The Massachusetts-based nonprofit, the Food Project is putting on it's annual Eat In, Act Out Week, 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 Local Harvest site, search for Eat In, Act Out events near you, or add your own, on the Eat In, Act Out Frappr Map, and read more about the Food Project on their blog.
I've been reading a lot about food lately because earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview Anna Lappé, author of Grub, and co-author, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, of Hope's Edge.
Here are are some links from the Community Food Audit form in the back of Grub (you can download it on their web site, too) to help you find your local:
A resource came across the Yahoo Podcasters Group that I thought I'd share. It is a comparison chart of podcasting tools called Okay to Play 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.
Assistant Director of Aspiration Tech, Heather Carpenter, recently launched a blog about Nonprofit Management and Operations. Check it out for tips about bulk mailing, insurance, accounting, banking, office space rental, nonprofit legal issues and of course, technology.
Michael Silberman was was the National Meetup Director for Howard Deanâ€™s presidential campaign and is now the senior strategist at consultancy EchoDitto. 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.
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.
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 Accessible Search, 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 comparison tool
I'm considering attending the Craigslist Foundation's Nonprofit Boot Camp in Berkeley this August, to bring back some skills to St. James Infirmary. 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. Sex workers and craigslist, 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.
I am thinking about moving the NetSquared podcast from Odeo to Libsyn (Liberated Syndication). Do you have a positive or negative experience to share about their services that would help me decide whether or not to use them? Thanks!