Conference presentations posted on the website

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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.

  • David Lehr
  • Erik Sundelof

  • Andrew Aitken

  • Saori Fotenos

  • David Barnard
  • Partha Sarker

Bridging the on-line real-world gap: an interview with Ruby Sinreich of Netcentric Campaigns

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Ruby Sinreich is the Web Maven at , a division of . She is also the founder and editor of , 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.

Call to Action: What Discussion Groups Would You Like on Net2?

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A while ago I created the as a place other than this blog, and , for people to chat it up about all things NetSquared and to collaborate.

That didn't really happen, so I put a poll up for the members of the Net2Builders group yesterday to ask whether or not I should take the group down.

My questions to you are:

What discussion groups would you like on the NetSquared site?
What form would they take? 
Do you like old style forums? 
Do you have some new-fangled online collaboration tool you'd like us to test out?

Let us know by commenting on this post or emailing net2 AT 

Facilitating Online Community: A Roundtable Discussion

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When I asked Partha Sarker from 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.

Participating were:

Partha Sarker, originally from Bangladesh, now living in Canada, a co-founder of the online organization and member of

Elissa Perry, from San Francisco's

Ahmed Ndaula, from Uganda's

Hong Eun Taek, Editor in Chief of the South Korea based

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answers the questions:

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 .

Netsquared Profile: Joseph Mouzon

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Joseph Mouzon, Executive Director of Nonprofit Services for , 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.


This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to with your favorite video catcher, such as , or .

Berkman Island on Second Life: Avatars on Avatar Marketing

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(Click through to the larger version to read the poster)

I've been going to meetings on at the TechSoup area in where and Second Life have been busy working on some exciting plans spearheaded by Susan Tenby of .   (Next meeting is Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST at the TechSoup Office).

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 will have a presence in Second Life.  There is an event taking place on Friday on topic of "" as a conversation between avatars moderated by Ansible Berkman.   You can read the details from Wagner James Au's 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 ), Ansible mentioned that uploading Second Life snapshots on Flickr is controversal.  He pointed me to this .

If anyone has been following my 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 may not make it into the public Cambodian group.  And reading the article, I wonder if the scans of my kid's 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 .

All that aside, I can't wait to experience this virtual event ...

Join the Blogger Challenge: Raise Funds for Public Schools

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has launched a new program called 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 and will write a post tomorrow to ask my readers to support a for third graders in the Bronx where 73% of the students come from low income homes, a sixth grade in San Jose where 77% of the students come from low income homes, and a in Manhattan where 91% of the students come from low income homes.

Connecting the dots

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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:


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