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Four Strategies for Engagement with Location-Based Services
By Stacy Dyer on June 7, 2012 | No Comment
Four Strategies for Engagement with Location-Based Services

You may be hearing buzz about “location-based” games and services, and wondering what they are all about. Multiple apps, including Foursquare, Facebook Places, and Gowalla, allow individuals to check in at various locations using their …

‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’
By Tom Watson on February 14, 2011 | 2 Comments
‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’

I’ve had a few notes from friends over the last two weeks that all ran along the lines of “this is CauseWired coming to life!” meaning Egypt and seemingly-spontaneous January 25th uprising, which deposed strongman …

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 …

Chase Kicks Off Community Giving Campaign
By Susan Carey Dempsey on June 7, 2010 | No Comment
Chase Kicks Off Community Giving Campaign

Grassroots nonprofit organizations throughout the US will have a chance to compete for a share of $5 million in the Chase Community Giving campaign which kicks off in mid-June. Facebook users will vote for their …

Social Media: Useful Tool, but Credible Source?
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 21, 2010 | One Comment

A new survey has found a sharp distinction between the degree to which donors trust social media for credible guidance about nonprofits, and the extent to which they use social media to share their advocacy …

Facebook and Nonprofits: the Evolution Continues
By Tom Watson on April 26, 2010 | One Comment
Facebook and Nonprofits: the Evolution Continues

Facebook isn’t the kind of company to stand still – and sometimes its changes (especially to privacy settings and navigation) can drive its power users crazy. That includes nonprofits, which have raced to embrace the …

CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity
By Tom Watson on January 12, 2010 | No Comment
CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity

Socially-conscious social media is working up north: Alaskans have taken to the Pick. Click. Give. campaign, which is leveraging platforms from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Causecast to draw attention to and explain the …

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 …

The CauseWired Roundup
By Tom Watson on January 28, 2009 | No Comment – The Stimulus and Philanthropy: Meaning Beyond Money
An important post by Dr. Susan Raymond: “Estimates vary, but the last 18 months have seen something on the order of $10 trillion in disappeared assets in …

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 …

What's in a Name: Why 'CauseWired'?
By Tom Watson on August 6, 2008 | No Comment

The book’s title has one thing going for it – it tends to make people curious. “CauseWired, eh?” they’ll say, perhaps rubbing a chin or two. “What’s it about?” The easy answer is “the rise …

Online Campaign Grace Notes
By Tom Watson on June 9, 2008 | No Comment

As Hillary Clinton conceded the hard-fought Democratic primary to Barack Obama on Saturday, many observers noted their campaigns’ online grace notes. The Obama campaign thanked Clinton on its front page, and prepared a special video …

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 New Activism
By Tom Watson on January 26, 2008 | No Comment

Last night, over at the barn, our pick-up band trotted out some old Neil Young licks and we bashed away on our guitars on some classic Boomer rock. In the midst of the audio carnage, …

So What's This Book About?
By Tom Watson on January 12, 2008 | No Comment

The business pages are filled with stories of start-up companies and massive valuations. Google grows ever more rapidly into a global powerhouse. And the reach of social networks like Facebook stretches every day. Americans are …

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 …

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 …


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