Kiva in the NYT * Menu for Hope Launch * Both at Net Tuesday SF

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The idea of microfinancing — small-scale loans to the entrepreneurial-minded poor — reached the front page this fall when the Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize. But now the San Francisco-based nonprofit may have taken the idea a step further: with just a few clicks of the mouse, most everyone can become a microfinancier.
--Sonia Narang, New York Times 12/10/06

The more you give, the better your chance to win.
--Pim Techamuanvivit, Chez Pim
Today was an exciting one for our two SF Net Tuesday presenters. Matt Flannery's organization, Kiva, was in the  New York Times, and Pim Techamuanvivit launched her 2006 Menu for Hope campaign.
Big thanks to Jessica Guynn at The Tech Chronicles, Tara Hunt & Chris Messina at Citizen Agency, and Larry Halff of Ma.gnolia for giving a shout out for the event on their blogs.  
If you are planning on coming to hear Matt and Pim talk about Fundraising for Nonprofits with the Social Web, please RSVP on Meetup or Upcoming.  And come early.  I have a feeling it is going to be full.

Net Tuesday San Francisco will held on Tuesday, December 12th from 6-8 PM at Citizen Agency's Citizen Space (425 Second Street #300) in San Francisco.


Using Blogs for Advocacy - Article on NP Action

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NP Action has information about nonprofit blogs in their article titled Showcase Groups: Using Blogs for Advocacy.

Here is a list of the nonprofit blogs listed in the article:


Cheetah Conservation Fund Videos

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While searching the Internet for videos for nonprofit organizations, I came across a great one for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).

This video is more of like a commerical advertising the organization and points you to their website for more information.

You can find this video on two websites. The first website is on their

donation page on their website. I think this is a great idea to display a video on the donation page. The second website is on YouTube. Their video is titled Help Us Save The Wild Cheetah. People who come across this video on YouTube will learn what CFF is and can go to their website to find out more information.

Nonprofit Blogging Articles on the Chronicle of Philanthropy

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy just posted a series of articles about nonprofit blogs. These articles include Blogs on the Rise, 'Barroom' Banter and Cyber-Appeal: Tips on Creating a Successful Blog, 10 Nonprofit Blogs That Get Attention, and Charity Blogs: Excerpts From Recent Postings.

The article titled Blogs on the Rise is free to access.

Bloggers of Benetech, Donor Power Blog, Gift Hub, Smart Communities, The Agitator, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Donor InSite, Charity Governance Blog, Trent Stamp's Take,  and White Courtesy Telephone were mentioned in the article.

call for academic articles re: eParticipation

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Call for articles for a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics (JITP) on "Understanding eParticipation" -- efforts to broaden and deepen participation in societal decision making processes by enabling citizens to connect with one another, with public officials and with their elected representatives using information and communication technologies. Processes involved include both directly political ones such as petitioning and consultations and indirectly political ones such as city planning processes. (I checked with the guest editors: their definition of eParticipation includes online volunteers for advocacy groups/efforts and for nonprofits who are engaged in a politically-related activity).Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Current and emergent eParticipation technological infrastructures;
  • Current and emergent eParticipation methods;
  • Criteria and methods for evaluation of eParticipation initiatives to be undertaken in a systematic and standardised way;
  • The business case of eParticipation: Drivers and barriers;
  • Theories and contextual analysis of eParticipation.

Manuscripts should have significant theoretical and empirical roots, preferably in both social/political science and IT, but should at least contain significant content in both areas.

Experiences with international teleconferences

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If you click here you will find an interested blogpost from my e-collaboration group. We experimented with skype and interwise teleconferences and have some interesting observations like this one on the level of security and comfort: 

 Level of security and comfort. A teleconference (using a new technology or for a person unfamiliar with teleconferences) adds to your level of insecurity and discomfort, that you have in new groups. So if you have a new group, you can hardly get people to feel secure enough to get good work done. After all, these are all things that you have to consider while choosing for a f2f meeting, an online asynchronous discussion, a chat or a teleconference. A participant who was new in the group: ‘If it had not been for the explicit remarks that we were dealing with an experiment, I would have felt disappointed about this meeting. It was emotionally stressing. I compare this with meetings a had in South America, were I just started speaking Spanish. Even though I did not understand everything, it did not feel right to keep questioning: 'what do you mean', or 'would you repeat this?'. Still, people might ask for my opinion and expected you to participate in decision making. The experience with skype may be even worse: In the situation of our conference I could not check your faces, there were no lips to be read, no clues from the context. I felt insecure. I was so busy trying to listen that I had no energy left to check with the notes. I did not make notes myself, because I felt insecure about the content-value of what I could add.’’


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