Topic: Mobile

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Mobile Tech and Nonprofits: DIY FTW!

May 16, 2016
As technology continues to innovate, access to it becomes cheaper and broader. And along with this expansion has come the advent of do-it-yourself technology.
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Finding Opportunities in Data for LGBT Youth Experiencing Homelessness

April 14, 2016
The True Colors Fund is developing a mobile app to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness in the United States can find support wherever they go—and be themselves when they get there.

3 Lessons for Creating Video Content That Rules the Web

January 22, 2016
Distributed content is all about reaching people where they are, instead of expecting them to come to you. Gone are the days of driving people to your website to complete important calls to action, like signing up for your email list or making a donation. Increasingly, your constituents can take those actions directly from social media sites.

The Sign-up Sheet Is Dead

December 23, 2015
Could you imagine the potential of filling a room with 800 of your strongest supporters? This group of 800 people could sustain your organization (and many others!) for years. Your challenge is to activate them. What if, within 5 minutes, you had the mobile cell numbers, names, and email addresses of everyone in the audience?

Lean Data in Action: “WorkerTech” Improves Factory Conditions

October 23, 2015
Today’s global supply chain is an expansive and enigmatic network. Much uncertainty lies beneath the surface of your smartphone and favorite pair of jeans. Who made them? Where did they come from? Was the factory manufacturing this product a dream job or a place of nightmares? It is hard to know—for you the consumer, and for the company sourcing from factories across the globe.

From Storytelling to Social Change

October 20, 2015
It works like this: First, audience members point their mobile devices to our mobile web app and self-identify by category (e.g. police officer, survivor, social worker, etc.). Then, once the film begins, participants swipe up when they feel motivated to act and swipe down when they feel helpless, generating digital data that helps guide an analog discussion following the screening.

Apps to Record Police Put Power in the Public’s Hands

October 20, 2015
Everyone has the right to film the police, says the ACLU, and the civil liberties organization has launched Mobile Justice apps to record police encounters in several states. The apps involve the public in holding police accountable for their actions.

The Sign-up Sheet Is Dead

October 8, 2015

Could you imagine the potential of filling a room with 800 of your strongest supporters? This group of 800 people could sustain your organization (and many others!) for years. Your challenge is to activate them. What if, within 5 minutes, you had the mobile cell numbers, names, and email addresses of everyone in the audience?

Time to Redesign: Effective Website Planning

April 16, 2015
Let’s start with a simple question: Does your organization’s website advance your business goals and make you proud? If the answer is “yes,” congratulations— you’ve probably worked very hard to get to this point. For everyone else, particularly in the nonprofit community, the answer is frequently somewhere in between “I’m not sure” and “no.” Common constraints around time, capacity, and budget often lead to the misperception that a great site is too far out of reach.  I’d like to reject that premise.

To Build or Not Build an App: Should It Be a Question for Your Nonprofit?

January 2, 2015
If you work for a nonprofit and are thinking about building an app, you’re already on the right track in many ways: There are many “mobile first” evangelists who believe that the mobile user should be the first and main target when creating any digital experience, in spite of potential drawbacks and missed testing opportunities. Even though 58 percent of American adults own a smartphone, it is important to consider the purpose of a proposed app before building it.