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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
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
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
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
Amy Sample Ward
Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database: Case Studies | Idealware - http://idealware.org/article...
A great collection of three case studies from very different organizations, including Fight Colorectal Cancer, Sarah's, and Earthjustice. How are you managing your data? - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Why Real-World Socializing Is the Next Big Thing for Social Media - http://mashable.com/2011...
"From the Latin root socials, meaning “united, living with others,” the word social is firmly grounded in the physical world and implies face-to-face interaction. If you’re a social person, it means you like to spend time with other people. But this definition conflicts with today’s concept of social networking, in which we interact primarily with screens rather than with people." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
Here's What People Look at on Facebook Brand Pages - http://jcbivins.visibli.com/share...
"In an effort to catch your eye on their Facebook pages, brands have experimented with apps and splashy profile photos. But in almost all cases, it turns out, the humble Facebook wall itself steals the show. In an webcam eye-tracking study for Mashable by EyeTrackShop, the 30 participants who viewed top Facebook brand pages almost always looked at pages’ walls first — usually for at least four times longer than any other element on the page." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
"As Habitat for Humanity celebrates their 35th anniversary, along with the completion of their 500,000th home this month, they’re jumping on the “social” train and investing in new web tools that integrate the “social media experience” with the “volunteer experience.” Check out these three great tools that Habitat has developed to make volunteering more social in this digital age." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
How One Company Saved Thousands of Dogs Using Social Media - http://mashable.com/2011...
Great post from Frank Barry with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels! "Social media is all the rage, but does it actually help create real change in the world? The folks at Best Friends Animal Society would answer with a resounding yes! Best Friends has introduced the Invisible Dogs Campaign, a nod to the invisible dog leash from the ‘70s and ‘80s. “Invisible dogs” refer to the forgotten pets found in city shelters that face tremendous odds to get adopted. “[We’re] turning that into a real message about adopting dogs unseen in the nation’s shelters,” explains Claudia Perrone, marketing manager for Best Friends. Best Friends provides a valuable example of social media mobilizing people to take action in the real world." - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
What Nonprofits Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas - http://philanthropy.com/article...
"In the six week since Occupy Wall Street began its protests, the movement has spread across the country. Nonprofits that want to create movements that take hold and spread fast need look no further than the We Are the 99 Percent Tumblr blog, says Micah Sifry, co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum. Where nonprofits often stumble in their social-networking efforts, he says, is by creating campaigns that are "a little too slick, a little too professional, a little too cautious, a little too controlled."" - Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward
The Complexity of Scaling Up « Aid on the Edge of Chaos - http://aidontheedge.info/2011...
"Despite increased prominence and funding of global health initiatives, attempts to scale up health services in developing countries are failing, with serious implications for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. A new paper argues that a key first step is to get a more realistic understanding of health systems, using the lens of complex adaptive systems." - Amy Sample Ward
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