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Saturday, September 10, 2005

My Blind date with grassRoots.org



It was Emily Weinberg's idea, as far as I can tell, to get folks who are blogging on non-profit topics to take a glance at each other's blogs and comment on them. She called it the Non-Profit Blog Exchange. She introduced pairs of bloggers to each other and suggested they make a reference and a link to each other's blog.

I had the good fortune to get paired with the blog at Grassroots.org. I didn't know this outfit before, but I gather that their mission is serve as advisors and consultants to non-profit organizations who are tackling any of a wide range of social issues.

I've barely explored the information available on their main website, but the blog is a veritable ticker-tape of valuable resources. In just a cursory read of the last few days posts, I bookmarked new resources relating to the Open Source Movement as it relates realms other than software, the chaotic but valiant efforts of the tech sector to try to help with tracking missing persons during the worst days of the Katrina crisis, and a site put up by the city of San Francisco on how to build a disaster plan for your home of office.

This valuable resource is going into my bookmarks to stay!

The blog exchange has its own Blogger website, by the way, in case you'd like to join or comment. And Emily, you should know, is looking to move to the DC area, and is seeking a position in Washington, DC with either a nonprofit, educational organization, or web design company. Drop her a line if you'd like to talk about any opportunities you might have.

Comments on "My Blind date with grassRoots.org"

 

Blogger Deborah Elizabeth Finn said ... (September 10, 2005 at 5:23 PM) : 

Dear Michael:

Here I must boast! I was the one who came up with the original idea. (See "A Bully Pulpit Exchange," at http://blog.deborah.elizabeth.finn.com/blog/_archives/2005/8/2/1101986.html)

Since then, Emily has volunteered to coordinate the whole thing, and she is doing a great job. Hats off to Emily!

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn
Cyber-Yenta
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
http://blog.deborah.elizabeth.finn.com/blog
http://public.xdi.org/=deborah.elizabeth.finn

 

Blogger Michael Stein said ... (September 10, 2005 at 11:21 PM) : 

Boy Deborah - your website says you are on vacation - but you don;t miss a trick! I stand corrected!

 

Blogger Deborah Elizabeth Finn said ... (September 12, 2005 at 8:26 PM) : 

Well, I'm back!

Rock on, Nonprofit Blog Exchange!

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
http://blog.deborah.elizabeth.finn.com/blog
http://public.xdi.org/=deborah.elizabeth.finn

 

Blogger Tutor Mentor Connections said ... (September 13, 2005 at 5:16 PM) : 

Thanks Betsy and Emily for getting the Non profit Blog Exchange going. Thanks Michael for taking part. It looks like you've some pretty special blogging experience as well as some design background. Your page looks great and the "tooth" really supports the article.

I joined the non profit blog because I believe there are many volunteers with your talent who might want to volunteer time blogging for a specific cause, or aggregating blogs for a specific cause.

Thus, people with talent in this area can act as intermediaries with their talent to connect other volunteers, donors and leaders with charities that are doing good work, but may not be good marketers.

I talk about these concepts in my own blog at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com

 

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