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Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposeshwc32a9qgq8ld2pewe08hmxcldukc6gjPreparing Your Computer for Translation Purposes

By JC Sanchez on September 12, 2013
(English → Dansk) View original
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Here at Aspiration, we love to use free open source software, so our go to office suite is LibreOffice. For those of you who do not know what LibreOffice is, it is basically the equivalent to Microsoft Office suite, but better because it is free!37zaih8rtjknbfsifk9uc4kgbn5ewemq

I was recentlyHelloHola doing some work in Spanish. If you have worked in another language other than English in a text editor, you know right off the bat that the software is not, by default, set up to automatically recognize and spell check your work. To enable the spell check you have to first select your language under the “Tools” options and then ideally, boom you would be done! However, this was not the case for me.4isuydpufm34ax0gsqqj9cmbik1lhgpc

Just like the Microsoft Office suite, LibreOffice also supports different languages. Just as we would expect, sometimes open source software does not work the way we want it to function. Since the “change your language” method did not work, I had to look for a way to make spell check work. If this method already worked for you read no more, but if it did not, fear not! I got some tools for you!rlhouhv0rhj59pnbio15ns9eeqlg4mql

Language Packages7zojqd4yb3ddkdbe4expcaz2184elygi

In order to have multiple languages ready for editing on your computer, your text editing programs work with what are known as “language packages.” These language packages are dictionaries that programmers compiled to work with text editing programs, such as LibreOffice, to enable spell check or also in some cases they can help change the entire computer’s interface into a different language.de4ippttpzcmm85i5h3o176n28gxu5sx

Finding These Packagesekh8ucw15s21kb06z16lkmgyfuelt9ry

There are several places where you can find them, but the easiest method I found was through Synaptic. Synaptic is a graphical package management program that makes life easier when dealing with packages. Usually, language packages can be downloaded from your operating system’s website or also through a terminal. cwjq6vxwres3l4ao050mvq085b4yml5pIf you choose to go through these routes, it might be a little more challenging since it involves a lot of work, but the beauty of Synaptic is that it decreases all your work to about 3 clicks.09hebqmqqhwosan4vk0qaon140tht55j

Note for Linux and Debian Users: First thing to point out before continuing, LibreOffice on Windows and Apple computers does a good job of downloading and apply the language package selected. It was with Debian that my roadblock occurred, and I would assume that this might also occur with other Linux based systems. I know Debian by default has Synaptic installed, but for Ubuntu users, sorry, Synaptic is no longer installed by default in Ubuntu 11.10. oxn1j7dphs62m6f1spqlre4ktyi9b5aqIf you have anything before 11.10 you should be fine, otherwise you are going to need to install Synaptic.zvaerd785bs0gtu2zwkknk31mrk5hg86

From the web digging that I did I found several different language packages, but not all of these packages worked with LibreOffice. Even though not all of these language packages worked, don’t count them out yet. They are still useful with other text editing programs or with your computer’s user interface.2eft43cruqgrropdjvcsvpiuhd3y08nt

The List36nsppwv4x2iww3tlk12vzu1p316t5am

Below I have listed some of the language packages that I found with descriptions. I have also embedded a toolbox to the right:913yu237lipmllhag0k6bfhuptr808tz


ispell – This is the most complete language package out to date. It is one of the most popular ones, but it will only work in plain text, LaTeX, sgml/html/xml, and nroff files. Also for those Emacs users, this would be your best pick. Additionally, it did not work with LibreOffice. NOTE: This package does not come with dictionaries, so you will have to install an additional language package. kawilh2g3mda0tvv1jzt1c338cdb6t6gYou shouldn’t have any problems finding them, all you have to do is search for the following in Synaptic: the letter “i” followed by the language you are looking for and you should get a result. If nothing comes up it could be that you misspelled something or maybe the dictionary has not been compiled yet, sorry. 🙁aeqm1iuohhjvfm88x92wopcix08gnu1o

ispanish – This is one example of an additional language package that you would have to download for ispell. This particular package is the Spanish dictionary. Again, if you install this package without ispell it will not work. You must install ispell firstj02rz15wvc7hch4lui60v3lz473lowxx

aspell – This language package is fairly recent. It was supposed to replace the leading language package, “ispell.” It shares the same abilities as ispell, but it is better at handling personal dictionaries. However, aspell did not work for me in LibreOffice and it might be the go to package once they get it to work with LibreOffice. Well if it is your go to text editing program, otherwise you should not have any issues using this package.4epbzj9iji1vw6gnm2qw4j23umx5epa9

aspell-es – Just like ispell, aspell requires additional dictionaries to function. This particular example is of a Spanish dictionary. If Spanish is not what you are looking for just follow the following formula to find your language: “aspell-” (including the dash) followed by the first two letters of the language you are trying to find.snq76gzxnpq3x7strulmj4lzxplj8g3r

myspell-es – This is the only language package that worked with LibreOffice. This is a standalone package so it does not need a “myspell” to be installed first.6ca06reuqgv0yznqzbzk46n2de8z4oc0

Although only one language package works with LibreOffice, I still recommend installing the other packages because it won’t hurt to have a computer that is ready to spell check in any program you use, besides they are easy to find and install in Synaptic.1jtb6lb9b8jyzrj4paez89p5u3wx1wmt

Well that is all that I have so far. If you have other language packages let us know! Also let us know what you think!pw9hcy0msc5kpfflk8floqchcunzrz46

(original) View Dansk translation

Here at Aspiration, we love to use free open source software, so our go to office suite is LibreOffice. For those of you who do not know what LibreOffice is, it is basically the equivalent to Microsoft Office suite, but better because it is free!

I was recentlyHelloHola doing some work in Spanish. If you have worked in another language other than English in a text editor, you know right off the bat that the software is not, by default, set up to automatically recognize and spell check your work. To enable the spell check you have to first select your language under the “Tools” options and then ideally, boom you would be done! However, this was not the case for me.

Just like the Microsoft Office suite, LibreOffice also supports different languages. Just as we would expect, sometimes open source software does not work the way we want it to function. Since the “change your language” method did not work, I had to look for a way to make spell check work. If this method already worked for you read no more, but if it did not, fear not! I got some tools for you!

Language Packages

In order to have multiple languages ready for editing on your computer, your text editing programs work with what are known as “language packages.” These language packages are dictionaries that programmers compiled to work with text editing programs, such as LibreOffice, to enable spell check or also in some cases they can help change the entire computer’s interface into a different language.

Finding These Packages

There are several places where you can find them, but the easiest method I found was through Synaptic. Synaptic is a graphical package management program that makes life easier when dealing with packages. Usually, language packages can be downloaded from your operating system’s website or also through a terminal. If you choose to go through these routes, it might be a little more challenging since it involves a lot of work, but the beauty of Synaptic is that it decreases all your work to about 3 clicks.

Note for Linux and Debian Users: First thing to point out before continuing, LibreOffice on Windows and Apple computers does a good job of downloading and apply the language package selected. It was with Debian that my roadblock occurred, and I would assume that this might also occur with other Linux based systems. I know Debian by default has Synaptic installed, but for Ubuntu users, sorry, Synaptic is no longer installed by default in Ubuntu 11.10. If you have anything before 11.10 you should be fine, otherwise you are going to need to install Synaptic.

From the web digging that I did I found several different language packages, but not all of these packages worked with LibreOffice. Even though not all of these language packages worked, don’t count them out yet. They are still useful with other text editing programs or with your computer’s user interface.

The List

Below I have listed some of the language packages that I found with descriptions. I have also embedded a toolbox to the right:


ispell – This is the most complete language package out to date. It is one of the most popular ones, but it will only work in plain text, LaTeX, sgml/html/xml, and nroff files. Also for those Emacs users, this would be your best pick. Additionally, it did not work with LibreOffice. NOTE: This package does not come with dictionaries, so you will have to install an additional language package. You shouldn’t have any problems finding them, all you have to do is search for the following in Synaptic: the letter “i” followed by the language you are looking for and you should get a result. If nothing comes up it could be that you misspelled something or maybe the dictionary has not been compiled yet, sorry. 🙁

ispanish – This is one example of an additional language package that you would have to download for ispell. This particular package is the Spanish dictionary. Again, if you install this package without ispell it will not work. You must install ispell first

aspell – This language package is fairly recent. It was supposed to replace the leading language package, “ispell.” It shares the same abilities as ispell, but it is better at handling personal dictionaries. However, aspell did not work for me in LibreOffice and it might be the go to package once they get it to work with LibreOffice. Well if it is your go to text editing program, otherwise you should not have any issues using this package.

aspell-es – Just like ispell, aspell requires additional dictionaries to function. This particular example is of a Spanish dictionary. If Spanish is not what you are looking for just follow the following formula to find your language: “aspell-” (including the dash) followed by the first two letters of the language you are trying to find.

myspell-es – This is the only language package that worked with LibreOffice. This is a standalone package so it does not need a “myspell” to be installed first.

