Reflections on 14NTC: Technology Experimentation and the Ad Hoc Open Source Society

March 26, 2014
Technological experimentation is often costly, and most nonprofits simply don’t have the budget for it. Following his Ignite presentation at the 14NTC, Craig Sinclair reflects on the ad hoc open source society that formed, and open venues start experimenting.

Reflections on Drupal Day: Creating a One-Size-Fits-All Day for Nonprofit Professionals and Technologists

March 26, 2014
How do you create a one-size-fits-all day for a large group of people, both nonprofit professionals and technologists, with a wide range of technical competency levels? I spent the last four months preparing for Drupal Day, a Drupal-centric, day-long workshop that ThinkShout coordinates as part of NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). Here are my key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal.

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

March 26, 2014
In February 2014, groups of artists and tech-savvy folks staged what called they called a “feminist intervention” to Wikipedia. The idea that technology is not neutral is a heavy one. Though the whole point of open source technology is that it’s made stronger and better through collaboration, actually figuring out how to use the technology is not an equal playing field.

Building a Supportive Environment for Your Online Community

March 26, 2014
Building community is a sentiment that is bandied about a lot these days. Whether it is meant as an attempt to create a supportive environment where you live or mimic the same type of vision in an online setting, the motivation seems to be the same: to gather with other folks in order to achieve a set of goals that would be impossible to do alone. So, how might we create and nurture our digital communities by incorporating the lessons we’ve learned from history, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy?

Five Nonprofit Online Communities that Inspire Action & Generate Results

March 26, 2014
Creating an online community to mobilize your supporters and further your nonprofit's mission might seem like a big task.  What to do?  Where to start?  A simple way is to look at what your peers are doing.  This article looks at five examples of what some innovative nonprofits are doing with their online communities.