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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Intense week at Techsoup

I hope some of you took the time to check out the Web2.0 fest in the Emerging Technologies Forum at TechSoup last week. Lots of good discussions and information in the threads there. I was really pleased they asked me to help host it. The action is over now, but the conversations are still posted - and are still going on, once everyone rests up a little. I've done so much posting over there this week that I need a break from the hard work of blogging. So today I'll just point you to some useful resources I've come across during the last week.

While I was hanging out at Tech Soup I noticed this gem get posted, citing the YMCA of the USA's Steve Heye on Implementing Operations Software, the YMCA Way. I just met Steve last week! The attachments include some useful worksheets produced by the YMCA for planning software implementations. It's definitely worth taking at look at this packet if you are about to start a major software implementation.

Another article posted during the TechSoup event that I admired was Alexandra Samuel's piece on RSS for non-profits - if this is one technology you have not yet figured out - it's time you did.

While all this was going on, Joshua Schachter, the founder of delicious and the guy who started the current flurry of attention to tagging, was being wined and dined at the Berkman Center at Harvard School of Law. Beth Kanter captured some of his remarks and links to others sites discussing the event.

One more item this week I hope you take a look at: Green Media Toolshed gives some pointers about non-profit blogging... since I'm always evangelizing about the non-profit blog I hope you take a look at this.

All this talk of web2.0 this week has gone to my head... you know I usually want to talk about mundane stuff like membership management software or how to make sure you are getting good backups or how to avoid duplicates in your mailings. We'll get back to all that. But now for something completely different on the technology front: the single-molecule car.

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Comments on "Intense week at Techsoup"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (October 29, 2005 at 4:28 PM) : 

Great job hosting the discussion at Techsoup and learned a lot.


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