Although only one language package works with LibreOffice, I still recommend installing the other packages because it won’t hurt to have a computer that is ready to spell check in any program you use, besides they are easy to find and install in Synaptic.

Well that is all that I have so far. If you have other language packages let us know! Also let us know what you think!



Embarking on a Quest for a Tech Solutionfw7z9yygdwvzeeuq0rfyficzh2uq35n8Embarking on a Quest for a Tech Solution

By jessica on June 20, 2013
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.01t9q01y9aybym8pjzwa0vk0e8axj7x9

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.yz9ijhj9rs4qok3za8wptcq7ivkgpdie

               How to Write a Nonprofit
                Request for Proposals (RFP)
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Unfortunately, for nonprofit organizations trying to find new technology tools, often there is not such a clear way to begin. Also, there are a plethora of new technology tools available everyday, there are many myths about technology and tech experts, and there are often inconsistencies within organizations around the vision for the technology deliverable.vcnj6f1e9cy24fa1u9cifti2a440jo74

Here at Aspiration, we are in awe of the on-the-ground work being done by nonprofits and community organizations. At the end of the day, this mission-critical work is priority, and technology decisions should support the same.gvaz1o6egsmtfamcxqm95hyvo9nblhns

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.oz5mzpymcnawc40pbg8dtuptvxjy301i

Taking the time to first articulate what they are looking for, helps nonprofits to save time and money by pinpointing what specific needs they have for the tech tool to fulfill. A Request for Proposal can help staff identify and develop a clear and shared vision for what they hope this new technology platform will accomplish.x3z8f8puqzx0ryv1q6tgypgqj3v221vp

The material that goes into an RFP is also valuable fodder for engaging with the ultimate users of any new solution. It is a concrete touch point for asking questions like “is this what you need” and “what did we forget?i44obhcdfxlrluqdt6l7peekyrye5dvd

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.6d62hek9j4ahmv21yyyfnyyh1c5bhn6e

An RFP represents:7nfk20mettf983gzi6op68t69k32t2bq

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.2cyvltjtw3k7rvbw852nrbc9p9qip92i
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.347u5elgor6yvlptruaerkofxy58z56s
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.gbqnoqidr1bwwv2phb6bcmqiv5t6vvf2

Aspiration has worked with many nonprofits over the years on their search for technology solutions, as well as with many technologists trying to develop technology tools that meet the unique needs of nonprofits. Aspiration Executive Director Allen Gunn shares his knowledge and experience in this webinar, “How to write a Nonprofit RFP“.28ibl06glkk9jmdqu5t7lx3xdncv3vpv

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:suuyjjg6gx7uggq3rvwsqsuc2b7hkw23

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.o1d91vvl27caz8m0zubqtdwfi0dfh4cv

The concept of RFPs can be daunting to those who have not authored one, and even for those who understand the importance. This webinar attempts to demystify some of the confusion about how to write one, what to include, and when one is needed.enqvhe5bykivwkzue2ebz8ndpoq2y573

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:acr6ip291bntfuur41tr2bof5ddiuvxv

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.ojbz01zo4lsqf385uz7o5d80lkixqk64
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.92gevs4oajyzrzkyfhhxdjobhp2ravna
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.m9zpw314dblxarycnyvvz3pdxep77lek

Preparing an RFP, just like preparations for a trip, can help you to arrive pleasantly at your desired destination. And because technology deliverables are just milestones on a longer journey, RFPs can serve as valuable touchstones in your longer mission trek.8sn5auoml996l5t68y647ao7ckt1sgeq

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?qkv5cfqrufdx8vpla5dd81idka8r2u0j

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?zo7raziz9a1j5p2ypdhhwx9uqg3x2vds

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?cv9kbafwtk6g5zgcxcdwhhteo5qcgkmj

(original) View Dansk translation

Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.

               How to Write a Nonprofit
                Request for Proposals (RFP)

Unfortunately, for nonprofit organizations trying to find new technology tools, often there is not such a clear way to begin. Also, there are a plethora of new technology tools available everyday, there are many myths about technology and tech experts, and there are often inconsistencies within organizations around the vision for the technology deliverable.

Here at Aspiration, we are in awe of the on-the-ground work being done by nonprofits and community organizations. At the end of the day, this mission-critical work is priority, and technology decisions should support the same.

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.

Taking the time to first articulate what they are looking for, helps nonprofits to save time and money by pinpointing what specific needs they have for the tech tool to fulfill. A Request for Proposal can help staff identify and develop a clear and shared vision for what they hope this new technology platform will accomplish.

The material that goes into an RFP is also valuable fodder for engaging with the ultimate users of any new solution. It is a concrete touch point for asking questions like “is this what you need” and “what did we forget?

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.

An RFP represents:

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.

Aspiration has worked with many nonprofits over the years on their search for technology solutions, as well as with many technologists trying to develop technology tools that meet the unique needs of nonprofits. Aspiration Executive Director Allen Gunn shares his knowledge and experience in this webinar, “How to write a Nonprofit RFP“.

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.

The concept of RFPs can be daunting to those who have not authored one, and even for those who understand the importance. This webinar attempts to demystify some of the confusion about how to write one, what to include, and when one is needed.

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.

Preparing an RFP, just like preparations for a trip, can help you to arrive pleasantly at your desired destination. And because technology deliverables are just milestones on a longer journey, RFPs can serve as valuable touchstones in your longer mission trek.

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?



Crash Course in Online Activism3ahv8ov9x9l59py62jrlfmqbjyg9topnCrash Course in Online Activism

By misty on April 26, 2013
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Are you creating an online campaign with a group of young folks? Are you interested in becoming an activist?quzt37b1dokw9mp2asyaxrh6ocx3od64

If you have an important story to share online, start here!4x5cnk9j319g39joamqd1gfcqw2wpaqk

Watch the video to get a 3 minute e-Advocacy crash course, What is e-Advocacy?lfj2lqc35x7w1nmb5r3scgrerxodgo2s, produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the Ryse Center’s Youth Organizing Team in Richmond, California. The video breaks down the ‘Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact’ and gives you ideas to help get the word out online.cx3p4n1t4zh6tyc8zo526glvzwddczef

What is e-Advocacy?lfj2lqc35x7w1nmb5r3scgrerxodgo2s

Produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the YO Hub974zsnlirmw527his2zkbkcde1ftc0xc

CANFIT says, “Props to Ryse Center’s Organizing Hub for a fresh video on E-advocacy and online organizing!” We couldn’t agree more!nsr0uii0zh3pwbs4av83w9s0ykjmvwz9

We have a huge admiration for the Richmond Youth Organizing Team, CANFIT, and the Ryse Center in Richmond! Through a series of workshops and trainings, Aspiration had an amazing time working with them to build momentum for increased youth involvement in online organizing. CANFIT’s MO Youth e-Advocates Project engages youth in “e-Advocacy” and works directly with youth to expose them and their adult allies to the fast-evolving world of “online campaigning”. p8dq185b6yxvynzpn4h9xwwizcuy3d0jCheck out more information from CANFIT on the Youth E-Advocacy project: http://canfit.org/our_work/programs/eadvocates/ari6ezacve3m90vi84s0n2ctwifsoq0p

Download training materials on the Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact.va5laqxckcrdlepcb3kre9amsnhm9jzv

Follow the @RichmondYOT on Twitter to keep up with their game changing and community building work!zss15hkvq9w4er25wlcimw8foajxbdf0

(original) View Dansk translation

Are you creating an online campaign with a group of young folks? Are you interested in becoming an activist?

If you have an important story to share online, start here!

Watch the video to get a 3 minute e-Advocacy crash course, What is e-Advocacy?, produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the Ryse Center’s Youth Organizing Team in Richmond, California. The video breaks down the ‘Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact’ and gives you ideas to help get the word out online.

What is e-Advocacy?

Produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the YO Hub

CANFIT says, “Props to Ryse Center’s Organizing Hub for a fresh video on E-advocacy and online organizing!” We couldn’t agree more!

We have a huge admiration for the Richmond Youth Organizing Team, CANFIT, and the Ryse Center in Richmond! Through a series of workshops and trainings, Aspiration had an amazing time working with them to build momentum for increased youth involvement in online organizing. CANFIT’s MO Youth e-Advocates Project engages youth in “e-Advocacy” and works directly with youth to expose them and their adult allies to the fast-evolving world of “online campaigning”. Check out more information from CANFIT on the Youth E-Advocacy project: http://canfit.org/our_work/programs/eadvocates/

Download training materials on the Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact.

Follow the @RichmondYOT on Twitter to keep up with their game changing and community building work!



