Blogher posts by Beth Kanter http://www.blogher.com/user/15/feed/15 en Raise Your Hand for Girls on October 11, 2012 http://www.blogher.com/raise-your-hand-girls-october-11-2012 <!--paging_filter--><p>October 11 has been declared the "<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fplan-international.org%2Fgirls%2Fday-of-the-girl.php%3Flang%3Den" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">International Day of the Girl</a>,"and the launch of an international campaign called “<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.facebook.com/plangirls/app_318685631559881" class="external-link">Because I am A Girl</a>” by the Plan, one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world that works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.</p><!--break--> <p><center><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/day-of-the-girl-mainpic.jpg" alt="" /></center></p> <p>The "<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fplan-international.org%2Fgirls%2Fraise-your-hand-for-girls.php" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Because I’m a Girl</a>" campaign aims to draw the world’s attention to educating girls worldwide by getting supporters to “raise their hands” on October 11. The goal is to collect 4 million actions (photos of hands raised, likes on their Facebook campaign page, etc.) and present the collective actions to the United Nations Secretary General and the world donor community urging them to put girls’ education as their priority.</p> <p>There are also local events being organized in 70 countries around the world that will culminate in a global event in New York, which will be attended by UN Women executive director Michelle Bachelet, actress Marcia Cross, journalist Mariane Pearl, and Plan-supported girl ambassadors from around the world, who will be sharing their experiences with policy makers. The Empire State Building and London Eye are among a number of landmarks that will be lit up bright pink to mark the occasion.</p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.facebook.com/plangirls/app_318685631559881" class="external-link"><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/Raise-your-hand.jpg" alt="Raise Your Hand" /></a></p> <p><a href="plan-international.org/girls/why-girls.php">Why girls</a>? Why is this all important? Globally, one in three girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, violence, and discrimination. Every day, girls are taken out of school, married far too young, and subjected to violence in school. Not only is this unjust, it's also a huge waste of potential with serious global consequences. Millions of girls are being denied an education right at a time when learning has the power to transform their lives and the world around them. Making it through both primary and secondary education is critical for girls to be able to break the cycle of poverty.</p> <p>Here are some statistics about what happens when a girl who makes it through high-quality primary and secondary education is ...</p> <ul><li>...less likely to experience violence, or to marry and have children while she is still a child.</li> <li>...more likely to be literate, healthy, and survive into adulthood, as are her children.</li> <li>...more likely to reinvest her income back into her family, community, and country.</li> <li>...more likely to understand her rights and be a force for change.</li> </ul> <p><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/Beth-Kanter-Leng-Sopharath.jpg" alt="Beth Kanter Leng Sopharath" /></p> <p>I know this firsthand, because my family and I have been honored to support the college education of two young Cambodian women through <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sharingfoundation.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">the Sharing Foundation</a>'s education program. The photo above is of Leng Sopharath. I raised money <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwidgetfundraising.wikispaces.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">through my blog</a> and <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bethkanter.org%2Fbecause-im-a-girl%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">later on Twitter</a> to help send her to college from 2006 to 2010 through the Sharing Foundation's program. After <a href="beth.typepad.com/cambodia4kidsorg/2007/03/letter_from_len.html">trading letters for two years</a>, I met Sopharath face to face in 2007 and <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVkiXZX-Za0&feature=player_embedded" class="external-link">recorded this interview</a>. She graduated from college and is married. She is working two jobs; one is at the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.facebook.com/bambou.indochine" class="external-link">Bambou Indochine store</a> at the airport.</p> <p><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/Beth-Kanter-Keo-Savon.jpg" alt="Beth Kanter Keo Savon" /></p> <p>The photo above is of Keo Savon, with me this summer in Cambodia. She is the second college student we are supporting through the Sharing Foundation's program. (I'm donating the royalties from my new book, <em><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1118137604/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl" class="external-link">Measuring the Networked Nonprofit</a></em>, toward her education). College tuition in Cambodia, compared to the United States, is not that much; for many young Cambodian women, it is beyond their grasp. A college education for Keo Savon will change her life.</p> <p><strong>Won't you raise your hand in support of girls around the world?</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Current Events Feminism News & Politics International Day of the Girl http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:19:30 +0000 Beth Kanter 831148 at http://www.blogher.com How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer http://www.blogher.com/how-create-terrific-facebook-cover-image-if-you-don-t-have-resources-hire-designer <!--paging_filter--><em><p>Note From Beth: Nonprofits are beginning to unveil their new timeline designs (I’ve been posting examples on my&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.facebook.com/beth.kanter.blog" class="external-link">Facebook Page</a>&nbsp;and curating them in&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://pinterest.com/kanter/facebook-brand-pages-useful-resources-and-tips/" class="external-link">pinterest</a>) &nbsp; In the&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffriending-finish-line.wikispaces.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Friending the Finish Line</a>&nbsp;peer learning group I’ve been working with, participants are sharing their creativity, including this cover design from&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.facebook.com/UtahChildren" class="external-link">Utah Children</a>created by staff person Barbara Munoz. Other nonprofits are busy creating mock ups of the new timeline cover image for senior management. &nbsp; And, you need to think about the cover image design in the context of your&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnhaydon.com%2F2012%2F03%2Feleven-ways-facebook-timelines-change-your-content-strategy%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">overall content strategy</a>.</p><p>But what if you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer and need to do it in-house? <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fashshepherd.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Nonprofit Techie Ash Shepherd</a>&nbsp;to the rescue! Armed with his advice and resources which includes a simple graphic template, some good photos, a good tagline, and a tool like photoshop, your organization can create a respectable DYI cover image in less than an hour. After reading his post, I thought it was so useful, I invited him to share it as a guest post.</p><p><strong>How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer by Guest Poster Ash Shepherd</strong></p></em> <p><img src="http://www.bethkanter.org/wp-content/uploads/3-5-2012-7-24-33-AM.jpg" alt="a facebook cover image" width="465" /></p><p></p><p></p><p>By now you must have heard the announcement that by the end of March all pages on Facebook will be rolling over to the new timeline look.&nbsp; With this comes a long list of changes that not only relate to the look of page but will also have important impacts on functionality.</p><h4>Some of the major changes include</h4><ul><li>Lose of custom landing tabs</li><li>No more “Wall”</li><li>Ability to “pin” items to the top</li><li>New message functionality</li></ul><p>There is lots more to know about the coming changes so you can plan and adjust your strategies.&nbsp; That however is not what this post is about.&nbsp; For the latest breaking information (and killer videos) I would strongly encourage you to check out and subscribe to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.johnhaydon.com/" target="_blank" class="external-link">John Haydon’s blog</a>.