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The topics discussed here grow out of the bread-and-butter issues that confront my consulting and software clients on a daily basis. We'll talk about prosaic stuff like Membership Management, Meetings and Events Management and Fundraising, broader ideas like security and software project management, and the social, cultural, and organizational issues that impact IT decision-making.

Monday, February 06, 2006

This and That

As if you don't get enough of my holding forth here, Marshall Kirkpatrick interviewed me the other day for Techsoup's Netsquared project, and posted it here. We talked about the work of my company Members Only Software, and how I see emerging Internet technologies impacting the non-profit arena. It was a really enjoyable, rambling conversation. But the posting is most noteworthy for the accompanying photo of me playing my fiddle at the Speedy Tolliver fiddle contest in Arlington VA a couple years back.

2. Around the same time, Marshall also posted an interview with Beth Kanter. You can read the interview here. If you don't read Beth's blog, well, you oughta. Beth is a Cambridge, MA blogger and techy who has done a lot of work with arts and educational organizations. She also does a lot writing relating to Cambodia. Beth picked up on my fiddling photo and expressed her musical solidarity by posting this picture of her playing the flute, thirty years ago, along with a touching yet classic story of how she met her flute teacher.

3. This week I discovered the blog of Ken Stein (no relation), a teacher in New York city. While the blog is not primarily about technology, he explores in this post his ideas for utilizing Writely, a web based collaborative word processor, as an educational tool.

4. Dave King is the acting director of IT at the Kansas City public library. His blog explores technology, web, and usability issues as they apply to libraries. Dave provides useful running commentary on a number of his experiments, such as creating a video blog from a Treo PDA, or setting up to give a webcast. Well worth a read.

5. Amy Kincaid, whose blog on fundraising is always worth looking at, points us this week to a great list of fundrasing and grantwriting resources hosted at Michigan State University. I've already been able use these resources to look very wise to an organization we work with, and pass on news of some available grants in their field. I do like to look wise.

6. Malin Coleridge of Techsoup reports that she got 880 responses to the survey on technology challenges facing non-profits that she and I developed last month! I'm very eager to see the results, and very grateful to everyone who took time to fill out the survey. I'm hoping that by learning what actual day-to-day issues are causing the most problems for organizations, we can learn more about the which of the solutions we techies are excited about really matter over the next couple of years.
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Anonymous Beth said ... (February 7, 2006 at 5:46 PM) : 

Thanks for the pointer! I don't live in Cambridge anymore .. moved out to the rural exburbs (boomdocks) where housing is more affordable.

 

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