Wahoo! We were finally able to upload an audio file from the conference to the Net2 podcast. Hopefully more will follow soon. If anyone has a direct contact at Odeo, I'd love to be able to speak to someone voice to voice to work out some of the challenges we've been having.
We've got three NetSquared Meetups happening tonight. One on each coast and one in the comfort of your own home.
The Washington DC NetSquared Meetup group will be getting together tonight at 7 PM at the Science Club (1136 19th St NW). Ryan Ozimek, CEO of Picnet.net, will be speaking, Picnet will be releasing Soapbox soon, an open source software to help campaigns manage online communities and messaging.
Just got back from vacation in Hawai'i and am still feeling the Aloha spirit, so I thought I'd write a post about Hawaiian nonprofits using the social web for social change. Let me know if you know of any 'cause I didn't find any examples, but I did come across Beth Kanter's interview with Carnet Williams from last summer. Carnet started Community Networking Technologies (which later became NetCorps) and went on to help start NTEN as a board member, and co-founded npoblogs.net. He and his wife moved to Hawai'i a few years ago. You can check out his blog at Darkstar.
Coincidentally, he is also involved with a Hawaiian startup called ChipIn, which I found through a June 28th interview from the Honolulu Times about Song Choi, who in addition to co-founding ChipIn, is involved with Envision Hawai‘i, a network of young people, "working to make careers out of making a difference in Hawai‘i."
I am a undergraduate computer science student, who is passionate about software. I've always had a desire to see the great potential of technology unleashed to improve the world, and maybe even move us closer to some sort of utopia. I dont know if this is possible, and sometimes its hard to even define the utopia perfectly. So I have opened a group on CollectiveX.com. We will utilize the great technology that makes up CollectiveX to discuss, brainstorm, and plan how we can grow this plan further.
The Ethos Roundtable is an informal group of people who are interested in using technology tools to support positive social change. We meet once a month, usually in the same location as (and just prior to) the Boston 501 Tech Club.
Late last month the MIT Media Lab hosted a party for the launch of the Global iNames Registry. The system is one of several aiming to create a long-term way of identifying individuals and organizations across different contexts.
Curious about what it all meant, I knew of no one better to ask than Identity Woman, Kaliya Hamlin. She told me that the identity standards landscape is forming quickly, with the participation of organizations large and small, and that it's important for nonprofits to engage in the process now instead of struggling to change policies and technologies later.
We saw a bunch of cool new tools at the conference. It seemed like blogging was a very big deal for attendees thinking in new ways about communicating their mission-based work. I was inspired to become hyper-alert to identifying accessible, equivalent tools and communication methods. In that spirit, I offer EasyJournal as a tool that meets accessibility standards, but more importantly that opens up the blogging experience for millions. The most well-known blogging tools may create accessible pages - usually mostly text, after all. The problem comes when someone - the student at the school for the blind, perhaps or the personnel administrator with quadriplegia - who can't use a mouse tries to post a blog.It doesn’t work well.It is difficult, perhaps impossible for the person with a disability to have the blogging experience using well-known tools because thecontent creation interface is not accessible. The interface for EasyJournal was designed with accessibility in mind, however and you might consider trying it.It’s free, it’s accessible, and it requires no additional software.
I enthusiastically recommend Idealware's new in-depth blog report which reviews and compares the seven tools most frequently used to create a blog. Which are easiest to get up and running, or to tailor to match your site? Which has the best comment moderation features? Reporting functionality? This report will give you all the details and recommend a tool for you. This report wa
Seth Mazow is the Communications and Technology Coordinator at Interplast, a Mountain View, California based organization that provides free reconstructive surgery in developing countries for children who suffer physically or emotionally from a congenital deformity or injury.
Mazow has been using a variety of new web tools to advance Interplast's mission, most notably a blog and audio interviews recorded over Skype. In the following interview Seth and I talked about his experiences in bringing these technologies into an NGO that is non-technical in its focus.