News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Social Networks Redux: It's Facebook, Baby

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 8:06am

So I did a little Alexa sleuthing (yeah, yeah, Alexa is not definitive but nonetheless interesting) about 'social networks for good' for our next newsletter which will focus all on "communities for a cause." That with the NTC coming up - our own little 'community for change', of course - for ultimate bonding. Call is cross-marketing...

The picture is rather fascinating, comparing some of the more well-known sites Facebook, the overhauled Ning, MySpace, Idealist, and the new Change.org.

Seeking "Tech for Good" Stories for ABC News

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 7:28am
I am seeking some very good stories from YOU for a piece on ABC News/vcast TODAY that will feature "technology for good' or how nonprofits are using tech to make the world a better place. Here is what I am looking for:

Nonprofits are getting more and more savvy in using tech - and deploying techies who are doing good in the world. In April, more than 1,000 of these "Techies for Good" are coming to Washington DC.

Grantmaking in a Web 2.0 World

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 5:10am

Is the web -- many small pieces loosely joined - making old grantmaking practices in advocacy and democratic engagement obsolete? What does grantmaking in an interactive world look like? The rise of collective knowledge, organizing networks, and the transparency that millions of eyes and voices generate is changing politics (remember Macaca?), economic paradigms, how corporations conduct business, and yet has made precious few inroads into how we, as a third sector, operate -- and that is especially true for funders.

In a world more connected than ever, we are already seeing the next big social transformation - as messy and as iterative and lose as all the movements in history, with strong and persuasive visions but at best highly informal plans. 'Social change' in a connected world is based on an entirely different paradigm than that of the 'strategic plan' and clear 'year-end metrics' that funders demand. In a highly fluid, networked, and iterative world, funding by 'blueprint' becomes meaningless. Read more.

Happy Women's Day!

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 2:03pm

Happy International Women's Day! As women in tech, Holly and I toasted each other with great coffee -- and all of you other techno babes. We are hailing from Portland where we have a brandnew office (see photos from the trusty Macbook Pro of our view!). We are getting pings from all over the country from our women colleagues in tech - Usha, Beth, Joyce, Michelle -- saluting you all in the NTEN community! Special greetings to our board chair (yep, an extraordinary woman) Lynn Labieniec from Beaconfire.

Around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements for women.

Last Call for Entries for the NTC Video Contest

Submitted by Bonnie on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 7:39am
Go ahead, and put the final touches on your entries for the NTC Video Contest! All submissions are due by midnight on Sunday, March 11.

Do you have videos on YouTube or other video hosting sites that urge people to take action for social change? Submit them now to enter the video contest. Have you been pondering an idea for a short video that will advance a cause you support? Here’s your chance to bring it to a larger audience. Finalist videos will be aired at the Nonprofit Technology Conference and the grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2008 NTC in New Orleans! Find out more about the NTC Video Contest and how you can participate.

Netsquared Technology Innovation Fund

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 9:03pm

NTEN is supporting Netsquared's Technology Innovation Awards, and I would like to encourage all of the NTEN community to take part. More than 100,000 is on the table for selected projects as part of the second Netsquared gathering.

See the guidelines, whether you are eligible, and important deadlines. To nominate a project, go here. Projects are voted on by the community and 20 featured finalists be be flown out to the next Netsquared gathering in May. Both nonprofit and for-profit ventures can apply. Good luck!

Disclosure: I am a project advisor to Netsquared's Innovation Fund.

More books on Nonprofit Technology - New Collection of Research by NTEN members

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 8:46am

The line-up of books focused on nonprofit tech continues (and all of our NTEN authors will be at the NTC, ready to sign and read!) with a NEW one that I was part of at the very beginning a few years back:

Nonprofit Technology: Emerging Research for Usable Knowledge by Michael Cortess and Kevin Rafter are the editors;both are at the University of San Francisco.

United Way/United eWay is Premier Sponsor of NTC

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Mon, 02/26/2007 - 1:32pm
We are pleased that United Way/United eWay is joining NTEN in producing the 2007 Nonprofit Technology Conference. We are especially thrilled to have United eWay and the United Way as our premier nonprofit partners on board. You can read the press release here, and if you have not registered yet for the 2007 NTC, please do so here - register in the next three days to save on registration!

Municipal Wireless and Why Nonprofits Should Care

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 12:00pm

"Muni wifi projects are popping up all over the country. Big cities and small towns alike are providing free or low-cost access to the Internet. We asked what this mean for nonprofit organizations. Can they play a role in shaping a city or town’s wireless program? How do nonprofit organizations ensure that there are relevant resources for their communities of interest? And how can nonprofit organizations best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that wireless access offers for the delivery of programs and services?"

NTEN's Special Projects Fellow Ali Levine summarizes in a two-part report on nonprofit's role in muni wireless programs about how to get involved in the planning and implementation of these programs, and describes how nonprofits can creatively use the potential of ubiquitous wireless for their programs and services.

The On-Demand Nonprofit

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 02/22/2007 - 9:57am
The announcement of Google to offer Google Premier Apps, a suite of on-demand Google services such as its calendar, email, IM, VOIP, docs and spreadsheets bundled for $50/year. A free version targeted at educational institutions — Google Apps Education Edition — offers the same features as the premier edition except for the storage size. There is also the free Google Apps Standard Edition with less features.

This is not only starting to seriously compete with Microsoft but has the potential to tip the way we all operate. Salesforce.com's success and growing adoption by the nonprofit market is already showing that the on-demand nonprofit working in a hosted environment for critical business functions is here to stay. This true especially for office productivity, communications, and other core functions, such as CRM.