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

  1. In honor of the ESA’s Philae probe landing on a comet (NO BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING), xkcd creator Randall Munroe has given us this commemorative cartoon version of the sights of Philae in space.
  2. Do you prefer to experience the wonders of the cosmos in audio form? NASA is on Soundcloud, so you can listen to the sounds of space, too.
  3. Experience the native IFTTT Space Channel in various recipe forms to automate your vast wonder of the cosmos.
  4. In the vast state of social consciousness, how much do people feel they’re making a difference, and what is the future of global responsibility? The answer to this and more in the 2014 Social Change Impact Report.
  5. Ever wonder when and how women got sidelined in the computer science industry? Planet Money has the blast-from-the-past answer in podcast form, published for Ada Lovelace Day.
  6. Here’s a blast from the past to the near-present look at how daily diets have varied around the world over several decades.
  7. Don’t let the best conferences for nonprofits pass you by next year! Mark your calendars.
  8. And don’t let your second (or third) childhood pass you by online! Make your mark in the sand with these kids’ games.
  9. How could Halloween go by without this dog in a teddy bear costume not dominating the Internet?
  10. Is your nonprofit making the most of the Internet with the latest advances in the iPhone 6? NTEN Member Ben Coit has news for you.
  11. Newsjacking Tips: how to use the news and show the importance of your mission through a new lens.
  12. Whether you make a living from your lens or not, PhotoPhilanthropy’s 2014 Activist Awards welcome your photoessay entry. The Deadline is December 3.
  13. Here’s a look at your nonprofit from the lens of legal compliance. You don’t want legal concerns stressing you out and backing you into a corner.
  14. Unless, of course, that corner is full of kittens! A box full of kittens: the ultimate in stress relief.

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

  1. In honor of this month’s Evaluation theme and the people who made it happen, here is what evaluators are thinking when they shop.
  2. What people in various countries are thinking when they think of corporations.
  3. Everyday sexism made visible: What we wish editors of tabloid headlines would think of when they report about women.
  4. You can make the visible invisible with this cloak of mirrors. A new transparent reality!
  5. Does foreign aid need more transparency? This and similar questions have prompted campaigns such as Publish What You Fund, in order to make international aid more effective.
  6. Or you could take the opposite approach and just ban foreign aid to stifle criticism, like a number of autocrats.
  7. Did we say autocrats? We meant cats. The worst cats. And of course, the only thing worse than the worst cats is the worst hippo.
  8. But what is a cat or a hippo, really? It is their existence that precedes their essence. And who are we to place absurd and baseless value judgments on other beings, such as orcs and paladins?
  9. The essence of the Internet made manifest in this glossary.
  10. The essence and potential of traffic signals is made manifest with “Real-time Dancing Crosswalk Guy.”
  11. Here’s something that makes us want to dance: Gmail is now possible in Cherokee to encourage language use among younger generations.
  12. Mozilla and the Ford foundation are kicking off a fellowship to encourage nonprofit work among younger techies.
  13. Johns Hopkins crowdsourced a fellowship of 3-D printing enthusiasts to create prosthetics for younger people with disabilities, building a whole new way of moving: kicking, throwing, you name it.
  14. Proprioception: a whole new way of moving.
  15. Could your nonprofit team use a whole new way of collaborating? Interact has just launched their annual Nonprofit Competition, with a new intranet as the grand prize.
  16. For Things We Like dessert, we show you a recipe book of s’mores, complete with a cameo appearance by the wondrous Julia Smith, NTEN’s Education Manager emerita.

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

  1. Here’s a Thing We Love: Ash Shepherd is NTEN’s new Education Director! We’d welcome him to the party, but he’s been rocking the NTEN party for a good long while already. Drop him a line at his new email address: ash@nten.org.
  2. Makers of the world united digitally this summer to host 2,513 events in 86 countries. But “just because Maker Party 2014 is over doesn’t mean that the party has to end.” Truer words …
  3. If you feel like (re)making history, the British Museum is looking for help to create its own digital clone in Minecraft.
  4. Speaking of remakes, we at NTEN HQ have been recently enthralled with Puddles the Clown’s video remake of Lorde’s “Royals.”
  5. Enthrall others with your own video via PM & Co.’s “Shoot. Win. Inspire” video contest. Shoot an awesome video, get a brand makeover.
  6. Give others the gift of an inbox makeover by following this Email Charter. Make the Internet (and your email) more human-friendly.
  7. Meowbify seeks to make the whole Internet more cat-friendly. Could the Internet be more cat-friendly, you may well ask? It’s certainly a challenge!
  8. Here are 7 challenges inspired by the Icebucket Challenge, the viral campaign that sparked wild card success. Disclosure: we like any opportunity to link to the “Nonprofits with Balls” blog, because it’s wondrous.
  9. In an effort to challenge wild card success, 14LCS keynote speaker Matt Groch and colleague/CEO Jason Saul introduced the Impact Genome Project (or “Moneyball for social impact”).
  10. Could laser-etched produce have an impact on raising food access awareness? Experiment coming live to a zucchini or watermelon near you.
  11. Should the Internet be more easily available to cable companies than nonprofits and individuals? The Battle for the Net is raising awareness of net neutrality.
  12. Raise your glass for the RFP drinking game if you’re frustrated by proposal guidelines.
  13. Finally, in honor of today’s first #WomenInTech Community of Practice call, we raise our glasses to Emma Watson’s recent speech in support of the HeForShe Campaign.