&nbsp; Quicker than you can say “What is happening” John will have a video up telling you exactly how it will affect your nonprofit.&nbsp; In fact he literally wrote the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Facebook-Marketing-Dummies-Business-Personal/dp/1118107403/" target="_blank" class="external-link">book</a>&nbsp;on Facebook.</p><p>Other helpful recent blog posts on changes and tatics include:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.bethkanter.org/timelines-today/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Beth Kanter</a></li><li><a href="http://www.communityorganizer20.com/2012/01/23/facebook-timeline-apps-new-way-to-engage/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Debra Askanase</a></li><li><a href="http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/facebook-timeline-launches-with-three-giving-apps-many-more-likely-to-come/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Nonprofitorgs</a></li></ul><p><strong>What You Will Learn In This Post</strong></p><p>This post is simply to share a couple resources for those folks looking to build their own covers.&nbsp; You can simply crop a photo to fit the new dimensions (849 x 413) or even upload a regular picture and do the auto-cropping thing.</p><p>For those with a tiny bit of experience with Photoshop looking to do a bit more here are a few PSD files that you can use to create and view mock-ups.</p><p><strong>Cover Photo Template</strong></p><p>This is a basic file that allows you to work on your layered cover photo with a basic overlay of how the Profile picture might overlap and interact with it.</p><p><strong><a href="http://ashshepherd.com/images/stories/blog/2012/Facebook-Timeline-Cover.psd" target="_blank" title="Download facebok Timeline Cover PSD file" class="external-link">Download Facebook Timeline Cover PSD file</a></strong></p><p>It will be exciting to see some of the creative results that nonprofits come up with over the next month. &nbsp; Check out <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://pinterest.com/kanter/facebook-cover-images/" class="external-link">these examples from nonprofits</a> to get your creative juices flowing.</p><h4>Full Mock-Up Template<br />&nbsp;</h4><p>It is helpful to see a preview or “Try on a few outfits” without having an update go out on the Facebook news feed saying you updated your cover. No one likes to draw attention to themselves during a rehearsal.&nbsp; It can also be a helpful way to share previews with other members of your organization prior to going live.</p><p>That is why I found this PSD file for the full mock-up preview useful. In the interest of maintaining credit where it is due the originator of the file&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creative-facebook-timeline-covers/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Hongkait.com</a>&nbsp;has his branding on the template.&nbsp; I have modified the file you can download so that you can cover that up by simply making a layer visible.</p><p><a href="http://ashshepherd.com/images/stories/blog/2012/Facebook-Timeline-Full-MockUp.psd" target="_blank" title="Download the full mock-up PSD file" class="external-link">Download the full mock-up PSD file</a></p><p><strong>Some Basic Tips</strong></p><p>With custom landing tabs going away this cover image is your new first impression so use it wisely.&nbsp; Herer are a few tips on things to include:</p><ul><li>Show your personality</li><li>Make your call to action here</li><li>Give a bit of that “next step” contact information</li><li>Offer versions that fans can download and use to show their support for your organization</li></ul><p><strong>Not A Photoshop Ninja?</strong></p><p>For those not ready to use Photoshop below are a few good free online resources for some basic and user-friendly tools to do some layering and effects.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.aviary.com/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Aviary.com</a></li><li><a href="http://pixlr.com/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Pixlr.com</a></li></ul><p>So what are your plans? Do you have a cover image you would like to share? Would love to hear about it or see links in the comments</p><p>Ash Shepherd is as a Project Strategist for <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npowernw.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">NPower NW</a> as a Consultant/Trainer where his focus is on online communications and tools as well as the overall process of planning and evaluating effective use of technology. He also does some freelancing through <a href="http://indabadesigns.com/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Indaba Designs</a> This <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fashshepherd.com%2Fblog%2F5-planning-and-process%2F49-nonprofit-facebook-timeline-cover-resources" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"> post</a> was originally published on his blog and also cross posted on a guest post on Beth's Blog.</p><p>Beth Kanter is the author of <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bethkanter.org" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Beth's Blog</a> and co-author of the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly.networkednp" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Networked Nonprofit</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Technology http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:02:01 +0000 Beth Kanter 707781 at http://www.blogher.com Show Your Mama Some Love (or Facebook Like) http://www.blogher.com/show-your-mama-some-love-or-facebook <!--paging_filter--><p><img style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4581961454_405f8561c9_m.jpg" alt="" />Epic Change has launched a clever social media infused fundraiser for Mother's Day, called <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomamawithlove.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">To Mama With Love</a>.&nbsp; Leveraging the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbodysoulconnect.com%2Fpost%2F570973025%2Fmothersday" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">emotional connection we feel</a> with our own mothers or our own pride of being a mom, Epic Change is inviting donors to participate in an online collaborative art project to honor moms around the Globe.</p><p>The fundraiser's goal to is to raise money for one amazing Mama who dreams of building a home for children in her village in Africa.&nbsp; The money you donate to this effort will support Mama Lucy Kamptoni, a <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.socialedge.org%2Fblogs%2Fthe-edge%2Fto-mama-with-love%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">changemaker in Tanzania</a> who once sold chickens and used her income to build a primary school that now provides a high-quality education to over 400 children in Tanzania. The money raised from this fundraiser will help build a boarding facility on campus so that every child who attends her school has a place to call home. To Mama With Love is a project of US 501c3 nonprofit <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.EpicChange.org" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Epic Change</a>.</p> <p>Here's how it works: You have to make a donation first. Then once you've donated, you can create a special "heartspace" in honor of your mother or a mother you admire. You are given the option to customize your "heartspace" with photos, video, poems and artwork. The program creates a mini-web page with a unique URL that declares your love. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Here's the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomamawithlove.org%2Fheartspaces%2F1693" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">one</a> I created to honor my mother, Ruth. Ironically, she isn't on Facebook or Twitter, nor does she have an email address. So, will have print it out and send via US postal mail. The heartspace also lets you create an <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/4581965818/" class="external-link">e-card</a> and I sent it to my Dad to share with my mom. (And, if anyone in my house is reading this blog, this would make a terrific mother's day gift - hint - hint.)</p><p>According to Epic Change's founder, Stacey Monk, the web site was created by volunteers that included developers who are students from CMU (where Stacey attended school) and a designer in London whose parents come from a village one hour from Mama Lucy in Tanzania. I love the design.</p><p><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4581261321_13a386f739_o.png" alt="" /></p><p>To help spread the word, the site has integrated "sharing" your love for your mother and Mama Lucy both on Twitter as well as on Facebook (or should I say sharing your "like"). For Facebook, they're using one of the Facebook <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdevelopers.facebook.com%2Fplugins" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">social plugins</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>What are you doing to honor your mother on Mother's Day and help change the world? If you are a mother, how are you celebrating your special day and making the world a better place?