News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Looking for a Tech Savvy Volunteer?

Submitted by Bonnie on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 4:02pm

Then apply for a CTC VISTA and hurry - the deadline to complete the first phase of the application process is this Friday.

CTC VISTAs can be placed with any nonprofit that uses technology to address the needs of low-income communities. Special consideration is given to organizations that work in community networking, technology assistance, digital media, and community organizing projects. And if you're an NTEN member, you'll get top priority for volunteer placement.

We can highly recommend the CTC VISTA project - we love our VISTA Karl!

You can find more information about the project and the application process online.

If your organization is not an NTEN member and you want priority placement, become a member today.

Questions We Should Be Asking

Submitted by Visitor on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 9:23am

I had a great time at NTC - it was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. But I was struck by how much the same the problems are that nonprofits continue to face. I think perhaps we need to ask some deeper questions.

From the stories I've heard this week, small and medium-sized nonprofits still don't have in-house technology expertise to make evaluations about what directions to go in. They struggle mightily with software, no matter whether it's free/open source or proprietary, shrink-wrapped or custom-built, on their desktops or web-hosted. The technology has gotten more sophisticated - but the problems many nonprofits are facing are exactly the same.

NTC Blogging Roundup

Submitted by Sonny Cloward on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 1:54pm
"The old forms are in ruins. The benumbed world is shaken up, the old human spirit is invalidated and in flux towards a new form."

Over the weekend, I went to the Corcoran Museum in DC and found this quote by the founder of the Bauhaus Movement in architecture, Walter Gropius. I think it beautifully captures the spirit of this year's NTC. The nonprofit technology community is in flux towards a new form: becoming more accessible and inviting; having constructive and higher level conversations; celebrating our work; expanding the networks; flushing out the buzz from the bullet-proof; pushing and challenging technology assumptions and our business processes; and having a lot of fun while were at it. I was told by a Silicon Valley old skooler who attended for the first time that the NTC wasn't just a good nonprofit conference, but a great technology conference...period.

Fantasticness in the Nonprofit Technology Community

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 9:50pm

The amazing Beth Kanter has won the inaugural NTEN Prize for being a fantastic and amazing member of the nonprofit technology community. We are awarding this prize to the community member who has made extraordinary contributions to nonprofit technology - with generosity, with spirit, with wisdom and with passion.

Nedra puts it this way: "Congrats to Beth Kanter who received the Fantasticness Award at the Nonprofit Technology Conference. She's the hardest working gal in blog and roll, and I think she's fantastic not just for the sheer volume of content-packed blog posts she puts out, but also for her willingness to help us learn along with her as she explores the cutting edge of social media. You deserve it, Beth!"

We could not agree more and award the NTEN Prize for NPTech Fantasticness to Beth Kanter. Since she was not in the room when the prize was announced (as the Oscars, it is a secret until the last minute), her lifetime flickr and Typead accounts as a token of appreciation, and the NTEN Prize, an ebony wand for the 'magic touch' and amazingness in the NTEN community, will be given to her in a separate ceremony.

The NTEN Prize: An Ebony Wand



Get Your Copy of the Journal of Information Technology in Social Change

Submitted by Bonnie on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 8:14am

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Information Technology in Social Change, a quarterly, peer-reviewed, and theme-based journal is now available, and NTC attendees get a free copy! This issue features articles on ICT in the global south, lessons learned reporting in humanitarian work, the challenge of data integration, and other topics, and has more than 100 annotated resources from the Nonprofit Online News.

If you're at the NTC, order a copy now. And come by the session "Insights from the Journal of Information Technology in Social Change" today at 3:30 pm in the Calvert room to find out more.

The journal is published by The Gilbert Center and was put together in collaboration with NTEN.

Flickr Photos of the NTC

Submitted by Bonnie on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 7:13am

People are taking some great photos of the conference. Here are a few from Becky Granger, Beth Kanter, and Johnny, and you can check more out on Flickr.

And if you're taking photos, tag 'em 07ntc and post them on Flickr so we can find them.


Giving Some Tech Help to Few Good Causes

Submitted by Ali on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 5:57am
They don’t call them ‘geeks for good’ for nothing. On Wednesday more than 80 NTC attendees participated in the annual Nonprofit Technology Day of Service, donating their services and time valued at over $50,000.

Conference attendees hooked up with local volunteers to help out 34 local nonprofits, including the Center for Community Change, the Genocide Intervention Network, National Student Partnerships, and Wilderness Technology Alliance.

Joho the Buttkicker: David Weinberger

Submitted by Sonny Cloward on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 1:05pm

David Weinberger was one of the first bloggers I started reading. Unknowingly, he became a mentor for me. When I jumped on the blogging bandwagon to create a nonprofit technology resource, he showed me that an authentic personal voice was the most powerful conduit to convey ideas and information – creating sticky content that strikes a balance between the formal and informal.

Formally kicking off the NTC, David's presentation and speech struck that perfect balance he does so well on his blog Joho the Blog. Funny, insightful, academic, and down to earth, David led us through the evolution - and impact of that evolution – of content, ideas and organization from the physical (e.g. libraries, Encyclopedia Britannica, newspapers) to the digital (Amazon, Wikipedia, blogs).

Internet back up!

Submitted by Bonnie on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 12:00pm

Yay! After six hours without any Internet at all, we're back online. It was a rough few hours there - no computers to demo programs and work, and no email or blogging. But we made it, and hopefully (fingers crossed) we'll stay online through the rest of the conference.

We'll be catching up on our blogging throughout the night so stay tuned.

Mapping the NTEN Network

Submitted by Bonnie on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 3:17pm

NTEN member Michael Gilbert has created a very interesting map of NTEN's online connections. It's a great look at how we fit in with other organizations in nonprofit technology, and how we connect to each other online. Check out Michael's site for a explanation of how he made the map.