I started CompuMentor in 1987 after spending time on the Well, one of the first online communities. I met Howard Rheingold and John Coate there, and a bunch of other really smart people. Most importantly, at least from my standpoint, was that the Well seemed to me an inflection point, a new game in town, a "moment".
It wasn't about the technology. For me, it's never about the technology. It was about social relations. You could talk to people in a different way; there was a different resonance to the conversation and because of that, different resources could be 'liberated' for social change. CompuMentor--which was based on the simple idea that we could create a viable structure for high level, in person technology volunteering at nonprofit sites--was an attempt to act on that idea.
We'd like to invite you all to join us for our second Net Tuesday event in San Francisco! It will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at Balazo Gallery (2183 Mission Street @ 18th St. Doors open at 6 pm.
Ed Batista, Executive Director of Attention Trust, will show you how to stand up for your attention rights, while Seth Sternberg will demo web-based IM app Meebo.
Come and mingle with Bay Area web innovators and social change agents for demos, discussions and drinks! Email email@example.com for more details on how to join the movement to remix the web for social change.
New Orleans Voices for Peace, a group providing Internet access, website hostng, media development and training for partnering organizations and communities affected by the Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
501c3cast Podcast for Nonprofits, an independent podcast for and about nonprofit professionals, volunteers and people who are interested in the nonprofit sector.
In beginning my reading of the Four Questions page and the Netsquared Case Studies section, I've had a few thoughts I thought I'd share here. Things I know I'm going to give more thought to and probably be including in my questions to some of the groups I interview here.
Here's the first one. How do we balance the use of new terms to describe new technologies with the strategic utilization of terms more familiar to our constituents? Do we use similes in explaining what we are doing ("RSS is like subscribing to an email newsletter, only it's a different and better inbox") or do we try to explain what's actually happening and risk some cognitive dissonance on the part of all but early adopters and geeks? ("RSS utilizes a second language (XML) that your content is published in and that's easier to manipulate and add metadata to than the HTML your browser reads.
I created my first case study here on Net2 last night. It's just a short description of my podcast and a little about why/how I produce the show. I really enjoyed the process of having to think of a concise way to sum up what is often a very organic and changing project for me. I'm looking forward to finding other topics that would make good case studies.
I'm excited to see that people are beginning to contribute content to the Net2 site. It really is starting to shape into the vision that the people with TechSoup/CompuMentor had in mind! Britt Bravo, the Community Builder of NetSquared, is doing an awesome job! She is encouraging and excited to find new content to share with others. She's a great example of the axiom that the success of a team project is built upon the accomplishments of individuals.
I love looking through NetSquared's news aggregator you never know what fun things you will find! As of this writing all of the awesome folks in the Net2 community have tagged with "net2" 441 items in del.icio.us, 107 in Flickr, 176 in Furl and 164 in Technorati.
Looking through the aggregator today, a few links that caught my eye were: