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The Revolution Will Be Televised

You won’t find it on Time Warner or FIOS or Cablevision, but Al Jazeera’s English language television service is laying claim to the viewing loyalty of vast numbers of news-hungry, media-obsessed westerners following the incredible story of courage and revolution in Egypt. More than any of the social media platforms we’ve come to worship with […]

CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity

Socially-conscious social media is working up north: Alaskans have taken to the Pick. Click. Give. campaign, which is leveraging platforms from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Causecast to draw attention to and explain the Permanent Fund Charitable Contributions Program. The program began officially in 2009 to allow Alaskans to donate a portion of their […]

At Clinton Confab of Heavy-Hitters, Amplification and Distribution Comes from Below

Putting the imperative issue of civil rights and justice around the world for women and children front and center at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative required intense coordination between CGI and the Obama Administration – starting of course with the world’s foremost power couple. But it also relied on some special sauce that was both […]

The Clinton Global Initiative Loosens Its Digital Tie

Midtown Manhattan is in virtual lock-down, as motorcades shut streets and security agents create instant frozen zones to protect the heads of state here in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Cabs are worthless hulks of immobile yellow metal. Buses are very nearly short-stay hotel rooms. And the commuter trains and subways run […]

Why Seth Godin Is Wrong (Updated)

Online marketing guru Seth Godin takes aim at nonprofits in a widely-quoted blog post “The problem with non” today, a diatribe of sorts that repeats a meme that’s been active in American philanthropy circles for at least a decade: nonprofits are afraid of change. And it’s true, of course – at least on the surface. […]

Social Media Fatigue? Sure – But It's All Good

To anyone who’s worked in direct fundraising, “churn” isn’t exactly a new concept. Indeed, losing members of any list comes with the territory of appealing for money to support causes. Yet when users leave social networks it seems somehow different than opting out of an email list. That’s because the investment of personal time and […]

Tweeting the Pandemic

The very word “pandemic” can sow panic, activating dystopian nightmares of mob rule and societal breakdown keyed to cultural memories of movies like Outbreak and 28 Days. As the swine flu epidemic kills scores of people in Mexico and leaps borders and oceans in this modern transcontinental age with alarming ease, it’s tempting to bite […]

Tanzania Twitterwall: Now That's Donor Involvement!

P3091100 Originally uploaded by Epic Change Brilliant job by the folks at Epic Change in following up on their successful Tweetsgiving fundraising campaign to build a school classroom in Tanzania via Twitter. The Tweetsgiving team raised over $11,000 in just 48 hours from 336 contributors – and Epic Change found a great way to say […]

A Rooting Interest in the Charity Smackdown

Our friend Howard Greenstein is leading the cheerleading for one of the teams in the Social Media Smackdown for Charity – a charity fundraiser sponsored by PayPal that’s unfolding last week and this on Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks. The tagline says it all: “Celebrities Compete, Charities Win.” It’s another in the growing […]

All Hail the Twestival!

Sure, tomorrow is Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday – and there are 200 candles on Charles Darwin’s cake as well – but in the CauseWired world, there’s a bigger pin on the calendar: yes, it’s Twestival. The premise is incredibly simple: more than 175 cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter […]

A Happy 'TweetsGiving'

CauseWired readers know that I really like “flash causes,” quick and nearly instant efforts to organize, activate, raise money and gather attention online. So I’m really enjoying the rapid roll-out of a nifty little Thanksgiving campaign on Twitter and the web. The folks at EpicChange.org and my friend Avi Kaplan have launched TweetsGiving, a Twitter-based […]

Not So Fast! Election Day Monitoring Goes Mobile

Just three weeks ago, social networking gurus Nancy Scola and Allison Fine of techPresident and the Personal Democracy Forum tossed out a big idea: why not use mobile technology and the kind of short-messaging techniques capturing hearts and minds among the digerati to help keep track of irregularities on Election Day. Here’s how they put […]

The Empty Sky … and the Quiet Network

Seven years on, I still look up at the empty sky every so often and remember. And, of course, sometimes I remember deep in my sleep, when the mechanisms of wakefulness and work and schedules aren’t in place to defend me from the worst of the images and the sounds and the smell. I spent […]

Coming Around Again

I’m sitting here giving CauseWired its last look before it goes off to production next week, and rereading Chapter One’s account of the online reaction to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina while watching the current evacuation of New Orleans and other Gulf communities in the path of Gustav, the massive hurricane currently battering Cuba. The […]

When News Becomes the Cause: Twitter and the LA Shake

One of the chapters in CauseWired is about instant organizing campaigns, or “flash causes,” as I’ve called them. The biggest story in that chapter covers the wildfires in southern California last year and the work of blogger Nate Ritter in spreading good information in a time of public uncertainty and no small amount of panic. […]