Topic: Mobile

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.

Top 10 Tips for How You Can Mobilize with Mobile

December 15, 2014
Who isn't interested in doing a great job maximizing mobile for diverse demographics? It’s important! It’s still not easy reaching around the world, but we’ve taken a whack at it in 2014 and want to share some successes and lessons learned.

Empowering Communities in Land Use Development Projects

November 17, 2014
Through utilizing mobile engagement tools, consulting firms are now making it easier for community members to get involved.

Mobile Fundraising: Why aren’t we there yet?

August 12, 2014
Your mobile phone is probably within arm’s reach right now. And it’s probably on. Like everyone else on the planet, you probably use your phone to go online, make reservations, listen to music, take pictures, refer to maps, access social networks, text, and occasionally even make a phone call. Mobile devices are fast becoming our all-purpose, constant companions. So why isn’t money pouring into nonprofits through mobile phones?

Work-Life Balance Tool: Intentional Airplane Mode

August 11, 2014
I love being on planes because my beloved cell phone gets turned completely off, or put into “airplane mode.” I am rarely more than a foot away from my phone, so there’s something about airplane mode that I find liberating—not “having” to respond to anyone or anything. With my phone off, I can’t obsessively hit the sync button to check for new emails or texts. I feel free. I feel less anxiety. I feel less stress. I feel happier. As I turned my phone back on after a recent trip, I asked myself, what would life be like with my phone in airplane mode?

Mobility: We Cannot Afford Not to Take Advantage of It

April 22, 2014
Mobile technology has revolutionized the means of communication. Today, nobody can afford not to use it. In particular, this applies to NGOs. This is why it is so important to be aware of opportunities associated with mobile technologies and promotion of good practices, such as the conference to be held in Warsaw in May, Sektor 3.0.

Going Mobile: The Importance of Mobile Apps for Nonprofits

April 22, 2014
When considering the development of a native mobile app for any of the app stores, you should start by contemplating what it is you really want to get out of it. In my experience, most for-profits are after some combination of three main goals: Direct revenue generation, user acquisition, and providing an additional feature to your users. Learn about how it applies to the nonprofit sector.