The grassroots workers affiliated with these groups are the best in the world at advocating for immigrants, and they juggle an awe-inspiring amount of information about constituents, donors, policy makers, service providers, activists, and other stakeholders. Most of this juggling is done in their heads, or on paper, or with Excel spreadsheets - very few of them also have expertise in database development. What to do?
In June, TSNE offered these groups a "Databases 101" workshop, designed for smart people who are starting from scratch in learning about databases. This month, the goal is to follow up with a clinic that will enable them to get down to cases about their specific needs.
But the remaining challenge is to craft the clinic in such a way that all of the immigrant organizers come away with a feeling of confidence, a practical understanding of how databases can help them, and a list of action items to take back to their offices.
Mike Linksvayer is the Chief Technology Officer for Creative Commons. He spoke at the Netsquared conference as well at a recent Net Tuesday event. Mike tells us what Creative Commons is, how it's beneficial to nonprofits and a bit about what the future holds.
Great meeting today at the TechSoup Office in Second Life! There's an Net Tuesday event coming up - Mark your calendars - July 18th. It will be a mixed reality event -- in-world and in "real life" at the Tech Soup Office in SF. Want to get involved in the planning? Join the TechSoup discussion list: http://groups.google.com/group/TechSoup-Second-Life and join the next meeting on Friday, July 7th at 11:30 AM EST
After the meeting, we tried for a group photo op. Let me tell you, getting all those avatars to look into the camera and smile is even more difficult than trying to get a group shot of a bunch of preschoolers! First one who can name all those people in the photo with their Real Life Names will get a prize. Leave your answer in the comments!
Found this conference announcement on the campusactivism.org blog. It seemed like the kind of conference Net2 folks would want to know about:
Advocacy Developers III Conference
AdvocacyDev III, Oakland, July 31-August 2. The third convening of organizers, activists and developers working with open source tools for online advocacy and organizing will take place in Oakland from July 31 to August 2. If you're passionate about creating better tools for online activists and organizers, please join us for knowledge sharing and brainstorming!
Randy Moss, the manager of "futuring and information-based strategies" for the American Cancer Society, attended the Netsquared conference. He tells us a bit about the ACS' role at the conference and what he has learned there.
I ran into Laura Quinn from idealware.org at the games expo at the end of the first day of the Games 4 Change Conference in NYC. Laura was late getting to the conference because she was putting the finishing touches on the blogging report. Get your copy now!
For a business idea that was just discovered on a "serendipity walk," (see this article) there is no doubt that Centromigrante has made a giant leap by winning the grand prize from the prestigious MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition last week in Cambridge, Massachussettes. This is the first time a Filipino team has taken on this 100K race, a competition that might as well be compared to a marathon for its magnitude and prestige. An advantage arose for the Pinoy team when MIT decided to shift course this year and open 100K to a development track.