Paul Horne of CThings.com has a great idea in action. He's combined his interest in new technologies and forward-thinking ideas with the greater "meta" conversation of how they can be used for cultural and social empowerment. Articles cover topics ranging from the United Nations's Support of the $100 Laptop to global poverty, health, environmental issues, media, and corporate power.
Dennis Kennedy is an expert in technology law and legal technology. He is also a legal blogger (“blawger”) and follows emerging web tools closely.
In the following interview we talked about non profit adoption of new technologies and the communicative as well as legal dimensions of blogging, RSS, OPML and wikis. Dennis also shared some thoughts on privacy issues and the upcoming Net Squared conference.
The auto-generated chart on the left shows all blog posts (in this case 74,977 of em) that contain nonprofit per day for the last 30 days. This is pretty cool. You can use these widgets on any site or blog simply by plugging in the code supplied with every "chart" search. Hmmm... not making much sense? Just try it -- simple as pie. You can get your own chart here.
And here's another one demonstrating the short half-life of compassion...
After a long day without much fun, I took a break to catch up on some bloglines reading. It was only going to be for five minutes, I swear ... but at Network-Centric Advocacy blog, I found fastr flickr a game that uses flickr images. It loads ten images that all share a common tag, one by one, and you guess what the tag is. (What a nice tool to use in a training session ...)
After that, I discovered an interesting photo set in the net2 stream and it was Seth Mazow, so I made him a contact. And the next thing I know he invites me to the International NGO Flickr Group. If you want to take a visual trip around the world and see some breath taking photos of the work done in far flung places, spend some time browsing this collection.
For the past 5 months, Rosenheck has been blogging as part of the organization's larger communications strategy. She has found the medium to be a very effective use of her time and the Urban Sprouts blog is a great example of how a small organization can build community and visibility with new web tools.
Mena is the co-founder and president of Six Apart, the company behind The Movable Type publishing platform, Typepad weblogging service and, after an acquisition in January 2005, LiveJournal, an online community organized around personal journals. She was named one of Fast Company's "Fast 50 for 2004" and PC Magazine's "People of the Year" for 2004. You can read her blog at Mena's Corner.
I think what we are seeing is that now the web is being able to be used in a new and exciting way, and it is more the culture of the web that is changing - as apposed to the tools. Yes the tools are needed - but as time goes on the tools will change and update, but the opportunity presented by the web for people to not only have there say but choose to listen to what they think is worth hearing becomes a significant cultural shift.
Robert Scoble, geek blogger, was kind enough to answer a few question via email. Author, with Shel Israel, of Naked Conversations, Scoble brings his expertise in communications, blogging and Microsoft to a short email interview.
I just logged into the NetSquared wiki. It's an introductory site by SocialText. Looks like I'm the first one there. Part of the deal is to blog about the wiki. But right now it's like being the first one at a party. You kind of tiptoe around wondering what to do. So, I invite anyone else in the wiki demo to drop in and we'll get this party started!