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Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposesnz3ls6h7r9gj3lsbiniohz4678pmweb9Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposes

By JC Sanchez on September 12, 2013
(English → हिन्दी) 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!qch4oh9ij4iwvh38wq4768it1sax4lok

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.v95k6uwac7nk21obsqpykx4os8myw84h

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!hzni0pn1vqcv4pcfvx7z1yv1k76vgrcn

Language Packagesddh2gs9rtzzbd4mry984qe38ztixm4pp

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.883b0mgmjjxk2zzwg9tzcxls8b8pwylu

Finding These Packagesyik2gmw75i8ometq52yamb32ltjsoxpd

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. gmvjwqh72t3hrfzn8wi3go0jkjqxao8gIf 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.rhm4ngctdfa2wxcwpxooczv3y5qo25yj

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. 0dpqnk55jyjxfykomtg1h3gpt000t1wjIf you have anything before 11.10 you should be fine, otherwise you are going to need to install Synaptic.v2qj6dk348pcyqx2uavy2n0a975yp85b

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.2ctyuath8yw3hasr039pjr28vtvw32iv

The Listir8p59ss8yk077419cpmbppwhfme8okg

Below I have listed some of the language packages that I found with descriptions. I have also embedded a toolbox to the right:yppyzqslqzqfx5hsj37in7c2m1wweuo2


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. g3qfzyfqxh8ipej65mymzu49th1abhuhYou 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. 🙁4csb5v55jnxq7xvuawbuxeooe1qp5qnz

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 first51nj908uyxmnnioi3yvqfaxg844bmu3h

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.bs7yyxgq2nbv621p8q8zee0eupcqh4gi

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.44gjpmtcu8zga1uxoqw1r6cxobbfpkmj

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.awzfvj1qzx6otkp4bj9a7redaeiukcgl

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.jegtd4c1ieefkr0p0mq1e9lflyddq35z

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!w3hlvx8g251u21v3723fgtlyi3za2rdp

(original) View हिन्दी 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 Solutiondimnzyum3nindzwtjne7mr1f9dev0sl3Embarking on a Quest for a Tech Solution

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

Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.mtwkog6lrtcdr3k6z0mx6c90d0ivztjb

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.nln28j8qjzy5dtx4i7to633p2px39pnm

               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.9ejzpvxvimr6bx6dneb7xjepp2gn4g94

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.zid3nx7lvzer881814ea2em5dqbamy3b

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.vpee5q4iz81or1x4slt7oho7bggqi6d3

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.62nhwxg49u8rwi9c8mhsjr196jgy9n26

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?w6i3cy8cn7vctu4p4ukd74apcpbk95xv

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.svjxus6a9zjaumi4vbztbpustxzjnw76

An RFP represents:snsefdpe0nn1yuv1eioksyny0mvqfray

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.6ut7f6mclxshhmrfmhk0w1p1hb17uh1q
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.kfz8hj2ttsi1srkjmab2g7n60c4zcckm
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.ngmoda7ui86s4mfu7sltpv4ifi7bxpkb

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“.gavrmz2xtccd8m93ntsw3oz2s4p17o9d

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:7wpdjic57pzgnxmx2jdhqj7zyrj5noml

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.5convzuh78odedhqcavwj0d63fc7uu8q

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.gpf846pk0tcgivugat1zfsqqgiteltfs

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:916tvdkoby1j5u6oqu71sllacnb4dsnd

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.u2t9qm7p0v6syqjibbha1rj38adygmm1
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.ti90kmpi0ed76nda33g7u8osdxnh4r8n
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.eieyxvu0pcix018lokry2wmk9j7so3os

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.nmrkdwm937ojfd3ylbukqavjgqlg6n2j

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?nehkyznvdvsa13zd40jb8j7pnfiny0oc

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?130uyslsg5gqkvu9uhg9b39s445lu7xm

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?ea25hmhqjx3nln8nkfu6w6sukbsjqf5v

(original) View हिन्दी 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 Activism8itjly2xo8wugl5ud7wuk28oc4c6d6hbCrash Course in Online Activism

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

Are you creating an online campaign with a group of young folks? Are you interested in becoming an activist?czfavoavjv6l96j85fs2ppzl0ktjd5df

