The power of the blog.

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I found this article in the SFBG awesome. Not only does it show the power of the blog but how it can be used to not only ID issues but create solutions.

 Star buckers

By Masha Gutkin

Stick with the same subject long enough and people take notice. Among responses elicited by the Snoop's series on coffee was an e-mail from a blogger who goes by the moniker Green LA Girl. Byline: "It's not easy being green ..." Green LA Girl (who is, yes, located in LA) is at the root of the Starbucks Challenge.

Videobomb: Check it Out!

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via Johanna Bates, nonprofit technology geek extraordinaire who works for Community Partners sent me this update about a project that her husband, Colin Mitchell, just helped launch.

He works for a non-profit that supports independent, non-corporate audio and video file sharing (among other things).  He has been the lead developer for Videobomb, a website that lets anyone who wants to add their digital video, primarily little independent art pieces, spoofs, etc.-- for communal

Michael Rogers to present at the Conference

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Michael Rogers, MSNBC’s Practical Futurist will be participating in the Net2 Conference. One of the nation's leading experts on the impact of technology on business and society, Michael is an interactive media pioneer, novelist and journalist. As head of The Washington Post Company's new media division, he guided the Washington Post and Newsweek into the new century. He was founding chairperson of the European Technology Roundtable, an annual CEO gathering, which he continues to moderate along with the newer Asian Technology Roundtable.

Social Networking for Social Change

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I found this new social networking site through Nedra Weinrich's blog, Spare Change, while writing up a post for Blogher's Nonprofit & NGO section.  Its called 8x1: A Wishlist for Your World.  Users post their wishes for social change and are connected with other people who have the same wish.  They are encouraged to share resources, ideas and action steps towards making their wish for social change become a reality.

Conference idea - Web2.0 for NON-20-somethings

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It's a generally acknowledged fact that Web2.0/social networking is most readily accepted by young people in their teens and 20's. So, I think it's an interesting question to ask, "What about the rest of us?"

What Web2.0 tools/technologies/techniques work best for non-20somethings?

What Web2.0 tools/technologies/techniques are coming that will work better for non-20somethings?

How should a nonprofit that is using web2.0 do to engage with its non-20something constituents?

I can imagine a panel including

* a youth-oriented nonprofit person, e.g., Ginger Thomson from youthnoise

Video blogging with Irina Slutsky

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Irina Slutsky is a video blogger, tech blogger and all around Web 2.0 hip lady in San Francisco. She is one of the founders of Geek Enterntainment TV, an editor at Top Ten Sources and blogs about emerging tech companies for Under The Radar. Geek Entertainment TV is part of the Bubble 2.0 Snark Group, a network of Web 2.0 satirists. As Irina says, "Comedy is just a funny way of being serious."

We talked about her path to video blogging, her take on the future of the medium, it’s viability for non profit groups and what it takes to make and sustain a good video blog. Finally, Irina pointed to a few of her favorite people who have social change and real users at the center of their concerns while they work in the midst of the Web 2.0 whirlwind.

Join the Net2 in Action Writing & Research Team

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Come on over to the Net2Builder Group and join the Net2 in Action Writing & Research Team.

We are assembling a Net2 in Action Writing & Research Team to help us document examples of how the social web can be used for social change in the NetSquared in Action section of the site.

We are looking for:

2 Net2 in Action Team members to write up profiles from a growing list of nonprofits from all over the country and the world that are successfully using the social web to further their missions.

Steve Bergman of Goodwill International Joins Net2 Advocates

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When most people think of Goodwill International, they probably don't think of cutting edge web-based technology. Yet with an international network of 80,000 employees, Goodwill sees the potential new technologies have to enable organizations with many affiliates to share information and coordinate activities like never before.

With its 21st Century Initiative, Goodwill has also made technology an important part of the training it provides to over 700,000 homeless, disabled, and otherwise disadvantaged individuals every year.

Reflection on Action Learning at CP2 Workshop: Tagging and Delicious

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I  "met" Andy Roberts via CP2 web2.0 online workshop - which was fantastic.  His reflections remind me that  I wish I could have immersed myself in all the content (which was enormous) for the entire month, but those exercises and discussions that I managed to swoop into provided me with significant learning.    Particularly the tagging discussion which included an action learning exercise as well as lot of sharing of resources and information about tagging. 

It also reminded me that I haven't posted my own reflection -- it was sitting half written in my draft drawer .....

What I liked about the workshop experience was the combination of people and views -- we had some who were somewhat new to tagging and others who have been doing it for a while.  It was great to engage with the "newbie" experience of tagging and delicious and hear the reactions (both good and bad.)   Also, the process of how people wrapped their brains around it or not.  It gives you insights into the personal change process that is required to adopt or internalize new tools. 

The exercise went something like this and it struck me that if I ever taught a workshop on how to use tagging that I would definitely do something like this, tailored to the group's interests of course.

  1. Think of at least three people who have influenced you the most in your work in communities of practice.
  2. Go to, a social bookmarking or tagging tool, and create an account (if you don't already have one).
  3. Go to a link or resource that you most associate with each of your influential people and post and tag the link in your my We ask you to use at least 4 tags (preferably 6 or so) one of of which must be "CoP+maven" (chosen as an already blank tag set).
  4. In your my page explore out to see where and to whom your tag links take you.
  5. Come back later, give the system time to update, and spend a brief time exploring the search aspects of your tags, others linked tags and the common tags. Do a search on our prescribed tag CoP+maven or use this URL"CoP+maven"
  6. When finished return here and reflect on your experience. Let's see where this shared task leads us!

This lead to us some deeper reflection questions:

  • Is popularity (frequency of the number of people who bookmark a link) an indication of quality?
  • Is using more tags beneficial to finding or sharing or a hindrance?
  • Did I discover resources that I would not have discovered if I did a google search on COP or communities of practice experts and all the combinations there of?
  • Do you have to be disciplined and structured in your search methods/approach to reap benefits from Delicious or is a non-linear approach useful - or does it depend on the user?
  • How can keep from getting so distracted with this tool!
  • Does having more tags help you find something faster or does it get in the way?
  • The one aspect of delicious that frustrates me is when I find another user whose bookmarks are of great interest to me, I want to know more about them. Many times only userids are given, not their blogs or affiliations.

The discusison thread on sharing resources was amazing ... it's going to take me months to digest.  I also shared some of the pointers to the NPTECH tag experiment and was glad that Andy and others found it useful:

1) The story about community developing around the nptech tag.

Reading through Beth Kanter’s H20 playlist allowed me to see the shape of how this process unfolded, thus bringing a whole new idea into my mind. It is significant because once this possibility is understood, then the senses are alerted to the pattern and may be able to spot opportunities for intervening to help a similar process along. The elegance in the naming of the evolved tag name “nptech


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