participate, don't spectate

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more quotes for web 2.0 thinking .... 

from Subcomandante Marcos:

"The revolution, in general, is no longer imagined according to socialist patterns of realism, that is, as men and women stoically marching behind a red, waving flag towards a luminous future. Rather it has become a sort of carnival."

from Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and his World, Indiana University Press, 1984:

"Carnival does not know footlights, in the sense that it does not acknowledge any distinction between actors and spectators. Footlights would destroy a carnival, as the absence of footlights would destroy a theatrical performance. Carnival is not a spectacle seen by the people; they live in it, and everyone participates because it's very idea embraces all the people."

20 Minutes

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That's what it took for me to write up my NetSquared In Action case study of Campus Bread a blog written by interns, fellow and staff from Bread for the World and the ONE Campaign.  Yes, my screenshot doesn't look that great (we're going to be posting case study guidelines soon to help you- and me-with that) and my description is short, but its up as a resource for other student interns, fellows and activists working with nonprofits.  Case study perhaps isn't the right word.  We need folks to document success stories--fun, exciting, inspiring examples of nonprofit staff and supporters using technology to network, advocate, get the word out and futher their cause.  So, if you know of a nonprofit that is doing cool stuff with emerging technogy and have 20 minutes, send it in!

wikipedia: the sleeping giant?

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In a near-clinically-paranoid piece on webpronews today, "Expert Author" Steve Rubel (yes, it really says that) speculates as to whether "Wikipedia Is The Next Google."

While I've been more impressed with Wikipedia than I thought I'd ever be -- the global public editing capability is a two-edged sword -- I'm from Missiouri on the prospect of any imminent Wikipedia takeover. Unless and until I hear that GWB is an investor...

open-source gains

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TechNewsWorld picks up a piece from today's Oregonian reporting on initiatives to put Linux on the desktop. One example...

When [Homestreet-Banyan Tree Inc., which runs mental health clinics in Washington County] decided to upgrade its computer system this year, it planned to spend US$200,000 on new software from Microsoft and computers to run it. At the urging of the Meyer Memorial Trust, which funded the upgrade, it instead switched to Linux.

With guidance and donated computers from the Portland technology nonprofit FreeGeek, the new system cost just $50,000, according to Amy Price, the center's technology manager.

Psychiatrists, therapists and others who use the computers were initially wary of switching from Windows, she said, but the new system is working smoothly. Price said users quickly adapted to Linux's subtle differences. "They realized that it wasn't as scary as what they thought," she said.

btw, the FreeGeek site is worth a look --
especially for nonprofits working with local communities.

OK, 1,000 Case Studies

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We were a little overzealous yesterday and after listening to some feedback, we've decided that our goal is to create 1,000 case studies.  So, we have documented 37 and have 963 to go.  Wahoo!

I've got 11 orgs we'd love to have profiled so give 'em a gander and if one speaks to  you, let me know (so someone else isn't duplicating your work), click here and write 'em up!

1. Grist Magazine 

2. Grameen Foundation USA

Tagging and Social Networking With Books

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I recently discovered Library Thing, an online service to help people catalog their books.

Here are some of the features of Library Thing:

  • You add books by searching Amazon and other libraries.
  • You can use Library Thing to find people with similar libraries and get suggestions from people with your interests.
  • You can also add tags to your books and find books by tags. (just like and Flickr)
  • You can learn more about a user by clicking on their user profile.

There are so many more features about this website. To find out more about Library Thing, check out About Library Thing .

10,000 Case Studies, Oh, My!

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Hey Net2 folks!

My name is Britt Bravo and I’m Net2’s Community Builder.  I’m the person putting together the Participate page on the site,, and the one who can give you info. on all kinds of cool ways to get involved in NetSquared.

Have you check out the NetSquared in Action page lately?  Well, if you haven’t, give it a browse ‘cause right now we have 37 case studies up profiling how nonprofits are using technology like wikis, podcasts, blogs and RSS feeds to create social change.


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