News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Google Apps Webinar, Free from NTEN

Submitted by Brett on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 12:49pm

Many organizations -- including NTEN -- have made the switch to Google Apps. If you're contemplating the move, but find yourself frustrated by a lack of quality information, we've got you covered.

Join NTEN and Fig Leaf Software on Tuesday, January 15 for the FREE Product Spotlight Webinar, "Intro To Google Apps". With Google Apps, you can give your employees the next-generation communication and collaboration tools they need to manage electronic communications, share and publish information, and stay connected while on the go. And the best part is that it is all hosted by Google, so there is no hardware or software to download, install or maintain.

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Giving Challenges: Beth Kanter Turns 51

Submitted by Brett on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 3:18pm

[Ed. Note: As you probably know, the Case Foundation, together with Facebook Causes and Parade magazine, is going to award $750,000 to charity. The NTEN Blog has been running profiles on some of the participants.]

To celebrate her 51st birthday on January 11th, Beth Kanter is "...trying to get 51 people to donate $10 in 51 hours to the Sharing Foundation's America's Giving Challenge over at Global Giving."

Now, while we here at NTEN in no way believe that Beth is actually 51, we certainly support her efforts on behalf of the Sharing Foundation's Roteang Orphanage. NTEN community, you know what to do:

Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of the NPTech community and the world in general, Beth.  You rock.

Happy Birthday from Brett, Holly, Annaliese, Karl, and Anna.

Giving Challenges: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Part 2

Submitted by Brett on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 2:29pm

[Ed. Note: As you probably know, the Case Foundation, together with Facebook Causes and Parade magazine, is going to award $750,000 to charity. To help illuminate the process and generate discussion and ideas, the NTEN Connect Blog will be posting occasional updates from actual participants in the Challenges. You may want to read Ruby's first post, as well.]

Ruby Sinreich, Fellowship of Reconciliation

First, an update: My attention to Facebook recruiting fell off during the holidays and has not recovered much since. In addition, the realization that we not going to win any prizes has been demotivational. Our cause, "Peace and Justice through Nonviolence", is now up to 81 members and $235 in donations. As Beth Kanter recently pointed out, social networks are often not as effective for fundraising as they are for awareness raising.

This week, I bring you some advice for marketing your cause on Facebook, or anywhere else: Write a personal note!

Coming From NTEN, January 14-18

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 4:53pm

We hope your holidays were peaceful and that you're as excited about the possibilities of 2008 as everyone here at NTEN.

Don't forget that the Early Bird deadline for NTC 2008 registration is January 15th, just about a week away. If you're planning on attending the NTC -- and we hope you are -- be sure to save those $100 by registering soon.

It's also not too late to sign up for the NTEN Technology Leadership Series, presented by John Kenyon, kicking off this Thursday, January 10th, with "Getting the Big Picture: Intro to ICT Systems and Analysis". You can register for the full series or individual webinars.

More to the point: we have four fresh webinars coming at you next week:

The WiFi Dance Continues

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 11:39am

When Earthlink famously pulled out of its deal with San Francisco to install a city-wide wireless network, many individuals declared it the nail in the municipal wireless coffin. It's true that municipal wireless projects are getting knocked around all over the country: the Philadelphia and Minneapolis projects have also come under heavy fire. These criticisms have led lots of folks to question the whole idea of ubiquitous access.

What's more telling than all the hoopla is the fact the communities are persistent, insistent even, about developing wireless solutions. Check out the latest from San Francisco.

It may take a while, but communities will figure this out for themselves. Are you part of the discussion in your community?

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on Tech?

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 11:01am

Flickr Photo: merfamWhen you ask folks what issues matter most to them in this election, technology almost never tops the list. But there are a number of technology issues being debated in the policy arena that could profoundly change our daily lives as individuals, and as nonprofits.

Net Neutrality, copyright, and Internet surveillance are just a few of the topics politicos are addressing these days. Lucky for us, CNET compiled detailed responses from a number of the presidential candidates about where they stand. Not all candidates chose to respond, but here are the answers from those who did:

Sadly, Stewart and Colbert did not respond.

Open or Delete?

Submitted by Anna on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 10:30am
A discussion thread about email subject lines has been growing on The Progressive Exchange List, beginning with a question from Karla Capers of the Union of Concerned Scientists:

I just received this email from "Doug Bishop" asking me to make a donation to the Edwards campaign. I have used this tactic before to raise money for organizations--sending an appeal to the list from a fellow "everyday person"--but I've never changed the "from" name on the outgoing email. I worry that if the email comes from a new name that list subscribers don't recognize they'll either just delete it, or worse, report it as spam. What do others think about this tactic?

NTEN Members Round-Up: Nonprofits Getting Ready for 2008 with Online Tools

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 7:45am
The first week of 2008 has already offered up some good advice and discussion from the nonprofit technology community. NTEN members contributed by focusing on lessons learned from 2007 that can be applied in 2008.

An effort spearheaded by social media guru and lifetime NTEN member Beth Kanter offered some honest and helpful takeaways on the state of social media from Britt Bravo, Katya Andresen, and our very own Holly Ross, including:

Technology Leadership Series

Submitted by Brett on Fri, 01/04/2008 - 4:43pm

Don't miss your chance to become a technology leader in 2008. Learn how to put tools to work for your organization instead of the other way around.

We're approaching the sign-up deadline for the 7-part webinar series from NTEN designed to make your work life easier. These webinars will allow you to get more done with the same resources by giving you the information and skills you need to understand many aspects of technology.

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CTC VISTA Project Ready to Match Nonprofit Orgs

Submitted by Brett on Fri, 01/04/2008 - 3:26pm

The CTC VISTA Project is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that would like to receive a CTC VISTA volunteer for Summer 2008. 

If you don't know about CTC VISTA, you should: "The CTC VISTA Project is a non-monetary foundation that helps match highly qualified AmeriCorps*VISTA candidates with organizations that use, or would like to use better, information and communications technologies." Here at NTEN, we liked our VISTA volunteer (Karl) so much, we hired him full time.

The deadline to apply is February 22nd.  You can find the application guidelines and eligibility requirements at: