Tools for Change - Accessibility

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We promised to post the resources that we explored together on Day 2 of the NetSquared conference.  Thanks to all of you who stopped by to share your questions and thoughts about disability access to new tools!  Sorry that it has taken so long, but here is the overview with more detail available as needed.  And please keep in mind as you work through these issues what Angela Glover Blackwell said on Day 1:  As we provide access and solve problems for the most vulnerable among us we will solve unanaticipated problems for all.

Here are general resources about the issues and challenges:

Sequoia Hospital Gives Patients Blogs on

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The San Francisco Chronicle had an interesting article today entitled, "'Sick Blogs' Help Afflicted Share News, Seek Comfort."  According to the article, six months ago the Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA was the first Bay Area hospital to offer its patients accounts on The hospital is also getting Wi-Fi for the lobby, and buying computers that patients can use.

Join the Nonprofits of the Future Discussion on the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge.

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Between now and June 19th you can join in a discussion about the Nonprofits of the Future: NGOs in 2016 hosted by the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge

Paul Lamb began the discussion on his blog.  Some of the ideas that came off of that discussion were that the nonprofit of 2016 will be:

  • Mobile
  • Offer instant transparency and social impact measurements
  • Become a rapid response social opportunity network
  • Offer access and free on-demand technology tools
  • Have direct channels to the public

I liked what one participant in the discussion on  Social Edge, Patrick O'Hefferman, had to say,

Net2Builders Call to Action: Volunteer Needed to Edit/Upload Net2 Conference Podcast

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Each Wednesday I post a Call to Action on the Net2Builders group and to the Net2 blog so check it out and answer the call!

Thanks to Cisco, we have recordings of all of the sessions at the Net2 Conference. Unfortunately, the mp3 files are still too large for our podcast channel, so we're looking for a volunteer who is willing to spend some time editing the recordings into smaller files and uploading them on Odeo. If you're interested, please email net2 AT with the title "I want to help".

Also, last night at the SF Net Tuesday, Bosco So of Clever Machine recommended to me that we host the files on our own site, and then use The Coral Content Distribution Network, so that our site won't get bogged down. Has anyone had positive experiences or challenges with Coral that they can share?

Treehugger Looking for Environmental Nonprofits to Support

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The very fun environmental blog, Treehugger , is looking for environemental nonprofits and groups to support:

TreeHugger wants to get more involved with activism. We want to help organizations that are working on the ground and with policymakers to change things, and we eventually want to have our own homegrown activism projects (starting with very specific and attainable goals, and progressively moving on to bigger things). But right now, what we need is your suggestions: Which organization should we support next (see this survey of Environmental orgs for examples, but don't limit yourself to those)? We're going with merit and effectiveness, so it doesn't need to be the biggest one. In fact, it might be more interesting to support a small, lesser-known organization that is doing something really cool and needs the help. Once we have enough suggestions, we will do a vote to decide.

SF Net Tuesday: Cultural Environmentalsim with Mike Linksvayer of Creative Commons

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Last night at the SF Net Tuesday, Mike Linksvayer, the CTO of Creative Commons, gave a short presentation on Cultural Environmentalsm and the role Creative Commons plays as a cultural environmentalist organization.  I've always thought Creative Commons was cool, but never really go the big vision until last night.The way Mike described it, a movement to preserve Culture is the human equivalent of a movement to preserve the  Environment.  Creative Commons provides licenses to lower the legal barriers to effectively preserving our Cultural Environment.

Games for Change Conference: Who's Going?

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I'm planning to be in NYC on June 27-28 for the Games for Change Conference and am wondering if any other net2 folks attending ...?     So far, npmarketing blogger will be there as well as some folks discussing Games for Social Good at Omidyar

The program looks fantastic and the mix of people is also diverse.  And, while looking through the program I found noticed that Nelson Layag from Compasspoint is presenting on "Educating to Mobilize the Masses."   The description is:


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