If you have an important story to share online, start here!aaiapot9ohw4agc7oim40bjc8jjf6zr6

Watch the video to get a 3 minute e-Advocacy crash course, What is e-Advocacy?237nruo6h5r45d18fsrmp323qsuo443w, 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.g227e3jns7lvb06ebthdhwmsun9vjsmq

What is e-Advocacy?237nruo6h5r45d18fsrmp323qsuo443w

Produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the YO Hub2vx4cy8t9tde9lf5yihvpueayi9ffip7

CANFIT says, “Props to Ryse Center’s Organizing Hub for a fresh video on E-advocacy and online organizing!” We couldn’t agree more!tza9ahi1n6jz6faivqkhd7nq564ke1ly

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”. 7g21vdhki4totfjumeongjiza27q24x0Check out more information from CANFIT on the Youth E-Advocacy project: http://canfit.org/our_work/programs/eadvocates/vth6i9oxhqxs1lfbzt69wh6bssxrspgd

Download training materials on the Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact.gu54e0txo6ljdzam3bhj56m5pg03v2f1

Follow the @RichmondYOT on Twitter to keep up with their game changing and community building work!bjofetqu9fqgd950aavyqq5p445jqqos

(original) View हिन्दी 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 Fun6hkugd1pwj7dbimc644a4c1dfhogugdqPain, Passion, Fame, and Fun

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

Have you been thinking about how to get people to care about the information you are putting online?0ljg9mjz9nsk2d5kbujzcj6586tbjbx9

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.tyajibe229hmocha9up1pt07l9sisrmb

Of course, this is easier said than done.o5cci4b0n14274doibmhbe29jhyzpid3

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.juvn0xqxpa8zpe8k7rzwvf3tgm2djnkt

What do we mean by that? Let me tell you.do4qrmlj0ex2td2a5anhq8yvt923t4aw

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:dhd7u85ntlktg3gq7zdq9za22z0cmjxq

Painjusvhluha6oxoau7kxwcpgfw17qet4y3 Painjusvhluha6oxoau7kxwcpgfw17qet4y3 is motivation. What causes your people pain? and; what encourages them through their struggle?
Passioniodvcmvdftfz72n7m18e1206a7za5hdd Passioniodvcmvdftfz72n7m18e1206a7za5hdd drives the work. Tap into your people that care about what you care about.
Famel342rxjgru5dubgqgedarvv3tpjhdinp Weave your community into your messaging. Give people online fame and draw attention to things besides yourself.w19wzkvzwurtnxc9n26qmitjkg1bh9j3
Funke7k4ykbdgexdmq8izpc2zgd2p9d7dkh Celebrate your work! Convey the joy and emotion in what you’re doing.dvtwt3wdjhiv6qmq65iafmwttxsqs4yw

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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?t6weo4f86lqwpjx889cbq8gljx043gun

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.cz4vq7yvy9dob8snrgj2rzarqmytvugy

PASSION5x98guswmsh4nv76gnv0458qivh70mdv


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.57ipjgvjwzmwa3lm0ulbnf3gr4fgu1ip

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 Famel342rxjgru5dubgqgedarvv3tpjhdinp

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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?zql0w9scmuzct690rwsrj2oaxrs902nq

    Use Famel342rxjgru5dubgqgedarvv3tpjhdinp to bridge Online and Offline Work

  • If you want people to come to your protest – you better have gone to a couple of protests.tzyuoioi22qkr0jgz9bhwzyxwqruf7ny
  • 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.t97b9m8nuqdud8xwizj8fqa4myp38mar
  • 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.hm5zwhfhbuig3xbdwxjcdpgg4ofnx7t5

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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.t9418rupwnbaum11dnxp9rn7o0c3zk5j

People want to join movements that look like they are having fun.m8rexxo925xqnqfk2bq54wk5frvf3cjf

Value Delivery is Key400d0i8vuckhrzbz30gw56wcngbow8or

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.vmczyji38pp3pa6u0q1ztjnacm6bv9jg

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.izrn3w7xpau6wzktvo238za4bveclt1u

Special Thanks to notetakers from the CA Tech Fest in Fresno and Gunner for providing thoughts on this blog post.jri460r2zzyyi6g8wdru9q4tjktldpnm