Pain, Passion, Fame, and Funi2n1ibcg4uar3wrovsa4c5q14qusom4wPain, Passion, Fame, and Fun

By misty on January 2, 2013
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Have you been thinking about how to get people to care about the information you are putting online?m568hv9b6uwb3rs1ibwn8z3s7p4gpnv1

As you begin the process to engage people in the offline or online world, you have to figure out how your messaging reaches the people you care about by tapping into what they actually really care about. On top of that, you have to figure out not only how to reach your audience but also to balance the priority of these messages for your staff’s work time.5tigl0uil4m8iumpcvykrvck19ik58a0

Of course, this is easier said than done.8u6whrhja2rhupz0xuqbh2aege3wplso

To help get through this hurdle, we have a couple filters we like to run our online messages through to really think if the content might be engaging, based on what we are trying to get done vs. what other people’s motivations really are. We named these so-called “filters” the two P’s and two F’s.tdbudi4khixqnlcc0djkqq97vko8bx9u

What do we mean by that? Let me tell you.2zngbjwavv3t3xp6xlm5v40njqivay42

The 2 P’s and 2 F’s are ways to think about if your online messages inspire action and give value to your constituency. We describe them as the following:a303rloirqqfi9kjct79jh9lpxe0szis

Painqixck1oarqeb76walko5txert04zwl1d Painqixck1oarqeb76walko5txert04zwl1d is motivation. What causes your people pain? and; what encourages them through their struggle?
Passionah1jrat4g78hrzmegbgtvlz9dthun3mo Passionah1jrat4g78hrzmegbgtvlz9dthun3mo drives the work. Tap into your people that care about what you care about.
Famejv4nae5z49jvbkv7errp293esqb9z158 Weave your community into your messaging. Give people online fame and draw attention to things besides yourself.jnumuzo3exnmx98mffgx1hw2hwpy8wqi
Funfcefvbl1hps1ykm0oeuv5ky5fldwmmhs Celebrate your work! Convey the joy and emotion in what you’re doing.bjxqdm0ykyfzyu0wwdrs8m0pvs0u1c82

PAINrzd0oli9kh3eoruonmq7135eixac6hbo


To understand your stakeholders is key. An easy way to start is by asking, What causes them the most pain? What needs are not met in your community?uh0fku5a9frmim7h84ig99low1u6qsab

Find common areas of pain among your people. Then, use this knowledge to identify how those pain points are being messaged in your website and your email newsletters. Figure out points of crisis or injury to identify points of need.nuajbjiekjgq5418pnoj52grs6ce1sie

PASSIONom00vmk0u82hruxoqcea5tsyzdrmtnm7


There are always a group of people that care about what you are working on. The goal is to tap into that passion that already exists in your network and give voice to the people that are feeling what you are feeling.uwke22afyfrqae9dvmr13wdv3hz2ogh9

When you tap into people’s passions, make sure to always give them the opportunity for a small amount of ownership (Tag in a photo, Name check, Invite to an event as a guest, Ask to share with friends). The act of acknowledgement will give you the space to build an online presence engaging folks with continued small, well-defined asks. This leads us to Famejv4nae5z49jvbkv7errp293esqb9z158

FAMEgl222xi414mdjuxbrnl6cy2gboxzoudv


Weave your base and your community into your online narrative and messaging. Organizations are in a paradigm where they have to talk about themselves and their successes for funding purposes. How can we turn this around and highlight people in your network that are doing amazing work around the issues that you’re collectively working on?ppe70hsufhryy6s6oworhubwzua45dqk

    Use Famejv4nae5z49jvbkv7errp293esqb9z158 to bridge Online and Offline Work

  • If you want people to come to your protest – you better have gone to a couple of protests.iyais8oje7j6w1lnfaq0w94lzusq43sc
  • Making people part of your narrative in a noncommittal way through social media and online communications gives them “fame” and by default engages them more.bwwv0v0kk7n47nz5lyjxrw1iq3skpt5q
  • Using the jpeg – posting people’s pictures on the Internet invokes the feeling of getting your name or picture in the local paper. It builds excitement, engagement, ownership.mu1p70umq8r2isw694demkgzzcbxb3kn

FUN98hduejfobv58xan41vzkilaz2ig06k0


You must convey the joy in what you are doing, even when you are working on serious issues. Look for the celebration of life or paint a narrative around what happens when your message/movement works. Build a transactional relationship that highlights the best case scenario and shows what the world can be – based on what actions that you want people to take.ai7cfz22gi0xc652nqkq29fh6ry6sk6t

People want to join movements that look like they are having fun.bagtik5p87npzw1ipysi31aoehex3gb5

Value Delivery is Keym9367qh9fpr5a0gje44zz78oorxaq982

The 2p’s & 2f’s can be used to not only continue to engage already existing networks but also GROW networks by connecting with more people, which we sometimes forget or find too hard to do.e770fvsak8vk3mu1kafetc5lxhf4bzlg

At the end of the day, no matter what tricks or tips we apply, we must remember to always ask ourselves what value we are providing or creating for the people we are serving and if it’s what they really want.2kn628hm1bzobb80xqfi9aafe85612mt

Special Thanks to notetakers from the CA Tech Fest in Fresno and Gunner for providing thoughts on this blog post.8y3u7moyixma1hmhsoy479x9eywqqn5p

How do you motivate your people? What really gets them interested?88tta78ks4825pixtdnv809f35tf018z

We’d love to hear more ideas!zc5x8q0s6gwn21daql8yvvivau6k024p

(original) View Dansk translation

Have you been thinking about how to get people to care about the information you are putting online?

As you begin the process to engage people in the offline or online world, you have to figure out how your messaging reaches the people you care about by tapping into what they actually really care about. On top of that, you have to figure out not only how to reach your audience but also to balance the priority of these messages for your staff’s work time.

Of course, this is easier said than done.

To help get through this hurdle, we have a couple filters we like to run our online messages through to really think if the content might be engaging, based on what we are trying to get done vs. what other people’s motivations really are. We named these so-called “filters” the two P’s and two F’s.

What do we mean by that? Let me tell you.

The 2 P’s and 2 F’s are ways to think about if your online messages inspire action and give value to your constituency. We describe them as the following:

Pain Pain is motivation. What causes your people pain? and; what encourages them through their struggle?
Passion Passion drives the work. Tap into your people that care about what you care about.
Fame Weave your community into your messaging. Give people online fame and draw attention to things besides yourself.
Fun Celebrate your work! Convey the joy and emotion in what you’re doing.

PAIN


To understand your stakeholders is key. An easy way to start is by asking, What causes them the most pain? What needs are not met in your community?

Find common areas of pain among your people. Then, use this knowledge to identify how those pain points are being messaged in your website and your email newsletters. Figure out points of crisis or injury to identify points of need.

PASSION


There are always a group of people that care about what you are working on. The goal is to tap into that passion that already exists in your network and give voice to the people that are feeling what you are feeling.

When you tap into people’s passions, make sure to always give them the opportunity for a small amount of ownership (Tag in a photo, Name check, Invite to an event as a guest, Ask to share with friends). The act of acknowledgement will give you the space to build an online presence engaging folks with continued small, well-defined asks. This leads us to Fame…

FAME


Weave your base and your community into your online narrative and messaging. Organizations are in a paradigm where they have to talk about themselves and their successes for funding purposes. How can we turn this around and highlight people in your network that are doing amazing work around the issues that you’re collectively working on?

    Use Fame to bridge Online and Offline Work

  • If you want people to come to your protest – you better have gone to a couple of protests.
  • Making people part of your narrative in a noncommittal way through social media and online communications gives them “fame” and by default engages them more.
  • Using the jpeg – posting people’s pictures on the Internet invokes the feeling of getting your name or picture in the local paper. It builds excitement, engagement, ownership.

FUN


You must convey the joy in what you are doing, even when you are working on serious issues. Look for the celebration of life or paint a narrative around what happens when your message/movement works. Build a transactional relationship that highlights the best case scenario and shows what the world can be – based on what actions that you want people to take.

People want to join movements that look like they are having fun.

Value Delivery is Key

The 2p’s & 2f’s can be used to not only continue to engage already existing networks but also GROW networks by connecting with more people, which we sometimes forget or find too hard to do.

At the end of the day, no matter what tricks or tips we apply, we must remember to always ask ourselves what value we are providing or creating for the people we are serving and if it’s what they really want.

Special Thanks to notetakers from the CA Tech Fest in Fresno and Gunner for providing thoughts on this blog post.

How do you motivate your people? What really gets them interested?

We’d love to hear more ideas!



