I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of August 11th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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  • Social Versus Entrepreneur – “Grammatically, the word social modifies entrepreneur, indicating a social entrepreneur is one whose entrepreneurial activity is social in nature. I think about the word social as referring to social welfare, be it poverty alleviation, environmental protection, or any type of intervention that benefits humanity in what has traditionally been thought of as a charitable way. With so many new ventures founded every day, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for me to decipher what the social purposes of some initiatives are. This is a significant problem for the social enterprise movement.”
  • Submit your Case Study to the Global Digital Activism Data Set! – “The goal of the Global Digital Activism Data Set (GDADS) project is to turn qualitative case studies of digital activism around the world into a non-proprietary quantitative machine-readable data set in spreadsheet form that will facilitate the work of scholars in this new field.” Learn more and submit your case study today!
  • http://manage-volunteers.org/ – “As far as we know, it is the first such comprehensive listing of options for causes, nonprofits, and NGOs who need tools to manage volunteers. Organizations that rely on volunteering can compare and contrast the wide variety of volunteer management software available, and more quickly identify the software that is right for them. Software developers may also gain better recognition and hopefully more customers by having their software listed on the database. Our goal with this site is to help nonprofits and other volunteer organizations grow and thrive by giving them easy access to the resources they need to better manage their time and volunteers.  Our goal with this site is to help nonprofits and other volunteer organizations grow and thrive by giving them easy access to the resources they need to better manage their time and volunteers.” Check it out and provide your feedback!
  • The 2010 Social Networking Map / Flowtown (@flowtown) – I love maps and I work in social media; so I always love the maps of social media! Here is an updated version of XKCD’s Map of Online Communities; with updated numbers and networks.
  • Four social media lessons from the New York Times | Creativity_Unbound – “If you look at the Times from another perspective – that of partnerships, social media behavior, and content – the company’s actually a shining example of how to hold onto core values and evolve at the same time. Here are four things it’s done that serve as examples for any traditional company, including advertising agencies.”
Great reads from around the web on August 11th
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