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View from the UN on the Future for Women
By Ayca Ariyoruk on October 24, 2011 | No Comment
View from the UN on the Future for Women

Recently, Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and the new head of the United Nations supra-entity on women, spoke with Turkish Philanthropy Funds about several topics, including women, philanthropy, and power. Today, as the UN …

Building Stronger Communities out of the Rubble
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 20, 2011 | No Comment
Building Stronger Communities out of the Rubble

 

In the wake of earthquakes that have left unprecedented death and destruction in several countries, the announcement this week of  Dr. Elizabeth Hausler as the recipient of the 2011 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability was …

Helping the Most Vulnerable: Handicap International and the Hilton Prize
By Tom Watson on May 9, 2011 | One Comment
Helping the Most Vulnerable: Handicap International and the Hilton Prize

Three weeks ago at the 10th annual Global Philanthropy Forum, Handicap International received the 2011 Hilton Humanitarian Prize at the ceremony in Redwood City. Formed in 1982 by two French doctors to help Cambodians …

GlobalGiving Founder on Haiti: 'When You’re Poor, Everything Becomes Harder to Recover From'
By Tom Watson on January 14, 2010 | One Comment
GlobalGiving Founder on Haiti: 'When You’re Poor, Everything Becomes Harder to Recover From'

As the incredible depth of devastation in Haiti became apparent yesterday, the response online grew rapidly. Haiti and various related topics trended all day on Twitter,blogs and websites were filled with links to nonprofits working …

Victorian Bushfires: Online Organizing for Relief
By Tom Watson on February 9, 2009 | No Comment

The photos and video are simply horrible to contemplate: vast firestorms sweeping entire towns from the Australian map, the flames trapping fleeing victims in their cares as they race from a scene of death and …

The Empty Sky … and the Quiet Network
By Tom Watson on September 11, 2008 | 8 Comments

Seven years on, I still look up at the empty sky every so often and remember. And, of course, sometimes I remember deep in my sleep, when the mechanisms of wakefulness and work and schedules …

Coming Around Again
By Tom Watson on August 31, 2008 | 7 Comments

I’m sitting here giving CauseWired its last look before it goes off to production next week, and rereading Chapter One’s account of the online reaction to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina while watching the current …

When News Becomes the Cause: Twitter and the LA Shake
By Tom Watson on July 31, 2008 | No Comment
When News Becomes the Cause: Twitter and the LA Shake

One of the chapters in CauseWired is about instant organizing campaigns, or “flash causes,” as I’ve called them. The biggest story in that chapter covers the wildfires in southern California last year and the work …

Cause-Related News: Going Outside the Mainstream Media
By Tom Watson on March 2, 2008 | 5 Comments

In a previous life, I was an editor and reporter for a Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly newspaper in the Bronx. In retrospect, a decade in community journalism at a newspaper where the best stories literally walked …

Geeks Fill the Info Gaps in Disaster Response
By Tom Watson on December 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

I came across a great post from October by veteran Web developer Nate Ritter, who wrote about how Twitter feeds and other social media tools really helped out in the wildfires around San Diego. Here’s …

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