2010 Year in Review: Think Tanks to Keep You Thinking

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As the year comes to a close, we're reminded to reflect back on some of the highlights from the last 12 months. This is the second of four year in review posts I'll be sharing to highlight some of the exciting moments for NetSquared and our global community in 2010. In this post, I'm taking a look back at all of the Net2 Think Tanks from 2010.

Net2 Think Tank: A round-up of round-ups!

The Net2 Think Tank is a monthly blogging/social networking event open to anyone and is a great way to participate in an exchange of ideas.  We post a question or topic to the NetSquared community and participants submit responses either on their own blogs, the NetSquared Community Blog, or using social media. 

  • February: Online Fundraising Lessons Learned
    This month's Net2 Think Tank asked for your lessons learned and favorite tips for online fundraising.  We know that for many venturing into the world of online fundraising can feel like going for a run with a blindfold on.  But, we also know that this community is full of smart, experienced folks who are always sharing their ideas, best practices, and feedback for the rest of us to learn from. This round-up has a few different examples to give you valuable advice and even get you think about your next online fundraising campaign.
  • March: Writing an Effective Social Media Policy
    As social media becomes increasingly embraced by mainstream employers, how can you write a social media policy for your organization that both celebrates the positive side and addresses the negative side of social media?  The March Net2 Think Tank asked for examples of effective social media policies and this round-up has some great examples to get you started creating a social media policy in your organization!
  • April: Apps for Good
    Innovation in the world of mobile applications has been moving at lightning speed, and fortunately for us, there are many passionate people building apps that are working solely to help promote social good or to help vulnerable people in some way. The April Net2 Think Tank asked for examples of mobile applications that successfully use technology for social good.
  • May: Donating Time and Talent Online
    For this month's Net2 Think Tank we hoped to help expand online giving to a broader focus than simply online fundraising. Through the wonders of new technology, the process of donating money has become dead simple. So, we asked you, what can organizations do to make online contributions of time, talent, and skills just as simple? Who's doing it right and what should others be doing?
  • June: Using Online Tools for Internal Comms
    For this month's Net2 Think Tank, we asked you for your tips, tools, and suggestions for communicating online within a team. Many organizations have found ways to work seamlessly across the hall or across an ocean using online tools to facilitate their internal communication, but finding the right tools for your team takes effort. This round-up aims to help you to jump-start your creative juices and re-think the way you look at internal communications.
  • July: Age Segmentation in Social Networking
    For this month's Net2 Think Tank, we asked you to share your thoughts and best practices for reaching a particular age group online. We are hoping to understand what tools or practices appeal to different age groups and how organizations can best target their online efforts to those audiences. This round-up is a summary of the responses we received from the community and it will hopefully serve to help you re-think the ways that you're targeting your limited audience.
  • August: Going Digital
    For this month's Net2 Think Tank, we asked you about your strategies and case studies for "Going Digital". We are hoping to understand how organizations are moving content that was once designed for offline purposes to an online environment. This round-up shares several case studies and provides tips and lessons learned for digitizing your content.
  • September: Finding Volunteers Online
    For this month's Net2 Think Tank, we asked you to share your tools, tactics, and best practices for promoting your volunteer opportunities online. There are many tools and resources available - so finding the ones that work best for your audience, and finding the ways that you can use them effectively can be a task. Below is a list of networks, tools, and best practices that will help steer you in the right direction.  
  • October: Creating Effective Video
    For this month's Net2 Think Tank we asked you to share your tools and tactics for creating effective video messages - regardless of budget and organization size. Affordable video capability and basic editing software are now widely available and easy to use. But, how can organizations and enterprises best use video to inspire change? Below is a list of tips and suggestions on making decisions to do with hardware and software, message and editing, video quality, and promotion ideas. 
  • November: Using the Web to Raise Awareness
    In certain places such as Alabama, North Carolina, November is nonprofit awareness month. To celebrate, we asked you to share your advice for using the web to raise awareness as part of this month's Net2 Think Tank. We were hoping to learn how nonprofits are raising awareness and share those tips with the wider community. Below is a list of the answers we received!
  • December: Reflecting Back On 2010 -- Open for responses through tomorrow!
    It's December and that means a new year will soon be upon us! As we head into 2011, let's take a moment to reflect on the big accomplishments from 2010! When you look back at the world of innovation and social benefit this year, what are the key things that come to mind? Share your reflections with the NetSquared Community!


Which topics did you find useful? Which topics do you wish we'd covered? We will have many more Think Tanks next year, and we're always interested in what get's you thinking!