How do you motivate your people? What really gets them interested?k19483tp9o37nfu6y2zm9ih09s9uo4sy

We’d love to hear more ideas!qxoawzi18aqud3qob0zqqz4u910ew7tc

(original) View हिन्दी 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 → हिन्दी) 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?p6xv9v0ctyowytwdtk97q5cdk9kbcnwr

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:tefjrrqje6jkpa2up33dhp2zazj8dlbw

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. nppj5vcjzni9ugrbejg2q6vmsf1un0h1Also, your email blasting service may flag any HTML code containing Javascript.jw9co6rz1w56vqm740czbqwo8mo9jp7s

Why do I have to use these special characters just to do a #zrzmod2sotn6zpydujagbzw6r1vyhh57&%@mul18bt2fn2gj12k1fir37jem4can4w0 tweet?r03y4p1pfrsaa2hkiqflz3nlws1ei820

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.d0qwhg67m7g1myudl8qcprlfafl73kj6

When you pass information through an URL link, you need to make sure it uses only allowed characters like:y1vudptqbnmsfbp6o7i3ff1ppkn1nv0c

  • letters90iokc5rh5889gl7ddb1blz6yuow95w9
  • numbersp1cpusm0c3c0oii9vsybmg79z4i1s477
  • special characters that have meaning in the URLhizk2fy10lyghnea1gr9z3n89d0wwdl4

Any other characters in your tweet link will mess things up.5de77b5whp2kptt9weavx2aj838ymyli

For instance, sometimes we use a / symbol when we make a tweet to save precious character space58dut2mzhgs7f4ah3hkhybau3vinagi6s, 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 newsletters90iokc5rh5889gl7ddb1blz6yuow95w9. 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.i6rinqnthslbd4vl87qmc09mo0lj5ywd

Share on Twitter Links that include #zrzmod2sotn6zpydujagbzw6r1vyhh57 and @mul18bt2fn2gj12k1fir37jem4can4w0nj6nslbnyd7ek981kl7o9fvw4pa1ayco

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.jqqgsx8kjncc324xa2m4cifhkegz774g

Some of the most common symbols needed for a good tweet are also those that cause problems in the URL code. They include the #zrzmod2sotn6zpydujagbzw6r1vyhh57">#zrzmod2sotn6zpydujagbzw6r1vyhh57Hashtag symbol and the #zrzmod2sotn6zpydujagbzw6r1vyhh57functionality">@mul18bt2fn2gj12k1fir37jem4can4w0Mention symbol.zooq3e8w160qtzg72b31nhk57jqivu7l

Common Characters for a Tweet:0ye7ohaitc50f7c5lias58euwqnp5pbv
URL Encodingouuvbczusy9mnv84yytw3p16wgvaubc8 Characterb7s1yq6692wqvk43ceci1n6iw74u2wd4 Descriptionh276mldj8nitlqil7uumz4tuegcvahvh
%20v99hmwsgtfnrm0ezxt91kodwu4zbopm9 space58dut2mzhgs7f4ah3hkhybau3vinagi6 a space58dut2mzhgs7f4ah3hkhybau3vinagi6 between words in a tweet
%23m1yuoknv3kiqyx2h42e18xd4bcqjlawx #zrzmod2sotn6zpydujagbzw6r1vyhh57 hashtag to categorize tweet3a53k57bwrtft3t7yjlqkovio8htkvne
%40gh6dky48zjyvud7l60zn59w24wmrg2wn @mul18bt2fn2gj12k1fir37jem4can4w0 at sign to mention another twitter userfsqdfh5445pednh274tphczcvwvnreax

Let’s take a look:vu2e7w4uh3s6aqen8igh9pqfwoobsv3e

To make a link that works, just replace space58dut2mzhgs7f4ah3hkhybau3vinagi6s and special characters in your tweet text with their URL encoding equal.

