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Happy Birthday to Grandpa Howard, Web 2.0 Style
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Shelfari Making Waves
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Games for Change Festival
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Hillary Lights Up and Lightens Up
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The New, New Philanthropy
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Momentum Wins 2007 McAdam Book Award!
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Philanthropic Transparency = Finger Pointing
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A Lotta Help from Hamburger Helper

Happy Birthday to Grandpa Howard, Web 2.0 Style

When you least expect it the Connected Age can jump up and bite you somewhere uncomfortable. My friend Cathy’s Grandpa Howard turned 100 last week in Newark, OH (about an hour northwest of Columbus for anyone interested.) Before, in the broadcast era, the best one could have done to nationally celebrate Grandpa Howard’s milestone would[...]

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Shelfari Making Waves

I’ve been watching Shelfari since its launch about a year ago. It’s a free site for book lovers to share their favorite books with one another. It’s been going along pretty slowly, hard to be heard in the maelstrom of social networking sites that have been launched in the past twelve months – harder still,[...]

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Games for Change Festival

I had a fantastic, albeit short, time at the Games for Change Annual Festival yesterday. It is remarkable how quickly the field of gaming for social change has grown and matured. Great examples of games for change highlighted at the conference included: Ayiti: The Cost of Life, a roll playing game by Global Kids for[...]

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Hillary Lights Up and Lightens Up

In a brilliant send up of the Sopranos and her own undeserved reputation for stuffiness (which really isn’t deserved, honest), this new video from Hillary’s campaign accompanying the announcement of the new campaign song (OK, ugh, Celine Dion, but I can’t vote for everyone.) is this video. Best campaign ad or video of the season[...]

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The New, New Philanthropy

We appear to be reaching a tipping point of interest and activity around “new philanthropy” that is worth some examination. In particular, the efforts of the MacArthur Foundation to dip their toe into Second Life and the Case Foundation to fund individuals working to shift power locally between citizens and government are causing stirs. In[...]

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Momentum Wins 2007 McAdam Book Award!

I am delighted to share the news that Momentum won the 2007 Terry McAdam Award that is presented annually by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Here’s the announcement. I’m off to Atlanta to accept the award — here’s hoping I don’t trip or make any other faux pas during my 5 minute acceptance speech!

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Philanthropic Transparency = Finger Pointing

In her piece yesterday in the NY Times, Stephanie Strom reports on the increasingly willingness of national foundations, like Carnegie and Hewlett, to admit failures in their grantmaking. Hard to call it a trend with so few examples, but lets call it a trendlette. Transparency is has become a requirement in all sectors, and now,[...]

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A Lotta Help from Hamburger Helper

I received an email from Jessica Pieciul who is spreading the word on Hamburger Helpers new grant program. The program is called “Hometown Helper.” According to Jessica, “It helps local groups make a difference in their own community. Imagine seeding a community garden, putting a new scoreboard up at the local high school baseball field,[...]

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