One of the breakout sessions at The Netsquared Conference was on Tagging in the Nonprofit World at that session blogher Holly Ross of N-TEN asked a question ... "How can we use tagging to make social change, not just organize our own work."
Holly Ross decided to organize one of the "Making It Happen" sessions on finding a way to address that goal. We had a small group and an amazing discussion. The folks around table included Nora Alogna, Erica Rios who writes a blog named "Thoughts of a Chicana Feminist", Tim Bishop, Zac Montrux, Holly Ross and myself. Other nonprofit taggers who have also contributed to tagging and nonprofits dialogue while at Netsquared (in person or virtually) include Alex Samuels, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Chris Heuer, Dorine Ruter, Deborah Finn, Emily from the nonprofit blog exchange, Allison Hewlett, Joitske Hulsebosch, Celeste/ Studio 501c3 Blog, Marnie Webb, Ruby Sinreich and others.
So, here's what we came up with call to all nonprofit Tagvocates:
We decided that we should come up with a few tags for the nonprofit sector and start getting them out there by recruiting "Tagvocates" who vow to:
- Use the tags all over the place
- Recruit other tagvocates for their tag(s)
The plan is to get a set of tags out there, the aggregate the content (maybe with Suprglu?), and then foster a discussion about how we can use the content that we're tagging for social change. For example - can a legal services organization use a set of tags to help aggregate content about Seattle area housing for their clients and agreggate it on their site? Can an enviro group use a tag to aggregate info about a
local developer to expose ant-environmental practices?
if you're interested in joining us, come on over to http://groups.nten.org and join the NP Tagvocates group!