- S: (v) edit, redact (prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting) "Edit a book on lexical semantics"; "she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages"
- S: (v) edit (supervise the publication of) "The same family has been editing the influential newspaper for almost 100 years"
- S: (v) edit, cut, edit out (cut and assemble the components of) "edit film"; "cut recording tape"
- S: (v) edit, blue-pencil, delete (cut or eliminate) "she edited the juiciest scenes"
These services are great because they serve up a sea of information but - and hears the rub - too often the information they generate is not molded, organized or aggregated in any particular way and that makes it unnerving and annoying. In short, way too much!
Don't get me wrong, I'd rather go to Google than my local library to look up a fact and it's an amazing privilege to have "the world at your fingertips." But like they said in Schoolhouse Rock - Knowledge is Power.
Knowledge is not the same thing as information. Knowledge is about making meaning out of all these data points about dragons, duct tape and donations. And although some software companies will say otherwise, it's my humble opinion that it still takes a person to sort, sift and contextualize all this material. It takes an Editor to bake an information cake!
Luckily, some nonprofits are good editors (and bakers too!). After all, we are the experts on myriad subjects. We know how to avoid environmental degradation, raise healthy and happy kids, and keep international conflict at bay. Who better than us to "organize the world's information?"
Here's my advice. If you want to ensure that your nonprofit has a place at the table in the Connected Age, become a better editor. Don't just serve up information, serve up the most useful links about your cause. Point out the inconsistencies (and consistencies) in the news stories we read. Create a coherent narrative out of the reams of research out here.
I promise. If you learn to edit well, you'll become the trusted source for KNOWLEDGE about your issue and that means more power (and icing) for you!