Net Tuesday June 2: Mobile Technology for Social Change

Mobile technology is one of the fastest growing areas of digital technology. And developing applications for social change is following apace.

Our next Net Tuesday on June 2 will be about mobile applications for social change. Again, we’ll be meeting at Buffalo Billiards, 118 Chestnut Street. We’ll start gathering at 6:00 PM, and the program itself will begin between 6:30 and 6:45. RSVP on Meetup.

What does mobile technology for social change mean?

Ivan and Seth will discover part of the answer attending the 4th annual NetSquared Conference (N2Y4) in San Jose May 25–26, which is featuring a number of mobile projects, competing for $50,000 in prize money to further their development. (This page provides ways to follow along with the conference.) Ivan and Seth will report back on what we thought were the most interesting projects.

And, we also want to hear your thoughts and experiences (and hopes) about using mobile technology for social change. If you know of any local projects in this arena, please let us know. If you think it’s interesting, please come and share your perspectives.

The featured projects at N2Y4 include:

So come, bring your mobile device, and discover and talk about how these little machines are starting to play their part in improving the world.


Net Tuesday May 5: Nonprofits and Twitter

The next Net Tuesday will be next Tuesday, May 5 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Buffalo Billiards at 118 Chestnut Street.

Come learn about how nonprofit and social change organizations are using the micro-blogging service Twitter.

The popularity and creative use of Twitter by organizations has been growing exponentially.

  • How are nonprofit and social change organizations using Twitter to engage with their audiences?
  • What strategies are useful, and what pitfalls should you avoid?
  • Can you really say anything in 140 characters?
  • And how can you tell if your efforts in the “Twittersphere” are effective?

Join an interactive discussion about lessons learned and future plans of local nonprofit and social change organizations for using Twitter. The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will be discussing its recent use of Twitter to engage its members in online advocacy efforts and “live reporting” from events like Philadelphia City Council meetings. Take a look at their Twitter stream.

We’re also inviting other local groups — if you work with or know of a local organization using Twitter, let us know!

Philadelphia Net Tuesday organizers will be Tweeting in advance of our gathering as well as at the event. We encourage you to Tweet about it as well — just use the hashtag #phlnet2 — and if you’re not on Twitter, you can follow along here.

ss_aa_logoWe have a special sponsor this week: bg Theory, an Internet marketing training company. In support of Net Tuesday, bg Theory is offering a discount off of their upcoming Google Adwords seminars in Philly May 20 and 21.  To get the discount, go to the registration page, and enter meetnet as the discount code.

RSVPs via the Meetup page are helpful, but not required. Feel free to show up, and bring a friend. See you next Tuesday!

—Seth (Twitter: @sethhorwitz) and Ivan (Twitter: @rootwork)

Presentations from June 3, 2008 Net Tuesday meeting

Our second meeting on June 3 had about 23 people attending, with a good deal of energy and enthusiasm.  We had two presentations.  The slide shows for them are below.  Videos of the presentations will be posted shortly.

The first presentation was by Larry Miller, on Extensible Meeting and Process Management.

The second presentation was by Seth Horwitz and Ivan Boothe, recapping some of the mashups they saw and were most impressed with at the 3rd Annual NetSquared Conference (N2Y3).

Net Tuesday Philly: June 3

Plans are coming together for a great meeting this Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 PM, at Independents Hall, 32 Strawberry Street in Old City. RSVP now for the June Net Tuesday!

NetSquared 2008 Mashup Challenge and Conference

Highlights from this month’s Net Tuesday will include:

  • A report (with demonstrations) from Seth and Ivan about some of the really cool stuff they saw at the annual NetSquared conference in San Jose. A key feature of the conference was a showcase and competition among 21 finalists of the NetSquared Mashup Challenge. Innovative ideas and applications, combined with deep, authentic commitment to social change, produced some really interesting sites in various early stages of development. We will showcase a few of these, including the winners of the Mashup Challenge, and highlight principles and practices we believe will be useful and interesting to Net Tuesday folks.
  • A short presentation by Larry Miller of the I Do Foundation about their use of extensible meeting and process management.
  • A live update from the Philly WiFi forum happening simultaneously up at Temple University.  NOTE:  This meeting has been postponed to June 18, so there won’t be an update at the Net Tuesday meeting.

Plus, plenty of time for schmoozing, networking and getting to know one another.

The June Meeting is sponsored by — Engaging Women in the Political Process

Good ideas, good people. Hope to see you there! RSVP now.

Update: Presentations from this Net Tuesday are available online.

NetSquared Winners: Tech, Tools and Social Change

The NetSquared Mashup Challenge has just concluded. The three winners, chosen by conference attendees, emphasize all three areas of the NetSquared community: social technology, nonprofit tools and social change.

Additionally, there were two winners announced for the Case Foundation DonateNow Mashup Challenge:

  • Social Actions — Find Social Actions. Create Social Change. (Also a NetSquared winner.)
  • Tweet4Good — Donate a fundraise using Twitter

You can check out videos from the conference from Beth Kanter, and the NetSquared blog will no doubt have writeups in the coming hours and days.

Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s Meetup, where Seth and Ivan will present highlights from the conference and useful tools that other nonprofits can use!
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NetSquared Project Interviews and Session Notes

Some really incredible presentations here at the NetSquared conference, both from featured projects and individual speakers. Seth and I are busily collecting information for next Tuesday’s event.

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Hundreds Gather for Social Change Tech

The NetSquared Year Three conference has gotten off to a great start — nonprofit staffers, activists, techies and funders gathering to talk about — and award some money to — using technology for social change.

NetSquared Year 3 attendees

There have been a couple of blog entries focusing on two of the featured projects (full disclosure: I was involved in work on the second of these), and the Genocide Intervention Network. Continue reading