Making a ‘Tweet This’ Button with # and @

By jessica on September 5, 2012
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Are you trying to set up a “Tweet This” link in your email newsletter but it keeps looking funny or not including all the text?gh1r4o25e8xdh4h70zv2e6nipxpvm8it

Last year, Matt wrote one of Social Source Common’s most popular blog posts that details Creating “Share This on Facebook/Twitter” Links.
The post includes what code is needed to create an auto-tweet or auto-share link.
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In this post we will dive deeper into “tweet this” links, including:d9kjs7lujecu9u5hbv7kjsez32rtmrkq

Why not use the buttons supplied by
Twitter button builder?
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Twitter offers an “easy” way to create your own button and twitter developers provide information about creating and using tweet buttons. The problem with buttons built in Twitter’s button generator is that they require Javascript. While this works fine for websites, Javascript is either stripped, or disabled in most email clients, because it is commonly used by spammers. So, if you include a ‘tweet this’ button in your HTML email newsblast it is likely that it just won’t work. 5cw3e44zolr16db2g0g9kb3zek4sm7uhAlso, your email blasting service may flag any HTML code containing Javascript.6mnkzpo3yawbtl70z7613lfpmak1x4ht

Why do I have to use these special characters just to do a #wv182e6p7c97hq6bu00wfh7azjemwv1i&%@n5r3m214izmpcndbka6e49p0iaovc0vp tweet?r5s0uyamn822mzkt2pxst9d00x4uhxxy

When you create a “share this” link on twitter starting with
http://twitter.com/share?text=…“> you are creating an URL that leads to a tweet composition page where text is already entered. That means that the text you want to show up in the tweet needs to be part of the link.2zjl3558yc8n8ye1ip4co1qjv13k8v51

When you pass information through an URL link, you need to make sure it uses only allowed characters like:x62vly2503d2rq9f8oz9r293spqz32cr

  • letters8n78bmw6p4iilv6gfcu8n9pk3h9d9vs8
  • numbers13ck1rq8v4lywzkylinnhwm0b796u4nl
  • special characters that have meaning in the URLu2zeqxkr1n8eplzzs7glv12hlzsjye2j

Any other characters in your tweet link will mess things up.ucpet0mebcu5bbufte6vvtw6a6qars6c

For instance, sometimes we use a / symbol when we make a tweet to save precious character spacefr89msm6skwwupierpz3mmsa1c8zr40xs, like “I have a love/hate relationship with my office chair.” Usually, this works fine. But, we cannot put a / symbol in a ‘share this’ tweet link in email newsletters8n78bmw6p4iilv6gfcu8n9pk3h9d9vs8. The / symbol is mistaken as something else and your ‘tweet this’ link will not work properly. To that end, we must use other funky ways to tell the code exactly what we want. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it, I promise.

This funky thing we do so we can use symbols in our tweet is called “URL encoding“. URL Encoding is special combinations of characters in a URL that are interpreted as other characters.rp4xgy4itwp0a7kzvfnpia813gtc44el

Share on Twitter Links that include #wv182e6p7c97hq6bu00wfh7azjemwv1i and @n5r3m214izmpcndbka6e49p0iaovc0vpx212ltturhblhdygqcnbxquv2o0vaovy

Creating a HTML link to automatically fill in some Tweet text is pretty simple and you will avoid all that Javascript trouble. You just need to know some additional code to stick into the HTML link code. You may want to check out Matt’s original post about creating share this on twitter links first.03pjz3ydhfzvu9bacdg26fcp0d48xjwn

Some of the most common symbols needed for a good tweet are also those that cause problems in the URL code. They include the #wv182e6p7c97hq6bu00wfh7azjemwv1i">#wv182e6p7c97hq6bu00wfh7azjemwv1iHashtag symbol and the #wv182e6p7c97hq6bu00wfh7azjemwv1ifunctionality">@n5r3m214izmpcndbka6e49p0iaovc0vpMention symbol.8pjnemqlc94f82omqkinb91lnzxbu0pt

Common Characters for a Tweet:9h94hpa74y9pcaj1r97etidsc6cjmebm
URL Encodingfd7s4kh2lkwtkyyj47qiah1mcglmvid0 Character8bu4uqblrl0rw3c1bdkgnng3374hzr9x Descriptionq3k4wtdqk9njib8hclaqowbscxk8aowr
%20rdt3hexuby9am1lweryh555gjmzf2jzj spacefr89msm6skwwupierpz3mmsa1c8zr40x a spacefr89msm6skwwupierpz3mmsa1c8zr40x between words in a tweet
%233exeu8dn1u5r64rs5c7hkc9t8seaa453 #wv182e6p7c97hq6bu00wfh7azjemwv1i hashtag to categorize tweetcwvrcboy2adhwtldux57qufdjcqaxuuz
%404v03jyhhqazxqfhdilymlzcbrk8m0lpv @n5r3m214izmpcndbka6e49p0iaovc0vp at sign to mention another twitter usergldft7v560855r9u8gzuhw4yqj6px9r3

Let’s take a look:rki9jd7pu1c3hwodfnbsuk2f0t7k2j5j

To make a link that works, just replace spacefr89msm6skwwupierpz3mmsa1c8zr40xs and special characters in your tweet text with their URL encoding equal.

That sends the user to this:8yj8j2ut10c58m77j4juoot2n6tfxnaw

Example Share This Tweet

…use the following code:wthw6fjoi4g9ybm7e3khmngx6fkhnrba

  • Blue is the HTML codett30i8k09240r7owov0pr4l9zosgff1zgyujgyvroqfsel9kxjsh06593cyxl96s
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkzpj65l9c8o94hd2d1ajs739lhf1jni2d4us7lc2l5u2wm9nkshb3y5bm3k70bv76
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved charactersf8c7x183lmvewgzgjpolighoj7u6ozuukd48vrjuiano1bj3avxdrh0omuhmbaym
  • Red is the text of the tweetq7zj4oknr4hu72dypdhiv3f5ryc0aq8qifg8noildp9ggegosa15jc9rnmtsurq2
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweetjn4dutw6f53si7shwjsy9qu317vve0mntv33ucu4j8ve9jvohhd3fh7qwdcny1ni
  • Black is what the link will say8ee3mravdnho6lr8yuzdpteseml9ygwx

Make a Buttonoy84w7r4qlkyl56agr4n0o5vgwxxzw6e

If you want to make it a button, just make the link an image instead of text.pqh4hsu9jrp87w28ihtf0xi3o4v6stt8

Use code like this:g5kphxn36b03qgtige4sp2lqk0o2kqtr

  • Blue is the HTML codett30i8k09240r7owov0pr4l9zosgff1zgyujgyvroqfsel9kxjsh06593cyxl96s
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkzpj65l9c8o94hd2d1ajs739lhf1jni2d4us7lc2l5u2wm9nkshb3y5bm3k70bv76
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved charactersf8c7x183lmvewgzgjpolighoj7u6ozuukd48vrjuiano1bj3avxdrh0omuhmbaym
  • Red is the text of the tweetq7zj4oknr4hu72dypdhiv3f5ryc0aq8qifg8noildp9ggegosa15jc9rnmtsurq2
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweetjn4dutw6f53si7shwjsy9qu317vve0mntv33ucu4j8ve9jvohhd3fh7qwdcny1ni
  • Aqua is the image linkzpyw49vfakpkxr6jwgfrkllo2z7jfge4
  • Black is what the link will say8ee3mravdnho6lr8yuzdpteseml9ygwx if pictures are not loaded

What other tips or tricks do you have for creating “share this” links or buttons?ypd42wziuhnie5t6rmb7d3xr41cjpw9d

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(original) View Dansk translation

Are you trying to set up a “Tweet This” link in your email newsletter but it keeps looking funny or not including all the text?

Last year, Matt wrote one of Social Source Common’s most popular blog posts that details Creating “Share This on Facebook/Twitter” Links.
The post includes what code is needed to create an auto-tweet or auto-share link.

In this post we will dive deeper into “tweet this” links, including:

Why not use the buttons supplied by
Twitter button builder?

Twitter offers an “easy” way to create your own button and twitter developers provide information about creating and using tweet buttons. The problem with buttons built in Twitter’s button generator is that they require Javascript. While this works fine for websites, Javascript is either stripped, or disabled in most email clients, because it is commonly used by spammers. So, if you include a ‘tweet this’ button in your HTML email newsblast it is likely that it just won’t work. Also, your email blasting service may flag any HTML code containing Javascript.

Why do I have to use these special characters just to do a #&%@ tweet?

When you create a “share this” link on twitter starting with
http://twitter.com/share?text=…“> you are creating an URL that leads to a tweet composition page where text is already entered. That means that the text you want to show up in the tweet needs to be part of the link.

When you pass information through an URL link, you need to make sure it uses only allowed characters like:

  • letters
  • numbers
  • special characters that have meaning in the URL

Any other characters in your tweet link will mess things up.

For instance, sometimes we use a / symbol when we make a tweet to save precious character spaces, like “I have a love/hate relationship with my office chair.” Usually, this works fine. But, we cannot put a / symbol in a ‘share this’ tweet link in email newsletters. The / symbol is mistaken as something else and your ‘tweet this’ link will not work properly. To that end, we must use other funky ways to tell the code exactly what we want. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it, I promise.

