Hi All: I just wanted to let you know about a new online resource for nonprofits. A couple of us here in Chicago who have been working with nonprofits for years recently launched an initiative called IssueLab http://www.issuelab.com an easily searchable archive of nonprofit research. After seeing the organizations we worked with over the years produce engaging and valuable research, only to have it end up tucked away on their web sites (sound familiar?), we decided it was time to launch a free service for nonprofits to bring both their current and historical work to a broader audience. Right now we are focusing on getting as many nonprofits as possible to list their research with IssueLab.
If you read this blog, you probably already know that NetSquared is a project of TechSoup, but in case you don't know, TechSoup has a separate web site from NetSquared, and over the last few months they have written a slew of awesome articles about how nonprofits and NGOs can use the social web for social change. They are all worth bookmarking so check 'em out:
All of this extra traffic inspired me to think about the Slashdot Effect, which is a crash or malfunction that occurs when a link is featured on Slashdot web site and becomes so popular that reader demand far exceeds the web server's capacity. Thanks to my blog host, Tucows, I had no such difficulties. But now I'm wondering whether in the future we'll be speaking of web sites that are "delicioused," just as we now refer to web sites that are "slashdotted."
This article has been written by a friend of mine, a journalist from Visayas, Philippines. CNN and BBC only covered this tragedy in one article. The international community is clearly ignoring this environmental disaster and focusing more on featuring alleged paedophile killers or celebrities caught up in a drink-driving spree! Please fwd to all your friends
The Craigslist Foundation had it's annual Nonprofit Boot Camp at UC Berkeley last weekend, and they've set up a wiki where participants can post their notes from the event. Contributors don't have to register, and if they've never used a wiki before and are confused, they can email their notes to the wiki moderator and he will post them.
I know I always have tons of notes after a conference. A public, easy to access wiki is a nice way to be able to share them.
Is your nonprofit on YouTube? I found 76 videos on YouTube tagged with "nonprofit" (a search for videos tagged with NGO brought up 377 entries, but it looks like the majority of them are by or about people with the last name Ngo). Many of the "nonprofit" videos were by people creating pieces for and about nonprofit projects, but not many were created by nonprofits themselves.
A couple weeks ago at the San Francisco Net Tuesday, I got to talking with Craig Rosa, the I.T. Director for The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, and he told me about a site called MuseumBLOGS.org that has a directory of 68 museum and museum-related blogs. You can search by Blog Age, Date Added, A-Z, or by Topic.
Craig also reminded me that the 2007 Museums and the Web Conference will be held in San Francisco April 11-14th, so save the date! If you want to present, the deadline for Program Proposals is September 30, 2006, and demonstration proposals will be accepted through December 31, 2006.
You can check out the Museums and the Web blog, Flickr pool and online community here.
I've been posting some blog items here on Netsquared about my graduation project Helpalot; A charity social network site with evaluations, where you can state on your personal page who your friends are and what charities you support.
There are some great developments I quickly want to share with you: I now have help from Derick, making it no longer a 'one person effort'. The Helpalot Foundation will see the light next month and thanks to the financial backing of Herman Wiegerinck co-founder of VODW marketing, we will be able to develop the site and aim to launch the site in the beginning of 2007.