This is a summary of what women bloggers have been talking about in the nonprofit technology space this past month or what I'm dubbing the nptechersphere. I was inspired to do a regular summary after Deborah Finn assembled a Boston TechnoBabe Meta Feed.
I'm awlways delighted to discover new (to me) blogs written by women who work in the NPTECH space. So a hardy welcome to Heather Carpenter, Assistant Director of Aspiration Tech who recently launched a blog about Nonprofit Management and Operations. I also discovered Allison Fine's blog about using social media for social change and a blog by Mari Kuraishi, GlobalGiving's President and Founder. I will be posting interviews with them in a few weeks, so stay tuned.
Maybe it is part of the gearing up for the upcoming session at Blogher called "Get Deeply Geeky." Nancy White points us to an article called "Fifty Ways to Take Notes" and thinks about her friend and collaborator, Bev, who agrees and who is also busy thinking about drupal. Meanwhile, Leda at Scoutseven has discovered a decent IM Aggregator for Mac, Dorine Router shares a tool called Webwhacker and how it can be used to download a delicious feed, Christine.Net shares a google mapping hack, and Tara Hunt shares her favorite web apps.
Sarah Pullman writes about how flickr is taking over the world. Her positive proof is an announcement every night at the main stage of the Vancouver Folk Festival that the Festival has a flickr group, followed by a decent attempt to explain what that means to 10,000 gathered.
Going beyond tools, however, Nancy White points out an article about a study that shows that women often rank their tech skills lower than they actually are. I need to share this with my colleague Loretta Donovan, the Blog Queen, who keeps making disclaimers about her geekiness.
Two really excellent blog posts about why and how nonprofits should use Web 2.0 for social change. Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention recently published a thoughtful article called "Everybody's Talking About You - Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Listen, and Listen Hard." The article provides a great overview and the importance and potential of web-based communications for ngos/nonprofits.
Marnie Webb's Ten Ways to Use Web 2.0 to Change the World shares some easy ways to incorporate these tools that are tweaking what many nonprofits are already doing.
Kivi Leroux Miller's Blog on Freelance Writing for the Nonprofit Community is chocked full of posts that are useful for any writer, including nonprofit bloggers. One article that I found particularly useful was how to recycle your ideas and articles effectively which included techniques and examples.
Kivi is the visionary behind the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. This month's Carnival, #5, focused on nonprofit technology and was hosted by N-TEN. Deborah Finn's classic, "10 Things Every Nonprofit Executive Needs To Know About Nonprofit Technology" was featured. Holly Ross, the blogher extraordinaire at N-TEN, has posted her excellent presentation she recently gave about nonprofit blogging.
On the netsquared community blog, Melissa wonders outloud whether Sex Workers should attend the Nonprofit Bootcamp, while Susan Tenby offers up some observations about the recent Nonprofits & Second Life Mixed Reality Event. And, fellow editor, Britt Bravo, recently back and refreshed from a vacation in Hawaii, shares some Aloha spirit about nonprofits and social change work in Hawaii.
And finally, would like to end with a big shout of congratulations and mazel tov to Ruby Sinereich on her recent marriage (not blogging much during her honeymoon ...) and to Alexandra Samuels on the new addition to her family!