Things We Like (February 2013)

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies.

  1. With the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference coming right up, this might be a good time to think about what you’re going to pack. Could you leave your laptop at home? Be honest, now.
  2. If you can stop working for a few minutes, it may be for the best. More and more research demonstrates the need to take breaks, be those short naps or long vacations. Apparently, humans operate on 90-minute cycles and work best in bursts of focused effort – something our eventual robotic overlords will need to take into account before they turn us into batteries.
  3. Speaking of sleep mode, Airbnb put more thought into their annual report than some companies put into their products. But then, who wouldn’t want an 8-foot wide, 900 pound iPod dock? Yep, we’re pretty sure that’s a sign.
  4. But you can get a jump on the robopacalypse! If you’ve always wanted to be in two places at once, Double Robotics will turn your iPad into a convenient way to creep out your co-workers.
  5. Thank goodness for altruists, then. NTEN’s own Amy Sample Ward co-authored a book with longtime NTEN Member Allyson Kapin. No surprise that it’s about how technology can help you change the world. It’s kind of our thing.
  6. Yes, it’s up to all of us to use technology to create more social change and not just more toys. Our new workbook, “Getting Started with Data-Driven Decision Making“, created with our friends at Idealware, will help you navigate the waters.
  7. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of NTEN: Do you have what it takes to be… NTEN’s next CEO? [Ed. note: our apologies, some of us have been watching too much FoodTV.]
  8. While a love of Star Wars isn’t required, it would certainly help. But then, who wouldn’t love an analysis of how the Empire actually lost the battle of Hoth. Pure geeky goodness!
  9. Data can be used to organize cat videos, too. With so much awesomeness in the world, we’re thrilled to have you on our side. Thank you for caring.