This funky thing we do so we can use symbols in our tweet is called “URL encoding“. URL Encoding is special combinations of characters in a URL that are interpreted as other characters.

Share on Twitter Links that include # and @

Creating a HTML link to automatically fill in some Tweet text is pretty simple and you will avoid all that Javascript trouble. You just need to know some additional code to stick into the HTML link code. You may want to check out Matt’s original post about creating share this on twitter links first.

Some of the most common symbols needed for a good tweet are also those that cause problems in the URL code. They include the #Hashtag symbol and the @Mention symbol.

Common Characters for a Tweet:
URL Encoding Character Description
%20 space a space between words in a tweet
%23 # hashtag to categorize tweet
%40 @ at sign to mention another twitter user

Let’s take a look:

To make a link that works, just replace spaces and special characters in your tweet text with their URL encoding equal.

For a link like this: Share This on Twitter

That sends the user to this:

Example Share This Tweet

…use the following code:

  • Blue is the HTML code
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a link
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved characters
  • Red is the text of the tweet
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweet
  • Black is what the link will say

Make a Button

If you want to make it a button, just make the link an image instead of text.

For a button like this: Tweet This

Use code like this:

  • Blue is the HTML code
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a link
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved characters
  • Red is the text of the tweet
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweet
  • Aqua is the image link
  • Black is what the link will say if pictures are not loaded

If you found this post useful, go ahead and Tweet about it!

What other tips or tricks do you have for creating “share this” links or buttons?

 



Online Accounts Inventory: When Storing It in Your Head No Longer Works59tvhlm0izha4qv09i2yc964y5nwl0ygOnline Accounts Inventory: When Storing It in Your Head No Longer Works

By jessica on June 25, 2012
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

When I moved recently, I realized just how many companies and agencies there were that I needed to stay in contact with. I needed to contact them to update my information and I had little to use to figure out who those companies and agencies were.6gf7a8gl6hsj58x82tvn2gg3pzkq04sx

I started the process of updating my contact information for the companies that had recently contacted me, this strategy worked fairly well. But, as I found out in the next 6-9 months through e-mail and from my previous residence continuing to forward mail, there were some fairly important contacts that I missed by not having a definitive list to work from.5azq4rhht31l618qmx7pv21vggbmcho7

“Do we already have an account with ___________?”decuka8p7yoo4d3l1obajxatn4o9ti2x

Aspiration Online Accounts

As a nonprofit trying to work in the vast online realm, you may find your organization in a similar position as I did. Needing to update contact and login information without knowing for sure where all your online identities are located and maybe not even aware of all the different locations where organizational data is stored.79lxbhmt0kdr8uftz7zdwqnd096hlhai

Knowing where your data is stored is incredibly important because, as Matt explained in an earlier blog post, DATA IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TECH ASSET.03cik6gwto1tvurkxpngai0edc57uxzk

In order to keep track of organizational online real estate and identities, along with what data is stored in those places, Aspiration has developed a simple spreadsheet. In this spreadsheet we list out all of the different places where organizational data is living and record the account information associated with those places.bflltvtimr7wzt4adqbinsuy8y4xlwom

Benefits of Knowing Where Your Data is Onlinetqtkegvnvgu6ljh8fxjaoj75y625eaby

Just like knowing who needs to have your updated contact information in order to send you important stuff like bills. Keeping track of our online accounts in this way has really come in handy when:7fvdeaakh8034bd4nefqrmrqevq3b028

  • doing regularly scheduled password changes0vz74f4m4831xfrmbk8n4956538xwqxm
  • figuring out if previous staff opened accounts on any platformbc4kblg5srqh9265i8klhx44edrs1ju2
  • closing online accounts that are no longer usedma9ej8a7hacx3pko7fekv32l7ns65brh
  • and when educating new staff about what data is stored in what online accounts.e9w8qdmq4agvebz6v370qqz1xws09kne

Essential Account Information7703gjgsstkb7xdp1r1xldfip4bcvujs

In general, we try to keep track of two different kinds of information for our online accounts. First, the basic essential information such as:ionx56sbgb6ri2978fudg1cygdb6hlfp

  • What is the service or vendor?bma9vb4c4ua7u65qe3nbt6re6mbikcal
  • What URL do we use to access the account?yz7f07t63ywakck79j6fr4f86vkkaxbz
  • What login information (username) do we need?hsye3svbv41k62y5bqwpserfe3it3ugb
  • Who has access to that information? Or Who uses this account regularly?aq3rsx7d1nnihocnzwpm51ov5tin6lu7
  • What contact e-mail is associated with the account?3oplhl1wp5rgab8o5ki2i7mbwkj0avq3
  • Fee for service informationenufpqdfvodw4f56urc0wuka6ckvw5n0

DO NOT KEEP PASSWORDS AND LOGIN INFORMATION IN THE SAME DOCUMENT. Ever. End of story.j0slc429csi0u31np6umubp3nksem75v

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Second, we record information about the data that is stored with each online account, including:ksikxp4e4g59gce39vkeukjtdaqnfmsp

  • What kind of data is stored there, hosted data or analytics data?nto0by9fteb0s79xudun3rh4sfshiyrv
  • What data are stored there?yssd0m3yzfxzluofik63gexl1ptc4q6t
  • Is it backed up?r8x78rx05f1wey2xp7h0tjuiafbo7zjp
  • How is it backed up?psrpzov80d4ob0hh64msmwllt74tqft5
  • How often is it backed up?khs0ihso349muacde30qpgmo9wr8m42w

For security, it is NOT a best practice to keep track of where the data is backed up in this document.vfxdpn479neknx9wlrbok4k4inbl8xyu

Account Data Information

Hosted and Analytics Datajav0uib18905vl5dy7us027giv1nxhg7

Its may be important to differentiate what kind of data is stored with an online account. In our experience, we can sort these kinds of data in two categories hosted data and analytics data.mbigq9gkf76f7z0p1omj88nrx13h0byd

Hosted data is information that you put into a platform, such as website content into a content management system or an event desription into eventbrite. Keeping a back up of this information is important because it is data that took time to create. Losing this data would result in a need to recreate it, which means time lost.8unwm1l3m4uo0cvim6fszxl2to6b36x1

Analytics data, is also very important to your organization, as it lets you know how your online efforts are working. This is usually data that the platform reports to you, like when facebook insights lets you know how many visitors your page has had. Its important to know how long the platform will retain this information and to regularly record the analytics data somewhere else, so you can track progress over time.tdauza83bkhfcqptp67j7ljdqtq4nzw7

Try It, You’ll Like Ityq8im5fxsomi2e3ak3p4n16772g5u2wj

Now that you have an idea of what an Online Accounts Inventory could look like, and what information is important to keep track of about each account. Try making one for your organization! You may be surprised at how many online accounts your organization has when you take the time to write it all down.pc24k675ojrmhqz5zubqawf5e8bacl9r

Get started with this templated7isqkeznmw87xvmcaturd2hvz1c2os5

Example of our Online Accounts Inventoryf28qgukdzoa1kliyhvg5a632j4v2yv63

If you use this template to make an online account inventory for your organization, we would love to hear any feedback you come up with while working through the process.bu80mu32mu7hbb5psrrlwrtjxqezgvoi

Do you have another way that you keep track of online accounts? Share it with us!zpo6rpaw2fb31hj6norpupycwg31ngoc

(original) View Dansk translation

When I moved recently, I realized just how many companies and agencies there were that I needed to stay in contact with. I needed to contact them to update my information and I had little to use to figure out who those companies and agencies were.

I started the process of updating my contact information for the companies that had recently contacted me, this strategy worked fairly well. But, as I found out in the next 6-9 months through e-mail and from my previous residence continuing to forward mail, there were some fairly important contacts that I missed by not having a definitive list to work from.

“Do we already have an account with ___________?”

Aspiration Online Accounts

As a nonprofit trying to work in the vast online realm, you may find your organization in a similar position as I did. Needing to update contact and login information without knowing for sure where all your online identities are located and maybe not even aware of all the different locations where organizational data is stored.

Knowing where your data is stored is incredibly important because, as Matt explained in an earlier blog post, DATA IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TECH ASSET.

In order to keep track of organizational online real estate and identities, along with what data is stored in those places, Aspiration has developed a simple spreadsheet. In this spreadsheet we list out all of the different places where organizational data is living and record the account information associated with those places.

Benefits of Knowing Where Your Data is Online

Just like knowing who needs to have your updated contact information in order to send you important stuff like bills. Keeping track of our online accounts in this way has really come in handy when:

  • doing regularly scheduled password changes
  • figuring out if previous staff opened accounts on any platform
  • closing online accounts that are no longer used
  • and when educating new staff about what data is stored in what online accounts.

