You're Invited to a Code-A-Thon for Social Change on Oct 13-15th!

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invites you to the .  

The will lock up 100 programmers for 48 hours and see what kind of open source software can be written for non-profits!    Here's the reason behind the event.

The event takes place from October 13th at 6:00 p.m. to October 15th at 6:00 p.m. at in Austin, Texas. (Also looks like you can participate remotely)

You can check out who's coming and sign up .

Media Volunteer Center: Distributed Online Volunteerism

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Via a short blurb in the email newsletter from the good folks at

Distributed Online Volunteerism with

Pssst... want to see the future? Our friends over at / are about to launch a powerful new service which harnesses distributed research from a loose network of volunteers. Volunteers are quickly checking and verifying changes in media lists. The lists are an important tool used by folks communicating environmental messages through the media.

Michael Rogers Appointed First-Ever NY Times Co. "Futurist-in-Residence"

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According to an article in ,  Michael Rogers was appointed as the first-ever NY Times "Futurist-in-Residence."    Given his extensive background in online and new media innovations, his role will likely be to expand the paper's push toward more Web and other interactive operations.  

NpTech Tag Finds: Some Excellent How-Tos

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A quick trip through the 100 plus items captured in the since the weekend reveals some excellent advice about nonprofits can use blogging, podcasting, wireless networking, tagging and RSS effectively.  You'll find some new thinking as well as some old classics.  

Adoption of Web 2.0 Tools

From the comes a summary of a cross blog conversation about the lagging adoption of social networking tools.  The post is from Dave Pollard ("How To Save the World") and the is from David Wilcox, Designing for Civil Society.  Also found on Wiki That!, an interesting post called "?

Blog Communities and Events

Nancy White has written on the emerging patterns of blog based communities and raises some questions for their strategic application.  It is definitely a must-read.

Meanwhile, two interesting blog community collaborations took place this week in the nonprofit social web space.  

Nancy Schwartz of the blog hosted the .   The was organized by blogger Kivi Leroux Miller.

The nonprofit blog exchange hosted .   The event provides an opportunity for nonprofit bloggers to write a post about another nonprofit blogger participating in the event.  And, speaking of discovering new nonprofit bloggers, the nonprofit blog exchange blogroll is a great place to discover new nonprofit bloggers such as .


Holly Ross at N-TEN shares some how-to links before launching .   It features The Philadelphia Municipal Wireless Project and an interview with Greg Goldman and Karen Archer Perry.  For more on podcasting in the nonprofit space, check out .


And, speaking of wireless networking, the N-TEN blog has two excellent guest posts on the topic, Paul Lamb's and T.J. Rogers' .

was one of the tools used during the recent HumaniNet Sim Day.   Be sure to check out the annotated , and notes posted to the .


by Marshall Kirkpatrick posted on his Netsquared Blog is a classic.   If you happened to   the book,  by , you know that she talks about the skill of listening to leverage social media for social change.   Well, Marshall's informative piece tells precisely how to do that using RSS tools.   (And as a bonus check out 's entertaining on this topic at .)


Several blog posts tagged with the NPTECH tag this week, including an excellent multi-part blog post from on and    This is the second to experiment with .

CitizenSpeak Developer Named Winner of Nation's Top Public Interest Computing Award

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George Hotelling Named First Annual Winner of the New $10,000 Pizzigati Prize 

San Francisco, CA, September 25, 2006 — Tides Foundation today announced that the inaugural $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest will go to George Hotelling for his development work on CitizenSpeak — a free email advocacy service for grassroots organizations.  

A Few Good Nonprofit Video Channels

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While the are beginning to have a larger nonprofit presence, several nonprofit-focused video sharing projects have recently launched. 

The commercial community-based like and are filled with thousands and thousands of videos on all topics.  While you are bound to find lots of funny videos, if you do a little creative searching, you'll discover videos on serious topics created by nonprofits.

Fundraising... Whats New?

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We had a great, but busy week and weekend. We had our 1st meeting of the new Members of the Board... which was a weekend meeting. We took tours and ate... met in the morning, then ate... met in the afternoon, then ate... took more tours, then had dinner... Got up the next morning and started over!  I'm exhausted again just thinking about it.

The overall wall we kept running into was the funraising aspect. Some of the people kept thinking about bowl-a-thons and bake sales, and where those are very profitable for schools or youth groups, they are not condusive for our needs and a monthly budget of $45,000.

An Interview with Ken Thompson, CEO Swarmteams

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 1.   Can you tell me about your background?

I was a software engineer for 17 years and then I spent the last 10 years trying to coach teams, networks, communities and groups to work better together.  I decided to analyse all the most common mistakes I saw (and I made) and encapsulate the learning in a software tool for group collaboration.  It's called .

Along the way I studied biological groups and teams (think ants, bees, geese and dolphins)  for 2 years and wrote the

Live Blogging from the Web of Change 2006 Conference

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The 6th Annual conference is taking place right now (from September 20-24th) in Cortes Island, B.C.   The conference connects   at the convergence of online communications, technology and social change.  And judging from for the conference tag  (), it looks like wonderful setting for discussion and knowledge sharing on the .


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