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Connected: a new film from Tiffany Shlain

January 21, 2011






Hey, Tiffany does great, thoughtful documentary work like The Tribe, which I like a lot. Today, at the Sundance Film Festival, she premieres Connected, and here's what they say at Sundance: With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major… Read more »

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"Veteran PTSD and Higher Education"

January 20, 2011






We need to stand up for people who've served our country. Derek Neuts speaks regarding veterans' experiences way better than I ever could: With the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, colleges and universities around the country are now seeing an increase in enrollment rates from the veteran population, as many soldiers are returning… Read more »

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Getting good advice about storytelling from Peter Guber

January 19, 2011






Hey, nerds need help getting more effective helping the causes they believe in, and Peter gives really good advice from a lot of real-life experience. (Yes, I'm one of those nerds, gotta expand my comfort zone by diving in, and I got a lot of help doing this.) (from a short bio provided by Peter)… Read more »

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Public/private partnership with FEMA

January 18, 2011






When something goes really wrong, we really need a hand… and we need to let people know how to get that help via social media. That's what some FEMA folks came to talk about in Silicon Valley, including the Administrator, Craig Fugate: Social Media + Emergency Management: Talking with Tech Leaders on the West Coast… Read more »

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Serious about service on Martin Luther King day (#MLKday)

January 15, 2011






Okay, the deal is that things get better for everyone when we pull together, and this is a really good day to remind each other of that. Check out the Facebook page for MLKday. I've been asked to mention what I'm doing for the day, but figure it's time to up the ante, and to… Read more »

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An IT success story in Haiti

January 13, 2011






Inveneo focuses on building computer centers in places which need, but find it hard to get, reliable electrical power and bandwidth. They get stuff done, and you'll hear more about our their work, with a little of our support, in Kenya and the West Bank. Check out A Haitian ICT Success Story: Jerry Joseph and… Read more »

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Getting good advice about storytelling from Lynda Resnick

January 12, 2011






Hey, nerds need help getting more effective helping the causes they believe in, and Lynda gives really good advice from a lot of real-life experience. (I also appreciate her philanthropic networking; she helped me be the Bob Newhart of the Aspen Ideas thing.)(… and yes, I'm one of those nerds, gotta expand my comfort zone… Read more »

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Charity Navigator 2.0: figuring out nonprofits that get the job done

January 12, 2011






Lots of people want to help other people, and often philanthropy is that answer. Problem is that there's no shortage of tragedy, and there are a lot of nonprofits around… and we keep hearing about ones that don't get the job done. Some aren't even on the up-and-up at all, sounding good, and then keeping… Read more »

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Digital Storytelling Challenge at TechSoup

January 11, 2011






Hey, the folks at TechSoup.org are really good at helping nonprofit and other organizations learn how to use tech to be more effective. Check out their 2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge: Learn to how to create and tell your organization's story, produce a 60 second video or 5 panel image slideshow, and you could win… Read more »

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2010 messaging report

January 6, 2011






Okay, I have a backlog of real stuff to blog, like my visit yesterday to the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, but anyway… People keep asking me how much email I get every year, so: around 200,000 emails per year, holding constant around 50,000 messages per year, holding constant, but the mix has changed. Lots… Read more »

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