Schoolhouse Supplies Online Launch Story

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This past fall we piloted a new service called "Schoolhouse Supplies Online".  The basic idea is to provide an online tool for parents to purchase school supplies for their children.  What makes this tool special is that all of the specifics are handled through an amazing nonprofit here in Portland called Schoolhouse Supplies.

Schoolhouse Supplies is a seven-year old Portland organization providing free school supplies to local area schools.  Teachers visit the free store and "shop" for items they need for their classroom.  The supplies are donated by businesses, or purchased by Schoolhouse Supplies through donated funds.

Podcast: From Org Charts to Sitemaps -- How organizational structure affects web strategy and implementation

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Does your organizational structure support web innovation or inhibit it? Social Signal's first podcast will help you learn how to make the most of your own team's structure from the web strategists at two very different nonprofits: Corrie Frasier,  Online Communications Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jed Miller, Director of Internet programs for the American Civil Liberties Union. Corrie a

New tool for users in countries that censor the Internet - psiphon

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This looks promising!

From their website:

"What is psiphon?

psiphon is a censorship circumvention solution that allows users to access blocked sites in countries where the Internet is censored. psiphon turns a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere

Who will use psiphon?

psiphon operates through networks of trust. There are psiphon providers who install and administer a psiphon server (psiphonode) in an uncensored country, and psiphon users (psiphonites) who login and access the server from a country that censors the Internet."

Best Internet Marketing for a Cause 2006

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What makes us write a donation check, spread the word about a campaign, or show up for a meeting or protest? What makes us want to act for social change? Emotional connection. Passion for a cause.

For the past year, I have been writing for NetSquared about nonprofits and NGOs that are using the social web to cultivate donors, advocates and activists for their organization and their cause. I find that the campaigns I respond the most to are the ones with heart, whimsy and oftentimes, a story. Here are my picks for the Best Internet Marketing for a Cause 2006 (in alphabetical order). I hope you'll add your picks in the comments.

Blogging for Chickens by ProBlogger
: Darren Rowse celebrated ProBlogger's second birthday by raising $1100 (AU), or about $830 US, to buy 110 pairs of chickens for impoverished families via Oxfam Australia. When Oxfam contacted Rowse they said that Blogging for Chickens was, "one of the more interesting fundraisers that they’ve seen."

NpTechTag Summary: Find Out Why A Catcus Photo is Tagged with NpTech and How To Give the Gift of a Cow!

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Photo in Flickr from the_pek

Why is there a photo of a cactus in flickr with a nptech tag?  It's in a group of pictures that are also tagged with npoweraz like this one.  Wondering how to give the gift of a cow or other animal to family in a developing country for the holidays check out Heifer International's Holiday Fundraising Campaign.  There are many more great finds in this week's NpTechTag Summary.

WITNESS & Global Voices Online Pilot Human Rights Video Hub

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WITNESS and Global Voices Online have teamed up to pilot a Human Rights Video Hub where anyone anywhere can upload human rights related videos.

You can check out the pilot project on the Global Voices blog here.  Among the video up right now is footage of police dispersing student protestors in China, UCLA police using a taser gun on a student, and video shot by journalist Brad Will while reporting during the protests in Oaxaca right before he was killed.

Launch of the completed Hub is planned for 2007.

It doesn't look like it is updated very frequently, but you can also follow the Hub's progress on WITNESS' Video Hub Blog.

PLEASE License Podcasts so we can remix them!

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I just left a comment on the podcast shownotes for the 'Citizen Journalism' talk that I wish to remix and republish to help spread the word.

I am very surprised to find that there isnt an open (e.g. CC:BY) license so that I can do this without having to ask for (and somehow magically track) permission.  For more info on which Creative Commons terms are most open, check these conversations that Beth Kanter and I are involved in:

Nonprofit Open Source Initiative Salon

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If you are interested in the use of open source by nonprofits and want to help bring nonprofits and open source developers together, the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative (NOSI) has five ways that you can get involved:

* First, we are developing new open source case studies to supplement the case studies in the NOSI primer. We welcome contributions from additional nonprofits who have used Open Source Software (OSS), especially if your case study involves OSS that is not covered in any of the existing case studies in the primer.

Take Back the Tech: How Can Technology Stop Violence Against Women?

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Take Back The Tech

Like everything in life, we have a choice to use our tools, skills and knowledge to help, or to hurt.  Here are NetSquared, we focus on how technology can be used to help people, but sometimes it is used to hurt.  Take Back the Tech

is raising awareness about the role of technology in violence against women with a 16-day blogathon.  During the 16 days, from November 25-December 10, the Association of Progressive Communications, Women's Networking Support Programme is asking bloggers to write about how technology increases, or can stop violence against women with stories like these from the Take Back the Tech site:


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