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Resources from the Worldchanging Library

Dear Worldchangers, We often hear that what you like best about the Worldchanging book is that it presents so many resources to turn to for learning more details about big-picture topics. Since we released the book, we've covered hundreds more. In fact, we recently posted our 10,000th article! And as we scrolled back through the archives, we realized that, within these pieces, we've highlighted a number of excellent books, magazines and websites. Over the past few weeks, we have combed...

politics

Netsquared: Connecting Nonprofits to Technology

Netsquared is a TechSoup project aimed at connecting nonprofit organizations with Web 2.0 technologies to “collaborate, share information and mobilize support.” Jon Lebkowsky first introduced Netsquared here on Worldchanging when the project launched in December 2005. He noted the potential for the organization to "bring many more nonprofits to technologies that will increase their capabilities, and their ability to drive their own innovations, significantly." Read more in the...


Worldchanging Resources: POLITICS

Building a better world takes a lot of work, but luckily, many people are rising to the occasion. To fight injustice, hundreds of dedicated individuals are creating projects and working together to help move our global society toward freedom and fairness. Today's resources highlight a few examples of their work. The Open Society Institute Film: Democracy in Dakar Netsquared: Connecting Nonprofits to Technology Rising Voices’ Projects Propel Citizen Media Rebel, Rebel: The Protestor's...

politics

New York Times on Social Translation

Leslie Berlin did a great service to proponents of social translation by featuring a range of online translation efforts in her column for today’s New York Times, titled “A Web That Speaks Your Language“. Not only did she give an overview of some of the important players in the space, she focused on reasons why human approaches to translation are important at a time when people around the world are creating online content in their native languages. I’ve gotten several...


Weekend Roundup: Tweenbots, Livable Streets and Climigrations

TweenBots Kacie Kinzer has developed a unique and irresistible crowd-sourcing experiment that caught my eye this week, and seems particularly apropos in the wake of Jer's article on persuasive design. Kinzer's low-tech tweenbots (pictured at right) wobble haplessly through the streets of Manhattan, inspiring "a complex network powered by human intelligence and asynchronous interactions" – in other words, New Yorkers are going out of their way to help guide the smiley little machines out of...

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NetSquared Challenge: What Will Cell Phones Do Next?

San Francisco-based NetSquared (an initiative of TechSoup) is currently collecting entries for its fourth annual challenge. The contest helps to get social benefit projects off the ground. Winners in the contest's first three years have included worldchanging innovations FreeCycle, MAPlight.org, and Ushahidi. This year, a total of $50,000 in prize money will be split among first-, second- and third-place winners. The contest has shifted its focus exclusively toward innovations in mobile...


Worldchanging Interview: Chris Messina and Ivan Storck on Green Coworking

This article was written by by Worldchanging San Francisco local blogger Britt Bravo in July 2007. We're republishing it here as part of our month-long editorial retrospective. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost half (49 percent) of the nation’s businesses are operated from home. Working from home provides amazing freedom, but with that freedom can come isolation. Community and opportunities for collaboration can be lost when it is just you sitting down to work each day....


Worldchanging Interview: Sean Tanner of MAPLight.org

This article was written by Micki Krimmel in June 2007. We're republishing it here as part of our month-long editorial retrospective. I first learned about MAPLight.org at the recent NetSquared Conference. As I wrote last week, the conference attendees chose MAPLight as the winner of the first prize NetSquared Innovation Award. In a crowd of extremely well-deserving projects, MAPLight stood out as an organization applying the best of Web 2.0 technology and standards to create a vital tool...


Using Philanthropy to Fuel Innovation

This article was written by Alex Steffen in June 2007. We're republishing it here as part of our month-long editorial retrospective. Last week, I had some great conversations, sitting in the sun on a hillside deck on Vancouver Island, talking about how we might better fund the changing of the world. I was there to speak to the annual meeting of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network. They'd asked me to come share some thoughts about how we might better use philanthropy to fuel...


Worldchanging Interview: Kevin Danaher of the Global Citizen Center

This article was written by Britt Bravo in January 2007. We're republishing it here as part of our month-long editorial retrospective. Kevin Danaher is the co-founder of the nonprofit Global Exchange which co-sponsors the Green Festivals with Co-op America. Kevin talks about the Global Citizen Center, a large mixed use building in downtown San Francisco that will serve as a hub for ecologically and socially responsible enterprise, education and economic development. Below is a transcript of...

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