Sorry that it's taken so long to get these up, but I'm finally getting these up. The presentations listed below are on the netsquared website. I expect to get the rest of them up next week. Please note that many speakers did not prepare a formal powerpoint presentation, so we don't have files to post for them.
Ruby Sinreich is the Web Maven at Netcentric Campaigns, a division of Green Media Toolshed. She is also the founder and editor of OrangePolitics.org, a progressive multi-author blog about politics based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Previously, she was the Online Organizing Manager in the Public Policy Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Ruby and I talked in the following interview about Netcentric Campaigns and building an effective on-line strategy to support off-line, real world political organizing.
Our fabulous volunteer podcaster, David Collin, recorded Mike Linksvayer's presentation on Cultural Environmentalism during the last San Francisco Net Tuesday, along with an interview with him. You can hear it now on our
When I asked Partha Sarker from BytesForAll.net if I could interview him at the NetSquared conference, he suggested that we instead set up a round table discussion with a variety of people in attendance from around the world about their experiences in facilitating online community. I thought it was a great idea, and I hope you'll enjoy reading my summary of the discussion below as much as I enjoyed being present for it.
Partha Sarker, originally from Bangladesh, now living in Canada, a co-founder of the online organization BytesForAll.net and member of Telecenter.org
Where can I go to get rid of all this junk piled up in the corner of the garage?
Where can I go to donate food/goods/clothing to a good cause?
How am I going to spread the word about my charity drive?
You can either search on the site for a charity drive in your neighborhood within a 10, 25, 50 or 100 foot radius, or organize your own charity drive. They even provide a 101 on Running a Charity Drive.
Joseph Mouzon, Executive Director of Nonprofit Services for Network for Good, attended the Netsquared conference. He talks a bit about his organization, what he learned at the conference and what the future holds for his organization.
So, I volunteered some time to work with Emily Commerce and Lyre Calliope on researching and compiling the nonprofit directory on Second Life - which is not an easy thing do for a newbie avatar because my skills are still very basic, but easy because there aren't a lot of nonprofits on SL quite yet.
So, I was delighted to discover that Harvard's Berkman Center will have a presence in Second Life. There is an event taking place on Friday on topic of "Avatar-Based Marketing" as a conversation between avatars moderated by Ansible Berkman. You can read the details here from Wagner James Au's New World Notes Blog.
I immediately teleported to Berkman Island today to see if what the place looked like and ran right into Ansible Berkman. I reserved my seat. As I ran snapping my tourist photo of the poster for my learning journal (which I keep on Flickr), Ansible mentioned that uploading Second Life snapshots on Flickr is controversal. He pointed me to this Wired article.
If anyone has been following my flickr stream lately, they will notice perhaps a few dozen Second Life snapshots in my 2,000 or so RL ("real life") photos of my kids - less than 1-2%. So, perhaps my photos won't be censored from the public search. And, darn, a few like this one may not make it into the public Cambodian group. And reading the article, I wonder if the scans of my kid's drawings would also be a violation of the policy. It will be interesting to watch how this is all resolved and how many people turn into Flickr haters.
All that aside, I can't wait to experience this virtual event ...
DonorsChoose has launched a new program called BloggersChoose which allows bloggers to search through mini-grant proposals that school teachers have submitted to DonorsChoose, and ask their readers to fund them.
As an experiment, I just set up my own Blogger's Challenge and will write a post tomorrow to ask my readers to support a Butterfly Garden for third graders in the Bronx where 73% of the students come from low income homes, a sixth grade Life Lab garden in San Jose where 77% of the students come from low income homes, and a school/community garden in Manhattan where 91% of the students come from low income homes.
We've been taking a break. Sure, there have been postings. And we've been hustling on the inside to make sure that the wrap ups -- the things that need to immediately follow from the conference -- get done. But we've been taking a break from the late nights and weekends. Billy's been in Belize. Daniel is winging his way to Costa Rica. Mark spent time on the east coast. I haven't tripped off anywhere but I've been catching the late ferry to work and the early ferry home. Gina's pushing the Net Tuesdays and, like me, dreaming of a vacation a little later in the year.
But enough's enough. Time to get back to it. Some of what I'm about to write is news; some isn't. In no particular order, here's what I'm thinking: