Nonprofits and engagement media

I’m out of the nonprofit world these days, but I’ve spent some years in it, so I’m not at a total loss as to how things work and how cultural norms accrue. I’ve got my opinions, to be sure. So when I saw, via FriendFeed, a post from Beth Kanter — Seth Godin’s Non Post…

Amazing presentation on YouTube and participatory media

I’ll be recommending the following video to my Board in Anchorage soon. Thanks to Robert Paterson for pointing it out. This is pure Internet gold that’s worthy of broadcast on PBS itself. The point? It explores YouTube (and related sites) from an anthropological standpoint and explains the many ways in which “Web 2.0” technologies are…

How network effects disrupt the liberal elite world of mass media

Here’s a fast and tight 25 minutes of thinking that everyone confronting the disintegration of mass media should view. It’s Mark Pesce speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum just last month (June 24). http://www.viddler.com/player/aa10e87e/ I’ve certainly felt an increasing pull of networked social structures in the 21st century. There’s something new happening today, something unprecedented.…

Community, Community, Community

I hate the word “community.” It’s a catch-all word that means so many things it feels like it means nothing. When I use it I feel a little silly. Yet there’s not really a good replacement for the word. Or at least I haven’t found one I like. Check out a thesaurus — is there…

Behold the potential of the political web

Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it. Same thing with Congress, right? Well, maybe not. Be sure to check out two things to discover how the web could very well change the nature of how we practice democracy. Lessig Launches Change Congress: Political Reform a la Creative Commons and Wikipedia…