Right after the Netsquared Conference last May, I kept thinking about a concept that Allison Hewlitt shared during one of the project sprints, a "write shop" where a group of folks get together and write curriculum or documentation. Sometime during the redeye home, it morphed into a different concept - playshop.
During the past few months I've been researching the role of mobile phones as an emerging tool for participation in civil society. The result is a series of Strategy Guides published by MobileActive that are designed to equip organizations around the world with the know-how to deploy effective mobile campaigns for a variety of types of activism and advocacy. The first Guide in this series (published today) focuses on using mobile phones in electoral and voter registration campaigns. Other Guides will focus on advocacy, fundraising, and mobile organizing. This first Guide looks at uses of mobile phones in electoral monitoring (case studies in Thailand, the Philippines, and Montenegro), voter registration (U.S.-based Rock the Vote, MobileVoter, and Voto Latino), and candidate and political party support (case studies in Spain and U.S.). The Guides are a joint project of MobileActive,Green Media Toolshed, and NTEN, and are made possible with support from the Surdna Foundation, a leader in supporting civic engagement and the use of technology in nonprofit organizations. My personal thanks to everyone who spent time helping me with research and fact finding. You can grab MobileActive Strategy Guide #1 at http://www.mobileactive.org/guides/.
It has been two months after the biggest oil spill knocked off the feet of the people of Guimaras and nearby provinces. The problem remains as MT Solar 1 is still 3,000 feet below the sea and continues to spew bunker fuel.It is quite early for Petron Corporation, Sunshine Maritime Development Corporation, and even for the Arroyo government to suffer dementia and make it appear that things are getting better each day in Guimaras.
Two months is too short for them to simply forget the extent of damage brought by the oil spill. Amidst attempt to cover up the issue, the fact remains that the affected people suffer the brunt of the tragedy.
So that you don't have to scroll through all 192 proposals, in the Community category we proprosed:
The Web to the Rescue: Net-centric Approaches to Disaster Recovery From tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, to terror attacks and armed conflicts, global disasters dominate our news feeds and devastate lives. How have internet technologists quickly organized collective responses? Why is the social web uniquely positioned to take on this challenge? Public-private collaborations are also playing an increasing role in mobilizing people and resources. Let’s discuss the success stories, the obstacles, lessons learned, and where the web-based road to disaster recovery is heading.
Browsing through this week's NPtech Tag Stream of 134 items found a story about mold and nonprofits, but also a few good research reports, some newly discovered voices in the nonprofit technology space, more talk about web videos, and poetry. And, of course, more tool talk and tips!