Even though I'm more like twenty-something times 2.5, I attended the "Twenty-Something Meet Up" at the BlogHer Conference. Why did I go? I keep hearing from nonprofits that one of the reasons they want to incorporate a social networking or media strategy is to reach a younger audience. So, having this opportunity listen was very valuable.
Zandria did a fabulous job of facilitating the session. There were probably about 40 or 50 women in the room - not all were twenty somethings.
I wanted to listen to what was on their minds in general, although I was particularly keen on hearing any discussions or snippets about social change, nonprofits, and activism. Julia Smith, who blogs at the idealist and was in the room asked "Where are the twenty something/millennial bloggers writing about social change, activism, and nonprofits?"
I thought to myself, now that's a list I'd like to see.
There are lots of twenty-something bloggers and gen-y bloggers. If you work in nonprofits and track relevant research, you no doubt have come across the Social Citizen Blog from the Case Foundation and the paper, Social Citizen, from Allison Fine. Both are essential reading. And, on the sidebar, there are some links to young people's blogs. but I couldn't find an extensive list of twenty-something bloggers who focus on nonprofits, social change, and social action.
So, I decided to reach out and see if I could start to compile a list. What follows below is no doubt incomplete and I sure I've gotten ages wrong too -- so please make additions and corrections in the comments. Here's a few good blogs written by GenYs that cover nonprofit technology, philanthropy, social change, and more.
Blogs by Gen Y
Amy Sample Ward. I discovered Amy's NpTech blog about a year ago, maybe longer. She covers nonprofit technology, social actions, and social change. She is a real community person and is often promoting other people's projects.
Johanna Bates, a gen y and nonprofit techie, who works with a health care advocacy nonprofit, has recently take up blogging. Her writing is reflective and brilliant. She offers a perspective of what is like to be a GenY working for a nonprofit. Thoroughly enjoyed her post about 140 character filters.
Pulse and Signal covers the intersection between healthcare and social media and is written by Andre Blackman who is totally awesome. He is a terrific blogger, knows his beat, and very generous too. When I put on my Facebook status that I was looking for blogs, he wrote on my wall recommending many of the blogs that follow.
Girls With Macs is written by Michaela Hackner one of the smartest nonprofit technologists and marketers around. If I was working for a nonprofit that was doing a job search for a technologically savvy marketing person, I wouldn't even both posting a job description - I just hire her.
ConnectionCafe: Connection Cafe has a quite a few Gen Y bloggers - Taylor Shanklin, Misty McLaughlin, Brandy Reppy, Lacey Kruger and Jordan Viator
Tim Davis is working as a freelance consultant on youth participation. His blog covers social technology, social action, philanthropy - with a UK perspective.
EngageJoe.com blogs about his experiences spearheading and contributing to social change mashups and working with nonprofits on online strategy.
GenYGive is written by Miriam Kagan and talks about motivations and trends related to philanthropy and Gen Y. I discovered Miriam a month ago and have been fan. One of her recent posts, "Research Points Out That Gen Y's Give" is very informative.
Do Good Well is written by Nathaniel Whittemore who is the founding director of the Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University. The blog is about citizen-led social change efforts.
$5 Philanthropist by Tom Williams is the CEO of GiveMeaning and writes about philanthropy and social networks.
Epic Change Blog is written by Stacey Monk. Epic change raises money to provide micro-loans in developing countries.
Nonprofits - Management Issues
From the Pipeline Rosetta Thurman is an emerging nonprofit leader of color sharing career advice, nonprofit management and other wisdom on her blog. I've been following her work for about two years now and excited to learn that we're going to speaking at the same conference come November - so we'll meet in person too! She is one of several bloggers part of the Brazen Careerist Nonprofit Network.
Subject To Change is written by a recent Yale alum, Vanessa Mason, who is just starting out a career in public health. Read her post "Gen Y and Global Health - Not A Match Made in Heaven". I discovered her on Twitter recently because she is connected to Andre Blackman.
Non-Profit Chas shares his experiences as he helps take a small non-profit organization to the next level.
Entry Level Living is written by Miss Jones who blogs about what she is learning as a recent college graduate with her first full time job in the nonprofit sector and as a young woman of color living in a new city trying to find herself. Very refreshing.
Social Citizen is written by Tera Wozniak from the League of Women voters and covers nonprofits, civil society, and more.
Nonprofit Leadership Blog 101 written by Heather is one of the best that talks about leadership and nonprofits.
Nonprofit Leadership, Innovation and Change: Christopher Scott is a nonprofit leader who founded A Day of Hope, a student based organization that delivers baskets of food and turkeys to families for Thanksgiving.
Nonprofit Programs and Social Actions
Nina Simon a proud member of Gen Y, writes the very awesome Museum 2.0 blog, but you don't have to be a museum person to get a lot of value from it.
Ivan Boothe one of my all-time favorite GenY social media for social change people.
Enviroblog blogs about latest science and news on toxins in your food, water, and air, and what government agencies should be doing to protect public health. Amanda Hanley is the editor.
Orrdinary Life - First hand account of doing global international development work in a remote area in Southeast Asia.
Holy Meatballs is Global Kids project blog - I've pointed to the posts by teens. Global Kids uses interactive and experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and public policy issues and provides them with opportunities for civic and global engagement.
Mobilizing Youth: Ben Rigby of MobileVoter incidentally also wrote the book Mobilizing Generation 2.0: A Practical Guide to Using Technology to Recruit, Organize and Engage Youth, a book with lots of answers for those of you who are just looking to break into this.
Change.Org is covering news about social change on its site. I didn't cull through all the content to pick out the Gen Y perspective, but I did notice that Vanessa was blogging over there. A blog network will be launched in about another month. Marketing
Change.Org is covering news about social change on its site. I didn't cull through all the content to pick out the Gen Y perspective, but I did notice that Vanessa was blogging over there. A blog network will be launched in about another month.
Maria R. Thurrell is the blogger. She's awesome.
Michael Silberman from EchoDitto Alex Rampy writes a blog called Social Butterfly that covers social marketing.
My research also found some excellent how-to blog posts about reaching out to Gen-Ys as potential donors and more general articles.
Some Relevant Blog Posts about Gen Y and Philanthropy (via Step by Step Fundraising)
Some Relevant Blog Posts about Gen Y and Impact on Workplace
Initiatives for Youth and Philanthropy (via Forum of Regional Grantmakers)
Other Blogs written about or cover Gen Y in general
What Gen Y/Twenty-Something bloggers who write about nonprofits, social change, philanthropy, or social action did I miss? What other relevant blog posts or web sites would you add to the resource list?
Update: Thanks for the additions. Keep 'em coming. I'm adding to the list.
Michael Silberman from EchoDitto
Alex Rampy writes a blog called Social Butterfly that covers social marketing.