I met Amy Sedaris at BlogHer. She was so excited about the Cambodian Bloggers Summit
that she agreed to make a campaign video for me. In appreciation of her kindness, I'm including a link to her new book.
I am seeking contributions of t-shirts for the Cambodia Bloggers Summit. Participants will include bloggers who work for NGOS. When asked what I should pack in my suitcase, the response was "tech t-shirts."
I've also been cruising the blogs written by Cambodian colleagues. A few work for NGOs. They are exploring technology, open source, social media, and more. Please take a moment to visit their blogs and leave a comment sharing a little something you know.
Ryanne Hodson and Jay Dedman were in Cambodia and are in Thailand right now. They are traveling with Christina Arnold from Project Hope to document her project. Here's the backstory about how they got there, etc. Jay and Ryanne were delivering "video blogging kits" to Sharing Foundation in country staff to begin to capture some video of the work. Jay and Ryanne also took some video of the Sharing Foundation orphanage, computer school, and sewing school in addition teaching staff how to use the cameras. I will follow up to figure out we begin to get clips posted.
I love what they did - it really brings the programs to life.
I hope that over the next year or two the Cambodian Bloggers or Cloggers can cultivate, grow, and nurture a few video bloggers. I know there are tremendous challenges to that happening, but maybe we can look at finding some solutions, some possibilities.
While the focus is on organizations and contexts in development work, anyone who works for a nonprofit, and needs to learn about how to integrate web2.0 in terms of adoption issues, knowlege management, and online community building should read this. The articles are all good, so I can't pick out a favorite.
I enjoyed, along with Nancy White, interviewing ethnographer and blogger Dina Mehta, about the role of
technology steward in the context of voluntary online
disaster relief work. We covered the choice and deployment of software, volunteer
organization, mutual support and distributed leadership.
Cambodian young people are joining the global conversation in the
blogosphere and sharing their perspectives through different forms of
grassroots citizen's media thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of
Cambodian bloggers. This team has been working on a voluntary basis to
conduct 14 workshops called “Personal Information Technology Workshop” at 14 different universities in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with more than 1700 students participating.
They are organizing the first "Cambodian Blogger Summit (aka Cloggers Summit)"
to take place 30-31 August 2007 in Cambodia. The idea is to bring
together students, professional Bloggers, writers, NGO workers, media,
and tech gurus from within and outside Cambodia to share and learn more
from each other on about how the ICT (including Open Source Software
and Web2.0 tools) can make their study, work, and life easier.
I've been given an opportunity to help by leading a training and
sharing my experience with nonprofits and social media. Here's what I'm
going to do:
A train the trainers workshop with the Cambodian blogging
team to share resource information, answer questions, and exchange
ideas for teaching young people how to use social media in a developing
country like Cambodia
A conference workshop on blogging techniques and video blogging techniques
Bring over 3 video blogging kits (inexpensive camera, a book, batteries, and SD cards) that will be used as "prizes" to encourage new bloggers
Learn about and document how the blogging team is doing outreach and encouraging new bloggers and share on my blog
Identify and interview 3-5 amazing Cambodian BlogHers and post on BlogHer site
Bring a suitcase of donated technology and nonprofit t-shirts for participants (they have no budget for scwhag)
Document the learnings from this personal fundraising campaign
I need your help. I'm raising $4,000 and the amazing folks at ChipIn
are matching 50% of my donations. So, I'm turning to the power of
personal fundraising and hoping that you, my readers, friends of my
readers, and friends will support in my desire to make a difference in
Cambodia. Even a donation of $20 will help.
Timing is running out. I need to reach my goal by August 10th so I can
book my plane travel and I will continue to fundraise up until the date
of my departure, tentatively scheduled August 25th. With your help, I
know this can happen.
So, here's what I need you to do:
Make a donation. If 100 of my readers each donate $20, that will make the campaign successful!
Blog about this campaign and repost the fundraising badge on your blog
Forward the url to your colleagues and friends and ask them to contribute or repost.
Have at least three or more new t-shirts from a tech or nonprofit tech organization? I'd love to pack them in my suitcase!
I should be in Chicago at the pre-conference sessions and the reception for BlogHer Contributing Editors right now. But, all flights out of RI and Boston on United were cancelled due to the above Thunderstorms. I was lucky that I snagged a 6:00 AM flight out tommorrow morning. Hopefully, I will arrive just in time for my panel session, although I hope I won't be too over caffeinated.
I'm off to my third BlogHer Conference! This year I"m speaking on a panel called "Getting It On(line) for a Cause. While PowerPoint presentations with deadening bullet points are banned from sessions, I a few slides to share. I use it mostly to help me organize my thoughts and not as part of the presentation. My draft which will change drastically can be found here.
Meanwhile, I'm finally doing the ten-second blogme meme:
I'm going to have to use my BlogHer 2005 T-shirt slogan again -- "Enough about me, let's talk about my blog" a big hat tip to Alexandra Samuels.
I'm working on the second screencast of a series, sponsored by NTEN and SalesForce.Com Foundation. (The first one is here). I'm focusing on the campaigns function and so I'm on the hunt for some stellars examples and tips. (Leave comments)
Anyway, I had a chance to pick the brain of Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting on the phone. He rocks. Just so happens he's doing an NTEN Webinar tommorrow and it probably isn't too late to sign up.
If you're already doing something amazing with SalesForce campaigns, please drop a comment here. I want to talk to you.
I nudged Dave to post his slide deck to SlideShare. He has also posted some recent thoughts on this here. On the surface, it doesn't really relate to nonprofits, but there's lots to translate. Now, I'm going to officially nudge Dave to use the SlideShare Slidecaste new feature that allows you add audio to your slides. I would love to hear Dave narrate his slides.
I posted this to my flickr stream and had a blog post in draft when I had intended to hit publish. My bad. Anyway, I was reminded about this when Michael Gilbert pointed it out earlier this week:
Marc Osten and Beth Kanter have recently completed a step by step guide on How to Cost and Fund ICT (76 page PDF). It's written for a Britsh audience, but that makes very little difference as far as its utility goes to voluntary organizations outside of Britain. In essence, the guide uses a series of worksheets to help lead an organization through some basic logic model development in order to connect impacts with an ICT initiative. Although I think it would still be easy to end up with a technology driven project, this goes a long way toward helping an organization tie their ICT to their program objectives. It's as good a self-guided process for a challenge of this scope as I have ever seen and I hope it gets very wide circulation.
I did all the interviews via skype. I had fun revisiting the technology benchmarks and revising according to organization budget and by type of organization. I also got into the habit, briefly, of spelling organization as organisation.
I want to think about benchmarks for social media usuage or integration. Hmm ...
Katya is hosting a blog carnival called the "Top Five" -- She says we get extra credit if worked in the words Fellini, Martini, or Bikini. So, I decided to select the top five flickr photos tagged with those words. In this case, the top five photos I liked.
You'll have to click through to see an enlarged photo, but apparently this place offers bikini bull riding ..
This photo is a manhattan in a martini glass. I like the composition.
It was tagged Martini. It's by Thomas Hawk. One favorite photographer in Flickr, although he has left flickr. Click thru to read more.
This photo was titled, "A Cat Martini" - but the subtitle should be "in a wine glass."
Video bloggers Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson are in Cambodia and probably about to leave for Thailand. They are documenting Project Hope International's work to stop human trafficking. They also delivered several video cameras to Sharing Foundation's in country director, "Elephant" and taught him how to do moment capture. Here's the whole backstory. A huge thank you to Doug to donating the kiddie cameras.
I'm thinking about the next step - how to sustain a video blog from a rural village in Cambodia that lacks electricity ... I'm thinking about the potential of other video bloggers from that country.
I love that photo. I took it during my last trip to Cambodia, almost three years ago. Those kids are the children of the poorest villagers in Roteang Village. Their parents are working on our farm project. We built a new school building for them - and the school is a literacy program. A sort of Headstart program. It prepares the kids to enter the village school. In fact, the kids are doing so well the principal at the village school wanted to know what we were doing.
1=I love email so much I live in my inbox 2=The thrill is gone from email, but still use it because many others I work with still use it. 3=Email is a chore, I prefer other ways to communicate with friends. 4=I hate email. It is so irrevelant that I only use it talk to my grandmother.
About 5-8 years ago, I used to do a workshop called "Information Coping Skills" for people who felt overwhelmed by the information age. The online resources are here. I used the "getting to zero" and "getting things done" frameworks to teach people methods for being efficient with email.
(Holly from NTEN has a post "Is Your Email Managing You?" and points to the video version of this slide deck.) The idea is that if you're overwhelmed, there's a problem in the way you work with the tool.
I recently stumbled across this YouTube video of Robert Scoble discussing how he processes his 10s of 1000s of emails. It is interesting to hear how other people organize and process their email. I'm constantly on the search for ideas to make email less of chore.
I was surprised to see that Scoble uses Outlook, although maybe not. As my readers may recall, I switched from OutLook about 6 weeks to using gmail. I got some excellent tips which I have put into practice, but I'm still not 100% happy with gmail. Here's some reflections:
The Better Gmail Firefox extension has been wonderful. The color coding of labels has been very helpful. It also prompted me to really think the way I organize by labels (which are folders). In Outlook, my folders were topical, not organized by workflow. So, instead of a project name, I now have all my "follow up" in one folder, "to write" in another. I'm still struggling with not being overwhelmed and trying to not to loose things. I wish someone would write a "Getting Things Done With Gmail."
I really miss the ability to sort by sender and subject line. That was how I navigated to what I needed. Now, I have to put a label on it or remember and use search.
