Advocating for technology in the nonprofit sector is not an exact science: it's not the sort of topic that lends itself well to a straightforward PowerPoint presentation by an expert. Everyone is working with a different set of obstacles, unknowns, allies, resources, and strategies.
As session designers, we decided that the best approach would be to encourage brainstorming and mutual education. I hope that we succeeded to some degree, and that those who participated in the session will not only continue the discussion via the Boston 501 Tech Club email distribution list, but also post comments to my blog about other possibilities for enhancing the learning experience.
In preparation and in the spirit of the Web 2.0 online event on TechSoup we plan to have all next week, I attended an interesting confernece a couple weeks ago. This conference was in direct response to the Web 2.0 conference. The Web 2.0 cost $2800 to attend, and the Web 2.1 conference cost $2.80, or 1/1000th of the cost. For follow up to the observations below, please attend the event on TechSoup
Here are my notes from the Web 2.1 Brain Jam, a conversation about Web 2.0 for the real people, not just the developers. The conference's motto: The Point is the people.
From: David Geilhufe Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 8:05 AM To: ctcmembers Subject: Re: [ctcnet] Could Google Earth revolutionize CTC work?
Another factor for CTC's in leveraging GIS for their work is the release of CiviCRM. CiviCRM is open source, nonprofit-centric constituent relationship management (CRM) software. Think of it as an open source version of Kintera/Convio.
CiviCRM has a nice little google maps integration that could allow a CTC to easily collect and store their own data and "automagically"
Internet time -- which long ago became a cliche in itself -- appears to work particularly fast on net jargon. Case in point: "Web 2.0," which may be the shortest lived buzzword of the century-to-date. For a post that gives some sense of this from the investmet standpoint -- and which uses the delicious word bloviating to boot! -- click here. (via the gator)
One of the prime rules of searching the web is not to overlook "the obvious." The following may fall into that category for some, but it seems a worthwhile place to poke around for resources, ideas and potential allies. Click the graphic to get poking...
You can submit your own organization to the Google Directory by clicking here and following the instructions.
I just ran across this book while aimlessly link-hopping on Amazon -- an especially favored pastime whenever I've got the Asian bird flu, which is what it seems like over here. I know it can't really be that, but you tell me: what does it mean if you've got a headache and a runny nose -- and you're clucking and laying eggs?
Yes, well, nevermind. The coincidence is that earlier this week I blogged about a) The Salvation Army landing that slot on the InformationWeek 500, and b) a very influential book about nonprofits by king of the management gurus, Peter Drucker -- and just now I find this other book about The Salvation Army taken from something Drucker evidently said about the organization. As this was published in 2001, it's probably old hat to many of you, but I hadn't ever seen it. Maybe there will be a few readers here as clueless as I am. Though I doubt it.
I just saw that Sun is spinning off (is that a solar flare?) its open source education project designed to open up educational resources for primary and secondary schools to the masses. A quote from a recent eWeek article, titled, Sun Spins Off Education Project as a Nonprofit, on the subject says:
"The goal of GELC is to amass a collection of free online textbooks, assessment tools and teaching resources—including proven best practices for teachers. Nelson said GELC's focus will initially be on math and science education content for primary and secondary teachers. The community will use a model based on the Java Community Process to govern what content is added to the collection."
My good pal and Cluetrain co-author, Doc Searls, has called me out. There's no other way to put it. "Your move, dude," he writes. I encourage you to go read his post -- and to follow the links to what he calls "the best blowback against Web 2.0 boosterism." He points to an article by Nicholas Carr titled The amorality of Web 2.0. Personally, I didn't think it was a moral issue, but i guess I need to chew on this a bit. You think about it. I'll think about it. And we can meet up back here to compare notes.