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Friday Feed - Great resources from the web - August 5, 2011

In order to stay up to date on what's going on in the world of technology - and nonprofit technology in particular - I follow quite a few blogs and twitter feeds. There's a lot of great content out there but if you don't have the time to stay on top of things (and even if you do!) it can be overwhelming. So, for those of you who have less time to do all this "listening" on nonprofit technology, I'm posting a blog each Friday with the top resources I found in the last week.

Technology Leaders Are Change Agents: Discussion from the NTEN Community

Good food for thought (and action!): "Both the changes in technology infrastructure and the changes in staffing and organizational processes as a result of changing technology are really what we're talking about when we talk about "Change Management". [...] Change is hard, and many nonprofit organizations avoid it at all costs – usually behind (valid) arguments about being too resource-strapped to take on any change project. Our job as change agents [...] is to help our organizations get beyond this "no time, no money, no staff" wall. That wall is an obstacle to success."

How to find amazing, powerful stories for your nonprofit video

“Generally, nonprofits use some level of storytelling but not to the fullest. The nonprofits that use stories in a meaningful way craft an overarching narrative of their organization and supporting stories that compel their audiences to action. Often, I hear nonprofits talk about fundraising strategies or a communications plan, but seldom do they talk about a storytelling strategy.”

Twittered outThree Ways Social Media Has Negatively Affected the Nonprofit Sector (and What We Can Do About It)

"I absolutely believe in the power of the Internet and social media to foster social good and create social change, and I’ve written plenty of blog posts that say as much, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t also acknowledge that the rise of the Social Web has created some very real and serious challenges for the nonprofit sector."

Nonprofits & Gaming: Playing Your Way to More Funds, More Volunteers, and Solving the World's Problems

"Games "...may prove to be a key resource for solving some of our most pressing real-world problems," according to game designer Jane McGonigal in The Wall Street Journal. "When we play, we... have a sense of urgent optimism. We believe whole-heartedly that we are up to any challenge, and we become remarkably resilient in the face of failure." Gamers are exactly the kinds of people you want helping your organization succeed."