The google calendar doesn't sync with my treo, although I can read my calendar online if I have an Internet connection. That isn't a good thing for me. The same thing with contacts, although I discovered that Plaxo 3 does synch with gmail. So, I'm really dependent on an Internet connection to get to my information. Is there a way to get an offline copy of your contacts and calendar - and be able to add and sync?
I keep loosing email. Now, to be honest, not sure I'm deleting stuff or not.
Scoble mentions in the video that there are different type of email users - "gmail users" versus "outlook users" - and their habits are sort developed or shaped by the software itself. Therefore, I am understanding my this habit shift - from Outlook to gmail - is a little difficult for me. I haven't reverted back, I've thought of it ..
Web-based email is slower and I'm doing more clicks.
"While email may be becoming more irrelevant for teenagers and older power-users of the Internet and other digital technologies, it certainly is NOT irrelevant for most K-12 teachers in the United States in my perception and possibly K-12 teachers elsewhere around the world." Maybe, but the thrill is gone. Email subscriptions to my newsletter have leveled off (though RSS continues to climb). Meanwhile, the number of useful emails in my inbox has been steadily dropping. Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, July 20, 2007.
I met Jonny Goldstein through the video blogging community when I asked for help for the NTC Video Blogging panel. Jonny helped organize the panel -- and not only did I learn a lot more about the topic, but I had lots of fun. Jonny is really funny! He's recently launched a Web Talk Show called "Jonny's Par-Tay!" and I'm honored that he invited me to be the guest on his second show.
My twitter friend Durff asked for feedback on her slide show. I thought it was excellent and told her so. She pushed me for some "analytical criticisms" because it for a class/grade and asked me not to diplomatic.
So, without knowing what class or the grading criteria, here's some constructive criticism.
The title slide - "Teaching to Transform" should be a second or two longer and then hit me a visual that shows "transformation" -- maybe a bored student and then an engaged one
The "why" reasons are excellent points, but I would try to find powerful visuals that really illustrate your point. I love the photos, but I think you can better visually demonstrate the ideas expressed in the reasons - For example, "Blogging Connects Us To Global Conversations" - Why not a screenshot of Globals or this photo for example example, although it is all rights reserved, but you could ask permission). Did you have to use your own photos as part of the assignment?
Search on flickr using creative commons licensing.
The transitions and music is the same - a count to four beats of the music and the same transition. The rhytm of music is making me want more jump cuts and faster pace. The transition you are using and the time each shot is shown seems like you need some slower music in a minor key. Change the music or change the transitions so they better match.
The point that blogging builds literacy - you show me a bunch of photos of kids at computers and a screenshot of the Starbucks campaign. What are you trying say about the connection between blogging and literacy? The visuals are not reinforcing the idea.
I have a question about the music you are using. Is it licensed by creative commons? If not, you may want to find some music over at ccmixter.org. If it is, you need to give the music a credit.
There's a part of me that ones hear the kids s - some audio quotes from the kids that relate to the points you're trying to make.
Okay, so, I'm probably flying blind here without knowing your context. Do any of my readers have some additional feedback for Mrs. Durff?
I want to remix this idea and make one for why nonprofits should integrate blogging ... but I'm off to take a boat ride with the kids.
I'm so excited. Ryanne and Jay have landed in Cambodia. I noticed that they were online so pinged them with IM. Jay told me that he paid 4,000 riel for coffee which probably equates to less than what you'd pay for two Starbucks Coffees in the US - but I'll let my Cambodian colleagues confirm that.
The video that they made about their trip brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me of my first trip to Cambodia to meet my son, Harry. No video camera back then. And, I had similar internet access problems trying upload the photos from my Mavoica floppy disk camera. Funny how the welcome mat at the airport is different.
I look forward to their next dispatch! I'm still deciding about a possible trip in August ...
On Thursday, I was able to do a full-day - 2 two hour workshops for nonprofits on Web2.0. What a fantastic opportunity to break the mold from the 90 minute conference panel quick hit! In the morning, I did the interactive presentation - where I was able to engage participants in a discussion about web2.0 and explore the benefits and challenges. The afternoon was devoted to doing the game. We had time ... and it was great.
One thing I was able to accomplish was duirng the report. As the groups reported on their strategy sessions and picking the cards, I was able to demonstrate some approaches to using the tool. Boy, the attention was sure focused after people had spent an hour discussion how they might apply the tools.
So, while the groups were in discussion, I uploaded some photographs into flickr and put in several tweets
Then during the report out, I told people that I uploaded photos of them doing the game onto flickr. And wanted to show them that photosharing was about having a conversation around photos. Then, I scrolled down to the comments. I asked them, why are there so many comments. Then I told them I had twittered. We read the comments outloud. Then I lead a discussion with the group about whether or not Twitter might be useful. Guess what, some light blubs went off. What a demonstration!