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.
Note from Beth Kanter: "Last May, USA for UNHCR launched The Blue Key campaign as a way for U.S. residents to show their support for the 43 million refugees around the world leading up to World Refugee Day on June 20th. I was honored when Shonali Burke invited me to be a Blue Key Champion. She set up a private Facebook Group to facilitate our support for the campaign. A few weeks ago, she reported back to the group some of the results of our work with some insights based on Google Analytics charts. Shonali kindly agreed to an interview to share this story more broadly." This is a great example of metrics & measurement at work - mostly done with simple, free tools like Google Analytics.
"In our rush to adopt technology as a tool for interacting with our audiences, are we forgetting that it’s not the only tool? Are we stopping to ask the right questions about how technology (especially mobile technology) affects our audience’s experience of our art, both positive and negative? When the lights go down and the curtain goes up, should cell phones be stowed away?" Great thoughts on the place of technology (especially cell phones) in the arts/performances.
"It’s early days for good causes on mobile, so there aren’t many examples of small causes doing big things with phones. Here’s a promising program to watch: The Susie’s Law Movement. The Susie’s Law Movement was instrumental in helping pass Susie’s Law in North Carolina last year to improve the welfare of animals in NC. They’ve created an app for the iTunes or Android stores." In this post, Katya Anderson interviews one of the people who helped develop the app to learn more about it.
"As we all continue exploring the vast horizons of the internet and the social tools it offers, be sure to check out the applications that help you continue telling stories with the power of video, maps and more." And the best news is, there's actually 5 because Amy Sample Ward includes a bonus!
*Photo Credit: Christopher Chan