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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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