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Listening to the Women of Egypt
By Susan Carey Dempsey on February 11, 2011 | One Comment
Listening to the Women of Egypt

It was a fortunate accident of timing that I was reading Stacy Schiff’s fascinating biography of Cleopatra at just the time that the Tahrir Square revolution was unfolding. As Schiff describes it, the Egypt of …

Tweetsgiving Gratitude
By Tom Watson on November 13, 2009 | No Comment

Last year, we loved the work of the folks who put together the first Tweetsgiving – an online fundraising and advocacy campaign for the children of Tanzania, through the work of the excellent This …

The Clinton Global Initiative Loosens Its Digital Tie
By Tom Watson on September 22, 2009 | No Comment

Midtown Manhattan is in virtual lock-down, as motorcades shut streets and security agents create instant frozen zones to protect the heads of state here in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Cabs are …

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 …

Tweeting the Pandemic
By Tom Watson on April 27, 2009 | No Comment

The very word “pandemic” can sow panic, activating dystopian nightmares of mob rule and societal breakdown keyed to cultural memories of movies like Outbreak and 28 Days. As the swine flu epidemic kills scores of …

Tanzania Twitterwall: Now That's Donor Involvement!
By Tom Watson on April 2, 2009 | No Comment
Tanzania Twitterwall: Now That's Donor Involvement!

Originally uploaded by Epic Change

Brilliant job by the folks at Epic Change in following up on their successful Tweetsgiving fundraising campaign to build a school classroom in Tanzania via Twitter. The Tweetsgiving team raised over …

The Twittered Conference: A Richer Experience
By Tom Watson on April 1, 2009 | No Comment

Last week in Oxford, I posed a simple question to the audience assembled for my panel at the Skoll World Forum: who was on Twitter?
About half the attendees raised their hands. And indeed, the the …

A Rooting Interest in the Charity Smackdown
By Tom Watson on March 23, 2009 | No Comment

Our friend Howard Greenstein is leading the cheerleading for one of the teams in the Social Media
Smackdown for Charity – a charity fundraiser sponsored by PayPal that’s unfolding last week and this on Twitter, Facebook …

Twitter for Women's Rights
By Tom Watson on March 3, 2009 | One Comment

How do you promote the new cause-oriented documentary A Powerful Noise, raise money for CARE, and mark International Women’s Day – all at the same time, and with thousands of people getting plugged in? Once …

Following @dipnote: Hillary's CauseWired Diplomacy
By Tom Watson on February 15, 2009 | No Comment
Following @dipnote: Hillary's CauseWired Diplomacy

She’s been uncharacteristically quiet since her confirmation as Secretary of State, but the Obama Administration’s other rock star seems poised to change all that with her first big overseas trip to Asia – with the …

All Hail the Twestival!
By Tom Watson on February 12, 2009 | One Comment
All Hail the Twestival!

Sure, tomorrow is Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday – and there are 200 candles on Charles Darwin’s cake as well – but in the CauseWired world, there’s a bigger pin on the calendar: yes, it’s Twestival.
The …

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 …

A Happy 'TweetsGiving'
By Tom Watson on November 26, 2008 | 3 Comments

CauseWired readers know that I really like “flash causes,” quick and nearly instant efforts to organize, activate, raise money and gather attention online. So I’m really enjoying the rapid roll-out of a nifty little Thanksgiving …

Not So Fast! Election Day Monitoring Goes Mobile
By Tom Watson on October 29, 2008 | One Comment

Just three weeks ago, social networking gurus Nancy Scola and Allison Fine of techPresident and the Personal Democracy Forum tossed out a big idea: why not use mobile technology and the kind of short-messaging techniques …

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 …

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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