March 25, 2015

Things We Like (March 2015)

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.

  1. We start off Things We Like by suggesting what you’ll be doing on April 29th: attending the 5th Women Who Tech TeleSummit program.
  2. Whether you attended 2015 SXSW Interactive or not, here is a brilliant round-up by Joleen Ong and Amy Sample Ward.
  3. Amy Sample Ward was also one of 16 nonprofit experts to round up innovative fundraising trends in this new era of philanthropy.
  4. Here’s an innovative trend we’d love to see in a new era of fashion: making textiles from bananas and pineapples. Who needs cotton?
  5. Who needs live actors to make a Jurassic Park movie? Here’s a DIY lego version of the cinematic classic. Watch out for the T-Rex, lego people!
  6. Beware the trolls with this comprehensive DIY guide to feminist cybersecurity.
  7. There are trolls without, but also heed the troll within and tame it with this guide to less complaining. Consider it a terms of service agreement for less office griping.
  8. Did that whet your whistle for reading terms of service agreements? How about this graphic novel version on big data by Al Jazeera America?
  9. All the big and all the technological advances in the world, and yet we still haven’t found a way to know when the coffeepot is empty. This thought and more—including the brilliant new term, “squanchiness”— in this thoughtful post about Google’s Women TechMakers Summit.
  10. We’re feeling pretty squanchy, ourselves, about this big news on the voting enfranchisement front: Oregon recently passed its New Motor Voter bill into law. Huzzah!
  11. Meanwhile, it’s shameful that voting for a more equitable Unicode isn’t as easy as voting in Oregon is now. Boo! “Full membership [in the Unicode Consortium] and voting rights cost $18,000 (and tellingly, all prices are listed in USD only),” as written in this great piece, “I Can Text You A Pile of Poo, But I Can’t Write My Name.”
  12. The Unicode Consortium could stand to learn a thing or three from Upwell’s unique model of “community management,” because it’s the future.
  13. Prepare for the emerging demographic and the future of business with NTEN Board Member Maddie Grant’s newly released book, “When Millenials Take Over.”
  14. Kimbia, a crowdfunding event platform, recently released its “Crowdfunding Donor Demographics Report.” Perhaps now you never need to fundraise alone?
  15. Thanks to the recently released Nyan Nyan Nouveau, now you never need to drink alone because there’s wine for cats. It’s good to have a buddy.
  16. This guy’s weasel buddy, Ozzy, says “no gaming.
Steph Routh
Steph is Content Manager at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. She has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on organizational development, communications, fundraising, and program planning. Steph served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks for five years prior to joining NTEN. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. And she feels lucky every day she is at NTEN, with a Community that does exactly that. Outside the NTEN office, Steph is the Mayor of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.