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Expanding the Options for Integrated Online Software

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I have written a new article entitled, Retooling the eNonprofit: Expanding the Options for Integrated Online Software.  It has been published by Idealware, where I am a Board member.  The article describes what integrated online software tools are available today, and offers some considerations when choosing tools for emailing, online donations, advocacy online, and more.  Idealware provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website.

Have Portal Must Engage

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Freenets, community technology hubs - whatever!

Well that's been my impression, based on the sole experience of my local freenet the Vancouver Community Network, VCN.  Don't get me wrong they're very ... utilitarian.

VCN Vision Statement

The Vancouver Community Network strives to be an inclusive, multicultural, community-based organization which ensures the free, accessible electronic creation and exchange of the broadest range of information, experience, ideas and wisdom.

VCN Mission Statement

The Vancouver Community Network owns, operates and promotes a free, publicly accessible, non-commercial, community computer utility in the Lower Mainland of BC which provides a public space on the Internet.

Last chance to cast your vote for top nonprofit tech tool

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Join the Net2Builders group and contribute to this month's poll:

What emerging tech. tool do you think has the most potential to help nonprofits and NGOs create social change?

So far, Content Management (web publishing platform) and Social Networking are neck-and-neck with podcasting trailing behind.

And we've had some write-in answers:

"Content management systems as web application platform (Start with a simple website, graduate to constitute engagement and go further to back office donor management . . .all on the same technology platform)"

Strategic Communication for Change: An Interview with Nancy White

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Nancy White provides strategic communication, online community development, facilitation, marketing, and project management services for the community, non-profit and business sectors through Full Circle Associates, her Seattle, Washington based consultancy.

Nancy is on the advisory boards for BlogHer, Knowledge in the Public Interest and works with many other organizations. She helped set up and has been a key facilitator of the March of Dimes’ ShareYourStory blog community for parents with children in neonatal Intensive Care Units.

biko lives

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Tectonic, a South African open source newsrag, today runs a story titled Open source the focus at NGO conference...

The South African NGO Network's (Sangonet) second annual "ICTs for Civil Society" conference and exhibition will have a strong emphasis on open source software.

Sangonet executive director, David Barnard, says the conference will target NGOs experienced in the open source field, as well as NGOs who haven't actively engaged with open source software yet.

I hope my title slug above is warranted and that the code is getting down to the people who need it most and know best what to do with it. Diametrically opposed to the thrust of open source, imperial power has a way of replicating itself via the carrier DNA of the proprietary information technologies that have traditionally maintained and supported closed societies. Yihla Moja -- the man is dead.

And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

PEW Report - The Strength of Internet Ties

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project today released a report describing how the internet improves Americans' capacity to maintain their social networks and how they gain a big payoff when they use the internet to activate those networks to solicit help.

The report is based on two surveys and finds that the internet and email expand and strengthen the social ties that people maintain in the offline world. The surveys show that people not only socialize online, but they also incorporate the internet into their quest for information and advice as they seek help and make decisions.

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