Update from the NetSquared team

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It's been a great week over here for the NetSquared team.

We're working with Duoh on refining our logo/identity and are excited about our upcoming website launch in mid-November.

We've also added a new section to our site called NetSquared in Action, which highlights various nonprofit projects that harness new technology as a powerful platform for action. As we continue to add groundbreaking projects, we encourage you to add more projects to this collection.

symposium on social architecture

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Produced by Corante in cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard Law School, the Symposium on Social Architecture will

...bring together the leading lights of the social software and social media space to discuss the overarching themes and underlying technologies that are driving the massive uptake of people-centered, user-driven, individual-connecting applications, communities, content, and services.

This announcement page is a great link list to some of those "leading lights." Poking around in their blogs is an education in itself -- perhaps especially valuable to those who, like myself, forgot to go to Harvard.

The Corante site overall is also worth a deeper look.

flock - social software takes a giant step

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flock star
A new web browser called flock was recently released in beta. While the main web page warns in lurid purple type that "This preview ain't for the faint of heart!," my computer didn't blow up or even start smoking. The thing is not ready to become your primary browser, but it's definitely worth exploring. Flock is built on the Mozilla Firefox codebase, and it works on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. You can download it here (unless you're a developer, you'll want one of the binaries, not the source code).

the rant that wouldn't die

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First, an apology. I've been AWOL from this blog for a couple days. I downloaded a new browser called flock, meaning to say a few words about it here. However, I got totally lost in the thing. In a good way. More on that in the next post, coming soon...

Meanwhile, David Weinberger, one of the co-authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, sends mail this morning about a marketing guy who just discovered the book. This keeps happening. It's interesting that, despite many changes in the net/web since we wrote it, certain themes remain relevant -- have perhaps become even more so. In his posting yesterday to, Jerry Bader writes about The Sound of Business -- and echoing Cluetrain, he says that sound must be the human voice.

Inventor of Wikis leaving Microsoft

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May be old news...


Associated Press

SEATTLE - The inventor of the online collaboration tools known as Wikis has left software giant Microsoft Corp. to join the Eclipse Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to open source technologies.

In 1995, Ward Cunningham created the first Wiki, an information-sharing Web site that lets visitors contribute, edit and delete any item they see.

The best known is Wikipedia, where volunteers contribute to a free online encyclopedia that now boasts hundreds of thousands of entries in many languages.

more notes from inside

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great ideas from staff at TechSoup's Net2 brown bag...

Where to look for case studies:

Places to recruit volunteers, especially international volunteers:

What volunteers can do:

  • Scour the web and their communities for more cases. Contact their case studies and ask them the 4 questions
  • Host f2f Net Tuesday meetups in their geographic communities
  • Participate in the net2 site by blogging, posting links, posting pictures, etc.
  • Spreading the word of net2 far and wide in their communities
  • Identify and/or create online guides on how to use emerging technologies.
  • Build the toolkits that people need. Have npo users identify their not-necessarily-technological needs, and give volunteers the impetus to seek and/or create technological solutions for those needs.

Entertainment, art, and f2f’s: *Drum Machine Museum, White Box, using technology hand-in-hand with art:

and more...


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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS GOES DIGITAL!Ombligo de los Barrios Chicano Park Wireless Network to launch with a FREE Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration Sunday October 30th, 2005,  12pm - 4pm

Chicano Park, San Diego, California

El Ombligo de los Barrios (the Chicano Park WiFi network) launches with a free family-oriented celebration of Dia de los Muertos from 12pm to 4pm. This fun-filled, family-oriented day honors the Day of the Dead holiday traditions , celebrates the distinctive Barrio Logan culture, and provides an opportunity for all to explore the benefits that wireless technology can bring to a community. The event is free and open to all.

NTC Boston 2005 - Live Blogging and Vlogging

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To build on Deborah's post about the NTC Boston Conference, here's my contribution to the coverage.  Since integrating video is a new skill, I experimented with a couple of different formats and kept process notes.

Format 1:  Brief Vlog Interview

I went into conference with a vague idea of doing a brief interview based on a snippet of information (gossip isn't quite the right word) that you would hear at a conference while you were chit chatting in the halls.  

Advocating for new technology in nonprofit organizations

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Photo by Beth Kanter

As the Boston N-TEN regional conference approached, I did a lot of agonizing about how to design a session on advocating for new technology in nonprofit organizations

I'd like to report that it went pretty well, mostly because some top-notch colleagues agreed to help, and a fellow member of the Berkman bloggers' group agreed to present a case study.

The moral of this story probably turns out to be "when in doubt, pass the buck!" 

Naava Frank deployed her considerable expertise as a facilitator and expert on communities of practice, Steve Backman and Eric Segal contributed the fruits of many years of experience as successful nonprofit technology advocates, and J Baumgart gave us a very frank and fascinating account of her adventures as an in-house advocate for RSS feeds within a department where making the case was mysteriously difficult.

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.  


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