Wednesday, May 28, 2008
For the past two days I've gotten to spend time at the NetSquared Conference with my Co-Editor of BlogHer's Social Change, Nonprofit and NGO section, and fellow NetSquared blogger, Beth Kanter of Beth's Blog.
Seems like there is a group of readers who read both of our BlogHer Blogs, and our personal blogs, so I thought I'd let you know when we'll be at the same place at the same time over the next couple months so we can meet you (:
June 11-12th we will both be speaking at the 2008 Making Media Connections Conference in Chicago. Beth will give a keynote about, "New Media: The Wizard Behind the Curtain," and teaching a session about, "Social Media Game for Nonprofits." I'll be teaching a "Nonprofit Blogging 101," and a "Nonprofit Podcasting 101" session.
We'll also be at the, "Blogging Birds of a Feather Meet-Up: Green/Social Change" on Friday, July 18th at the BlogHer Conference in San Francisco along with BlogHer Green Editor, Green LA Girl.
If you're going to be at either event, let us know!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
After I posted the list of Changebloggers on Friday, Tim Zimmermann of Change/Wire wrote and suggested,
"What about creating a Facebook Changeblogger group which would be open to Changebloggers? It could be a place where we could share info, links, news and tips."
So, I started a Changebloggers Facebook Group so folks have a place to connect, share resources, support each other and arrange online or face-to-face meetups.
It will be fun to see what happens!
Friday, May 23, 2008
You all sent in a ton of great suggestions and many of you are interested in meeting up in some way.
Below is a list of your Changeblogger suggestions, plus a few of my own.
In terms of organizing a way for Changebloggers to meet and connect, what do you think the next steps should be? Should it be virtual, or in person? In one place or multiple? A conference or unconference? Lemme know and keep adding to the Changeblogger list in the comments of this post, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or using the tag, "changeblogger".
Update 5/25/08: Based on an idea by Tim Zimmermann of Change/Wire, I started a Changeblogger Facebook group as a place for folks to connect and organize.
Update 7/14/08 SocialButterfly has created a Changeblogger wiki where you can list your blog, Twitter feed, etc.
All Day Buffet: Full on GOOD
A Million Ideas for Peace
The Bamboo Project
Barriers, Bridges and Books
Blogging on Purpose
Change / Wire
Fake Plastic Fish
Future Leaders in Philanthropy: FLiP
Gaia Community blogs
The Giving Hands
Make Something Happen
Public Sector Marketing 2.0
Pulse and Signal
The Serendipity Factor
Social Media for Social Change
So What Can I Do?
TED talks (video)
Tri to End Homeless
Up with Women (they've requested help with improving their blog)
*Changeblogger Lists & Directories*
Best Green Blogs
BlogHer's Blogroll of Social Change and Nonprofit Blogs
Corey Pudhorodsky/501c3Cast's Bloglines
Bloggers Unite (online)
Carnival for Change (online)
We Media Conference (face-to-face)
Big Carrot's Blogging for a Cause
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
But what can you do about a problem that seems so overwhelming? Can one person really make a difference? On April 15, 2008 I talked with Janessa Goldbeck, the Director of Membership at the Genocide Intervention Network, about what we can all do about genocide.
Friday, May 16, 2008
That's a lot of nonprofits, many that are doing similar work and competing for funding from foundations and individual donors.
To celebrate, and learn about best practices in nonprofit collaborations, the Lodestar Foundation has launched a $250,000 Collaboration Prize:
"The Collaboration Prize recognizes collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff. The Prize also seeks to build an information base of effective practice models that can be studied and used by academics, nonprofit leaders and grantmakers to inspire and advance their work."To be eligible to apply, the collaboration must:
- "Involve two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff.
- Have a structure that is evidenced by a formal agreement that uses the resources of each party in a more effective way; this agreement could be a memorandum of understanding (MOU), a letter of agreement, a contract, or a merger agreement.
