Sign in or Join FriendFeed
FriendFeed is the easiest way to share online. Learn more »

Amy Sample Ward › Comments

Amy Sample Ward
2012 Top 100 Best NGOs by The Global Journal | The Global Journal - http://theglobaljournal.net/article...
"The Global Journal is proud to announce the release of its inaugural ‘Top 100 Best NGOs’ list. The first international ranking of its kind, this exclusive in-depth feature will no doubt stimulate debate, while providing academics, diplomats, policymakers, international organizations and the private sector an insight into the ever changing dynamics and innovative approaches of the non-profit world and its 100 leading actors. Recognizing the significant role of NGOs as influential agents of change on a global scale, The Global Journal has sought to move beyond outdated clichés and narrow conceptions about what an NGO is and does. From humanitarian relief to the environment, public health to education, microfinance to intellectual property, NGOs are increasingly at the forefront of developments shaping the lives of millions of people around the world." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
The Face of Black Men - Neither Super Predator Nor Superhero - http://pinterest.com/djmayna...
interesting use of pinterest to document the way black men are presented by the media - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
UNICEF Uses Social Media Monitoring for Annual Flagship Report « Radian6 - Social media monitoring tools, social media engagement software and social CRM and marketing from the industry leader in social analytics. - http://www.radian6.com/blog...
"UNICEF dedicated the 2012 edition of its flagship report, The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World, to the situation of children growing up in urban settings. Almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas; the report calls for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs. The goal of the communication strategy was to raise general awareness of the issue and offer information and facts for grassroots advocacy. Social media has become an integral part of UNICEF’s outreach strategy for main publications and campaigns." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Red Cross Opens Social Media Center For Disaster Response - TheNonProfitTimes - http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/article...
"The American Red Cross (ARC) has launched a digital operations center and digital volunteer program to coordinate response efforts during disasters, particularly when storm victims are huddled in a basement away from other forms of communication. The Digital Operations Center demonstrates the increasing importance of social media in emergency situations. The launch of a Digital Volunteer program will help Red Cross respond to questions and information from the public during disasters." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Crowdraising | Heath Wickline - http://hwickline.com/...
"Advertising can be a great vehicle to make a real, emotional connection with our audiences and to raise the visibility of a campaign or organization. But the expense of buying ad space can be a barrier to many nonprofits. Ads aren’t worth a thing if no one seems them, and ad prices are based on the number of eyeballs that will see them. That’s why Super Bowl spots are obscenely expensive while you see ads for local furniture stores in the middle of the night. It’s how the system works and it’s a conundrum. Social media may now provide an answer. A new online platform calledLoudSauce is looking to change that difficult advertising equation by introducing a simple way for individuals to amplify ideas they like." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Facebook Fan Gates Are Dead: How Do I Get Fans? | Brian Carter - http://briancarteryeah.com/blog...
"A stunning change with the new Facebook Timeline is that you can no longer have a landing/welcome tab for your business page. Everyone is going to land on your Timeline Page with the big cover photo. You’ll still have apps (tabs) but they’ll be even harder for people to find. Few people were going to Facebook pages already, fewer were clicking on the tabs, and now it will be nearly zero." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
What can local websites offer the BBC and other public service providers? | Networked Neighbourhoods - http://networkedneighbourhoods.com/...
"Networked Neighbourhoods has been working with the BBC to test the potential contribution of an alliance of London neighbourhood sites, using the forthcoming digital switchover as a catalyst. With representatives from a number of London local networks and heritage media groups, gathered in the council chamber at Broadcasting House yesterday, we explored the ways in which neighbourhood websites could be used as part of a two-way public service information network." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
"Drawing by Numbers introduces you to practical tools and online resources for visualising evidence. Tactical Tech's new project on data visualisation tools and processes for activism and advocacy. Over the next 12 months we'll review more tools, share work-throughs of first-time users adopting data viz software and release more Data & Design How-to's." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
10 Non-Profits Leveraging Pinterest for Social Good - http://mashable.com/2012...
"There’s no question that Pinterest is the hottest social network right now. From your friends and family to celebrities, athletes and designers, everyone’s pinning visually interesting content. But did you know that non-profit organizations are pinning, too?" Have you tried Pinterest? Do you think it would be valuable for your organization or a waste of time? - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Have you accepted online technology as your organizational savior? - Small Act - http://www.smallact.com/blog...
