Yeah, you know: that Craig! The BBC reports on Craig Newmark's Craigslist and its "well over three billion page views" per month -- making it damn near as popular as my blog.
Everything about Craig and the company he incorporated, almost reluctantly in 1999, makes no sense in business terms. But that is its genius, and the reason why its users love it, and swear by it.
His mantras, which he articulated again from the podium of the New York Foreign Press Center, are that it is a real and reciprocal online community that is "just trying to give people a break" across the 190 cities it serves.
I have looked at a bunch of nonprofit websites which currently use RSS feeds. Many of these sites do not have much explanation about the RSS feed.
For example, the link says subscribe to RSS feed. What is the content of the RSS feed?
It helps to let the readers and users of your website know what the RSS feed is about.
I have also noticed alot of websites include information about RSS. There is information about what it is and how to subscribe. This is a great thing to add since many readers and users are not familiar with RSS.
"Across the globe, countries that discourage free speech have followed their citizens into the blogosphere. According to one count, in the last two years at least 30 bloggers (and there are no doubt more) have been interrogated, arrested, tortured and sentenced to long prison terms for the 'crime' of speaking critically about their governments. Regardless of your culture, your country, your politics or religion, we believe you deserve to speak your mind without falling afoul of state power." --from the introduction to BlogSafer.org, a wiki of Anonymous Blogging Guides.
The Olympia, Washington based Free Child Project engages in a large number of activities to support youth led social change. Their mission reads: The Freechild Project seeks to advocate, inform, and celebrate social change led by and with young people around the world, particularly those who have been historically denied the right to participate.
Adam Fletcher is the founder and director of Free Child. We talked last week about the group's work.
Free Child produces presentations, trainings and publications around the US and internationally that highlight youth-led social change efforts. The group emphasizes doing work with youth, as opposed to the normal models of doing work for youth. Free Child seeks to give young people the tools they need to more effectively make signifigant social change wherever they are.
Their projects include service-learning, topic-specific workshops and activist group incubation. The group does consulting with local and national non profit groups in strategic planning, capacity building and product development all with youth empowerment at the center of their priorities. They also perform networking services through conferences and online communications. You can read more about the group's work on the Free Child Activities page. The FreeChild resources page is a huge directory of youth led social change resources.
Emily from the Nonprofit Blog Exchange recently profiled the DC nonprofit, Connect for Kids. The Connect for Kids site provides information for adults about young people covering topics ranging from the arts to youth development, foster care to adoption, and welfare reform to health care.
They also have a blog where staff and guests can report on news and events and events that effect young people.
I've been writing about this over at Cambodia4kids Blog and Global Voices Online, but you may not be aware of the Cambodian Government's actions to silence critics of the ruling party hit its peek when Human Rights activists Kem Sokha, Yeng Virak and Pa Nguon Teang were all arrested regarding banners displayed on Human Rights Day December 10, 2005. These newly detained activists were thrown into Prey Sar prison with journalist Mam Sonando and teacher's union leader Rong Chhun, who were both arrested 3 months ago for offering critical views on government's actions related to sensitive border issues between Cambodia and Vietnam.