</p><p>Beth Kanter is the author of <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Beth's Blog</a>, Nonprofits and Social Media and the co-author of <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2Fnetworkednp" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Networked Nonprofit.</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Career Family Mother's Day mothersday http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Wed, 05 May 2010 22:00:38 +0000 Beth Kanter 285814 at http://www.blogher.com Girls Investigate from Face to Facebook http://www.blogher.com/girls-investigate-face-facebook <!--paging_filter--><p><img style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4452366547_a146d9cbbc_m.jpg" alt="WMC" />Last November, the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwomensmediacenter.co" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Women’s Media Center (WMC)</a> and <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.girlslearn.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Girls Learn International, Inc. (GLI)</a>&nbsp;launched a video series called Girls Investigate where teen girls explore media issues. A few days ago, they released the second video &amp; commentary of the series, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwomensmediacenter.com%2Fblog%2F2010%2F03%2Fgirls-investigate-social-medias-merits-minuses%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Nadia Tareen’s Girls Investigate: From Face to Facebook</a>.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Nadia’s video and written commentary examine the rise of social media and the fact that the majority of its users are female. Nadia raises the question with a peer group of teen girls about how social media impacts the quality and nature of their lives. Nadia covers the issues of safety and authenticity .</p> <p>As my own daughter approaches her teenage years, I found this fascinating and a little scarry. Nadia paints a picture of the downside of young women "addicted to social social media."&nbsp; She suggests that these tools can be a waste of time, even dangerous unless young girls are taught to approach social media with moderation and goals. Those approaches unlock the power.</p> <p>Nadia writes about the power of social media for activism and other "intelligent uses." &nbsp;She asks:</p> <blockquote><p><em>"But what does it mean to be “intelligent” when using social media? I have spoken to several girls, ranging from ages fourteen to eighteen, about their views on the subject. Most agree that teenagers should strive to achieve a balance between social media and the real interactions that happen in the three-dimensional world. It can be easy to develop a Facebook fixation or a Twitter obsession, and excessive use of social media sometimes results in the loss of traditional social skills. One of my interviewees remarked that she rarely calls her friends anymore, since texting and social networking websites have conditioned her to only communicate through these means. The social media realm of communication is convenient but its content can be easily misconstrued. For example, an instant message saying, “that’s funny” could either be genuine or mocking, but sarcasm and natural voice tone rarely translate successfully on the internet."</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Nadia's examination is mature beyond her teen years. She is saying that growing up in a socially networked world has a lot of benefits, but it is important to be smart of using it.</p> <p>As a parent and someone who is very engaged in social media, I think it is important to teach my children well about how to use the social web in a smart and savvy way that helps them reap the benefits. I think it is something that needs to nurtured at home.</p> <p><a href='http://www.blogher.com/photo-gallery?iid=7293136&amp;term=teens+computer' target='_blank'><img src='http://cdn.picapp.com/ftp/Images/b/f/0/b/Senior_woman_and_43d0.jpg?WLSource=WLBlogher.pg&amp;adImageId=11559753&amp;imageId=7293136' width='380' height='570' border='0' alt='Senior woman and her granddaughter using a laptop and smiling' /></a></p> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.js'></script><p>What do you think?</p> <p><em>Beth Kanter, writes </em><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><em>Beth's Blog</em></a><em>, and is the BlogHer CE for Nonprofits.</em></p> <p><em><br /></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Technology girls media nonprofit women http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:33:31 +0000 Beth Kanter 266049 at http://www.blogher.com Crowdsourcing Social Change: Who Gets to Vote? http://www.blogher.com/crowdsourcing-social-change-contest-solve-complex-problem <!--paging_filter--><P>I've written a lot lately about <A href="http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2010/02/pepsi-refresh-project-an-insiders-view-guest-post-by-bonin-bough.html">contests</a> here in the United States that are focused on "social media for social media."&nbsp;</p> <P><IMG alt="" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2795/4377741159_73c574a140_o.jpg" /></p> <P>Source: <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/about-us.html">Ennovent</a></p> <P>The core of the design is "popular vote" -- the group whose idea <A href="http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2010/01/chase-giving-contest-winners-announced-amidst-controversy-.html">gets the most people to vote</a> for them wins. I've questioned whether or not this a good way to find the best solutions for complex social problems, although it can certainly add a halo effect and spread a brand's message.&nbsp; How can these goals be balanced?</p> <P>I've just returned from <A href="http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/india/">a trip to India</a>, where there is a different approach to solving complex social problems using social media and the Internet. My new friend, <A href="http://paritoshsharma.com/">Paritosh Sharma</a>, pointed me to <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/about-us.html">Ennovent</a>, a for-profit company that promotes entrepreneurs who find solutions to help people at the Bottom of the Pyramid. He told me about their crowd sourcing for social good strategy to find an affordable, clean energy solution for India's poor population.</p> <P>While <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/">Ennovent</a>, a social enterprise, is very different from a major consumer brand in the U.S., I think we can learn a lot about the design of the contest.&nbsp; <IMG alt="" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2740/4378429606_95f615b96e.jpg" /></p> <P>Let's unpack it:</p> <P>(1) <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/network/get-involved/spot-a-solver.html">Use of Connectors</a>: They are reaching out to "<A href="http://www.ennovent.com/network/get-involved/spot-a-solver.html">connectors</a>," people who may know of people working on projects ("solvers") who might be eligible to submit a winning proposal. They are offering a small case incentive. This is a smart idea because it leverages a networked approach to finding potential applicants.</p> <P>(2) <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/network/get-involved/submit-your-solution.html">Submission Process</a>: They are looking for companies to submit a proposal that they could fund to scale in India up to $500,000. The submission form is simple.</p> <P>(3) <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/network/how-it-works/faqs.html#c2212">Vetting</a> <A href="http://www.ennovent.com/network/how-it-works/faqs.html#c2212">and Selection</a>: Based on the submissions, Ennovent with local advisors will short-list ten projects to be presented to a panel of experts.&nbsp;</p> <P>The decision process is a closed and judged by experts, but they are using <A href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/ennovent/52844098052">social media</a> and networked approach to identify solutions near and far.</p> <P>What is the best way to integrate social media into challenges and contests to find solutions for social change?</p> <P>&nbsp;</p> <P>&nbsp;</p> <P>&nbsp;</p> <P>Beth Kanter, Blogher CE for Nonprofits, writes <A href="http://beth.typepad.com/">Beth's Blog</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Career crowdsourcing http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:00:00 +0000 Beth Kanter 144405 at http://www.blogher.com Should Social Sector CEOs Use Social Media? A View from India http://www.blogher.com/should-social-sector-ceos-use-social-media-view-india <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4344935094_c5ab352173_m.jpg" alt="" /> Greetings from Mumbai, India. I've been in India for the past week as a guest of <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nasscomfoundation.org%2Findex.php" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Nasscom Foundation</a> in India, the epicenter of nonprofit technology and social innovation. I gave a presentation during the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nasscomfoundation.org%2Findex.php%2FGlobal-CSR-Conclave%2FGlobal-CSR-Conclave.