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Eat In, Act Out

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The Massachusetts-based nonprofit, the is putting on it's annual , and you can participate! Next Week (July 31st-August 6th) make an effort to, eat in (use local food and cook food yourself instead of going out), and act out (speak up and take action to promote local food).

You can find places selling local food near you through the site, search for Eat In, Act Out events near you, or add your own, on the , and read more about the Food Project on their

I've been reading a lot about food lately because earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview Anna Lappé, author of , and co-author, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, of .

Here are are some links from the Community Food Audit form in the back of Grub (you can download it on their too) to help you find your local:

* Farmer's market:
* CSA Farm: and
* Food Coop:
* Grocery Store with Local Foods:
* Organic Meat & Dairy/Egg Provider:
* Community Garden:
* Elected Officials:
* School Food Resources: and
* & Other Community Food Resources:

Happy Eating!

Podcast Tools Comparison Chart

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A resource came across the that I thought I'd share. It is a comparison chart of podcasting tools called created by Adam Varga. It compares podcast flash players, portable audio recorders, podcast advertising companies and music providers/licensors. Soon Adam is going to add comparisons of podcast hosting services, web applications for self-publishing, podcast networks, and books written for podcasters.

Grounded and Innovating: an interview with Michael Silberman of EchoDitto

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Michael Silberman was was the National Meetup Director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and is now the senior strategist at consultancy . EchoDitto provides interactive online community consulting services to a wide variety of high profile nonprofit and business clients. Their client list includes Air America Radio, the U.N. World Food Programme, the SEIU and many more. In addition to helping other organizations use new tools, EchoDitto themselves blog, use RSS feeds and share their social bookmarking archives on the front page of their company web site.

Michael also helps organize

In the following short chat, Michael and I talked about bringing new web technologies into established organizations.

Net Tuesday LA - Second Meeting Update

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We had a good conversation at our last dinner (at Guelaguetza - best mole ever) and an interesting presentation from folks at Adobe about Breeze (a former Macromedia product) that allows for webconferencing/ remote training/ meeting online. Thanks much to the Adobe staff who joined us and brought presents.

The group seemed to be gravitating towards two main goals -
1. providing/ creating referrals for nonprofits to technology training opportunities - provided by group members/ corporate partners/ other nonprofit service agencies.
2. creating a case study project with a women's group to demonstrate how improved technical capacity can support and enhance a social change/ nonprofit group's mission.

One other thing - since I'm working on an election-related project, I won't be able to keep coordinating the LA events - let me know if you have ideas for great partners-in-crime in the Los Angeles area who should be more involved in LA NetSquared.

Google Labs explores accessibility

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Disabled computer users often regard their browsers as a lifeline to the world.  But during last year's natural disasters, it became very clear that the lifeline was tenuous - perhaps broken entirely - as so many relief sites were not accessible to those who need them most.  To help people with disabilities find what they need more easily, Google Labs released a new product yesterday.  Called , it optimizes pages based on some key accessibility features, including alt text, keyboard navigation, simple language and so forth.  The idea is to save blind users the wasted time and frustration of trying to get information from inaccessible sites. To see how your standard search stacks up against the accessible searc, try out this

Sex Workers at Nonprofit Bootcamp?

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I'm considering attending the in Berkeley this August, to bring back some skills to . We offer free, confidential, nonjudgmental medical and social services for female, transgendered, and male sex workers. We are also the first occupational safety and health clinic for sex workers anywhere run by and for sex workers.  , seems like an obvious fit, and one Mr. Newmark himself is often asked about in the press. The good things I've heard about the Foundation also make me curious to check it out.

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