at Canonical who have just released Ubuntu 7.0.4, a new version of the free Linux operating system. Rumor has it Michael Dell (yes, from Dell) is even testing it out.

Votes Are In for NetSquared's Featured Projects

The competition was tough, but NetSquared selected 21 outstanding nonprofit technology projects to honor and help bring to the next level. Go on over and see the amazing work your colleagues are doing. There has been some controversy about the voting and there is a lively discussion about it over at the Netsquared blog and in the NPTech Pipe.

Know of something happening the community that we missed? Post it in the comments.

Things We Like

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 8:19am

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources.

1.’s powerful video calling for you to help “Stop the Clash of Civilizations,” and winner for the NTC Video Contest!

2. Friends for Peace’s photo booth at the NTC and its photostream on Flickr. NTEN for Peace!

3. Gavin Clabaugh’s sonnet recited at the Community Celebration at the NTC, and his subsequent haiku posted on his blog. Gavin is also a winner of an NTEN Lifetime Achievement Award.

Want to recommend something you like to the community? Post it in the comments.