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Guest Post: Social Actions Roundup #15 – Change Marches On!

By Tom Watson on November 9, 2008One Comment

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The desire for “change” was one of the biggest themes for this past US election — captivating millions to get involved, break fund raising records, and vote for a new president. Now that the election is over – “Change” has been given a much bigger place in our culture and I predict that this will re-energize (and possibly transform) the work of activists, nonprofit leaders, and social entrepeneurs.

In the meantime, “Change” marches on – and this roundup is a testament to those inspiring individuals, projects, and platforms who continue to work together to make the world a better place…

News Roundup:

  • Aaron Stine shares Nonprofit 2.0 – a new, comprehensive, and free 26 page paper on how nonprofits can use blogs, videos and Facebook for social change
  • Brokekid.net: Scott Stadum of Idealist used the Nonprofit page on AllTop + PostRank & Feedburner to create a consolidated feed of relevant and popular updated nonprofit news from 40+ websites. Read more about it here.
  • Social Butterfly: The Cool Factor About Mobile – Alexandra Rampay does an excellent job covering case studies on how mobile phone are being used for fund raising.
  • Mashable Presents the Second Annual Open Web Awards – Nominating your project takes 10 seconds, and there’s a “Non-profit Causes” & “Environmental” category
  • Beth Kanter: Message in-a-box: Tools and tactics for communicating your cause — “new resource from Tactical Technology Collective that includes tactical guides to using a wide range communications tools for social change, packaged with some open source tools for creating media.”
  • Participatory Culture Foundation (the folks behind Miro) will create a network of local video sites to enrich local news (with a Knight Foundation Grant)
  • A Small Change: Trouble with Facebook – Jason Dick posts about the challenges and frustration with fundraising on Facebook
  • Intelligent Giving: Cancer Research UK launches a brilliant online fundraising tool – “MyProjects takes the idea of so-called ‘project giving’ – pioneered by that other great website,GlobalGiving – and applies it to cancer research. And the results are unexpectedly exciting.”
  • Deborah Elizabeth Finn also shares a great post on Good2gether – A platform that partners nonprofit volunteer opportunities with online newspapers. “Basically, when readers of mainstream media web sites, such as the Boston Globe and the New York Times, look up news articles on a current topic, they can see action opportunities displayed side by side with those articles.”
  • Ushahidi Deploys to the Congo – “Over the last week, while the world watched the US elections (as were we), we were also watching the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since last Wednesday we’ve been quietly scrambling towards the first deployment of the new Ushahidi Engine into a crisis zone. Today, we’re announcing this instance to the world.”

Platform News:

  • Change.org launches “What’s your big idea for Change in America?” – “President-Elect Obama says he wants to hear ideas from all Americans, so we’re taking him up on his offer. Here’s your chance to pose innovative solutions to the major problems we face and to get them heard.”
  • DonorsChoose.org announces winners and final wrap-up to their 2008 Donors Choose Blogger Challenge – During the month of October, over 150 bloggers inspired their readers to give over $270,000 in classroom projects, reaching over 65,000 public school students!
  • mGive Launches Facebook Giving 2.0 – “Today we launched an update to our Facebook Giving application that offers expanded functionality, and increased branding for our mobile giving partners”
  • Pop!Tech launches the Pop!Tech Hub network – “a place where like-minded thinkers and doers can join virtual forces to promote good in the world.” Read their launch post here.
  • Intersting new platform that’s under development: FundScience – Microfunding for scientific research – Read more about it here (Thanks @ChristineEgger!)
  • Have you been following the FORGE saga? Start with a background here.

Social Actions News & Updates:

Social Actions is preparing a site re-launch – Get ready for a new look and feel next week!

  • In late-October, Social Actions hosted a lunch for partners and friends in the Bay Area. You can watch a video of the presentation Peter Deitz gave about Social Actions here. You can also watch the video or read a transcription of the question and answer session that followed Peter Deitz’s presentation here.
  • Check out Change the Web 2009 Challenge Intro Slideshow – A contest to canvas actions all over the web, powered by Social Actions. Coming in January 2009
  • Social Actions also published the Twitter Action Pack – A Directory of Cause Channels on Twitter.

What are Social Actions Roundups?

Each week, Social Actions community members post links and news about online social activism – This round-up is a summary of the links that surfaced in the last 7 days. You can now share links and news for future Social Actions rounds ups in the Peer-to-Peer Social Change FriendFeed Room. Check out past roundups here.

New: You can tag your delicious bookmarks with “p2pchange” or include “#p2pchange” in your tweets – for inclusion in future Social Action Roundups.

Social Actions roundups are also syndicated on CauseWired, TakePart, and NetSquared.

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