Essential Account Information

In general, we try to keep track of two different kinds of information for our online accounts. First, the basic essential information such as:

  • What is the service or vendor?
  • What URL do we use to access the account?
  • What login information (username) do we need?
  • Who has access to that information? Or Who uses this account regularly?
  • What contact e-mail is associated with the account?
  • Fee for service information

DO NOT KEEP PASSWORDS AND LOGIN INFORMATION IN THE SAME DOCUMENT. Ever. End of story.

Essential Account Information

Second, we record information about the data that is stored with each online account, including:

  • What kind of data is stored there, hosted data or analytics data?
  • What data are stored there?
  • Is it backed up?
  • How is it backed up?
  • How often is it backed up?

For security, it is NOT a best practice to keep track of where the data is backed up in this document.

Account Data Information

Hosted and Analytics Data

Its may be important to differentiate what kind of data is stored with an online account. In our experience, we can sort these kinds of data in two categories hosted data and analytics data.

Hosted data is information that you put into a platform, such as website content into a content management system or an event desription into eventbrite. Keeping a back up of this information is important because it is data that took time to create. Losing this data would result in a need to recreate it, which means time lost.

Analytics data, is also very important to your organization, as it lets you know how your online efforts are working. This is usually data that the platform reports to you, like when facebook insights lets you know how many visitors your page has had. Its important to know how long the platform will retain this information and to regularly record the analytics data somewhere else, so you can track progress over time.

Try It, You’ll Like It

Now that you have an idea of what an Online Accounts Inventory could look like, and what information is important to keep track of about each account. Try making one for your organization! You may be surprised at how many online accounts your organization has when you take the time to write it all down.

Get started with this template

Example of our Online Accounts Inventory

If you use this template to make an online account inventory for your organization, we would love to hear any feedback you come up with while working through the process.

Do you have another way that you keep track of online accounts? Share it with us!



How Can We Make SSC Toolboxes More Valuable for You?xyebio2ec76kepnjj1xn9f33r9vby4tlHow Can We Make SSC Toolboxes More Valuable for You?

By Matt on June 8, 2012
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Toolboxes on Social Source Commons are great. We love them. Users love them. They’re selling out shows on Wednesday nights. Amazing right? Well, I know that I’ve always had tweaks and changes that I’d like to make to the toolbox interface and I’m thinking that beautiful users like yourself might as well.nkaut5k6p3exclvkh60hiszvgwrh9q3n

We love SSC toolboxes1ac5bgzmadjvcdry8nefmvjgwlff6hcx

The current setup for toolboxes on Social Source Commons gives you some great options to talk about the tools you’re using as a nonprofit or an individual.1224e1j812nmglmerclommv4mau5gug7

  • Add toolsfrmxecyonctjzviahbi4poxpkzilukpz

    It wouldn’t be a toolbox if you couldn’t add tools! SSC toolboxes allow you to search for tools right inside the toolbox and add the ones that are relevant to the toolbox’s topic.ndykue8wioy5wpd5e137vjn58nu7bk2o

  • Custom Descriptions020ccpnb3g32fh8j4ih4y4ppoc0n7sby

    Once your tools are in the toolbox, you can edit their descriptions (almost) any way you want. These custom descriptions only change the tool’s info within that specific toolbox. Outside of the toolbox, the tool’s description always stays the same. As a result, you can tell your story of using the tools by talking about how you’ve used them and adding links or images.r6uzt8x1ib9ovt4w19mq4izovjetqc77

  • Custom Descriptions

     zcx8af4qlqh5e8lklcapteeqpskf2yus0cladle3zxlqhhd9vizs4vp11o8e124suphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v

  • Add Resources & Documentationvhqe9lm6gx16afvnnxl8dx9nhvdvkja6

    Other than tools, SSC Toolboxes let you link to relevant Documentation, Training, Community and Learning Resources so that people checking out your tools can get extra info that may be relevant to the toolbox’s function.86rprejmj7omtp81dwzoyza8xk0ayr0x

  • Add Feedskmwkhjdn8qb25bn2klb4uo8ppc26l1gv

    In addition, you can throw relevant RSS feeds into your toolbox as well to automatically pull in blog updates, Twitter Tweets, Facebook Page updates or anything else that may be of interest or attached to the theme of the toolbox.a8qoxknvllynk5iwzae7zih4dieakjsk

  • Toolbox Share

     zcx8af4qlqh5e8lklcapteeqpskf2yus0cladle3zxlqhhd9vizs4vp11o8e124suphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v

  • Share it with the world9yfxt5otds9tebq4ar3vs9gi7c4ji30h

    Finally, what’s the use of a toolbox if no one knows it exists? SSC toolboxes give you a few ways to share toolboxes out with your social networks and existing audiences. With the Twitter Tweet and Identi.ca Share buttons, you can post a link to the toolbox to your stream for your followers to check out. In addition, each toolbox automatically comes with “Embed Code” so that you can embed your toolbox into the HTML of your blog, web site or online real estate.pevom4omdtfq4q3ej02al8mouzwk783m

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changesklxh4xl1y326nigsrhg8os58b510kguv

My motivation for changing SSC toolboxes was largely due to the layout and structure. Not satisfied with the current tab structure and other design-y issues that I think could be improved, I wanted to throw it out to all of you in the SSC Family to see if you had thoughts about the SSC toolbox, design or otherwise. Features that you would like to see, things you wish weren’t so hidden, help when implementing a toolbox… What would make SSC toolboxes more valuable for you?yagsnqizjupl5suo0gvn9vpt9u6xy5ln

What would YOU like to see in an SSC Toolbox redesign?rqlmuwci7dbjgeq763o34i5rhl79kwg1

 zcx8af4qlqh5e8lklcapteeqpskf2yus0cladle3zxlqhhd9vizs4vp11o8e124suphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v

(original) View Dansk translation

Toolboxes on Social Source Commons are great. We love them. Users love them. They’re selling out shows on Wednesday nights. Amazing right? Well, I know that I’ve always had tweaks and changes that I’d like to make to the toolbox interface and I’m thinking that beautiful users like yourself might as well.

We love SSC toolboxes

The current setup for toolboxes on Social Source Commons gives you some great options to talk about the tools you’re using as a nonprofit or an individual.

  • Add tools

    It wouldn’t be a toolbox if you couldn’t add tools! SSC toolboxes allow you to search for tools right inside the toolbox and add the ones that are relevant to the toolbox’s topic.

  • Custom Descriptions

    Once your tools are in the toolbox, you can edit their descriptions (almost) any way you want. These custom descriptions only change the tool’s info within that specific toolbox. Outside of the toolbox, the tool’s description always stays the same. As a result, you can tell your story of using the tools by talking about how you’ve used them and adding links or images.

  • Custom Descriptions

     

  • Add Resources & Documentation

    Other than tools, SSC Toolboxes let you link to relevant Documentation, Training, Community and Learning Resources so that people checking out your tools can get extra info that may be relevant to the toolbox’s function.

  • Add Feeds

    In addition, you can throw relevant RSS feeds into your toolbox as well to automatically pull in blog updates, Twitter Tweets, Facebook Page updates or anything else that may be of interest or attached to the theme of the toolbox.

  • Toolbox Share

     

  • Share it with the world

    Finally, what’s the use of a toolbox if no one knows it exists? SSC toolboxes give you a few ways to share toolboxes out with your social networks and existing audiences. With the Twitter Tweet and Identi.ca Share buttons, you can post a link to the toolbox to your stream for your followers to check out. In addition, each toolbox automatically comes with “Embed Code” so that you can embed your toolbox into the HTML of your blog, web site or online real estate.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

My motivation for changing SSC toolboxes was largely due to the layout and structure. Not satisfied with the current tab structure and other design-y issues that I think could be improved, I wanted to throw it out to all of you in the SSC Family to see if you had thoughts about the SSC toolbox, design or otherwise. Features that you would like to see, things you wish weren’t so hidden, help when implementing a toolbox… What would make SSC toolboxes more valuable for you?

What would YOU like to see in an SSC Toolbox redesign?

