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I'm Not Sure We Are Having an Election
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Journalism 2.0
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Case Foundation Walks the Talk
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Very Disappointing MySpace Election
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GiveWell Behaving Badly
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Election Rain Clouds
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Children's Book "Oscars"
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Evaluating the Value of Social Networking Causes

I'm Not Sure We Are Having an Election

My friend, Micah Sifry, writes here about the woeful information on the Board of Elections websites for New York State. According to the Board, the next primary election in New York is last September, to match last November’s election. It wouldn’t be quite so woeful, I guess, if the primaries were scheduled for next fall,[...]

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Journalism 2.0

When I speak to groups this question inevitably comes up, “I don’t know what information to trust online.” Fair question. I also struggle with the opposite problem, there are so many information sources that I feel overwhelmed trying to read through them. Well, wait five minutes in the Connected Age and someone will have a[...]

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Case Foundation Walks the Talk

The Case Foundation (full disclosure: I am currently working on a project with the Foundation) announced yesterday a new grant challenge aimed at catalyzing a large number of donors to give this holiday season. Beginning last year, Case has focused on providing opportunities to highlight and reward the power of individual giving and activism. As[...]

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Very Disappointing MySpace Election

Just when you think folks are getting the power of social media and social networks, companies come along and suck all the life out of them. Six months ago, MySpace announced that it would hold the first presidential primary on January 1st and 2nd just prior to the Iowa Caucus. Cool, I thought, let’s throw[...]

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GiveWell Behaving Badly

Oh, to be anointed and dethroned in such quick order! On December 19th, the New York Times gushingly, glowingly lauded the efforts of two young “hedge fund veterans” (can you really be 26 and a business veteran?) who created GiveWell a grantmaking organization with an interesting premise. GiveWell is intended to do two things fundamentally[...]

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Election Rain Clouds

As exciting as it was to see young people turning out in record numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire, however, there are difficulties ahead for youth turnout. In particular, given how well same day voter registration worked in New Hampshire, I was appalled to learn that last Friday, over three weeks before the primary, voter[...]

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Children's Book "Oscars"

I’m very fond of the American Library Association. They’ve embraced new technology enthusiastically and continued to nurture local communities in marvelous ways. So, to show my appreciation, I wanted to share an email I just received from a friend: Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2008 Newbery (Best Written) and Caldecott (Best Illustrated)[...]

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Evaluating the Value of Social Networking Causes

As usual, Beth Kanter, is having interesting thoughts here and here on her blog about measuring the effectiveness of social media. I think for me the biggest question is how to do justice to the need for activists to learn how well they’re doing and how to improve while also acknowledging the need to think[...]

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