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Guest Post – Social Actions Round-up No. 24: Government Enters Social Media for Social Change Movement.

By Tom Watson on February 5, 2009No Comment

Note: The online social activism sector is growing all the time, and sharing information and ideas is crucial to continuing that growth – and the very impact on society. We’re happy to carry the excellent Social Actions Round-up of links and resources here at CauseWired, created by the prolific and plugged-in team of Joe Solomon, Christine Egger and Peter Deitz. Enjoy it – and pass it along!

From Peter Deitz: As a child of the 80’s (okay, very late 70’s), I am used to government having very little (if any) involvement in technology driven initiatives (outside of the military), and certainly not technology for a purpose.

Enter the Obama Administration. Suddenly, there’s a Director of Citizen Participation and a Department of Social Innovation. Woah! This round-up just touches the surface: mentioning the appointment of a former Google executive to the Obama administration, highlighting the Utah senate’s use of social media, and drawing attention to the Republican party’s efforts to leverage crowdsourcing (Obama-style).

The effects of government ‘getting it’ are going to be huge. At Social Actions, we’ll be keeping an eye on how these stories develop.

Below is the Social Actions round-up covering the period January 21, 2009 to February 2, 2009.

News Roundup launches its developer API and a new website,

Google Exec Katie Jacobs Stanton joins Obama administration as Director of Citizen Participation.

CauseGlobal introduces Katie Jacobs Stanton and her vision.

UC Berkeley Human Rights Center launches a Mobile Challenge on NetSquared.

Civic Ventures is accepting nominations for The Purpose Prize.

Ashoka GenV and Lemelson Foundation is accepting submissions for their Invent Your World challenge. is accepting nominations for their 2009 DoSomething Award.

NABUUR is accepting votes for Volunteer of the Year. launches a virtual volunteering program.

BetterPlace reflects on a report called Generation Generosity.

ThePoint is looking for a rockstar designer.

PolicyPitch reports that Republicans are crowdsourcing an effort to Rebuild the Party.

PolicyPitch writes about how the Utah Senate is embracing social media.

ChristmasFuture receives a $50k creative services grant from Karo.

ExecDigital publishes an article on micro-philanthropy, called Philanthropy: The Spirit of Giving.

NewsCred blog writes about the viability of newspapers adopting an The Endowment Model.

TheExtraordinaries share the slides from their presentation at Stanford’s Computuer Science for Social Good Class.

Lucy Bernholtz, philanthropy blogger extraordinaire, raves about Twitter.

Mashable explains How to Build Community on Twitter. (Nov. 2008)

The Culture of Collaboration blog raves about micro-blogging in general.

Social Velocity blog explains how to Ask for Money in a Recession.

FrogLoop shares Everything You Wanted to Know About Online Fundraising in a Bad Economy.

FrogLoop writes about the Joys of Google Grants. shares Ten Tips for Planning a Successful Webinar.

Beth Kanter lists Women in Nonprofit Technology Who Rock (Hats off to each and every one of them).

Money on the Move blog discovers a handful of micro-philanthropyplatforms.

Cindy Gibson, citizen-centered civic engagement expert, starts blogging again.

Tom Watson of CauseWired launches the Open Source Giving blog on SocialEdge.

Katya Andresen writes about the lack of control when it comes to leveraging social media. blog answers the question, Just What Is Micro-Philanthropy?

GiftHub hosts a conversation on Microphilanthropy for Macro Social Results.

Britt Bravo writes about iPhone Apps for Nonprofits.

Prelude Interactive blog asks readers to Look Beyond the iPhone.

Global Mindshift posts the video from its Google Tech Talk.

Recent Discoveries – Dreamers Who Are Doers

EthicL – Buy and Sell Things That Help Humanity

Knight Citizen News Network – Helping Citizens and Journalists Amplify Community News

Advocacy Online – eCampaigning Software

Social Actions News

Social Actions raises $14,715.34 in donations and pledges.

Social Actions officially launches its social media consulting plans.

The Change the Web Challenge is hosting a community conference call on Thursday, February 5.

The Change the Web Challenge introduces a proposed logo for the contest.

The Change the Web Challenge publishes Judge Nominations (or 50+ Rock Stars to Follow on Twitter).

What is the Social Actions Round Up?

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 since the last round up. Check out past roundups here.

You can tag your delicious bookmarks with “p2pchange” or include “#p2pchange” in your tweets – we’ll scoop them up and review them for future Social Actions roundups.

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

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