Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Social Actions Roundup 2

The use of social media for social change is proliferating rapidly. In that vein, we at Cause Global will start sharing this weekly round-up of social action links and varied news bits from Social Actions and its passionate, cause-wired team—Joe Solomon, Christine Egger and Peter Deitz.

Here is Social Actions' first round-up of the new year from the period December 21 through January 3:

The Case Foundation launched its Change Begins With Me campaign, a contest that will send one winner to President-elect Obama's inauguration on January 20.

Change.org launched 7 new blogs and made predictions for 2009.

Tom Watson formally launched CauseWired Communications and led a discussion about online social activism for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Beth Kanter wrote about the Facebook Causes birthday application and was cited by Fast Company for effective Twitter fundraising.

Paul Lamb wrote about the Cool & Conscientious Ning network about Living Givingly.

Idealist.org wrote about best practices for finding the lastest nonprofit news.

Amazee linked to a new paper on the growing influence of social networks.

Razoo published a list of what it considers the 100 best charities.

Jim Moss argued that Pointing and Clicking is Not Activism.

Qui Diaz published [on Mashable] a blog post detailing 50 ways to get your 'give' on.

Ning Network Creators featured a post on building the perfect social network.

Peter Deitz posted on Pop!Tech a review of David Peat's latest book, Gentle Action and was interviewed by Radio-Canada in a segment on Les miarcles miicrophilanthropique (en francais).

Marcia Odell of Pact's WORTH program received the Vision Award for her work in savings-based micro-finance.

Social Actions launched a new initiative, for which it released the press release, Online Competition Aims to Change the World by Changing the Web. The organization also is preparing to launch my.socialactions.com; Peter Deitz asked Social Actions' supporters to help make 2009 all about taking action.

Recent Discoveries

Active Neighboring

The Chicago Tribune's DoGood Channel

Everyday Democracy -- Ideas & Tools for Community Change

Diddit -- Check off adventures you've had and find stuff to do

Facilitating Change

What are Social Actions Round-Ups?

Each week, Social Actions community members post links and news about online social activism. This round-up is a summary of some of the links that surfaced in the last 14 days, through January 3. You can share links and news for future Social Actions round-ups in the Peer-to-Peer Social Change FriendFeed Room. You can also check out past round-ups here. You also can tag your delicious bookmarks with "p2pchange" or include "#p2pchange" in your tweets; Social Actions will scoop them up and review them.

Social Actions round-ups are syndicated on CauseWired, CauseGlobal, TakePart, and NetSquared.

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