We had a great, but busy week and weekend. We had our 1st meeting of the new Members of the Board... which was a weekend meeting. We took tours and ate... met in the morning, then ate... met in the afternoon, then ate... took more tours, then had dinner... Got up the next morning and started over! I'm exhausted again just thinking about it.
The overall wall we kept running into was the funraising aspect. Some of the people kept thinking about bowl-a-thons and bake sales, and where those are very profitable for schools or youth groups, they are not condusive for our needs and a monthly budget of $45,000.
I was a software engineer for 17 years and then I spent the last 10 years trying to coach teams, networks, communities and groups to work better together. I decided to analyse all the most common mistakes I saw (and I made) and encapsulate the learning in a software tool for group collaboration. It's called Swarmteams.
Along the way I studied biological groups and teams (think ants, bees, geese and dolphins) for 2 years and wrote the bioteams blog.
The 6th Annual Web of Change conference is taking place right now (from September 20-24th) in Cortes Island, B.C. The conference connects leaders at the convergence of online communications, technology and social change. And judging from the flickr stream for the conference tag (woc2006), it looks like wonderful setting for discussion and knowledge sharing on the topics.
I would like to write to you about the recent oil spill tragedy in Guimaras, Philippines. Guimaras is a tiny island in Southern Philippines known for its rich marine biodiversity, white beaches, mangrove and seaweed plantations.
But on August 11, an oil tanker carrying oil from Petron company sank in Guimaras waters spilling 2.19 million liters of oil and affecting as much as:
26,000 individuals displaced
1,500 hectares of ecosystem
209 hectares of mangrove
20 hectares of sea grass
100 hectares of coral reef within Taklong Marina Reserve
Two days ago I spoke at Humaninet / TechReach Sim Day at the Intuit campus in Mountain View. It was an interesting collection of people, most of them being white men in business casual clothes involved in supplying NGOs, governments and the like tech tools to aid disaster relief work.
Was honored (after much debate, persuasion, and final clarity about the general laid-backed-ness of the meeting) to be asked by Ed Schipul to lead the July – Houston, TX – NetSquared get together. Have not been to other NetSquared meetings, so can only speak about the attitude of the Houston group, which is more about social issues and passion than technology. I chose to talk about using technology (the internet really) to tangibly support our troops while they are deployed (I’m not talking yellow flags on your car here!) – A topic containing many social issues, all of which I can get pretty passionate about. I’m a Quaker (Nothing to do with the guy in the funny hat) and embrace the Peace Testimony. I also have a brother who is an MP and served a year in Iraq. I find myself in an interesting position with a unique point of view about the “War on Terror.”
This week my RSS reader grabbed 122 items via the NpTech Meta Feed! Here's a summary of a few highlights to read, if you don't time to read everything!
In last week's N-TEN Webinaron Tagging by Marshall Kirkpatrick shared how he created the NpTech Meta Feed. (NPTech is a tag used by people to designate a resource they find online as being of interest to the community of nonprofit technologists. If this is the first time you're hearing about it, click here for the context.)
The SXSW Interactive Festival is billed as "an incubator of new, cutting-edge technology and is ground zero for the world's most creative web developers, designers, bloggers, wireless innovators and new media entrepreneurs."
In planning the program for the various panels, SXSW has invited the extensive SXSW community to select which of the 167 submitted panel ideas they feel is most relevant to the event.