In the beginning, TechSoup’s Marnie Webb, Daniel Ben-Horin, and Billy Bicket created NetSquared to "remix the web for social change." The year was 2005. TechSoup was then called CompuMentor. The Iraq War was raging. Pope John Paul II died, and Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The buzzword then was Web 2.0, which heralded a new, participatory web culture.
I've had this suspicion for awhile, but a recent Guardian piece Fruzsina Eordogh supports it. I've suspected that the online social justice movement called 'hactivism' is not led by charities. Its is spearheaded by anarchic groups like Anonymous.
It's time to catch up on some of the nonprofit technology trends and news out in NGO-land. We're in the season for charities to brush off their video cameras to tell their story and it's looking like the other Facebook (Google+) is starting to become a more useful tool for community organizing. Finally, swing into spring with new web design fashions. This piece was orignially published on the TechSoup.org blog.