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Smart Mobs And Cool Tools for Change


A summary of Smart Mobs and a description of cool tools for change.

A summary of Smart Mobs and a description of cool tools for change.

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  • 1. Smart Mobs and Cool Tools for Change Paul Schumann The Innovation Road Map
  • 2. Smart Mobs
    • Smart mobs consist of people who are able to act in concert even if they don’t know each other.
    • Non zero sum games result in social structures with rich potential facilitating the growth of social complexity.
    • Creation of an augmented reality
    • Complexity
    • Emergence
    • Abundant resource commons
    • Resources
      • Smart Mobs (
      • Innovation Commons ( &
  • 3. General Observations on Cool Tools
    • The "Open Source" model of development is gaining acceptance
    • One of the first applications of this model is in nonprofits (it fits the logic)
    • "Open Source" applications are spreading (concept of forges)
    • Forges are being started for nonprofits (i.e.
    • "Open Source" software is fueling the development of nonprofit applications
    • The benchmark system for nonprofits is DeanSpace (, a highly successful, grass roots, fundraising and organizing system developed by volunteers for volunteers, for the Dean presidential campaign. It used "Open Source" software modules obtained from SourceForge. There is a lot of excitement and energy around this project. I believe it represents the precursor of highly evolved self-organizing systems of the future.
    • CivicSpace ( is replacing DeanSpace
    • This movement may be the precursor to the way work and education is done in the future.
    • Nonprofit web sites need to be organized around the various customers and how they use the web site, rather than around the functions of the organization.
    • A lot of "cool tools" are being developed, but there is little or no structure for how these tools interact with each other, or how social change occurs
    • Cool Tools for Change is a source of information and software (
  • 4. Types of Cool Tools
    • GroupWare
    • Blogs
    • Web Sites
    • Wikis*
    • Bulletin Boards & Discussions
    • Meetups
    • Calendaring
    • Content Management Systems
    • Online Fundraising
    • Project Management
    • Surveys
    • E-Mail
    • Networking
    • PDs
    • Podcasting
    * Austin Education 2025 (
  • 5. Resources
    • Sourceforge (
    • (
    • (
    • All About Computers, the Internet and the Web (
    • TechSoup (
    • NTEN (
    • CompuMentor (
    • The Nonprofit Open Source Initiative (