 



Data: Your Most Important Tech Assetmrz85na71g8b51qu23rtgcur7gejgr7sData: Your Most Important Tech Asset

By Matt on June 1, 2012
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

As much as we love tools here at SSC, we find that many nonprofits focus too much on them when thinking about their technology strategy and infrastructure. While tools are an important and necessary piece, it’s important that an organization focus on the more crucial piece of the technological equation: the data. When thinking about organizational technology infrastructure, data, or “the stuff” that an organization puts into tools to make them relevant, should be the focal point. sfcwa6mmxaxw2wg6yt7d56phh3zpvyqeWhere does it live? How does it interact with other tools? How can you use it? Let’s talk a bit about why it’s more important than tools.vgzunf9nmql5erbh2bz4vunadrk1ga72

Data are Your Organization’s Lifebloodpb8fe44rfc9qj9n80co795ic9dkaqag5

When someone says “data”, many people think of technical stuff like code, 1s and 0s, mathematical formulas and things that happen behind the scenes. Well I’m here to say Pish Posh. PISH. POSH.xx21uneybpftg302w29axi9af1wepaac

Data, my friends, are the contents of the work that you do at your organization. Everything from the web pages that you create to the contacts you make at networking events to the conversations you have with your boss through email. If you dig deep enough, many of these things are, yes, code-y and technical at a deeper level, but as an organization you can think of these data as the information that informs, defines and fuels your work.g3xrgsgn7z3qd5cq7lt6xe02qlsh4d7a

Containers

Data are the raw materials that tools (e.g. CRM, web site CMSes, Facebook, email clients) use to be effective. Think of your email client (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) without your emails or contacts. Pretty useless, eh? Or think of your web site without the page text, pictures and customizations you’ve made. It would just be an empty skeleton of a web site, right?ejv1arzg70snllo0hvs3qdorv830bjbf

Data are the real organizational assets.zkjz5j4zfygexh1blv3dzkmkaw5dwvtm

Your organization’s data are what makes it do what it does. Tools act as containers that hold that data. The containers can change but the data are what stays the same. As a result, we advocate for organizations to take a data-centric approach to their organizational technology rather than a tool-centric approach.85d3lkepstlhute6h36y4xvih20hdw6c

WordpressSalesforce


Have a Data-Centric Technology Policy NOT Tool-Centricjim6cr8tmea2ysrwfmci0782cnipmvdw

Remember that tools change, break and developers stop working on them all of the time, whereas the data that your organization uses will continue to exist and grow. By prioritizing your data rather than tools, you’ll be focusing on the stuff that really matters rather than the container (tool) it’s currently sitting in.4j9mqieubvytsom814nsrwov9clkqpdl

Many organization have budget line items for tools but few if any have budget line items for the amount of time, energy and money that goes into data creation and maintenance. Unfortunately, “data” can be an abstract and vague concept especially for budgets. t6frgzmajnpo4kwmx8u573nwxrqt76zqBut however vague it is, because it is the real asset, “nonprofits should center their technology strategy and resource allocation around the creation and curation of data, instead of fixating on the cost of applications and processors that edit and store that data.”94vi9ym31od3u08ep0uk02tk3wicvtkv

Think about Data When Choosing a New Toolzq8npzwtf0iorb3r3qxnnx1hrjugubfk

Ideally, all of this talk and stress about the importance of data is happening when you begin a relationship with a new tool (rather than figuring out what the situation is for an existing tool in your infrastructure). When looking at new tools to take on some type of function at your organization, here are a few things to consider as you prepare to send your data off into the big scary world:8ukrn061bdoa6nym0g0qbtaffqplcusa

  • Plan for the day when you need to switch tools or the tool you’re using breaks8mb88lq6lksjbduj2nqibkmn5f5c59f3

    Can you get your data out (in other words, what are the “export” options)? How? What if Facebook accidentally deletes your page? What if your email blasting program breaks? Are you able to prepare for those eventualities by making a data backup?z8nd65iwhfynqpqwyet3hge3cmjh4atu

    What about if a tool choice you made turns out to be bad? How do you move your data from one tool to another?s6a7dsuxnfklju4fnknjc3bjlvjtq168

    Migration

     4yfrmznyf028mlxldvzov09bdnlxpi3jsy0oyvekf47u5khc6rctvunqs2gjifs1

  • Make sure the backup of essential data is a well-defined processgcyu3qlew7tydqvtjouwasa1rs6l7zae

    If you are able to get your data out of the tool, do you know what you need to do to use it again in another tool? Is it using a universal filetype like .CSV or something that wouldn’t be intelligible even if you are able to get it out?t1h53k0bzhyde0rqrn9cevum8hc14q2o

  • Know the security and privacy implications for your data, your org AND more importantly your constituentsxk53zb5cox4nqwmjv5jl4kax55fdpkjd

    What does the tool’s Terms of Service say about its use of your data? Are the data secure, private, encryptable? Who else is allowed to look at your data? In what legal jurisdiction are your data being stored? As a nonprofit with constituents, you have an obligation to keep their data safe and secure.yuv32w7zgm9eum0hwc9d5tn4ddv40zoo

  • Find out ownership terms for you dataqa0x92j0mmvc58ehki2siykk34dg382k

    Are your data really yours? What do the Terms of Service say about ownership?woxlwfqu38hgvxsgyglwyfpe3ulibt2y

Open Source Tools are a Data-Centric Org’s Best Friend742x4k2d98lwojohmmwubkmuclmcekyc

Choosing tools that are good to you and your data can be tricky. You have to do your due diligence in making sure the container (the tool) for your data is going to treat it all right and let you have all the access you need. While you need to evaluate what your different tools are doing with your data no matter what, Open Source tools generally put you on much, MUCH more steady of a foundation.dhi39g988uq0w73gz2wg91r6cuuem5zp

  • Open means transparent
    0vfqwbgk7yc3mdhxcixk7ze0t2kfc8h2
    OpenSource The nature of open source technology is that anyone can see how it works.w2z1f4vza7z1n5ct2ytza2gka97d8yqu

    This means that every aspect of an open source tool is out in the open for the entire world to see.p0me4sp1yq4hga9u955fnpe110qqc85r

    No backdoors installed for the government to snoop and no software developers coding secret pieces to gather data on your use.izqqcxj249qfsendftzd1du0b993g01o

  • Not tied to one person5u6wztpwluujhk1us9zzzbyta0zm52j1

    Because anyone can dig around in an open source tool and learn how it works, there are many open source tools with very large communities of developers and users who are super familiar with it and can help you out. This, in contrast to a custom-built tool that may do exactly what you want but if the relationship with the developer goes sour, you’re trapped with its functionality, price hikes for services and schedule because no one else knows the tool but the person who made it.ls45ss7p3viypiemk0ywaa40x495uqn5

  • No profit motivew8rzix199e4d1ms486au5gjy6vszghj2

    When you buy a proprietary tool like Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Office, those companies are making money. They’re in the business of selling software. Money is their bottom line and motivation. With open source tools, on the other hand, because anyone can see how the tools work, most of the developers aren’t are out to make money, they’re more about supporting users with functions that they need to get real work done.sxsai8g6c5at2w61gno98il1m2fxcpsu

All of these factors (and many others) lend more transparency how tools are manipulating your data and give you more freedom in terms of how you can get it out. We strongly recommend whenever possible, especially as a nonprofit to choose open source tools.fbqy5350breerk1htkovng8u3a5y0996

How Can Our Organization Get On Top of Our Data Management?lo54azucru00h8yyo0og3wu52ivzqu91

Ok, so now we’re all freaked out about tools throwing our data around.e4ty056egw5ztvuid71xz3bmvbxvv57z

What do we do about it?48nlg6y4cqa287pcrf40nyj2jgriu52p

  • Put together a “data inventory”0fodgzv1fixz8h3q0d0x8034z5xfqdtg

    Open a spreadsheet and start listing all of the places that your organization has data. Think of communications tools, project management tools, online real estate, white boards, photo albums… Have the spreadsheet account for the following:vm7ogasghrkerrg47uwcbkm6xc1cljj7

    • Where are all the places your organization has data living?o3uioxm0nsoukdunei8aoqk56l2ppbx4
    • What data are stored there?cya6btbcmvays1q49x8e36pynta8wwfz
    • Who has access?xzf47kycbtg7mflxcxi5ccnskgc2hqe5
    • Is it backed up?2jwxbpn6xsj047a5yk6gnpdp5z4rporh
    • How is it backed up?an9jrqxetn6l01nhcs91a2mmbngd6pm7
    • How often is it backed up?
       4yfrmznyf028mlxldvzov09bdnlxpi3jsy0oyvekf47u5khc6rctvunqs2gjifs1
  • Back up your data!
     4yfrmznyf028mlxldvzov09bdnlxpi3jsy0oyvekf47u5khc6rctvunqs2gjifs1
  • Make sure that with each new tool adoption, you have a sense of how to get your data out of the toolfi3xdrqsu5857l5mkv532j31vxuwnpht

Need a template? Here is deeper look into Creating an Online Accounts Inventory.j1rv8ivtjkweiz0f5vfcs7jua3e8p1xz

Data Trumps Tools Every Timekbzubmxytr165pev73nmthekibvijglt

In a nutshell, try to prioritize data as the true technology assets at your organization. That way you’ll be able to manage tool shakeups, breakages and switches that are inevitable while protecting the real information that your organization needs to keep saving the world.2lqbwpz23g5frfrsqrcdt778pzr7abo3

How do you prioritize data at your organization?oihithn5ehwbwn2b3lz91ilm8iaw0uze

 4yfrmznyf028mlxldvzov09bdnlxpi3jsy0oyvekf47u5khc6rctvunqs2gjifs1

(original) View Dansk translation

As much as we love tools here at SSC, we find that many nonprofits focus too much on them when thinking about their technology strategy and infrastructure. While tools are an important and necessary piece, it’s important that an organization focus on the more crucial piece of the technological equation: the data. When thinking about organizational technology infrastructure, data, or “the stuff” that an organization puts into tools to make them relevant, should be the focal point. Where does it live? How does it interact with other tools? How can you use it? Let’s talk a bit about why it’s more important than tools.

