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Social Media Fatigue? Sure – But It's All Good
By Tom Watson on August 31, 2009 | 3 Comments

To anyone who’s worked in direct fundraising, “churn” isn’t exactly a new concept. Indeed, losing members of any list comes with the territory of appealing for money to support causes. Yet when users leave social …

Don't Panic: Scarcity Drives Innovation
By Tom Watson on October 13, 2008 | 3 Comments

Online social activism platforms are, generally speaking, lean operations. The more than 40 platforms we’ve identified here at CauseWired (and supplemented by Christine Egger over at Social Actions) do not boast deep balance sheets laden …

CauseWired: Legions of Community Organizers
By Tom Watson on September 28, 2008 | No Comment

I’ve been thinking about this since the Republican convention a month ago: isn’t the CauseWired movement the virtual empowerment of thousands – and potentially millions – of community organizers, that class of do-gooders so derided …

A Giving Challenge Story: Leadership Matters
By Tom Watson on March 15, 2008 | 3 Comments

In December, 2007 the foundation created by America Online founder Steve Case and his wife Jean launched an online program aimed at inspiring everyday people to adopt wired causes, and to motivate nonprofit organizations to …

The Power of Young Volunteers
By Tom Watson on January 11, 2008 | No Comment

The Christian Science Monitor notes that “90 percent of college-bound high school seniors have done community service – partly to be attractive to colleges, but partly …

Iowa Was CauseWired
By Tom Watson on January 4, 2008 | One Comment

Say what you will about the results, but you can’t argue the method. Last night’s Iowa caucuses were totally “CauseWired,” if you’ll pardon my attept to turn a book title into geekspeak. From the hordes …

Caucus Quandary: Does Ron Paul's Online Brilliance Translate into Votes?
By Tom Watson on January 3, 2008 | 4 Comments

Ron Paul presents a contradiction to those who believe a totally-wired, socially-networked population will change politics and how we elect candidates. The libertarian Republican Congressman from Texas has been a true gadfly in the GOP …

A Personal Facebook Cause
By Tom Watson on January 2, 2008 | One Comment

Ben Casnocha, the author of My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley has interesting post on his blog about a young Duke University student with a rare …

Syria Bans Facebook
By Tom Watson on December 30, 2007 | No Comment

Want proof that social networks are effective tools for social change? Just watch the dictators in action. Facebook, the popular social site often used by political activists to organize members around global causes has been …

Facebook Activists: Liberal Democrats in Egypt
By Tom Watson on December 29, 2007 | No Comment

I’d missed this great piece in the Washington Post the week before last about the cause of liberal democracy in the Arab Middle East, and how young activists are using social networking tools to plan …

More Social Media for Good?
By Tom Watson on December 28, 2007 | One Comment

Philanthropy blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton has his list for predictions for the nonprofit sector up, and here’s number 10 – certainly one I’ll be paying close attention to over the coming months as I work on …

The Myth of the 'Internet President'
By Tom Watson on December 27, 2007 | One Comment

Ah, good old 1996 – the first of our “wired” national elections. Bill Clinton versus Bob Dole, with special guest appearances by Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, and Lamar Alexander. The information superhighway, online debate transcripts, …

Cause Creation: Teen Dies in Transplant Outrage, and a Movement Begins
By Tom Watson on December 24, 2007 | No Comment

When 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan died on Dec. 20th while awaiting a liver transplant her insurance company refused to pay for until it was too late, her case moved beyond one family’s desperate struggle to save …


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