Some of my geek friends seem concerned that Iâ€™ve lost my sense of shiny. Talking with friends at South by Southwest, they were concerned that Global Voices wasnâ€™t very appealing to the social software geek. You canâ€™t vote, you canâ€™t edit our articles, you can only read or leave a comment. Not very shiny. â€œMaybe you should add a digg-like mechanism to let people rank articles? Or add a spinning globe that shows where posts appear around the world in real time and deliver those updates via Twitter?â€ It felt like an intervention: â€œEthan, your lack of shininess has become a problem for you and your friends. We care about you, and we want to make sure that you understand that you seem to be missing the shiny.â€
The journalists – the primary audience for Global Voices – doesnâ€™t seem to be complaining about the lack of shiny. And Iâ€™ll happily admit that the pretty maps are, at least in part, shiny and designed to meet your shiny needs. But I think thereâ€™s something very deep to JCâ€™s diagnosis – thereâ€™s a good chance that underneath the shiny is something that isnâ€™t very interesting. (Not always, but often.) And that some of whatâ€™s deeply, truly, long-term transformative isnâ€™t shiny at all.
What a fantastic meme. Michelle quotes Deborah quoting some unknown-but-sage librarian, talking about the “free”-ness of open source software:
“…all of these technologies are ‘free’ as in ‘free kittens,’ not free as in ‘free beer.’”
The point being that open-source software takes care and feeding, and the occasional trip to the vet.
Ithaka promotes innovation in higher education by helping pioneering initiatives thrive.
For over 40 years, Amigos de las AmÃ©ricas has facilitated transformational community service involving more than 20,000 youth Volunteers and thousands of communities in Latin America.
GeoNet provides real-time monitoring and data collection for rapid response and research into earthquake, volcano, landslide and tsunami hazards. It is a collaboration between the Earthquake Commission and GNS Science.
We manage the Government’s oil, gas, minerals and coal resources, known as the Crown Mineral Estate.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a philanthropic organization with offices in New York City and Princeton, NJ. Plone is used, not only for it’s public site, but for six extranets as well, and their internal intranet.
could be useful
great refresh on a valuable resource
In one week, my dear friend Bill Bradlee and his co-conspirator David Kroodsma will hop on his bicycle in Boston and begin Ride for Climate USA, 6,000+ mile bike ride across the country and back to raise awareness of global warming, encourage action and promote solutions. Or as I like to call it, “Bill and David’s Excellent Journey.”
They’re not just going to be buffing their calves on this trip. All along their route, they’re going to be giving public talks about global warming and share stories and photos from their travels. If you’re interesting in organizing a local event for them along the way, drop them a line!
NewsCloud creator Jeff Reifman offers a nice guide for social news aggregation for organizations. It describes five increasingly-sophisticated techniques for groups to integrate NewsCloud-powered social news aggregation into their online activities.
- Add NewsCloud headlines to your Web site or blog
- Create a Journal to clip headlines from around the Web for your Web site or blog
- Create a Group for multiple staff or member stakeholders to track and clip headlines on related topics for your blog or Web site
- Invite your stakeholders to participate in news gathering for your organization
- Host your own installation of the NewsCloud software at your own Web site
I’m leaving Tuesday for the Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC, along with my fabulous colleagues Gideon Rosenblatt and Steve Andersen.
I look forward to seeing many of you there!