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Global CSR track</a> at the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Findialeadershipforum.nasscom.in%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Indian Leadership Forum</a> in Mumbai on February 11th. I also lead <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nasscomfoundation.org%2FUpcoming-Events%2FSocial-Media-Strategy-Workshop-with-Beth-Kanter.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">two workshops for NGO and CSR practitioners</a>. I also facilitated an "unconference" session on the topic of "Should CEOs Use Social Media?"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In preparation for this session, I asked colleagues in the US to share their collective wisdom so we could see the US perspective. In addition, during a roundtable on social media at the conference, I was fortunate to meet social media experts in India (<span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">@<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/nirav" class="tweet-url username external-link">nirav</a>@<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/amnigos" class="tweet-url username external-link">amnigos</a></span></span> <span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">@<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/pranavbhasin" class="tweet-url username external-link">pranavbhasin</a> @<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/paritoshsharma" class="tweet-url username external-link">paritoshsharma</a> </span></span>and <span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">@<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/avinashraghava" class="tweet-url username external-link">avinashraghava</a></span></span> ) who <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/kanter/status/8855032595" class="external-link">shared some examples</a>.</p><p>In order for social media to have full impact, it needs to scale within an organization. Your organization's social media strategy should be not implemented by one lonely intern sitting in the corner of your communications and marketing department.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />You may be wondering if that means that your executive director and CEO needs to write a blog or have their own Twitter account to share their wisdom. I think it depends.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are definitely some benefits to having your executive director or CEO being present on social media channels. They can provide a human face to your organization's work, a unique viewpoint, and serve as a thought leader in your field. And if your organization finds itself in the middle of groundswell or if there is a major news event or a public relations crisis happens and it is being discussed on Twitter or other social media spaces, your CEO can join it without having to get up to speed.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />But it is also important to understand that there are definitely challenges to be overcome as well. These includes investing the time to make it successful because a CEO presence on social media is nothing that should be "ghost" written. It has to be authentic, reflect the CEO's personality.&nbsp; There is also the issue of comfort - both with the technology and being transparent.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />Here are some good examples of CEO and Executive Director use of social media in the US social sector:<br /><br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/ntenhross" class="external-link">Holly Ross</a> is the executive director of NTEN, the nonprofit technology network in the US. She uses Twitter to share what's going on at NTEN, announce new initiatives, and have conversations with NTEN members. She often uses Twitter to get ideas and feedback on NTEN's various programs. Checking her Twitter stream and sharing some tweets probably takes her 15 to 20 minutes a day and is part of daily routine.&nbsp;</p> <p>Holly also shares more of her in-depth thinking about the nonprofit technology field on NTEN's blog. It is not a "CEO" blog where she writes daily, but a blog that includes the voices of NTEN staff and members. This is a good option for CEO's who don't have the time or bandwidth to write a whole blog along, but still want to be present in the blogosphere.</p> <p>Holly's Twitter account is her personal but it is clearly branded as NTEN. Even the user name, "ntenhross" incorporates her organization's brand. This is a good example of a "Blended profile."</p><p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/stevecase" class="external-link"></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/mcfoundation" class="external-link">Reeta Roy</a>, president and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, is sending tweets from her site visit to Uganda and Kenya. As background, the mandate of the $2 billion Foundation is to enable people living in poverty to improve their lives by expanding their access to microfinance and education. Reeta is currently in Uganda, where she’s learning first-hand about the Foundation’s partnerships and programs. While the account is the Foundation's branded Twitter account, she is using it for a project to report on their work in the field.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is an example of a good idea of how to get your CEO started tweeting. Have them Tweet from the organizational branded account for a specific project. This will help learn the work flow, have more comfort, and see first hand if the social media presence provides a benefit for the organization's work.<br /><br />At a roundtable, I had to chance to discuss this question with social media experts from India. They pointed out a couple of examples from India.</p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/anandmahindra" class="external-link">Anand Mahindra</a> s the vice chairman and managing director, Mahindra Group, a large corporation in India. He tweets about many different things, from his company to his family and travels. He <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/anandmahindra/status/8847704378" class="external-link">interacts</a> with customers addressing their questions and complaints. Take a look at his Twitter stream and you will see personal insights, news about his companies, and insights about social media.</p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/maheshmurthy" class="external-link">Mahesh Murthy</a> is founder and CEO of <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinstorm.com%2Fteam.htm" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Pinstorm</a>, a digital marketing firm. He also writes a column for the Wall Street Journal. He uses Twitter to share information about company, connect with people, and to research for writing his blog posts or encourage conversations in the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/maheshmurthy/status/8846343961" class="external-link">comments of his blog</a>.</p> <p><strong>When Should Your CEO or Executive Director Just Say No To Social Media<br /><br /></strong>Of course, using social media may not be for every CEO or Executive Director. If they can't sustain their presence on Twitter or blogging, they should stay away. This isn't to say that they can't have an assistant who might do some of the scanning and flag items to respond to, but if a CEO starts engaging with people on social media channels and then there is silence - that is not a good thing.<br /><br />It is also important that CEOs and Executive don't just tweet or blog for the sake of doing it.&nbsp; They should must have someting to day that is of value or use it for relationship building.&nbsp;&nbsp; Finally, if the CEO cannot take public criticism or wants to have control over what followers or commenters say, then they shouldn't use it and delegate the role someone else in the company or organization.</p> <p><strong>Tips</strong></p> <p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Listen First</strong>:&nbsp;&nbsp; Before jumping in, it is useful to do some listening first. Are there other organizations or businesses in your sector where CEOs or Executive Directors are using social media.&nbsp; Find those and review how they are using it.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Safe Place to Practice:</strong>&nbsp; It is a good idea to do a little bit of coaching with your CEO or Executive Director to show them how Twitter works and to avoid too much "public learning."&nbsp;&nbsp; Some organizations use software like Yammer which is an internal Twitter to practice before setting up on Twitter.&nbsp;</p> <p>3.