Islamic Aid - Vision, Mission and Values

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Our Identity - who we are:

Islamic Aid is an international relief and development agency dedicated to help alleviate poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest communities.

Our Vision - for change:

We seek a world where poverty, injustices and suffering have been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

Mixed Reality for Nervous Nonprofit Novices

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Here's a great new item for the :  "mixed-reality event."  When I first saw this term, I thought, "Hey, isn't that what occurs whenever any two sentient beings interact?"

However, it turns out that according to , ."  For example, a mixed-reality event can take place simultaneously in and .

On , there will be a mixed-reality that should be fascinating for all of us who are interested in .

In the mix will be:


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 I work & live in NYC. I have a variety of interests (local & national politics, health, faith based, computers, web etc).

I currently work as a field marketing rep for a non profit org in NYC. I would like the opportunity to do more in terms of community relations & event planning / advertising.


Putting the social web into action against violence: an interview with Clare-Marie White of Never Again International

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Clare-Marie White is the communications coordinator of , an international network that aims to alert the international community to both the causes and effects of genocide and facilitate the exchange of ideas between young people - those who have lived through genocide and those who wish to learn from them. (See their on Net2)

This group is very innovative and is really trying to leverage new communication technologies - the main page of their web page is a wiki! Wikis are web sites that any authorized user can edit, where all previous versions are viewable and notification of changes can be subscribed to.

In the following interview I asked Clare-Marie White about Never Again's use of new tools and she emphasized that new users have to be introduced appropriately.

Wossup with conference Podcasts?

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Hey Team - I know its been a big hassle to get audio from the conference out but something seems to be broken with the Odeo channel you are using:

In iTunes I can see two episodes about 'Open Source Computing for People' but cannot 'get' the .mp3.

So I went to odeo, found your 'channel', found those episodes and got a wierd error page:

Jose the director of the new National Clandestine Service says you do not have permission to view this page.

Wufoo makes online forms easy

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Some readers here may know that I've started writing over at the Web 2.0 review site . One new service that I wrote about this week stood out as something that could be very useful for nonprofits. It's called and it's an easy way to make online forms that can be inserted into your web page or used as separate pages. It is very flexible and honestly takes very little technical knowledge.

Integrated workflow management for nonprofit organizations: If you build it, will they use it?

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I just love the idea of a , especially one that's integrated  with filing, calendar, email, and all the other systems that keep my worklife in order.

It so happens that one of my esteemed clients is looking for a way to integrate , , , and workflow management into a system - so I spend a lot of time thinking about the human and requirements that might be involved.

For my client's purposes, there are basically two kinds of workflow management - a generic kind that helps any group of people, and workflow management that is tailored to tasks such as .  These further sub-divided into those applications that come with and those that don't.  And of course, one can drill down to distinguish between and .

The ones that I really like allow the user to log in and see a workflow management dashboard, such as the one that provides for accountants, with status reports and task lists laid out in a very clear and appealing manner.  Furthermore, the really good tools make it easy to set up a for passing along the work in progress - so that everyone who needs to contribute to, revise, review, or approve a project can do so - in an order that can be edited to reflect a change in plans.  I also like the idea of automatic routines, which alert you if a project has been parked on one person's desk for too long.

The only question is...if you build it, will they use it?

I recently had an experience that shed a little light on this question.  An esteemed colleague who has access to my electronic calendar printed out my in preparation for a .  I hadn't added (or checked off) much of anything in months. 

I love setting up systems.  I love playing with systems.  But the shows that when it comes to maintaining a simple online (never mind one that's part of a sophisticated workflow management system), I'm not necessarily showing up for it on a day-to-day basis.  And if the systems geeks don't do it, how can we expect to be enthusiastic users?  We have to think really carefully about building in incentives to participate, and measuring the positive effects that such an implementation .


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