Data are Your Organization’s Lifeblood

When someone says “data”, many people think of technical stuff like code, 1s and 0s, mathematical formulas and things that happen behind the scenes. Well I’m here to say Pish Posh. PISH. POSH.

Data, my friends, are the contents of the work that you do at your organization. Everything from the web pages that you create to the contacts you make at networking events to the conversations you have with your boss through email. If you dig deep enough, many of these things are, yes, code-y and technical at a deeper level, but as an organization you can think of these data as the information that informs, defines and fuels your work.

Containers

Data are the raw materials that tools (e.g. CRM, web site CMSes, Facebook, email clients) use to be effective. Think of your email client (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) without your emails or contacts. Pretty useless, eh? Or think of your web site without the page text, pictures and customizations you’ve made. It would just be an empty skeleton of a web site, right?

Data are the real organizational assets.

Your organization’s data are what makes it do what it does. Tools act as containers that hold that data. The containers can change but the data are what stays the same. As a result, we advocate for organizations to take a data-centric approach to their organizational technology rather than a tool-centric approach.

WordpressSalesforce


Have a Data-Centric Technology Policy NOT Tool-Centric

Remember that tools change, break and developers stop working on them all of the time, whereas the data that your organization uses will continue to exist and grow. By prioritizing your data rather than tools, you’ll be focusing on the stuff that really matters rather than the container (tool) it’s currently sitting in.

Many organization have budget line items for tools but few if any have budget line items for the amount of time, energy and money that goes into data creation and maintenance. Unfortunately, “data” can be an abstract and vague concept especially for budgets. But however vague it is, because it is the real asset, “nonprofits should center their technology strategy and resource allocation around the creation and curation of data, instead of fixating on the cost of applications and processors that edit and store that data.”

Think about Data When Choosing a New Tool

Ideally, all of this talk and stress about the importance of data is happening when you begin a relationship with a new tool (rather than figuring out what the situation is for an existing tool in your infrastructure). When looking at new tools to take on some type of function at your organization, here are a few things to consider as you prepare to send your data off into the big scary world:

  • Plan for the day when you need to switch tools or the tool you’re using breaks

    Can you get your data out (in other words, what are the “export” options)? How? What if Facebook accidentally deletes your page? What if your email blasting program breaks? Are you able to prepare for those eventualities by making a data backup?

    What about if a tool choice you made turns out to be bad? How do you move your data from one tool to another?

    Migration

     

  • Make sure the backup of essential data is a well-defined process

    If you are able to get your data out of the tool, do you know what you need to do to use it again in another tool? Is it using a universal filetype like .CSV or something that wouldn’t be intelligible even if you are able to get it out?

  • Know the security and privacy implications for your data, your org AND more importantly your constituents

    What does the tool’s Terms of Service say about its use of your data? Are the data secure, private, encryptable? Who else is allowed to look at your data? In what legal jurisdiction are your data being stored? As a nonprofit with constituents, you have an obligation to keep their data safe and secure.

  • Find out ownership terms for you data

    Are your data really yours? What do the Terms of Service say about ownership?

Open Source Tools are a Data-Centric Org’s Best Friend

Choosing tools that are good to you and your data can be tricky. You have to do your due diligence in making sure the container (the tool) for your data is going to treat it all right and let you have all the access you need. While you need to evaluate what your different tools are doing with your data no matter what, Open Source tools generally put you on much, MUCH more steady of a foundation.

  • Open means transparent
    OpenSource The nature of open source technology is that anyone can see how it works.

    This means that every aspect of an open source tool is out in the open for the entire world to see.

    No backdoors installed for the government to snoop and no software developers coding secret pieces to gather data on your use.

  • Not tied to one person

    Because anyone can dig around in an open source tool and learn how it works, there are many open source tools with very large communities of developers and users who are super familiar with it and can help you out. This, in contrast to a custom-built tool that may do exactly what you want but if the relationship with the developer goes sour, you’re trapped with its functionality, price hikes for services and schedule because no one else knows the tool but the person who made it.

  • No profit motive

    When you buy a proprietary tool like Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Office, those companies are making money. They’re in the business of selling software. Money is their bottom line and motivation. With open source tools, on the other hand, because anyone can see how the tools work, most of the developers aren’t are out to make money, they’re more about supporting users with functions that they need to get real work done.

All of these factors (and many others) lend more transparency how tools are manipulating your data and give you more freedom in terms of how you can get it out. We strongly recommend whenever possible, especially as a nonprofit to choose open source tools.

How Can Our Organization Get On Top of Our Data Management?

Ok, so now we’re all freaked out about tools throwing our data around.

What do we do about it?

  • Put together a “data inventory”

    Open a spreadsheet and start listing all of the places that your organization has data. Think of communications tools, project management tools, online real estate, white boards, photo albums… Have the spreadsheet account for the following:

    • Where are all the places your organization has data living?
    • What data are stored there?
    • Who has access?
    • Is it backed up?
    • How is it backed up?
    • How often is it backed up?
       
  • Back up your data!
     
  • Make sure that with each new tool adoption, you have a sense of how to get your data out of the tool

Need a template? Here is deeper look into Creating an Online Accounts Inventory.

Data Trumps Tools Every Time

In a nutshell, try to prioritize data as the true technology assets at your organization. That way you’ll be able to manage tool shakeups, breakages and switches that are inevitable while protecting the real information that your organization needs to keep saving the world.

How do you prioritize data at your organization?

 



Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend Toolsogwswz5orumkc14af5lguh79blcj0p4eWall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend Tools

By Matt on May 2, 2012
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Recently, a group of coders gathered together in Greenwich Village to put together tools to promote privacy, security and data transparency. This was the The Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend.uaq0vgj1y2smzs5gcgm01eg93o5mwueh

Aspiration was excited to be involved in such an important movement happening in tool development. You can see photos from the weekend on Flickr with the tag wsjdata. I wanted to highlight some of the amazing tools being put together from this weekend.t0x9903h8altuge65ftovnz5yidwee5x

From tools that show you which sites are blocked on your current network to tools that allow you to have encrypted telephone calls and even encrypted Facebook instant messaging, these tools are on the bleeding edge of privacy and security.o3katv1hgnbeo3qa582rhcxt0kh7xt7c

Check out the tools that have been put together over the weekend in the toolbox below. Note: These tools are all in varying levels of progress so don’t dive in assuming they’re “ready for primetime.”alpqp46h5kgmzyk4q7uz6ivmf71jin6i

What tools would you like to see that support your privacy online?gd9mvjvw9r5d00wad0pqnlf10b8xvxz1

 1wx29bjey7bmuer4hii0vawdfytagai8


(original) View Dansk translation

Recently, a group of coders gathered together in Greenwich Village to put together tools to promote privacy, security and data transparency. This was the The Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend.

Aspiration was excited to be involved in such an important movement happening in tool development. You can see photos from the weekend on Flickr with the tag wsjdata. I wanted to highlight some of the amazing tools being put together from this weekend.

From tools that show you which sites are blocked on your current network to tools that allow you to have encrypted telephone calls and even encrypted Facebook instant messaging, these tools are on the bleeding edge of privacy and security.

Check out the tools that have been put together over the weekend in the toolbox below. Note: These tools are all in varying levels of progress so don’t dive in assuming they’re “ready for primetime.”

What tools would you like to see that support your privacy online?

 




Facebook Page vs. Group Post Updateds6qoopkcgt1s8m0o0i9m4n4v1gow1jikFacebook Page vs. Group Post Updated

By Matt on April 27, 2012
(English → Dansk) View original
Translators:

Hi Folks, just wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Facebook Page vs. Group blog post to match current, April 2012 reality, knowing full well that it will change after I hit “Publish” 🙂fh81xsweqitbqzqzfpy4sxmro6a6c3gh

Take a look at our updated chart below and click on it to get more details from the post6h6wxv76rgjjyojk4aeugxssypm6gt4d

Facebook vs. Group Chart

(original) View Dansk translation

Hi Folks, just wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Facebook Page vs. Group blog post to match current, April 2012 reality, knowing full well that it will change after I hit “Publish” 🙂

Take a look at our updated chart below and click on it to get more details from the post

Facebook vs. Group Chart



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