&nbsp; <strong>Get Past Information Overload:</strong>&nbsp; It is important to let busy CEOs know that they don't have to be on Twitter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is also a good idea because the thought of opening up another communications channel might be overwhelming for a CEO is already concerned about email and information overload. Help them learn a quick and efficient way to use Twitter.</p> <p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Pick a Small Project First:&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Before launching a CEO blog or CEO Twitter account, it might make sense for the CEO to start off using the organization's branded account or blog, particularly if they are not very comfortable with the tools or plan to devote a small amount of time.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>5.&nbsp; <strong>Share Unique CEO/Executive Director Insights</strong>: CEOs have perspectives that others in the organization may not.&nbsp; Whether using Twitter or writing blog posts, they should share their thought leadership, know how, and vision with their fans and followers. A good way to do this is share what they are reading and learning.</p> <p>6.&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Let Them Be Who They Are:&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>CEOs and executive directors who are using social media, above, just need to be themselves and let their personality shine through.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Resources:</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com%2Fbeths_blog%2F2009%2F06%2F8-nonprofit-ceos-who-tweet.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">8 Nonprofit CEOs Who Tweet</a> by Beth Kanter<br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com%2Fbeths_blog%2F2009%2F08%2Ffoundations-that-tweet-profile-patterns.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Foundations That Tweet - Different Patterns</a> by Beth Kanter<br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.businessweek.com%2Fss%2F08%2F09%2F0908_microblogceo%2Findex.htm" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">CEOs Take To Twitter</a> from Businessweek<br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmoney.cnn.com%2Fmagazines%2Fbusiness2%2Fbusiness2_archive%2F2005%2F07%2F01%2F8265517%2Findex.htm" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The CEO's Secret Handbook</a> from Money Magazine<br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wired.com%2Fepicenter%2F2009%2F06%2Fceos%2520%2520-are-social-media-slackers-study%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">CEOs Are Social Media Slackers</a> from Wired Magazine<br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbits.blogs.nytimes.com%2F2010%2F02%2F04%2Fsuns-chief-executive-tweets-his-resignation%2F%3Fhp" class="wiki_link_ext external-link elf-add-back-link" rel="nofollow">First CEO to Tweet Resignation</a> from New York Times<br /> <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Findialeadershipforum.nasscom.in%2Fblog%2F2010%2F02%2Fthe-ceos-social-media-should-you-why-and-how%2F" class="wiki_link_ext external-link elf-add-back-link" rel="nofollow">The CEO's of Social Media</a> from India Leadership Forum<br /> <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.web-strategist.com%2Fblog%2F2007%2F10%2F12%2Fchallenges-of-writing-a-ceo-blog-checklist%2F" class="wiki_link_ext external-link elf-add-back-link" rel="nofollow">The Many Challenges of a CEO Blog</a> from Jeremiah Owyang<br /> <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.communityorganizer20.com%2F2009%2F05%2F31%2Fceos-must-use-social-media%2F" class="wiki_link_ext external-link elf-add-back-link" rel="nofollow">CEOs Must Use Social Media</a> from Community Organizer 2.0<br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsimpliflying.com%2F2009%2Fchris-brogan-if-i-was-an-airline-ceo-exclusive-video-interview-with-the-social-media-mogul%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">If Chris Brogan was CEO of An Airline and Used Social Media</a><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whoceostweet.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><br />CEOs Who Tweet</a></p> <p>Beth Kanter, BlogHer CEO for Nonprofits, writes <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Beth's Blog</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Current Events Career Technology http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:00:00 +0000 Beth Kanter 143014 at http://www.blogher.com Fashionable Philanthropy, A Widget That Keeps On Giving, and $100K Scholarship Prize for Girls http://www.blogher.com/fashionable-philanthropy-widget-keeps-giving-and-100k-scholarship-prize-girls <!--paging_filter--><p>Fashion Delivers Foundation was created in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita with a goal to organize the collection and distribution of new clothing and home items to hurricane victims.</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2778/4324631300_a99541f9c9_o.png" alt="" /></p><p class="paragraph_style_5">The group was able to collect and give over $4.5 million dollars worth of men's and women's clothing directly to people in the devastated areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The foundation works with some of the biggest names in the fashion and home industry and have a global network of more than one thousand local agencies that they coordinate with in the donation and delivery of excess products.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, Fashion Delivers Foundation <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffashiondelivers.org%2FFASHION_DELIVERS%2FHAITI_RELIEF%2FFASHION_DELIVERS_-_HAITI_RELIEF.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">started to organize</a> donations of a broad assortment (in all sizes) of lightweight apparel for men and women, such as t-shirts, tops, shirts, jeans, shorts, slacks, sportswear, as well as basic items such as underwear, socks, sheets, sneakers, sandals and sleepwear.</p> <p>Fashion Delivers has just announced a new partnership with <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.leijeans.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">L.e.i Jeans</a> and Teen Vogue to conduct a nationwide search to find the next L.e.i model citizen. From February 1st to March 23rd, girls (ages 15-21) <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fleimodelcitizen.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">are invited to submit an original video</a>, exemplifying their interpretation of L.e.i. - life, energy, and intelligence. Three winners will be selected - the top prize includes a $100,000 college scholarship.</p><p><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4324654254_43eb8baf1f.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The contest site is <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.leimodelcitizen.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">here</a>. The campaign is trying out a lot of tactics. The heart of the campaign is a user-generated content, video creation.&nbsp; It's a good match for teens and the prizes are certainly compelling. The most interesting aspect of this campaign is the use of a widget that lets you share information about the contest on your Facebook profile and leverage a donation from Fashion Delivers.</p> <p>When you click on share, you get an option to share with your friends on Facebook or send a Tweet. I selected Facebook and it <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/?saved=1" class="external-link">asked me for permission</a> to install. Then I was prompted to select friends to send it to.&nbsp; I was given the option to write a personal note.</p> <p>I usually don't invite friends to install applications only because it adds to the Facebook app fatigue. However, it could generate a donation simply by the act of sharing. This was a positive feeling for me. Of course, I only selected friends who had teenage daughters in need of college scholarships or friends interested in fashion.</p> <p>What I wonder about is the accountability. How will I know that they actually donated a pair of jeans in my honor?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>What do you think?</p> <p>Beth Kanter, Blogher CE for Nonprofits, writes <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Beth's Blog</a>.</p><p><input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /><input id="jsProxy" onclick="jsCall();" type="hidden" /><input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /></p><!--Session data--><p><input id="jsProxy" onclick="jsCall();" type="hidden" /></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Fashion Career Technology Style Teens & tweens Education Fashion Fundraising K-12 Non-profits Social Action Social Action http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2010 16:11:18 +0000 Beth Kanter 140249 at http://www.blogher.com Rebuilding Mobile Women's Health Clinics in Haiti http://www.blogher.com/rebuilding-mobile-womens-health-clinics-haiti <!