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Upcoming Webinar July 24: Kickstarter, Uber, Airbnb, Oh My! What the Sharing Economy Means for Social Good
Uber, Kickstarter, and Airbnb are part of the new "sharing economy" but what about bringing forth social good? Join us this Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for a free webinar to discuss What the Sharing Economy Means for Social Good . We've written about the...
Last Chance on Net Neutrality: FCC Public Comment Period Ends Friday!
Update: Due to overwhelming demand on the FCC's website, causing intermittent outages, they have extended the deadline for comments through midnight on Friday, July 18 , so there is still time to put your opinion in. If you experience problems with the website's submission form, you can also...
Why Nonprofits Are Needed in the Sharing Economy
At the SHARE Conference last month, I spent time watching venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and techies praise how the sharing economy was the new way to make money and catalyze sharing and change. My TechSoup Global colleague Lewis Haidt was at the conference as well and penned Nonprofits Imagine...
Adobe Developer on Dear Adobe
We weren't the only ones who noticed Dear Adobe , the irreverent Web site for Adobe user feedback. Photoshop developer John Nack has posted a funny reply to some of the site's most popular criticisms of Adobe software ( link contains slightly off-color language and humor ). Nack admits the aptness of...
How the Web Is Changing Politics
The August issue of Mother Jones magazine (which you can also read online ) investigates how the Web is changing politics and elections in the United States, and is worth checking out. Addressing the question "Are we entering a new era of digital democracy - or just being conned by a bunch of smooth...
NetSquared Local: How to Get Connected Locally
This guest post comes from NetSquared community development manager Amy Sample Ward. An initiative of TechSoup Global, NetSquared is a global community of organizations and individuals leading the way in social change through technology. As Amy explains in her post, local NetSquared chapters have been...
TSGN Summit: Not Doing it Yourself
Last week, representatives from TechSoup Global's international partners came to San Francisco for a three-day meeting . It was great to meet our partners in person and learn about both their successes and their challenges. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing a few observations and insights...
Layal Rabat Introduction to the Community
Here is an interview that Megan Keane did with me a while back, cross-posted at: Member Spotlight Layal Rabat aka Ninlil Xeltentat . I also did a little video of my own to introduce myself to everyone here: Layal Rabat , otherwise known as Ninlil Xeltentat in Second Life is the Volunteer Manager for...
Ringtones for Change
What if your cell phone could generate publicity for your cause every time it rang? MobileActive.org has a great post on how you can create and download original ringtones. This brief guide includes links to forms that will help you determine whether your cell phone will support unique rings ; online...
TechSoup's Free Online Forums Event and Webinar, 3/25: Mobile Technology for Advocacy and Activism
It's time to whip out those planners because TechSoup is hosting another free online forums event and webinar on Thursday, March 26: Mobile Technology for Advocacy and Activism. Explore how to use mobile technology — voice, SMS, applications, and the mobile Web — for activism and engagement...
New e-Benchmarks Study to Be Released this Thursday
M+R Strategic Services and NTEN are about to release an updated eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2008. The study analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 21 leading nonprofit organizations. The report will be released at a special event in Washington, D.C .on Thursday, April 24 from...
Twitter Vote Report Needs Volunteers
To continue on the election theme, here's a fantastic project that's just sprung up in the past three weeks. Twitter Vote Report uses Twitter to compile and report on problems at voting sites. The application tracks everything from long lines and clerical mishaps to more serious problems like malfunctioning...
Call for Submissions: NetSquared MashUp Challenge
Do you have an idea for how a mashup could be a tool for social change? Can you imagine a way to combine data from more than one source into an integrated tool that would increase awareness around an issue? Then the NetSquared MashUp Challenge is for you. TechSoup's NetSquared project is awarding a share...
The Girl Effect's Sticky Video Marketing for Campaigns
If you haven't already watched this video on YouTube, I recommend you do if you're a nonprofit manager considering how to create one for your orgnaization. Not only does it have a nice message about saving the world one girl at a time, but as a former nonprofit manager trying to come up with sticky viral...
Bad Websites, Good Fundraising
This post was originally published July 13, 2010, and is being featured again as a part of our Sharpen Your Website campaign. One of my favorite parts of NCVS was meeting Joe Solomon of 350.org . Joe gave an excellent presentation on nonprofits and social media (more on that in a later post). One...
Technology Convergence: Serious Gaming, Internet of Things, and Nonprofits
It's always interesting to see emerging technology trends merge and intersect in ways that might someday prove valuable to nonprofits and libraries. ReadWriteWeb recently wrote about a startup called Green Goose that uses tiny computer sensors to track your progress towards health, personal finance,...
PdF Discount and Call: The Internet's Future - Will It Be Free?
Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) 2011 is coming up June 6-7 in New York, and as the content, speakers, and attendees are all uniquely suited to a large part of your community, they have extended a substantial discount (25 percent off) to the whole TechSoup universe! The theme this year is Agents...
Get Bloggers to Write About You
We've covered this topic before , but if you're looking for more ways to get people to blog about your nonprofit, 17 Tips for Getting Bloggers to Write About You is a great place to start. In this InformationWeek piece, Boing Boing author Cory Doctorow covers some of the more technical aspects of making...
"Who isn't creative and who doesn't have a story worth telling?"
Like a very brief documentary short, digital stories represent a powerful, immediate way to engage and inspire others. Combining images, narration, music, and text, digital stories are increasingly popular among nonprofits, which often have just minutes to attract attention to their causes. New, affordable...
AARP.org's Viral Video: Nonprofit Marketing at Its Best
Wow. All I have to say is that AARP.org — the nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over — has got one great viral video campaign going for them. If your nonprofit is looking for ways to capture audiences with your messaging AND have them forward your request...
Personal Democracy Forum 2012 Discount for TechSoup Community
The Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) 2012 conference is June 11-12 in New York. And lucky you! Our friends at PDF are offering a special 20% discount to the whole TechSoup community. About PDF The PDF conference is organized by Personal Democracy Media (formerly Personal Democracy Forum), an organization...
AT&T: Don't Criticize Us
You may have heard that AT&T's new Terms of Service give the company the right to terminate service for any activity that "tends to damage" AT&T's reputation. Via Boing Boing : From now on, AT&T can terminate your connection for conduct that "tends to damage the name or reputation...
Put Your Organization on the Map by Sharing Your Data Graphically
Just as newsrooms are recognizing the value of displaying content through graphics, so nonprofits and foundations should consider employing the same techniques, notes Troy Schneider in a recent post in his eponymous blog . Moreover, Schneider notes, nonprofits may be even better positioned to do this...
4 Mobile Nonprofit Sites to Learn From
Recently we gave you our top tips for going mobile. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite sites that can help bring those tips to life for you. Feel free to click away and see how these work on your smartphone or tablet! AIDS.gov This site has an open, clean design and does...
Free Teleconference: How to Social Network Your Way to $50,000
This Thursday, January 10 at 1 p.m. EST, Network for Good will be offering a free teleconference on the subject of using social networking tools for fundraising: Social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace, and blogs were the hot topic of the past year. So are they worth your time? How can you fundraise...