Sharing the Wealth

I’m taking time these days to grow a baby non-profit, so it hasn’t left me a ton of time to post here. But, a glass of wine and friends do great things for motivation, so here’s a shout out to some of them who make the world go ’round.

Debra – spot-on non-profit tech blogger and virtual friend
Brooke – took a gamble on her upcoming social media project for ALF and presented to tonight’s mass tech project for some help
Katie – who keeps the staff at Groundwork Denver going

I’m proud of you!

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Beautiful Graphics

Does well-done graphic design make your heart all a-flutter?

It does mine. And fitting with my too-long absence from this page, I return in the year of ‘architecture & design’ as my personal theme with a lovely site and tool.

I am enamored of Nicholas Feltron’s ingenious conversion of the annual holiday letter into a personal annual report. I’m a data geek, I must admit, but the wonderfully simple graphics just make me salivate to think of the possible applications.

But wait–there’s more: DAYTUM. Feltron’s free graphic generator for your data. How clear are these messages?!

So, what will you track? Share your Daytum pages here so I can get inspired, too–where to start?!

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The Gift of Creativity

I ran across this online presentation today in my web wanderings, and thought of you.

I hope it gives you information and rejuvenation to start the new year fulfilled!

Creator Seth Godin is a blogger that I follow and respect, and not only has he invited wonderful content, he is using his internet marketing savvy to give the gift of awareness to lots of his colleagues. I can only hope to replicate this cleverness someday.

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So Much to Learn!

TechSoup publishes a great list of free online webinars on 2.0 topics.

I often schedule time to attend or listen to webinars over lunchtime, or on a particular day of the week as a break. They’re also great learning tools for interns, and I include relevant webinars as part of a volunteer intern’s training plan.

How do you squeeze in time for online learning? Have any favorite sites or learning strategies to recommend?

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Tips for Today

There are so many great sources of info out there—I have my RSS feed pulled into my iGoogle page, and it’s great for procrastination.

It’s also pretty great for getting snippets of info. Here are just a few from today:

  • 50 Social Media Tips for NPOs from Chad Norman’s ‘Webby Things’
  • Connection Cafe’s notes about non-traditional & year-end giving (including Oxfam’s campaign) this season
  • Current favorite food blogger David Leibovitz has something to say about local foods in France. No one said I was limited to just nonprofit interests!
  • I’ve got some other ‘learning locations’ linked over to the right. How about you? Where do you get your best ‘nonprofits on the web’ (or other!) info–blogs or otherwise?

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    Web-Based Meeting & Presentation Glom

    Over the past six months, I’ve experiemented with a number of tools for both web presentations and virtual meetings (and even learned to think about the difference between the two!). I’ve used ReadyTalk, GoToMeeting, AdobeConnect and Skype (with a plug-in).

    GoToMeeting was dismissed in one instance in favor of ReadyTalk’s larger capacity, recording capability, and integrated voice and presentation link. In another instance, the audio only connected via phone and not online.

    ReadyTalk has a great low-cost subscription on TechSoup (and a free trial online). Plus, they have free webinars available to anyone, awesome customer service, and they are a Colorado-based company. What more can you ask for?

    Being the Luddite I am, though, I’m going to hang with Skype for the time being.

    Mostly, I need an online meeting tool, but since those can drag on, it’s nice to be able to share screens and chat. Unyte is a plug-in for Skype that does just that. So does Mikogo, apparently. I haven’t tried either, but as a comfortable Skype user, they are next on my list. This dual-solution is not going to be the best for formal presenations like trainings, or recordings.

    My other favorite tool for sharing info online, though it doesn’t really count as a presentation tool per se and it doesn’t have audio, is the free, recordable ‘chat’ function of CoverItLive.

    Other tools I’ll try:

  • Wiggio 10 participants, dial in only via long-distance #. Good ongoing collaboration tool, as it calendars dates, has a chat and a message function, and allows file upload and management. No cost (September 2009)
  • Jing is a lot more hip–it’s more into instant sharing, and you can also record a training on your computer via screen shots, e.g. going through a PowerPoint. It’s currently free and the site says it plays well with other upgrade plug-ins.
  • Vyew has options for both phone and VoIP audio, and lots of control feature like hand-raising and polling.
  • Plus–I’ve heard these are worth investigating: dimdim, vimeo, moodle, yugma, audacity, google moderator, and glance…
  • Idealware covers some of the web conferencing tools out there. Today, many are full-featured enough to fulfill needs for online meetings. So, if you’re holding meetings rather than conducting trainings online, check out some of the free online conferencing tools–they may just meet your needs and are overlooked when you think about webinars and online training.

    Lastly, TechSoup is the best resource for any kind of tech comparison or reference for non-profits seeking software solutions–and they recently held a webinar on producing webinars. Listen to the recording and find lots of helpful ‘how-to’ info here.

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    Free Knowledge

    Well, yes, free knowledge IS what the Internet brings us, but here are some free online learning opportunities:

  • MIT OpenCourseWare publishes all of their course materials. For free. Special section for high school instruction and subject index available.
  • iTunes U offers If you’re an iTunes user, you’ve probably seen the mortarboard icon that links to free iTunesU content online.
  • although the search feature wasn’t immediately apparent to me–still trying to figure this out as a non-avid iTunes user.

  • WorldLectureProject indexs video of mostly professors’ lectures atworld lecture project; among the other CreativeCommons learning resources is the searchable index of
  • DiscoverEd–showing an example of curriculum and teaching resources tagged with poverty, although I found this site to not be limited to adult learning.
  • GOOD Magazine recently ran a list of sources for free class materials including ccLearn’s index, and WildApricot publishes a monthly list of non-profit webinars.

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