--paging_filter--><p>PROFAMIL Haiti&nbsp;has provided sexual and&nbsp;reproductive health&nbsp;services in Haiti since 1984. This organization is part of a <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ippfwhr.org%2Fwherewework" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">40&nbsp;member&nbsp;organization network</a> called International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). The program in Haiti has three clinics, but the ones&nbsp;in Port-au-Prince, and Jacmel&nbsp;were&nbsp;completely destroyed by&nbsp;the earthquake as you can see by the photo below.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4294001184_86843ea4a9_m.jpg" alt="" />&nbsp;<br />Photo from <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ippfwhr.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region</a> showing the complete devastation of its <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ippfwhr.org%2Ffreechoicesaveslives" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">PROFAMIL Haiti</a> clinic.</p> <p>In an email interview, Laura Zaks, Public Affairs Coordinator, shared with me this sad story of devastation and the urgent need for funds to help PROFAMIL resume services through a temporary static clinic and Mobile Health Units to deliver services in tent cities where displaced persons have gathered.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS','sans-serif';"><span><br /></span></span></p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp; How did the earthquake impact PROFAMIL Haiti's work?</strong></p> <blockquote dir="ltr"><p><em>PROFAMIL’s clinics in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel have been destroyed, although a small amount of equipment and supplies has been salvaged.&nbsp; Unfortunately,&nbsp; many supplies remain trapped in building rubble with conditions too&nbsp;dangerous to access, particularly in light of the </em><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fstories%2F2010%2F01%2F20%2Fworld%2Fmain6120309.shtml" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><em>aftershocks</em></a><em>. In addition, one staff member, the Director of Finance and acting Executive Director has passed away and at least several staff members have been injured, though a full report on the health and well-being of all staff and their families in both cities has not yet been received.&nbsp; <br /></em></p></blockquote> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;What's needed to&nbsp;rebuild the program?</strong></p> <p>IPPF/WHR has put together a proposal for funding from various donor sources totaling $2,500,000. This is based on the immediate needs over the next three to six months for human resources, site operations/communications and logistical support, transportation, and medical and surgical supplies.</p> <p>Given the lack of physical clinics in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel and with the structural integrity of standing buildings uncertain, PROFAMIL is coordinating to offer basic primary health care and sexual and reproductive health services via several modalities, including:</p> <blockquote dir="ltr"><p><em>•&nbsp;PROFAMILIA in the Dominican Republic has been coordinating with partners in deploying mobile health unit teams across the border to Haiti to conduct an initial assessment of key areas of need and to begin providing health services.&nbsp; Currently, the majority of international assistance is concentrated in Port-au-Prince, with many unmet health demands in the areas surrounding Leogame, Matrissals, Jacmel, Petit Goave and Grand Goave.&nbsp; These mobile health unit teams, consisting of medical doctors, nurses, and volunteer staff, have extensive experience in working with Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />•&nbsp;PROFAMIL staff and community health promoters in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince will organize mobile health units to bring primary health care, obstetric care, family planning and HIV prevention services to community-based sites, including tent cities and other temporary shelters that have been set up in and around both cities.&nbsp; <br /><br />•&nbsp;Though its physical clinics in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel are too damaged to resume operations, PROFAMIL will seek to establish temporary service provision facilities in fixed physical structures only as appropriate and based on structural assessments of their safety. <br /></em></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3.&nbsp; How can people contribute? </strong></p> <p>We have set up a donate page on our website where secure donations can be made from any country. 100% of the money collected through this site will go towards getting PROFAMIL’s clinics and mobile health units up and working as soon as possible. The link is: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.ga0.org%2F02%2Fhaiti" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">https://secure.ga0.org/02/haiti</a> and it is also accessible from the IPPF/WRH homepage: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ippfwhr.org" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">www.ippfwhr.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>3. Are you using social media to get the word out?</strong></p> <p>Yes, we have been using Face Book and Twitter to get the word out to contacts there. We have been posting updates periodically on these sites to share news and photos as well as the link to our donation page.&nbsp; We can be found on Face Book at: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Planned-Parenthood-Western-Hemisphere-Region/85569513068" class="external-link">http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Planned-Parenthood-Western-Hemisphere-Region/85569513068</a> and on twitter at: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/IPPF_WHR" class="external-link">http://twitter.com/IPPF_WHR</a>.</p> <p>We also have an online advocacy center: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.freechoicesaveslives.org" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">www.freechoicesaveslives.org</a>. We have mobilized our online membership from this center by sending two appeals asking for donations. We will continue to update our membership as we receive further news from our partners on the ground.</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp; Please describe to my readers the connection between sexual reproductive health services and poverty reduction.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>PROFAMIL’s work has always been closely linked to poverty reduction efforts within Haiti. This <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ippfwhr.org%2Fen%2Fmultimedia%2Fhaitanshealthcare" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">brief slideshow</a> gives a good picture in the link between sexual reproductive healthcare and poverty reduction. Haiti is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere. Infant and maternal mortality rates are the region’s highest, and Haiti’s devastating HIV/AIDS rate is second in the world only to Sub-Saharan Africa. 2006 data indicates that only 28% of the population uses modern contraceptives. Less than one-half of all births are attended by a skilled health professional.&nbsp;</p> <p>PROFAMIL is one of Haiti’s largest nongovernmental sexual and reproductive health providers. Its clinics, community distribution points, and mobile health units provide hundreds of thousands of sexual and reproductive healthcare services annually. For 25 years, PROFAMIL has provided low-cost, high-quality healthcare services including family planning, early detection of breast and cervical cancer, pre-and-post natal services, and voluntary testing and counselling for HIV/AIDS. In rural areas, a network of health promoters and mobile health clinics provide family planning and basic health care-often the only healthcare available in these remote communities. They recently inaugurated new clinics in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, to better serve their increasing patient base. Given the massive socio-economic and health care challenges facing the country, PROFAMIL’s work has been and will continue to be tremendously important in future development efforts in the country. The stories from the field that I pointed to above further reinforce this connection between PROFAMIL and poverty reduction efforts in Haiti.</p> <p>PROFAMIL has a <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.charitynavigator.org%2Findex.cfm%3Fbay%3Dsearch.summary%26amp%3Borgid%3D4942" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">four-star rating from Charity:Navigator</a></p><p><input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /></p><!