That sends the user to this:aetnghoodxcxn6fuklypwkal0z4g2rp3

Example Share This Tweet

…use the following code:4m6h88kutm34lipsagzxag29hyl1zfqt

  • Blue is the HTML codenjkazbrafmh8iok1x3215rl0bpd8i5qv3wrw8nc4733sm0bijyh2gp2lbrb9a6j4
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkfi6m6hltl53ousyjl9wyiwiykyvk4w497tj35x07jmto99l1eb4g6ixzt9uyi7bf
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved characters8gtgw4yv9o85nxvkafqfelyxc8fgr7kqvpy9abpji8xahfi0r9m24zktb03i8act
  • Red is the text of the tweetoinh62e343tf2zs4auup7fpiv0qlr4b6n5330y1koqj7a1ejffy0hmzr2rldckqp
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweetzgabv78ns3fud365gio5kk4g498yde72g38x7lv3u95n3nsj439fc9f7bz37xtl4
  • Black is what the link will saycpez9gb324d7xs3n4eiighedd18iz861

Make a Button5njbz4nn85horx06t3ugu5ud6uaw41m0

If you want to make it a button, just make the link an image instead of text.y3nnorgoen33kje6h85eos9aw197p9yd

Use code like this:ho4mtg3yg1vnb0o225kx8bgpcz57b28i

  • Blue is the HTML codenjkazbrafmh8iok1x3215rl0bpd8i5qv3wrw8nc4733sm0bijyh2gp2lbrb9a6j4
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkfi6m6hltl53ousyjl9wyiwiykyvk4w497tj35x07jmto99l1eb4g6ixzt9uyi7bf
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved characters8gtgw4yv9o85nxvkafqfelyxc8fgr7kqvpy9abpji8xahfi0r9m24zktb03i8act
  • Red is the text of the tweetoinh62e343tf2zs4auup7fpiv0qlr4b6n5330y1koqj7a1ejffy0hmzr2rldckqp
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweetzgabv78ns3fud365gio5kk4g498yde72g38x7lv3u95n3nsj439fc9f7bz37xtl4
  • Aqua is the image linkf0mu5mpdnjj4s62ogwawcecj501lvuz0
  • Black is what the link will saycpez9gb324d7xs3n4eiighedd18iz861 if pictures are not loaded

What other tips or tricks do you have for creating “share this” links or buttons?hcbavevay3xxnuqhl0e7e7dms5us9ich

 pg6fbf5idy3j263cz80tkk42zu7g918p

(original) View हिन्दी 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 Worksli6wxym279pytfr01rq7z23fznthxqk8Online Accounts Inventory: When Storing It in Your Head No Longer Works

By jessica on June 25, 2012
(English → हिन्दी) 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.im5upo8wmzkwtmp266d4x3rqxgb1q97y

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.3mas2xcesw8n4zkdr6nd5rpibkvu9k53

“Do we already have an account with ___________?”me1rn0ejkldfq7gttdcm6i1pisb22yse

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.hlkk6utynvic9ht7jur292lazzyiy6j6

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.vt4d6n8vq4nas9p3rsnzu5ncf64gvdsg

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.yt9tkedwfkt1l52xuaf82tlnttosfpr4

Benefits of Knowing Where Your Data is Onlineh40a4hfjp9xsqdfuehnilkxuj14i8mvf

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:k4nqirk1w73219a6zzf9trd6y77cbydm

  • doing regularly scheduled password changesq02e54rvds859fo5cxfv970zxxwei1vy
  • figuring out if previous staff opened accounts on any platformed02shgpcwc9zll47vgh76nbf5nyqmwu
  • closing online accounts that are no longer used7u5winarixyptqznwjsxlu3apxotuebr
  • and when educating new staff about what data is stored in what online accounts.u7l250z3zi3biev4qgai0sq36nvujgs4

Essential Account Informationik0qav6fympw829klwa4y7uenu3u8isg

In general, we try to keep track of two different kinds of information for our online accounts. First, the basic essential information such as:1urpdzqk8buoca5jn40wz0p4wlkm1yyt

  • What is the service or vendor?oq6v0cxwpwyskyjz01ihegcyut958ixn
  • What URL do we use to access the account?zot7ph9xdek8v3fio7bx9l9w31ahu9bj
  • What login information (username) do we need?nfvmwwzcz4rgwm97thpo86btp5hf7knk
  • Who has access to that information? Or Who uses this account regularly?bbsa1s66ype24s5o6x7s54ynodpgwm5x
  • What contact e-mail is associated with the account?g68f65dift06ugjn1dqdl3lgo4x037oa
  • Fee for service informationkpddkw00mroxncwymc0mb9jr39itoj5y

