Two days ago I spoke at Humaninet / TechReach Sim Day at the Intuit campus in Mountain View. It was an interesting collection of people, most of them being white men in business casual clothes involved in supplying NGOs, governments and the like tech tools to aid disaster relief work.
Was honored (after much debate, persuasion, and final clarity about the general laid-backed-ness of the meeting) to be asked by Ed Schipul to lead the July – Houston, TX – NetSquared get together. Have not been to other NetSquared meetings, so can only speak about the attitude of the Houston group, which is more about social issues and passion than technology. I chose to talk about using technology (the internet really) to tangibly support our troops while they are deployed (I’m not talking yellow flags on your car here!) – A topic containing many social issues, all of which I can get pretty passionate about. I’m a Quaker (Nothing to do with the guy in the funny hat) and embrace the Peace Testimony. I also have a brother who is an MP and served a year in Iraq. I find myself in an interesting position with a unique point of view about the “War on Terror.”
This week my RSS reader grabbed 122 items via the NpTech Meta Feed! Here's a summary of a few highlights to read, if you don't time to read everything!
In last week's N-TEN Webinaron Tagging by Marshall Kirkpatrick shared how he created the NpTech Meta Feed. (NPTech is a tag used by people to designate a resource they find online as being of interest to the community of nonprofit technologists. If this is the first time you're hearing about it, click here for the context.)
The SXSW Interactive Festival is billed as "an incubator of new, cutting-edge technology and is ground zero for the world's most creative web developers, designers, bloggers, wireless innovators and new media entrepreneurs."
In planning the program for the various panels, SXSW has invited the extensive SXSW community to select which of the 167 submitted panel ideas they feel is most relevant to the event.
While I have lots of feeds, ideas, and sources, I'm really interested in hearing from you too! If you're working in the nonprofit space and using emerging technology tools like blogging, tagging, wikis, RSS, vlogging, podcasting, and other social media, please drop a comment in this post or send me an email.
I have only recently become aware of NetSquared Houston through their Meetup page. Last Tuesday I attended my second meeting with the NetSquared group. Ed Schipul asked me to share my thoughts here, based on a post I made on my blog. You can read the longer, original post there.
The NetSquared Houston events are organized/hosted by Ed Schipul of Schipul Web Marketing. I'm still learning about what NetSquared really is all about. So far, it's made a much better impression upon me than Wikipedia. I've come to feel that NetSquared is about putting the influencing powers of Web mongers like me to work for the greater good -- online, offline, wherever.