--Session data--><p><input id="jsProxy" onclick="jsCall();" type="hidden" /></p> <p>Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE for Nonprofits, writes <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Beth's Blog</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Current Events Career Technology AIDS/HIV Fundraising GYN HPV Internet Non-profits Social Action Social Networking Women of Haiti Latin America & Caribbean Social Action http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:22:07 +0000 Beth Kanter 138117 at http://www.blogher.com Haiti: Orphans, Crisis Mapping, and Tech Volunteers http://www.blogher.com/haiti-earthquake-orphans-crisis-mapping-and-tech-volunteers <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.blogher.com/haystackprofile/viewprofile/Britt+Bravo">Britt Bravo's</a> last two posts on Haiti, have provided a good round up of <a href="http://www.blogher.com/helping-haiti-places-donate-creative-fundraising-ideas-and-being-smart-donor?wrap=blogher-topics/non-profits">how to help and the creative fundraising</a> that is taking place. I wanted to share these two stories from Haiti from on the ground and a bird's eye view about nonprofit work there.</p> <p><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4271701289_ce7c1c9597_m.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Earthquake Aftermath in Jacmel<br /> <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/43596953@N06/sets/72157623203943468/" class="external-link">Photos</a> by Andrew Bigosinski, Director of Ciné Lekol.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcauseglobal.blogspot.com%2F2010%2F01%2Fglobal-upstarts.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">story</a> has shifted from how <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fphilanthropy.blogspot.com%2F2010%2F01%2Fdisaster-donations-in-age-of-disruption.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">technology is disrupting</a> giving as evidenced by the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theworld.org%2F2010%2F01%2F15%2Ftech-podcast-273-haiti-and-google-in-china%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">amazing success of text giving campaigns </a> to the role <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2010%2F01%2F14%2Fhaiti-tweets-from-the-ground%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">social media is playing in the relief efforts</a>.</p> <p><strong>An Orphanage Destroyed, Children Still Alive</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cineinstitute.com%2Fabout-us%2Fphotos%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Cine Institute</a>, an organization that provides Haitian youth with film education, is located a block from an <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wecanbuildanorphanageblog.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">orphanage</a> built by Luke Montgomery, co-founder of <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OlomomoNutCompany/acb7e4c09c/68ab232651/a975b213dd" target="_blank" class="external-link">WeCanBuildanOrphanage.com</a>, an interactive charity building a home, clinic and school for AIDS orphans in Haiti. He's passionate about helping children and obsessed with leveraging the power of "good ideas for good causes."</p> <p>Luke is a colleague of several social media colleagues, including <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/justincperkins" class="external-link">Justin Perkins</a> from <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.care2.com%2Fcauses%2Fhuman-rights%2Fblog%2Ffounder-of-haiti-orphanage-needs-some-very-concrete-help%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Care</a>.</p> <p>Justin passed this message along on Thursday:</p> <blockquote><p><em>Still no word from our orphanage. Our town of Jakmel (also spelled Jacmel if you want to Google it) has been largely destroyed and our AIDS orphanage is constructed out of cement... not good. Most of these types of buildings in our town have crumbled. Best case: Our kids are safe but all the care staff will be dealing with their own families, destroyed and dead family members and all water and food will now be even more scarce. Worst case: The orphanage collapsed like all other concrete buildings in town and the locals might hesitate to dig out HIV infected bloody kids. I haven't been able to sleep. Crying.<br /> </em></p></blockquote> <blockquote><p><em>I'm going back to Haiti in the next few days and need help to give hands-on help to our kids and the townspeople.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><em>You can help. Give money or pass this donation link around: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/ykt74rg" target="_blank" class="external-link">http://tinyurl.com/ykt74rg</a></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><em> love,</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><em>Luke</em></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">This morning Justin passed along some good news that the staff and kids are all alive at the orphanage in Haiti, but the building was completely destroyed. Justin also passed a long a message from his friend Luke, the founder of the orphanage,</p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><em>Our children have all survived. Somehow amidst all the death around them, these 13 orphans made it out of the rubble alive. They are now living on the street surrounded by rubble with no food, water, blankets or medicine. Many of them are HIV+. Two are handicapped and can not walk. We are rushing an emergency team to them to care for, feed and protect them. I'm leaving and will be on the ground in Haiti for as long as it takes to rebuild." Please spread this emergency link: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2FEarthquakeOrphans.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">EarthquakeOrphans.com</a></em></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><strong>Crisis Mapping</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">My colleagues at <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fushahidi.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Ushahidi</a> have been working around the clock and around the globe <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhaiti.ushahidi.com%2Freports%2Fsubmit" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">mapping crisis information from Haiti</a>. (I'm on the board). For those you who are not familiar with Ushahidi, they have a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or time line. Their goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response. Here's <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Flinasrivastava.blogspot.com%2F2010%2F01%2Faggregating-information-rapidly-in.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">more</a> about their haiti platform.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">I received an <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.ushahidi.com%2Findex.php%2F2010%2F01%2F16%2Fmore-on-ushahidis-response-to-the-haiti-earthquake%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">update from Ushahidi</a>, co-founder Ory Okolloh:</p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><em>We have received tremendous support from the crisis mapping community through the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcrisismapping.ning.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Crisis Mapping Network</a>, the developer community, collaborating organizations like UN OCHA Columbia, INSTEDD, Haitianquake, Digital Democracy, FrontlineSMS, Google and others, and dozens of volunteers who’ve helped with everything from data entry, to translations, to data filtering. </em></p> <p><em> Since the site went live, the team has been working round the clock to make improvements to the instance, fix problems (our server has crashed several times already and our alert system went beserk!), coordinate efforts with volunteers, share information with partners, and collaborate with other tech-based efforts e.g. the people finder at Haitianquake (since merged with Google’s). The fact that we have a global team means that we have been able to offer round the clock support, with the Africa-based team taking over when the US-based team goes to sleep and vice versa.<br /> </em></p></blockquote> <p>Ory describes their current challenges, including:</p> <blockquote><p><em><strong>Close the feedback loop</strong>: that is, ensure that agencies trying to figure out where help is needed are tracking our reports and following up on requests for help that are coming in. We are currently doing this via the Crisis Mappers network, Sahana, and Internews and INSTEDD teams who have just landed in Haiti, but a lot more needs to be done.</em></p></blockquote> <p>She has called on us to help get the word out about Ushahidi, she seeking contacts with local or diaspora Haitian media or NGOs, and connections with larger humanitarian organizations to share information.</p> <p>Last night <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Frachelweidinger.com%2Ffast" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Rachel Weidinger</a> started to organize nptech ties to help colleague, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.twitter.com/wharman" class="external-link">Wendy Harman</a> - and now they're also connecting with Ushahidi.