So, here's how it happened. Our own Jody Mahoney (that's her smiling face right there) emailed Doug Jacquier of CISA to ask him our four questions. Doug blogged his thoughts which promted a nice conversation in the comments and also started David Wallace at lifekludger to contribute his ideas. David writes: "...it is about making the platform more accessible to individuals and that thereby makes it more equitable. It is that change that makes the development of ‘community’ more possible." Mike Seyfang at learndogpup also has some thoughts. Mike says what's really new is that "there are significant changes in what people can PUBLISH and how they can SUBSCRIBE to pretty much anything."
I've been madly immersed in a project called dotOrganize -- a collaborative effort to get better tech/organizing tools and strategies into the hands of grassroots organizers, so they have the support needed to organize on- and offline.
The first and MOST IMPORTANT phase of this project has been working with a group of 20 organizers to really understand their needs (our Requirements Working Group). What’s clear from our initial research is that 90% of the people we're talking to are struggling. They flat out don't have the tools and resources to support their work, and our goal is to change this.
Today bloggingforacause.com performs an essential function of networking among blog writers and readers dealing with cancer. It is an excellent place to find cancer related resources and information. It is also a great example of what can be done with a personal blog focused on a particular set of issues.
Social Networking and Content Management (web publishing platform) are neck and neck in the Net2Builders poll, for the emerging tech. tool that has the most potential to help nonprofits and NGOs create social change. Join NetSquared's Net2Builders group and cast your vote!