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Observations and Reflections on #TakeBackThePink

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On January 31st, the social web erupted with status updates, images, and more in response to the Associated Press report that the Susan G. Komen Foundation had decided to de-fund breast health screenings at Planned Parenthood affiliates. Long-time supporters of both Komen and Planned Parenthood jumped into action. Many Komen supporters expressed anger that an organization positioned to […]

February 14, 2012 8 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

New on SSIR: Are we addicted to Slacktivism?

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now up – it’s reposted below, but you can find the original post and conversation on SSIR. —– If you’ve been on facebook at all in December this year, you may have seen something happening to all your friends – their pictures changing to their […]

December 7, 2010 18 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

#BrandsConf – Humanization of Causes

Date: December 2nd, 2010 Location: NY, NY, USA Topic: The Changing Face of Nonprofits Description:  Nonprofits, just like businesses and other enterprises, have seen a dramatic impact from the increased use of social media. I’m not talking about more or less fundraising dollars, or new programs – I’m talking about the way social media uses, […]

December 2, 2010 0 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

New on SSIR: How Our Tools Define “Community”

This is my latest post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog. Read the original post and conversation here. —– I’ve talked about issues and ideas over the last year about the use of certain tools or platforms in the social technology for social impact sector, from Causes to Ideablob to Ning.  These conversations […]

May 7, 2010 7 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

From Ning to Causes to Ideablob: Why We Need a New Way of Building

Last November we saw a few alarming events taking place in this social media for social good sector: Causes left Myspace and Ideablob shut down, both without warning or community support.  In a guest post on the Tactical Philanthropy blog I started brainstorming about what was next.  Now, with the recent news from Ning that […]

April 16, 2010 63 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

The other side of the figures: Causes reaches $20 Million in Donations

Earlier this week, an announcement on the Causes Application blog broke the news that over $20 Million has been donated since May 2007 via donors using the social networking application. There’s been quite a lot of talk in the last year about the opportunities for fundraising online, generally, as well as the best practices for […]

January 29, 2010 14 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Guest Post on Tactical Philanthropy: Causes, MySpace and ideablob

Sean Stannard-Stockton has just posted my guest post on the Tactical Philanthropy blog.  You can read it and the comments on the blog here, it’s copied below. “In recent days, Causes has left MySpace and IdeaBlob has shutdown. To some, these events were unimportant. In reaction to the Causes announcement, Economist bureau chief Matthew Bishop […]

November 16, 2009 2 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

New on SSIR: Letting Technology Lead

My latest post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up and I hope you’ll dive into the conversation with me! A recent event has brought up some huge red flags for me around data, around communities, around social impact, inclusion and even more.  It’s a case of letting technology lead (or, rather, the people […]

November 6, 2009 36 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Birthday Cause Wrapped Up

My 26th birthday came and went already and what I’m most excited about (other than the weekend trip we took to Bruges) is the money I was able to pull together from generous friends for Free Geek!  As you can see from the screenshot below, I exceeded my goal and Free Geek will be seeing […]

January 4, 2009 7 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…