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Social Media and CSR: Are We There Yet? New White Paper Social Media and CSR: Are We There Yet? New White Paper

Social media is almost a given. With over 141 million Americans on Facebook and over 600 million worldwide, according to, 31 million on Twitter, and 100 million on LinkedIn, it is rare to convene …

CauseWired's Laptop/Printer Contest
By Tom Watson on February 8, 2010 | 6 Comments

Some lucky nonprofit or social entrepreneur is going to win a free free laptop and printer bundle courtesy of HP and CauseWired Communications!
But you’ll have to answer a key question first, in order to win: …

At Clinton Confab of Heavy-Hitters, Amplification and Distribution Comes from Below
By Tom Watson on September 25, 2009 | No Comment
At Clinton Confab of Heavy-Hitters, Amplification and Distribution Comes from Below

Putting the imperative issue of civil rights and justice around the world for women and children front and center at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative required intense coordination between CGI and the Obama Administration – …

Why Seth Godin Is Wrong (Updated)
By Tom Watson on September 15, 2009 | 39 Comments

Online marketing guru Seth Godin takes aim at nonprofits in a widely-quoted blog post “The problem with non” today, a diatribe of sorts that repeats a meme that’s been active in American philanthropy circles for …

Guest Post: Citizen journalism, open government, status updates, community building, information sharing, crowdsourcing, and the election of a President
By Tom Watson on May 12, 2009 | 2 Comments
Guest Post: Citizen journalism, open government, status updates, community building, information sharing, crowdsourcing, and the election of a President

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Max Gladwell.
Our children will inherit a world profoundly changed by the combination of technology and humanity that is social media. They’ll take for granted that their voices …

Craig on Obama's 'Craigslist for Service'
By Tom Watson on December 15, 2008 | One Comment

As Craig Newmark notes in an article on Huffington Post, President-elect Barack Obama ran on a platform that included a call for a national “craigslist for service.” But as Newmark writes, he’d like craigslist itself … vs.
By Tom Watson on November 13, 2008 | No Comment

If President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team are looking for a model that uses the power of social networks and citizen democracy to open up government, they ought to bring their own homepage – …

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 …

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 …

Wanted: Development Ideas for Online Social Activism
By Tom Watson on July 10, 2008 | 3 Comments

The industrious team over at Social Actions – that would be founder Peter Deitz and new arrival Joe Solomon – has created a wiki to collect ideas around what applications, mash-ups, and tools to build …

Strong Relationships via Social Media?
By Tom Watson on February 7, 2008 | One Comment

The “PR Guy” has an excellent white paper up about how art museums can use social networks to build stronger relationships with donors and members. Here’s a piece:
I don’t know of a single museum director …

The Long Tail of Social Networks
By Tom Watson on January 20, 2008 | 3 Comments

I’ve been quiet here for a very good reason: I’ve been writing! But I wanted to point out a recent post over at GigaOM that shows the long history of online social networks. Lots of …

Not Trying to Cause No Big Sensation…
By Tom Watson on January 12, 2008 | No Comment

The Pew Research Center is out this week with a new study looking at the so-called “Generation Next,” the group of young people born in the 80s and more frequently referred to as the millennials, …

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 …

Generation Gap?
By Tom Watson on January 2, 2008 | No Comment

Beth Kanter has a brilliant post today about what she’s learned from a 20-year-old Cambodian American college student. I love Beth’s honest point of view – that Nhuong Son, who is raising money for Cambodian …

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 …

Nonprofits and Social Media
By Tom Watson on December 29, 2007 | No Comment

Beth Kanter, one of the real experts of using social media to benefit nonprofit organizations, has a different kind of New Year’s post up – four lessons she’s learned about social networks and nonprofits. This …


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