DO NOT KEEP PASSWORDS AND LOGIN INFORMATION IN THE SAME DOCUMENT. Ever. End of story.2zmc4z15exsosksw5jpec0dgsgfkyf9r

<span class=Essential Account Informationik0qav6fympw829klwa4y7uenu3u8isg" border="10" />

Second, we record information about the data that is stored with each online account, including:yo5nnagkypxmscnavilbfkxi852zum0i

  • What kind of data is stored there, hosted data or analytics data?1ptlj2l36n4vm804z0e36revnt6cyziq
  • What data are stored there?unfgqpxmcnqtfuxm5o801xbbwk6okrw4
  • Is it backed up?nmkaydro0ourrhbnccjywk99nt7i5isj
  • How is it backed up?bziyl8g0hsgvznpm7a2kcjwlnkxkv3aw
  • How often is it backed up?6oj8l1vx1jlshf2ix8ghf3x53q2h8si5

For security, it is NOT a best practice to keep track of where the data is backed up in this document.faed12nnge9vfrydthj3lg6lswx5qcev

Account Data Information

Hosted and Analytics Datax2mum6paplvn1zbavorc380az4uvjp17

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.b9nnmzmpau12197p35ns6skcft0txx9y

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.h1p2bwclw17t2ajeqf0imv4a1w7psp3z

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.2juz6nzm3zd2e5d6bwarujj2f1q0t0jm

Try It, You’ll Like Itqxsnu06yll0o4ua66dbwt0pffail2n3j

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.byx3p9ty91nfx75hrc3mjo57txkwmy2n

Get started with this templateu863avdlj8a7kg1xtkte1yifk5i6yvpi

Example of our Online Accounts Inventory3eh6v3rlhg7t7qn5aot0quxrn88906tu

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.d2t9ha42f6mxvisvatt5epukrbgv2hw6

Do you have another way that you keep track of online accounts? Share it with us!4l9mgvxuymu6l7lyhw9v380mkdtwqplk

(original) View हिन्दी 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?6kksk7ll0cdp9bye6qqwkd3bz0w9sfwoHow Can We Make SSC Toolboxes More Valuable for You?

By Matt on June 8, 2012
(English → हिन्दी) 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.lqf97v5s6cjpf7os42lvn3r3cunl8wgk

We love SSC toolboxespr27l4savspy93138kwmeapf90qfcqgr

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.fvwt1n2irnu15ewf49z7i4fux511s79x

  • Add toolsq85wsuxmk904aeq62answeawa9jrk7z0

    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.653n3tffkroj0blgbjm6pvx2fwb9pc2m

  • Custom Descriptionsxrya1c75ymcmf5ytqa8ad970mk6x7vyv

    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.dpw1ucpgyn0jn3b30j7768upq7ygej1h

  • Custom Descriptions

     457sxlystrdrb8nn3u2fcvlx952sijbcnnvcha95pyhvwzfvw1sjovxa4k9si5mv9exuc54vifngovog80l4rsd96dlv9qr8

  • Add Resources & Documentationmlg5vy1tlpse65jdggz1cvxt4k8anxiz

    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.808taqodxq0atdudtsmx25rpm2rhuxas

  • Add Feeds6xol3877frop1t6632mcdnxw9p1013wx

    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.ek17j9hftmuahn21it7gjipvgex5jn9o

  • Toolbox Share

     457sxlystrdrb8nn3u2fcvlx952sijbcnnvcha95pyhvwzfvw1sjovxa4k9si5mv9exuc54vifngovog80l4rsd96dlv9qr8

  • Share it with the worldbfxqopz1bn64x0rkjb6s5hh78ngpvfxw

    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.119u4q8rpicpcc4xx19vsu85wbttugal

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changeschwptektd1gn5gjg4q2boi6452c6yq71

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?3l8b9fu19dlq2aesjg6euvfjuq7tgr29

What would YOU like to see in an SSC Toolbox redesign?8h6zes1v8h8usga9wd60rtkvbzxu5c23

 457sxlystrdrb8nn3u2fcvlx952sijbcnnvcha95pyhvwzfvw1sjovxa4k9si5mv9exuc54vifngovog80l4rsd96dlv9qr8

