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May 24 2013


Save the Date: Social Media September

Save the date - social media september

Social Media for Social Good is coming to NetSquared this September.

Details coming soon.

But in the meantime join your local NetSquared group to receive your invitation.

May 21 2013


NetSquared Local: Week of May 20, 2013

NetSquared Local global map

There are five NetSquared events this week. From Amy Sample Ward in Vermont to National Public Radio in Washington, DC, NetSquared organizers are connecting their communities with the best minds working to “remix the web for social change.”

Find your closest NetSquared group and join the conversation today!

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May 18 2013


Net2 Houston: Using the City of Houston's Open Data to Do Good

Houston open data portal

The City of Houston’s Bruce Haupt led a discussion at Net2 Houston’s May 14 meetup.
The topic? The City of Houston has a big heap of data and they want your ideas on how to use it!

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May 12 2013


[Net2 Vancouver] Using Video to Tell Your Stories

Video is taking over the internet. Fast. Nonprofits need to get in front of this trend now. Video can be complicated and expensive, but it doesn't have to be. This week Net Tuesday Vancouver invited three guests to share their tips for creating visually striking videos on a nonprofit budget.

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March 31 2013


Boston: Upcoming Events in April

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your nameAre you interested in sharing your knowledge at RootsCamp MA this week? How about participating in next weekend's Cleanweb Hackathon? Or would you like to join the 501 Tech Club for a happy hour?

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NetSquared Boston Members Host Marketing and Social Media Workshops

By Paula Cohen and Kat Friedrich

How can one use online tools to attract clients and sell products? Over 100 small business and nonprofit staff gathered at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Mass. on March 23 for a day of workshops on social media and online marketing.

NetSquared Boston members promoted, hosted and attended the event. One of our meetup’s assistant organizers, Julia Campbell, delivered a presentation about the social media site Pinterest.

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March 25 2013


[French] Le CR - Storytelling - L’art de narrer une histoire pour les ONG

Le StorytellingEst-ce qu’il y a une recette pour bien narrer une histoire pour son ONG? Quel message doit-on communiquer aux adhérents? Comment utiliser les médias sociaux pour partager son histoire?

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September 03 2012


NetSquared September update

fall leafSeptember is here, and even 'tho the new year doesn't come for another four months I still think of September as a time of rebirth and renewal (I'll always think like a student, I guess.)

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April 26 2012


Design-Thinking Hackathon: The *Weekend Movement

The TechSoup Global Network team is in action today over at the Stanford Social Innovation Review. My good buddy Glenn Fajardo recently went to Malaysia where he spent time with the organizers of the *Weekend Movement, a community of people that builds crafty projects and innovative solutions to real-world problems -- over the weekend.


Glenn explores some of the critical success factors for the *Weekend Movement in his piece today in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. How they select participants, how they hook in potential project supporters, and how they understand the motivations and interests of their participants all factor into their success and productivity.


Check it out, and be sure to comment if you have any questions or ideas to add.

April 24 2012


What is there to SHARE? Free Internet and Culture Meetup in Serbia

 World-class electronic and contemporary music, 3d VJ projections and inspiring tech-activism talks -- the second SHARE conference is coming up on 26-28 April 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event will gather more than two thousand activists, bloggers, engineers, programmers and artists from the Balkans as well as from around the world.

Since the first SHARE was held in Belgrade in spring 2011, the turbulence of Internet activism has shaken every part of the planet. Arab spring, #occupy Wall Street, fight against SOPA and PIPA bills are just some of large movements, which showed that the Internet has a growing influence and inspires radical changes and community action.

SHARE conference (or should I say festival?) aspires to become the epicenter of this change -- an open space devoted to the exchange of progressive ideas and knowledge in the field of society, technology, Internet, music and new media. SHARE represents an interesting trend to mix tech meetups for activists with alternative entertainment (music & performance). The quality networking time helps in offline socializing, and is very important, as many people who attend events like this have already met online, but hasn’t as yet made a “real world” connection.

Anka and I (from the NetSquared team) are going to attend the conference. On the very last day (Sat, April 28) we will give a presentation on TechSoup’s Europe planned and current activities in the Balkans. We are hoping to meet a lot of people, and potential partners. I am also planning on having lots of fun.

If you want to connect with us at the event, give us a shout!

And if you are not attending -- definetely check out this video from the SHARE conference last year!




March 29 2012


Global Leadership Council Get Together

Starting today, the NetSquared Global Leadership Council will be meeting in various San Francisco venues to discuss the opportunities and limitations that can help grow the NetSquared program. So many ideas to share, so many issues to discuss, so many questions to ask -- luckily, more than little time. Today in the morning we started up with the basics.

Where Does NetSquared Come From?

NetSquared was developed in 2005 back when TechSoup Global was still known as Compumentor. TechSoup, a donation program at a time, and NetSquared were both Compumentor’s big projects. Since then donations have become a flag program of Compumentor, to the point when the organization changed its name to TechSoup to reflect that. NetSquared has grown from a just an idea to “square initiatives through interactions”, as Billy said today, to an international program that has now spread to over 20 countries all over the world.

Why Do It?

Ultimately, as Eduardo Bejar (Ecuador) put it, we have no excuse but to help those in need, and we want to do it together with people who share our interests and values. Even though we all come from very different places (literally and metaphorically), this is what we all share.

We do have additional reasons though. Getting back at Margaret Thatcher (in Steven Flower’s case) -- fixing the things that had gone wrong could be one of them. A passion for spreading the knowledge and educating people we usually don’t interact with could be another. We might also have been born as doers, and ended up being community organizers because of our temperament rather than a passion for tech or social change in general. And who knows, maybe one day a reward will come unexpectedly. A world will become a better place, and as a plus someone will feature us and our work in a poem (read the poem inspired by the NetTuesday Toronto: “MEETING SUCCESS” by David Clayson Brydges ).

How To Grow Big And Stay Clever?

“The bigger the organization gets, and the higher you climb within its structure, the dumber you get. Because, basically, there is little oxygen up there” -- this metaphor coined by one of the Council members, Assem Thakur (Singapore), can well summarize what we are trying to figure out. How to use the power and the network of TechSoup Global to drive hyperlocal initiatives and then scale them? How to make sure that the wisdom and the potential of the community is what shapes our strategy and informs our work? We hope to find more answers in the days to follow. Stay tuned.



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