- Have begun operation at least 18 months prior to nomination and must have been in existence no longer than eight years prior to the date of nomination."
I hope that one of the results of this award will be a guide and training to help other nonprofits to pool their collective knowledge, skills and resources in successful collaborations.
As the Everyday Giving Blog points out, the authors of Forces for Good, Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, found that "One of the six practices of high-impact nonprofit organizations is collaboration with other nonprofits."
Why don't more nonprofits collaborate?
Logo from The Collaboration Prize web site.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
On Saturday I completed the 29-Day Giving Challenge that I posted about last month. The process felt like peeling an onion. First I gave away money, then stuff, then advice, and then my giving became more intangible.
I came to realize that, at least for me, the most difficult thing to give away sometimes is compassion for individuals I encounter in every day life. It isn't difficult for me to care and want to help a cause, or an individual entrepreneur on Kiva, or a reader who emails me for advice. What is challenging for me is to be understanding with the friend who is always down and complaining, the client who stalls my work by not replying to emails, or the customer service representative who reads from a script of answers in response to my complaint. I lose my patience, and sometimes I get angry.
In his 1989 Nobel lecture, the Dalai Lama said,
"Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us."
On Day 26 of the Challenge I came across the Get Service video (above) about empathy. It is totally amateur and cheezy, but it made my blubber. I don't want to spoil it for you by describing it, but let's just say that when someone is getting on my nerves, and I remember to think of it, it helps me.
While out to lunch on my Day 29, I got one of those tea bags with a saying on the tag. It said,
"The finest pleasure is kindness to others--Jean de la Bruyère."
A Day Late and a Dollar Short and Dream Big! are about halfway done with the Challenge. Says Me, One Frugal Girl, Sarah Salway and Tragic Sandwich just started. PozVibes and Unclutterer are thinking about starting.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
If you have a favorite blog (or podcast or vlog) that uses its platform to raise awareness, build community and/or facilitate readers/listeners/viewers' taking action to make the world a better place, will you post the blogs/podcasts/vlogs' name and URL in the comments? I'll re-post the list of blogs/podcasts/vlogs you suggest on May 21st.
Also, while having coffee with Chris Naff of HumanKindMedia yesterday, I realized there isn't a conference or meetup, or any kind of get together, that I know of (see update), just for bloggers, podcasters and vloggers whose main focus is to use their blog, podcast or vlog to create social change. Do you know of one? Would you like attend one? Lemme know . . .
Update: The We Media Conference is a gathering of, "companies and individuals committed to harnessing the power of media, communication and human ingenuity for the common good."
Update May 23, 2008: Here is a compiled list of all of your suggestions: Changeblogger List + Wanna Meetup?
Friday, May 02, 2008
FinancialAidPodcast suggests paying down your debt, putting it in a savings account, or donating to a charitable organization. They recommend giving to the United Nations World Food Program and America’s Second Harvest.
Trista Harris of New Voices in Philanthropy thinks you should purchase goods and services from a local nonprofit. Harris is remodeling her home and is going to purchase some of the supplies she needs from the Habitat for Humanity surplus store and the ReUse Center.
thejivefather is going to be donating as much of his economic stimulus check as possible to support musicians in need. He suggests donating to the Tipitina's Foundation, The Jazz Foundation of America, The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Musician's Village, The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic.
In her post, Feministe Feedback: Where Should I Donate?, Jill at Feministe posted a question from a reader who wanted recommendations for places to donate her check to that are, "both pro-woman / feminist and helps the poor." Readers suggested giving to local organizations, food banks, homeless shelters, Heifer International, Building with Books, Global Fund for Women, Planned Parenthood, DonorsChoose, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, Modest Needs, Women for Women International, Camfed, and many more. They also recommended giving a micro-loan to a woman entrepreneur through an organization like Kiva, doing research for organizations on Charity Navigator, and purchasing merchandise from Global Girlfriend,
How will you spend your economic stimulus check?