The Commons is a free wiki-based online newsmagazine about non-profits that serve the Silicon Valley, the people behind them, and the people that they help -- written, edited & produced by students and other volunteers in the valley.
There are hundreds of organizations and thousands of people engaged in good work in the Valley. They feed our hungry, shelter our homeless, heal our sick, teach our children, protect our communities, give strength to the powerless, and hope to those who had lost all hope. Their stories are extraordinary, but often left untold. The principal mission of this project is to get their stories told.
DEAR ABBY: First, let me offer you a piece of advice. If you are planning to submit your nonprofit or NGO's podcast feed to the iTunes Music Store, do not submit it before you post at least one program. I made that mistake last August when I switched the NetSquared Podcast over from Odeo to Libsyn, and Apple rejected my feed. In spite of multiple attempts since then to resubmit it, and multiple viewings of the message, "The feed has already been submitted," it is not listed.
If you've been wondering how your nonprofit can use social bookmarking, or are an organizer who wants to debrief after the election, this month's Net Tuesday San Francisco is for you. Our speakers will be Larry Halff, founder of the social bookmarking online community, Ma.gnolia, and Nica Lorber, lead organizer of RootsCampSF, one of many post-election RootsCamps being held around the country.
When the idea of NetSquared was just beginning, one of the very first NetSquared Case Studies posted in November 2005 was of Kiva. Fast forward one year and Kiva has been covered everywhere from the BBC to NPR to the Daily Kos. Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31st, they will be one of three stories on FRONTLINE World. You can also watch it via streaming video on the FRONTLINE World web site a few days after the broadcast. Here's a link to a brief preview of the show on Google video.
If you are not sure of your local PBS station, Click here to search for your local PBS station on the PBS website. Also note that your local station may list the program for that evening as "Burma: State of Fear" which is the headlining story.
I'm a long-time lurker and I signed up because I'm really excited about these new guides to advocacy evaluation we've been working on for months. We call them Continuous Progress. We designed them as complementary, interconnected guides to using evaluation as a valuable tool for planning and executing successful advocacy campaigns. They are focused on foreign policy advocacy, but everyone we've demonstrated them for has said that they absolutely have value in domestic advocacy campaigns as well.
The NpTech Tag Stream brought in a number of photos, videos, and podcasts and yes, lots of blog posts, including some live blogging from conferences. Halloween is coming up next week so this post about what geeks give out for Halloween is timely (example: orange index card imprinted with URL of your Halloween video on YouTube.) Finally, the word "micro" kept popping up in very seemingly unconnected ways.
An excellent new resource on the topic of micro-philthanthropy from Peter Deitz who has published First-of-its-kind, a web site that promotes small-scale giving and research and filled with useful comparisons of tools, case studies, and other resources. The Somewhat Frank blog gives us a list of other micro ways groups can contribute their time or moral support.
The ACLU of of Northern California has just launched the fascinating Tracked in America online audio documentary website that presents stories from the history of U.S. Government surveillance. In podcast format, the site tells the compelling stories of 25 individuals who've been the targets of government surveillance. Accompanied by an educator manual, Tracked in America's innovative presentation of oral histories allows for easy adoption into classroom curricula.