Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Just Dive In!


I spoke to a group of funders last week on the topic of Web 2.0 for nonprofits. I feel privileged every time I get the opportunity to speak on this subject. Here's why. While the new Web 2.0 tools are SUPER COOL, for example, you can't beat the fact that you can raise money through a charity badge or widget. And, I LOVE the fact that blogging is proving a great tool for expanding my connections and networking with other leaders, what really excites me is the fact that the Internet and the flexible, turnkey tools that support it, have the potential to OPEN the doors for folks that have been left out of the mainstream.

Democracy in ACTION.org - a fellow technology organization that is strengthening the progressive movement by bringing online communications and advocacy tools to grassroots nonprofits says it well.

“The Internet's major innovation continues to be the power that it puts into the hands of the people who have traditionally stood outside the process.”

AMEN!

If you have a computer, an Internet connection and a passion for a cause, you have no excuse for not sharing your world view. Comment on blogs, join a social network, make a charity widget and send it to your friends. Don't get left out. Make the "Connected Age" your own.

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