"When your leadership has Shiny Object Syndrome, you’ll often come to work to find newspaper clippings on your desk or links in your email all about the Next Big Thing. There will be a note attached that says, “Let’s do this!” You’ll sigh inwardly, instantly thinking of a dozen reasons why it probably won’t work or why you lack the time and energy to give it the best shot possible (mainly because you’re probably still wrestling with the previous Shiny Object du jour), but you’ve fought and lost enough battles of this type to know that you might as well suck it up and do what they’re asking. The problem with Shiny Object Syndrome is that it operates on the assumption that because something is “popular” (like, say, Foursquare), then simply using it will guarantee success for your organization. This isn’t always the case. In fact, it rarely is." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Forget Generation Y: 18- to 34-Year-Olds Are Now 'Generation C' - http://mashable.com/2012...
Interesting inforgraphic about the "Connected Generation" - what do you think? "It’s hardly news that young adults are the most digitally connected, but now Nielsen has come up with a new name for this group based on their common behaviors: “Generation C.” The C stands for “connected,” and the group comprises Americans between 18 and 34 — who are defined by their digital connectivity, Nielsen and NM Incite’s U.S. Digital Consumer Report says. They consume media, socialize and share experiences through devices more than other age groups." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Infographic: Do people still trust the news during election season? - http://craigconnects.org/newsinf...
Very interesting new infographic helping dissect data from a national poll examining whether or not Americans trust the media during political peaks. "The survey revealed the dramatic lack of trust Americans hold for sources of election news of all mediums. Of the six media types explored in the survey (cable news stations, network news, newspapers, talk radio, internet news sites, and blogs and social media), 'traditional' news outlets scored highest in terms of perceived credibility compared to newer and less traditional mediums..." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Business competitiveness is defined by social innovation | Guardian Sustainable Business | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustain...
"There are few companies that can afford to not label themselves as green and something similar is happening to the word social. From corporate social responsibility to social business to social investment, previously limited to charitable activities and workers' rights, social is on the march to becoming the new green. As with any label, ubiquity is as much a measure of success as a sign of abuse. And as with green we have to smarten up and learn to ask the right questions. For social impact some judge by good intention, while others measure by human development indicators or complicated calculations on social rates of return." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
"The OccupyLondon tech team is pleased to invite Occupiers and friends from the Open Source software community all around the world to participate in the biggest series of global Occupy code sprints yet, the Spring of Code." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Digital Storytelling Challenge from TechSoup - http://forums.techsoup.org/cs...
"TechSoup’s annual Digital Storytelling Challenge (TSDigs), powered by Lights. Camera. Help., combines professional instruction and friendly competition into a hands-on media-making project." Learn more about the various educational programs planned and how to submit either your one minute video or five photo presentation to the competition! - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
NTEN's Technology Leadership Academy Returns for 2012 - http://www.nten.org/blog...
"We're excited to announce that the Technology Leadership Academy is returning in 2012. Even better, thanks to the generous support of Google and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we're able to offer the Academy at no charge to qualifying organizations. The Academy gets at the very heart of what NTEN does. We believe that with improved tech leadership, nonprofits like yours will provide more and better programs, inspire more communities, and involve more volunteers to share their time." The deadline to apply for the next learning group is February 24th! - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
This is What a Librarian Looks Like - http://lookslikelibraryscience.com/
I love this example of a Tumblr blog used for a perspective-changing campaign. It's a great case study of how individuals and start and drive a campaign and the way that a concept can translate across cultures and countries. - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
12 Digital Fundraising Trends for 2012 - http://givinginadigitalworld.org/2012...
"Back at the start of January I set myself the target of publishing twelve posts on trends I think are going to prove important to digital fundraisers this year – both as a means of kick-starting my own thinking after the holiday season and to help inform your planning considerations at this key time in the year." Check out the 12 Trends, from Personalized Video Thanking to Ebooks to Digital Fundraising Staffing! - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of the Planet of the Apps | App Annie - http://www.appannie.com/blog...
This infographic and accompanying data is a great overview of the changing landscape of mobile applications around the world. It's also a great example of how infographics can help illustrate data, but coupling them with more complete narrative can ensure readers really understand what the data is saying. - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
“'2011 did not have the 35% year-over-year growth rate in online giving that happened in 2010, but online fundraising did not lose its mojo,' said Steve MacLaughlin, co-author of the Report and Blackbaud’s director of Internet solutions. 'Every sector in the analysis has had double-digit growth since 2009, but as with all large numbers, the bigger the overall percentage gets, the slower it tends to grow.'In 2011, online giving was up 13% on a year-over-year basis when large International Affairs organizations are removed from the analysis. International Affairs is the only sector that didn’t experience positive growth in 2011, due to the tremendous amount of online giving in 2010 in response to the Haiti earthquake. When these organizations are included in the analysis the overall online fundraising growth rate drops to 0.3%." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Constant Contact Survey Reveals Social Media is a Critical Marketing Tool for Event Planners; Usage Expected to Increase | Business Wire - http://www.businesswire.com/news...
