TechSoup is looking for a Community Builder. You don't really need experience on the high steel, but there are a number of other competencies that would come in extremely handy.
The Net² Community Builder will be focused on building and engaging a team of volunteers from within and outside of the Net² community and will ensure that TechSoup staff (100 of â€˜em) have an opportunity to contribute to the event.
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A pointer to an excellent article came through our aggregator yesterday. More about that in a minute. But first, If you're not sure what an aggregator is, please go here and see the sorts of things it picks up from around the net. It's very hungry, so feedings are always appreciated -- instructions are here and here (scroll down to "make the news"). To further assist you (we only live to serve), here's a picture.
If Web 2.0 marks the transition from using the internet as a protocol to using it as a platform, what is 2.1?
One interesting comment I heard at the Web2Point1 conference was 2.0 was the development of the technological solution, and 2.1 was the development of the documentation and educational tools empowering individuals andorgs alike to use it.
2.0/2.1 seems to be about how you can leverage the net as a platform to enrich and enhance ‘real-time’ (for lack of a better word):
Services such as meetro.com are leveraging the web as a platform to bring individuals who are close in location (blocks away from each other, visit the same bar regularly, etc..) together – organizing people looking to get out in real time and meet with people.
Love Compumentor, their people and the whole basic idea behind NetSquared.
And would like to pose a challenge: conferences and "Gala events" are to often about thinking rather than doing. I challenge the folks in this community to spend the next 196 days doing. And spend the conference and gala celebrating what has been done.
I wrote a paper a bit ago talking about Web 2.0 Collaboration for Nonprofits. The basic thesis is that Web 2.0 Collaboration is about "Moving to a culture where the first question is “how can others leverage what I’m doing” rather than “how can I protect myself from other leveraging what I am doing.”
I've been meaning to write something here about social marketing and cause marketing (though related, they're really different animals). Then I remembered -- smacking my forehead as in the old V-8 ads -- that I wrote a fair bit on this subject in Gonzo Marketing. As it's now one of those Search Inside jobs on Amazon.com, you can pretty much read the whole chapter -- or at least the salient pages -- using the links below. The scanning leaves something to be desired, as many of the pages are skewed, but I think this should work. I hope it will work. Like so much else on Net² at the moment, it's an experiment. Let me know if you have trouble with any of this...
Marnie tells me that one of her takeaways from last week's Web 2.0 conference was the definition of Web 2.0 software or sites or applications as tools that become more valuable the more people use them. If so there may be a natural congruence between the community/nonprofit sector and the Web 2.0 software world: nonprofits have a lot of experience with how to nurture communities, and in many cases have established the scale and breadth of relationships that could provide an instant user base for a Web 2.0 tool or community.