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Technology has enabled many individuals and institutions to bring change to the communities they care about. Civil society organizations can view that as a threat or they can evolve to take advantage …

Technology has enabled many individuals and institutions to bring change to the communities they care about. Civil society organizations can view that as a threat or they can evolve to take advantage of these trends and the enabling technologies.

<a>This talk was given at UC Berkeley's School of Information in February, 2011.</a>


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  • 1. Using Technology for Social Change
  • 2. A little bit about TechSoup Global
  • 3. 1. We identify and understand NGOs.
  • 4. 41% of the globe and 70% of its population.
  • 5. 2. We get NGOs stuff.
  • 6. $2B worth of technology products.
  • 7. Answer questions from more than 400,000 unique visitors every month.
  • 8. 3. We share the ways those organizations create change.
  • 9.  
  • 10.  
  • 11. After two decades doing this work, I’ve come to believe:
  • 12. Nongovernmental organizations are community hubs.
  • 13. NGOs provide unique access to and insights about some of society’s most intractable issues and least visible populations.
  • 14. But organizations must change to remain relevant.
  • 15. And by relevant I mean: matter to and create impact in their communities.
  • 16. But they need help.
  • 17. And by help I mean: you.
  • 18. But first, some trends.
  • 19. 1. Free agents.
  • 20.  
  • 21.  
  • 22. 2. Open data initiatives.
  • 23.  
  • 24.  
  • 25. 3. Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • 26.  
  • 27. So how do NGOs need to change?
  • 28. 1. Access.
  • 29. The UN says:
  • 30. “ For broadband is really an investment in an interconnected world of ideas and knowledge that can be spread in seconds from one corner of the earth to another.”
  • 31. 2. Data.
  • 32.  
  • 33.  
  • 34. 3. Innovation.
  • 35.  
  • 36.  
  • 37.
      • Thank you!
  • 38.  
  • 39. Please! Contact me:
    • Marnie Webb
    • [email_address]
    • Work: http://www.techsoupglobal.org
    • Twitter: @webb
    • Skype: extension337
    • Blog: http://ext337.org
    • Delicious: http://www.delicious.com/ext337
  • 40. Colophon
    • NetSquared http:// www.netsquared.org
    • Show Your Impact http:// www.showyourimpact.org
    • Networked Nonprofits and Free Agents http://www.slideshare.net/kanter/techstate-5699675?from=ss_embed
    • Twestival http:// www.twestival.com /
    • Data.gov http:// www.data.gov /
    • Opening Up Government http://data.gov.uk/
  • 41.
    • Data Store: World Government Data http://www.guardian.co.uk/world-government-data
    • 2011 Edelmen Trust Barometer http://www.edelman.com/trust/2011/
    • UN’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development http:// www.broadbandcommission.org / outcomes.html
    • MoveSmart http://movesmart.org/
  • 42.
    • Chlorine Bank http://www.actionatlas.org/humanitarian/water-sanitation/clean-water-intiative-central-america/summary/pa36C84DDBE6E92B7524
    • DatAgro http://www.datadyne.org/programs/mip/datagro
    • Heroes by videoplaceboisnot http://www.flickr.com/photos/videoplacebo/2476230102/
  • 43. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.