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Why Idealist Matters (And How You Can Help)
By Tom Watson on February 1, 2010 | No Comment
Why Idealist Matters (And How You Can Help)

We all know about “too big to fail” and its repercussions for the economy. But what about “too important to fade away?” To me, that’s the story of Idealist, the pioneering online community for the …

Challenging Assumptions, Challenging Models
By Tom Watson on July 9, 2009 | No Comment

When you’re relatively transparent in your online social enterprise model, you can expect dissent to show up on the doorstep every time. And to me, public challenges to peer-to-peer funding models come with the territory.
In …

Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2009 | 2 Comments
Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism

My panel yesterday at the Skoll World Forum, courtesy of MakeGood.
Lifting a pint in an Oxford pub that celebrated its 500th birthday two years ago with several Skoll World Forum attendees may have provided the …

Zazengo and the Social Resume
By Tom Watson on February 19, 2009 | No Comment

Last month around the inauguration of President Obama – and the day of the service centered on the celebration of Dr. King’s life  -  there was a ton of focus on creating a lasting online …

Christmas, Yet to Come
By Tom Watson on December 23, 2008 | No Comment

ChristmasFuture.org didn’t make my list in CauseWired and I’m sorry about that because I love the message of this year-old site that aims to change the nature of Yuletide giving. Here’s how this Canadian nonprofit …

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 …

Guest Post: Social Actions Roundup 12 – Change.org Re-launches with Social Change Blog Network
By Tom Watson on October 11, 2008 | No Comment
Guest Post: Social Actions Roundup 12 – Change.org Re-launches with Social Change Blog Network

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 …

The Change in Change.org
By Tom Watson on October 9, 2008 | 3 Comments

Way back in the dark ages, before there was a Google, some of the bright digerati both inside and outside of media companies had saying the loved to drop into presentations or spout at conferences. …

One Widget, 20 Platforms, Your Blog, Infinite Ways to Change the World…
By Tom Watson on August 20, 2008 | No Comment

Congrats to the Social Actions team on the launch of their new widget, which recommends ways to take action on behalf of causes related to the content of any web page. Tailor-made for blogs (and …

Ourmedia Evolves into CauseWired Platform
By Tom Watson on August 15, 2008 | No Comment

JD Lasica has been one of the true guides in the evolution of Internet-based communities and networks for well more than a decade. His 2005 book Darknet was a seminal piece of reporting about the …

'People will do what matters'
By Tom Watson on August 12, 2008 | No Comment

Andrew Mason, founder and CEO of The Point, a for-profit online social activism platform, has written a brief manifesto for his company, he posted on Make Something Happen, the company’s blog. It’s quite good if …

That Start-Up Vision Thing
By Tom Watson on July 20, 2008 | No Comment

I found a remarkably honest post from the founder of The Point, Andrew Mason, over at GigaOm. The Point helps people start and run campaigns and is one of many growing platforms in the busy …

Measuring Social ROI in an Online Marketplace
By Tom Watson on June 17, 2008 | No Comment

The founders of Social Markets say it is “building the foundation for a true social capital marketplace.” Now that’s one tall order, yet the creation of the year-old nonprofit is aimed at fulfilling a need …

Online Social Action Platforms: A Complete List?
By Tom Watson on June 12, 2008 | 12 Comments

In the back of CauseWired, I’m planning to include some form of resources section and one of the things I’d like to do is public a decent list of online social action platforms, at least …

GiveForward: New Social Giving Tool
By Tom Watson on June 9, 2008 | One Comment

“GiveForward is a tool that helps individuals and organizations raise and donate money quickly and easily online through a platform similar to a social networking site,” says the start-up’s founder Desiree Vargas in an interview …

Social Actions Interview
By Tom Watson on June 9, 2008 | No Comment

From JD Lasica, a video interview with Peter Deitz of Social Actions on his open API for online social activism platforms. Peter picked up two prizes at the NetSquared conference in San Diego for his …

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