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Do People Heart Your Organization?

Here's a question for you. Would anyone in your organization feel like they had the authority to do this? When I came home this last time, I had an email from Zappos asking about the shoes, since they hadn’t received them. I was just back and not ready to deal with that, so I replied that my mom had died but that I’d send the shoes as soon as I... Read more →

A Vision of Students Today and Information R/evolution

A couple of interesting videos from Michael Wesch, the creator of The Machine is Us/ing Us who's leading a Digital Ethnography workgroup/project that's bringing together students and professors of Anthropology at Kansas State University to look at the impact of technology on human interactions. The video above is "A Vision of Students" today. It was created by the 200 students in Wesch's Intro to Cultural Anthropology class. Here's how they... Read more →

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants--Blog Action Day Round-Up

Monday was Blog Action Day when over 20,000 bloggers world-wide wrote 23,000 blog posts on a single topic--the environment. Since it was my turn to host the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, I asked our participants to write an Action Day post and then I'd do a round-up for the Carnival. Unfortunately that wasn't quite as inspiring a topic as I'd hoped, so not a lot of posts this week. Here... Read more →

More on Facilitating Blog Conversations

Last week's post on facilitating conversations between commenters on a blog post opened up some great discussions, both in comments here and at other blogs, that I wanted to try to pull together a little. Warning--ill-formed "process post" ahead. As you'll recall, I started with asking some questions about what we as bloggers could to to expand conversations so that they didn't just occur between the blogger and the commenter,... Read more →

Blog Action Day--Blogs and Multimedia for Environmental Advocacy

Today is Blog Action Day and, as promised, I'm joining the international plan to take one day to blog on one issue--the environment. In keeping with my own niche here at The Bamboo Project I thought it would make sense to use today to share some examples of how environmentally-related nonprofits are using blogs, videos, photos, and podcasts to mobilize their supporters and advocate for greater environmental responsibility. Blogs Blogging,... Read more →

How Can We Facilitate Conversations BETWEEN Commenters on Our Blogs?

Over at Building a Better Blog, we've been talking about blog conversations. On most blogs, commenting looks like the top part of this image--the author posts and then commenters respond to the author. But as Skelliewag (the source of this graphic) points out, true conversation is really about the second half of this image--the author and commenters all interacting with one another. The question is--how, as bloggers, can we facilitate... Read more →

Blog Action Day is October 15--Are You Joining The Conversation?

I'm hosting next week's Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants and it's going to be a little different this time around. Monday, October 15 is Blog Action Day when all bloggers are invited to write a post on the environment that relates to their niche. The goal is not to further a specific environmental agenda, but instead to get conversations flowing on environmental issues and how they relate to all aspects of... Read more →

Make Your Blog More Visual, More Usable and More Conversational

A few blogging tools and tips coming your way: Get Visual--Christine Martell of VisualsSpeak is doing a very helpful series on how to use visuals in your blogs, brochures, websites, etc. Part One looks at visual elements and shapes. Part Two is about color and contrast and Part Three examines patterns and textures. Personally, I struggle with these things, so it's helpful to have Christine's expert guidance in this process.... Read more →

I'm Getting Naked--Mistakes with Clients

Michelle Murrain will be hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants this week and in a strange coincidence, she's looking for posts on mistakes we've made with clients. Given my earlier post on transparency, it seems like now is the time for me to practice what I preach. Let me start by saying that by nature I'm a perfectionist, so I really do try to keep mistakes to a minimum. But... Read more →