Monday, January 12, 2009

Social Actions Roundup 3

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

Here is Social Actions' second round-up of the new year, covering January 3-10:

SocialEdge is taking applications for its annual Global Social Benefit Incubator Competition; RisingVoices is taking applications for its annual new media outreach micro-grants of $5k; Nabuur is accepting applications for volunteer online project managers, and ModestNeeds invited the newly unemployed to apply for bridge grants.

TakingItGlobal launched a personal fundraising campaign to support its work in 2009.

Kiva announced plans to launch an open API for its micro-lending platform.

PolicyPitch became a December 2008 Ideablob finalist.

Stephen Colbert joined the board of directors of

Convio asked nonprofits for their 2009 technology resolutions.

Gina Bianchini of Ning shared her company's three-month roadmap.

Leslie Poston wrote on Mashable a guest post, Give Back With Social MicroFunding in 2009.

Rachel Cunliffe wrote on Mashable a guest post, 10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009.

Firstgiving shared three online fundraising resolutions.

Beth Kanter recapped her social media birthday fundraiser on behalf of the Sharing Foundation.

Kimberly Brock wrote about how one can protect consumer rights by becoming a citizen blogger.

Christine Prefontaine wrote about the importance of investing in a community facilitator.

Paul Lamb, writing on mySociety, discussed the value of creating a social credit card (from 2006).

Peter Deitz announced that Convio, NTEN and CauseWired Communications will co-sponsor Social Actions' Change the Web Challenge, and Social Actions won Reddit's FeedANeed contest.

Recent Discoveries

2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service

GivingGame - Do good. Pass it on.

Service-learning - Using structured reflection to enhance learning from service

Ignite format presentations

Inviting Change consulting

John Haydon's social media coaching

Economic Xchange - how the current economy impacts philanthropy

Eric Cooper explains how to build a Social Actions powered application.

What are Social Actions Round-Ups?

Each week, Social Actions community members post links and news about online social action applications and nonprofit activism. This round-up is a summary of just some of the links that surfaced in the last week, through January 10. 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 and 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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