"A new survey from Constant Contact® finds that social media marketing has become a critical marketing tool for small businesses and nonprofits planning events, with 77% of event planners currently using social media to market their events, and another 14% planning to do so in the next year. The survey also reports that event planners still rely heavily on email marketing, online event marketing tools, websites, and print advertising to promote their events, indicating that traditional forms of event marketing still play an essential role in promoting an event." Get the free ebook "The State of Event Marketing" at: http://img.constantcontact.com/docs... - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
"Approximately 24 million active voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies, according to the Pew Center on the States. Research in Pew's report, Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient, underscores the need for registration systems that better maintain voter records, save money, and streamline processes. This is an effort that eight states are spearheading with Pew’s support." Registering people to vote, so long as you allow anyone to register for any party and do not advocate for specific voting actions, is not outside your 501c3 status. I really wish more organizations included voter registration efforts in their community work! - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
What We Talk About When We Talk About Digital Activism | The Meta-Activism Project - http://www.meta-activism.org/2012...
"Usually when we talk about digital activism we talk about concrete anecdotes (the Arab Spring, the 2012 presidential race, the Koman/Planned Parenthood blow-up) or abstract trends (slacktivism, cyber-war, hacktivism).  What we rarely talk about is how we talk about digital activism: Is our focus in the right place? Do we know what we’re talking about? Are we being honest?" - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Jillian C. York » The Arab Digital Vanguard: How a Decade of Blogging Contributed to a Year of Revolution - http://jilliancyork.com/2012...
This is a terrific piece from Jillian York - a must read on digital activism! "This article was first published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs Vol. 13 Issue 1 (Winter/Spring 2012), “Language, Identity and Politics” and is re-published here with permission." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
The Age of Mobile Email Has Arrived. Are You Ready? | NTEN - http://www.nten.org/article...
"What if you found out that one-quarter of your subscribers were reading your emails on their mobile phones? There’s a good chance they already are. (And if they’re not, they will be soon!) As of November 2011, 89.6 million Americans are using their mobile phones to access their work or personal email. That's an increase of 28% in the last year alone." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
2011 NTEN Champions Fundraising Campaign by the Numbers | NTEN - http://www.nten.org/blog...
"The funny thing about being the Nonprofit Technology Network is that it can be really hard to practice what we preach. You may recall that the NTEN community recently helped us raise over $15,000 to host more local events throughout 2012. We learned so much while running that campaign, but we also made lots of mis-steps along the way. One of the things we wished for as we navigated the campaign: benchmarks. Besides average gift amount, what might we expect?" - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Eric Lanke: Stop Calling It Strategic Planning - http://ericlanke.blogspot.com/2012...
"So I'm working my way through Humanize, and like most everyone else, I'm really enjoying it. This will probably be the first of several posts describing the thoughts it provokes for how I am and should be running my association. But dare I start with the endlessly controversial subject of strategic planning? I've heard Jamie Notter (and others) decry this staple of association board meetings as a tool whose time has come and gone, but it wasn't until I read the treatment of it in Humanize that I really understood what he was talking about. And it's convinced me of one undisputable fact. I need to stop calling what my association does strategic planning." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
New Research Proves the Business Case for Product Giving : PitchEngine : Get the Word Out™ - http://pitchengine.com/good360...
"New research from Indiana University concludes that businesses can do well by doing good through product philanthropy.  Donating products to charities helps corporate bottom lines, reduces waste in landfills, and provides relief for people in need. With a record number of Americans living in poverty today, product donations allow people to use their limited resources to pay for food, health care, prescription drugs, utilities and other vital needs. The study, released today by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), provides the first detailed examination of the return on investment for donating merchandise as opposed to liquidating or destroying it." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Is email going out with 2011? | craigconnects - http://craigconnects.org/2012...
"I took a look at a few articles and studies, and according to ComScore's 2010 Digital Year in Review, email use dropped 59% among Internet users ages 12 to 17 in 2010. Users ages 18 to 54 have reportedly turned away from email, as well — many are instead communicating through social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. An increase in email use, however, was visible in the 55+ age group, who used web-email 15% more in 2010 than in 2009. The report also went into detail on what sites people spent their time on: it illustrated that time spent on webmail sites declined while social networking sites increased considerably." Would love to hear what your experience and perception of email use is! For me, I see the way I use email and treat email changing, but the importance and irreplaceability (is that a word?) of it staying the same. You? - Amy Sample Ward
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook