In that spirit, I'm going to provide some really great articles that I've come across on the web. These links describe various aspects of tech and the social good (although admittedly, many have a definite non-profit slant).
Ready? To quote Jackie Gleason, and away we go:
- A colleague once asked me why I worked for-profit networking events as well as non-profits. My answer: there are lessons in the for-profit world that a non-profit can use to be more effective
- The Non-Profit Technology Network recently finished a study on cloud computing's impact on non-profits. This is really a great, worthwhile read.
- With many consultants encouraging non-profits to adopt tech, often the dynamics of online conversation is accidentally omitted or worse, disregarded. Despite its more corporate-facing nature, here's a good outline of what not to do on social media.
- For a great perspective on measuring impact and social justice/community organizing, you might want to give Beth Kanter's article a glance...
- ...especially since social media measurement is more than just a numbers game - and here's a good case study
- Finally, some great free resources for non-profits which can help you end the year on a high note.
On a purely self-promotional note, here are some events and links you might also find interesting:
- Recently, I wrote a guest blog post discussing non-profits and blogger engagement. Please feel free to give it a read.
- You also might want to consider registering for the Nerdery's Overnight Website Challenge
- For something a little more hands-on, Net Tuesday is sponsoring a full-blooded community engagement meeting on October 9th. Please join us to help DexCon and the Community Male Empowerment Project in their efforts.
- Looking for a casual networking event in October? The Chicago Geek Breakfast will be meeting on October 18th, so please RSVP.
Thanks for reading, and as always, I welcome comments and feedback below. In addition, you are more than welcome to connect with me via LinkedIn (please mention Chicago Now in your referral note) or e-mail me via my web site.