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Now that this year is wrapping up and we have the verdict
on nonprofit technology
trends for 2013, we queried charity Technorati like Amy Sample Ward, Beth Kanter, Marnie
Webb, Peter Campbell, Nicole Wallace, the entire crew at Idealware, Lucy
Bernholz, and other
luminaries to find out what is in their crystal balls for 2014.
We lead off with Amy Sample Ward who is the executive
director of NTEN, the big membership
organization of nonprofit technology professionals. She is one of our great
online community organizers. In 2013, she co-authored Social
Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to
spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson
Kaplin. She also writes for the Stanford Social
Innovation Review and she also has one of the most read personal blogs in NPTech.
Beth Kanter was the first winner of the NTEN Award in 2007: Most Valuable Person in the NpTech field. She is the author
Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest
running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She has also co-authored two
books on using social media: “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine
the Networked Nonprofit with KD Paine. She was named by Fast Company
Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology.
Beth’s prediction is that cows will tweet! By that I think
she means that the Internet of
Things (IoT) will become more evident and more a factor in our lives in
2014. IoT is the trend in which non-human things
are more and more connected through the Internet to each other.
“Now the people are connected with each other, we will be
connected to more things. The convergence of mobile, social, data, and
wearable technologies means a lot of data about our preferences will be generated
and that means we will have a more customized experience. It also means that
privacy issues -- when there is a person on the other end of aggregated data
are going to be much more of an issue."
Find out more here.
Marnie Webb is CEO of TechSoup’s new app development
project, Caravan Studios. She is
the 2010 NTEN Award Winner and was named to the NonProfit
Times list of the 50 most
influential people in the charitable sector in 2008. She’s
one of our great forward-thinking people at TechSoup Global. She just did a presentation
to the Gates Global Libraries Working Group in November 2013 on the top
tech trends for libraries. The presentation also has additional resources to
foster a culture of innovation.
Peter Campbell is the CIO at Legal Services Corporation in Washington
DC. It is a large nonprofit and the largest funder of legal aid for
low-income Americans in the nation. He got
the NTEN Award IN 2011. He is the author of the chapter “How to
Decide: IT Planning and Prioritizing,” in the Nonprofit
Technology Network’s book, Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission – A
Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders. Find his blog here. Here are his predictions:
Nicole Wallace is Senior Writer for The Chronicle of
Philanthropy. She writes about innovation in the nonprofit world, social
enterprise, and charities’ use of technology. She has overseen the Chronicle’s technology
column since 1999.
Lisa Pool is the executive director of the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), the online community and annual conference for
foundation techies. Full disclosure, she also manages Simplify, a
new partnership between TAG and GuideStar, which is a new approach to applying
John Merritt is the CIO of the YMCA of San Diego County.
He is the 2009 NTEN Award winner and has been a nonprofit techie for over 18
years. John runs a complex IT system at the YMCA and always works toward making
it people-centric. He is known in NPTechland as one of the great ones who has
helped many organizations.
Lucy Bernholz is deservedly among the biggest names in
philanthropy and technology. She is the founder and president of Blueprint
Research & Design. She is also the publisher of Philanthropy 2173, one of the leading
philanthropy blogs and the philanthropy contributor to the Huffington Post. She is
a Fellow at the New American Foundation
and a visiting scholar at Stanford University where she’s doing astonishing
work at the Digital
Civil Society Project, which examines the 21st Century technology-driven
innovations in philanthropy and civil society. I especially like her Emergence
of Digital Civil Society report that she wrote with Rob Reich, Chiara
2014 is the latest Lucy Bernholz forecast on philanthropy. It’s a monograph
published by GrantCraft, a joint service of the U.S. and European Foundation
Centers. One thing I always like are her list of buzzwords for the coming year.
Here are some of her
Idealware is a Portland, Maine-based nonprofit who’s
mission is to inform charities on making smart technology decisions. They are
far famed for their deeply researched, and impartial reports on a wide variety of
nonprofit and foundation technologies, including their recent book, “The 2013 Field Guide to Software for
Idealware recently did a free webinar presented by all six
of their full-time staff members called “Hoverboards
and Videophones: Idealware Looks to 2014.” It was a great online event
where I got a much better sense of the people there. Here’s a bit of what they
How would I summarize all this? Certainly several of our celebrities mentioned ongoing concerns around privacy. The public debate spurred by the NSA spying
scandal won't go away any time soon. In a weird flip-side of that, as more data is stored in the cloud, there is a trend toward our using imaging tools and online databases to further our causes. Another trend that is bearing down on us is that multi-channel marketing is becoming a necessity for charities. And to do such marketing, we have to pay serious attention to the growing number of people using mobile devices to find us, donate to us, and volunteer for us. Peter Campbell said it best: "tablets will rule" in 2014. All we need to do is to integrate all this in our plans, but as Amy Sample Ward suggests, figure out how to also pull back
from the clutter and information overload. Happy new year!
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Images: courtesy of our celebrities
Using drones for disaster recovery. And as a follow-on to Lucy's comment about "makers," 3D printing will become more common in the sector, particularly in libraries.
These are great! Minor detail - GitHub isn't new, it's five years old!