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

  1. When everyone’s favorite spam twitter account revealed itself to be an art project, there was a little but of uproar.
  2. Which brings up an interesting question: Can spam be art?
  3. Have you ever been stuck in traffic and really wished you hadn’t skipped lunch? Well, now there’s an app for that, or, maybe just cell phones in general.
  4. When something goes wrong with our electronics, we call tech support, right? What would tech support look like for other things that stopped working? Like the government?
  5. Just because we’re adults doesn’t mean we can’t have fun on Halloween. Trick or treating as an adult is still an option.
  6. And if you go trick or treating, candy corn is sure to be part of your haul.
  7. Don’t forget to check out your neighbor’s jack-o-lanterns, too, especially if they’re this awesome.
  8. We’re not the only ones who are looking forward to Halloween. Check out these animals with their jack-o-lanterns and dressed up for Halloween.
  9. But autumn isn’t all about pumpkins (although they’re awesome) and Halloween. It’s harvest time in the Northern Hemisphere and the Boston Globe has some great images of this year’s harvest.
  10. Autumn is also time to start thinking about year-end giving, and how your organization can freshen up their end of year appeals.

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

  1. What’s your plan for engaging millennials? Daniel Melbye has some great ideas for motivating millenials to help.
  2. Code for America helped build LocalData to empower communities to collect data with new tools like smartphone and paper-based surveys, and you don’t have to be an expert to use it!
  3. ‘Selfie,’ ‘fauxhawk,’ and ‘phablet’ are now part of the Oxford dictionary.
  4. A great collection of maps that might change the way you look at the world, or will just make you think of big block of cheese day.
  5. Do you remember your first trip to the beach? If not, you can relive it vicariously through this puppy.
  6. Have you ever had a day where you want to throw it all away and move to the woods and ride a buffalo around?
  7. When you have those days, a calming bunny can be just the help you need.

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

  1. We love to explore data about the nonprofit sector. We recently partnered with Avectra to take a look at “engagement” data – the actions, interactions, and even conversations that support our work. What did we find? There’s an infographic for that.
  2. It’s true, we said a buzz word already. But now that we’re talking about infographics, have you seen the Geography of Hate? It is a great example of using maps for storytelling.
  3. We’ve heard from NTEN members about Google Glass – some have even tried it out. We knew there would be many great hacks to come, and the power of face recognition sounds pretty useful for all of us working directly with our community.
  4. When Google Glass helps us remember a face, what do we do with faces we don’t want to remember? Animals so ugly they’re cute, for example!
  5. Sometimes, technology is there to help us get away from all the tech. Have you scheduled in time for nothing recently?
  6. On the other hand, technology can help us be efficient and effective in explaining our work so we have more time for that nothing! Check out the Foundation Center’s new digital annual report.
  7. There are always times when you want to evaluate or test something but just aren’t sure how to set up the experiment. Well, if you’d ever wondered about liquid in space, here’s an astronaut who set up the experiment for you!
  8. If you’ve made it this far, you certainly deserve something awesome. What about helping decide THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER? You can.

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

  1. Karl wasn’t joking; thanks to 1600 people (some not sticking to the ‘one device at a time’ rule), the NTC internet crashed. That’s a metric of success for us – everyone is taking notes, tweeting, and more! Now that you’re back in the comfort of your own wireless network, be sure to share your feedback in the 2013 NTC Evaluation.
  2. Is a trip to the arctic in your job description? No? Well, Forbes released their list of the top 10 best and worst jobs for 2013 and even though arctic adventure didn’t make the cut, technology jobs did!
  3. You have to admit that was pretty cute. But, wouldn’t it be even better if you had a puppy in your office; like your office desk?
  4. We may be pandering to your cute animal soft spot, but can you blame us? At NTEN, we’ve long known that the #nptech crowd had a love of cat videos and all things cute. But why? This great infographic tries to explain.
  5. Speaking of infographics, it seems that cats aren’t the only inspiration for awesome data visualizations. The New Yorker lets you choose a subway line and take a ride, exploring the income inequality throughout the city.
  6. If riding the subway isn’t your style, you may be interested in the data from the Global Rich List – your salary may surprise you.
  7. Sometimes we just want an interesting fact – to share, save for dinner parties, or retweet – and @whatifnumbers is the best source we’ve come across in a while.
  8. This just in: Computers are dead and the world is connected by only mobile devices. What would you do? (Ed. note: this is only a test.)