</p> <p><strong>Crisis Camps<br /> </strong></p> <p>Jake Brewer over at Sunlight Foundation let me know about <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.sunlightfoundation.com%2F2010%2F01%2F15%2Fcivic-hackers-for-haiti%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Civic Hackers Haiti</a> going on this weekend in Silicon Valley as well as in <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stumbleupon.com%2Fsu%2F1dZGTV%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fblogs%2Finside%2F2010%2F01%2Fthis_saturday_volunteer_coders.html%2Fr%3At" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">other locations</a>.</p> <p><em>Beth </em><em>Kanter</em><em>, </em><em>BlogHer</em><em> CE for Nonprofits, writes </em><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><em>Beth's Blog</em></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Career Women of Haiti http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Mon, 18 Jan 2010 01:23:00 +0000 Beth Kanter 136667 at http://www.blogher.com How to Use Your iPhone to Help Others http://www.blogher.com/couple-do-good-iphone-apps <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4243023711_bf7cc76e6b_m.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Last week, I <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com%2Fbeths_blog%2F2010%2F01%2Fbeths-blog-the-iphone-app-version.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">created an iPhone app</a> out of my blog in ten minutes at a cost of $50 using a service call AppMkr.&nbsp; It made wonder when we'll start to see more iPhone apps from and to benefit nonprofits.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Almost a year ago, Britt Bravo compiled an <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhavefundogood.blogspot.com%2F2009%2F01%2Fiphone-apps-for-nonprofits.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">iPhone Apps for Nonprofits list</a>.&nbsp; She looked far and wide, but the list was small.&nbsp; It included one of my favorites, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.montereybayaquarium.org%2Fcr%2FSeafoodWatch%2Fweb%2Fsfw_iphone.aspx" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Guide</a> to help you make, "sustainable seafood choices."</p> <p><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5Yu11Uvgrlo/SXfdri9YXsI/AAAAAAAAAho/lgJ6tapOZ5s/s200/MontereyBayAquariumiPhoneapp.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Britt also mentions that <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theextraordinaries.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Extraordinaries</a> was just about to launch its iPhone application to help people find 20-minute volunteer opportunities. Put another way, an iPhone application <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2009%2FTECH%2F10%2F28%2Fdigitalbiz.microtasking%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">to put thumbs to good use</a>.&nbsp; This application can now be downloaded <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.beextra.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Another iPhone application is <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.samasource.org%2Fiphone" target="new" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Give Work</a>, a collaborative effort by CrowdFlower, a professional crowdsourcing service provider, and <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.samasource.org%2Fiphone%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Samasource</a>, a non-profit organization that trains youths and refugees to use computers, and by extension to find sustainable employment.&nbsp; The application creates an opportunity for Kenyan refugees by matching iPhone users' volunteer work with that of the refugees, who do the same tasks and are paid double.</p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theextraordinaries.org%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Extraordinaries</a> has also been doing a good job of <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theextraordinaries.org%2Fiphone%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">tracking nonprofit iPhone apps</a> over at their blog.&nbsp; You'll find reviews of iPhone apps from the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theextraordinaries.org%2F2009%2F05%2Fhow-nonprofits-are-using-the-iphone-countdown-to-the-decision.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Olympics</a>, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theextraordinaries.org%2F2009%2F05%2Fhow-nonprofits-are-using-the-iphone-amber-alert.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">National Center for Missing Children</a>, the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theextraordinaries.org%2F2009%2F04%2Fhow-nonprofits-are-using-the-iphone-sj-museum-guide.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">San Jose Museum</a>, and others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2734/4242848529_319bea2a68_m.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the more exciting iPhone apps to appear in the last month or so is <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.causeworld.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">CauseWorld</a> that uses a new form of "embedded" giving that I dubbed "<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com%2Fbeths_blog%2F2009%2F12%2Ffoot-traffic-philanthropy-location-based-mobile-application-causeworld.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Foot Traffic Philanthropy</a>." I had a lot of <a href="http://www.blogher.com/foot-traffic-philanthropy-expect-see-more-mobile-do-good-apps-2010">fun playing with the app over the holidays</a> and making generous donations to a handful of charities. Meanwhile, FourSquare, a location-based app, is <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffoursquare.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F273179783%2Fas-you-may-know-every-checkin-on-foursquare" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">experimenting with leveraging donations</a> with its leaderboard.</p> <p>Recently, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnonprofitorgs.wordpress.com%2F2010%2F01%2F06%2Fthree-iphone-apps-that-every-nonprofit-needs-to-know-about%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Heather Mansfield</a> at the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog, mentioned that Causeworld and the Extraordinaires were two of three iPhone apps that every nonprofit should know about. The third app was called "<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgo2.wordpress.com%2F%3Fid%3D725X1342%26amp%3Bsite%3Dnonprofitorgs.wordpress.com%26amp%3Burl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.charityfinder.me%252Findex.html" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Charity Finder</a>" that lets users donate to nonprofits via a simple interface.&nbsp; While Heather describes the app as experimental, she envisions that it is only a matter of time before we'll see <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.networkforgood.org" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Network for Good</a> or another charity listings service as an iPhone app.</p> <p>In the meantime, we'll certainly see more and more nonprofits release branded content in native iPhone format.&nbsp; That is, versions of their web site content on a iPhone.&nbsp; A couple of examples:</p> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.velir.com%2Fwork%2Fchcf_iphone.shtm" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">California HealthCare Foundation</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cancer.org%2Fdocroot%2FMED%2Fcontent%2FMED_2_1x_American_Cancer_Society_Launches_More_Birthdays_Mobile_App.asp%3Fsitearea%3DMED" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">American Cancer Society More Birthdays App</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.broadwayworld.com%2Farticle%2FNew_York_Philharmonic_Becomes_First_Orchestra_With_Its_Own_Apple_iPhone_Application_20090619" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">New York Philharmonic</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kivaalerts.com%2Fiphone" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Kiva</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fosocio.org%2Fmessage%2Fwhich_animal_are_you_and_your_friends%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">IFAW</a></li> </ul> <p>What iPhone apps have you come across from nonprofits or charities or that help raise money?</p> <p>Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE for Nonprofits, writes <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbeth.typepad.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Beth's Blog</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/groups/theres-app">There&#039;s an App for That</a></li> </ul></div> Blogging & Social Media Career Technology iphone iphone apps Smart Phones There&#039;s an App for That http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/pictures/picture-15.jpg Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:00:32 +0000 Beth Kanter 135439 at http://www.blogher.com