The CauseWired Roundup

  • Fascinating post on the "limits of free" (h/t Allison Fine): "The biggest idea I came out of SxSW with this year was that free is dead. Over. Overdone. We killed it. Because so much is free online, we expect it; where’s the value in that?"
  • Nancy Scola bucks the hype: "Daniel Bennett, a PhD student embedded at the BBC to study the impact of new media on war coverage, isn't so sure. "As it stands, the Twitter revolution is a myth," he writes. Bennett traces the spark of the protests to a core group of young activists…"
  • Beth Kanter: "There is an inherent tension between strategy and tactical implementation of using social media to support a campaign's objectives or nonprofit's mission, whether the goal is fundraising, marketing, or taking action. Those who are just beginning to incorporate social media into their strategic thinking struggle with: "How do we get to know and understand how a particular tool can help us meet our goals, but not let the tool drive our decisions?"
  • Nice tip from Dana Variano: "6 Billion Others is a video project organized by GoodPlanet.org which sent 6 directors off on trips around the globe, where they filmed the life stories (told first-hand, oral history-style) of 6,000 individuals. Using close-ups and realistic filming techniques, directors attempted to capture the stories of these people, in order to portray their experiences in the most true-to-life method possible. The purpose? "6 Billion Others tries to draw a portrait of contemporary mankind by asking questions about universal values," and "raising awareness regarding the world's problems and sustainable development."
  • A great link (and comment) from Phil Cubeta: "Small grants given locally by donors who made their mony locally and who are embedded in the local networks of business, worship, conviviality, rooting for the home team, volunteering for Rotary, showing up for PTA meetings, is this not about as good as philanthropy gets?"
  • Sean Stannard-Stockton's excellent report on the Center for Effective Philanthropy conference: "At the core of CEP’s message is their belief (backed by data) that foundation effectiveness has three core essentials: 1. Clear goals; 2. Coherent, well-implemented strategies; 3. Relevant performance indicators. They call this the What, How and How Will We Know of philanthropic effectiveness."
  • Lucy Bernholz: "It was my kid who cried “stop!” as the flipping briefly revealed the ever-familiar DC Metro map. Except it wasn’t the Metro at all, it was an imagined map of the expanding DC bus system developed by an independent computer programmer in the area."
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