(original) View हिन्दी 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 Assetdwv0c6zojw34mzo95td899b960fxhrplData: Your Most Important Tech Asset

By Matt on June 1, 2012
(English → हिन्दी) 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. 3rnrytkt2as20usva0c4acp54vbe37gwWhere 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.66xfdmpeeb0y533w5vh01nkj4dc3t88q

Data are Your Organization’s Lifebloodzj604t207fpj92xn4e5legxmizctl7gb

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.q50nkccqlaum6et00mro2b61657ykqb1

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.9tddohxxik20m045cob3lpyui8m2jb9i

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?40e66bcvlu7gnsik2n7i6szfgf9ixjis

Data are the real organizational assets.07ggpmrso4cvn1dgal3grujhwmwxb8q1

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.0z6yrptxysyn999dtab7r3vombco34du

WordpressSalesforce


Have a Data-Centric Technology Policy NOT Tool-Centricw688a08u12l2a1491r74c5wqj0ylht33

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.rvrkst594c9ibtioa842g8yb07m2ejdw

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. dajqp4tuydhey2tp42rgojbq1769l3npBut 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.”o962xanemw3crppqt9kek7roazpmqd24

Think about Data When Choosing a New Tooljy7dxlkbp5q9sg3m1phtn9aq8nu132sd

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:nhcttc7ue3w0mcyxmp9kvfrknbev6eak

  • Plan for the day when you need to switch tools or the tool you’re using breaks5r3avx9gosja8ktdowyuv6l8u0u3zaev

    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?6jbsg1b3fgn1uapspl5legxxkqrtr60o

    What about if a tool choice you made turns out to be bad? How do you move your data from one tool to another?hig46onmmzaznxmtesh2r3vecztpegfl

    Migration

     erikl2es4llwxaususdyminbrila18l6uphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v

  • Make sure the backup of essential data is a well-defined processi2flbvre5cj0evvoh6eka41s9e55h8np

    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?e9zwc66tr4ogx5r3p5t0e73dq4cmeyxi

  • Know the security and privacy implications for your data, your org AND more importantly your constituentscpe555o4q5cvnl3uzwaxoo91c83m1li4

    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.7egg5gk1bxzanuyqouourqalaeqjfa8c

  • Find out ownership terms for you datavre4sc9dsi4ed1c81aoypoxx9nylmd98

    Are your data really yours? What do the Terms of Service say about ownership?1mbrf7gqrm8ilpr7f872nnkrrvo5ugrl

Open Source Tools are a Data-Centric Org’s Best Friendulgm5cs9x4ugeb5plw000az7047zy85i

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.cv63qyce7bh7i1j553891kcwqu58q4at

  • Open means transparent
    0q49vb1q6xlt8pw4h1qdg0g772urxoso
    OpenSource The nature of open source technology is that anyone can see how it works.jidqge3vyl8ldgbk1qx5hrtfxat093xi

    This means that every aspect of an open source tool is out in the open for the entire world to see.thzknkfw4mu1o2pk8erlufqdo1bdcdbw

    No backdoors installed for the government to snoop and no software developers coding secret pieces to gather data on your use.zcx8af4qlqh5e8lklcapteeqpskf2yus

  • Not tied to one personatkl0kgar832pdz29ilm51b5fj29op8o

    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.q8ictjg3r9rhxscujrkjyizc2ncsuvbb

  • No profit motivejp5oipa4fadfqwqcpfwhb5eabec4fm7p

    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.c1e9re58qwkidel35gk27grcpiucp3fs

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.f21755sqfbp9payergctxm7n36f6afeg

How Can Our Organization Get On Top of Our Data Management?ycrpq8udp0cjbiuus62lgw2vtwdxlc1a

Ok, so now we’re all freaked out about tools throwing our data around.mq7cvmj76mhm16pbn32owupotm3ysw25

What do we do about it?2rjvnj0y1j2fy9mdni7ypox9ueemtvtl

  • Put together a “data inventory”pnh1axpa0n7i6f0u0x72552ltmmnifcy

    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:y8bn8yh0eiu339v7fosna0sihshazg6o

    • Where are all the places your organization has data living?cgcy89wyzaij419l5n73wlu3yhnqeoyg
    • What data are stored there?zta4v4l9gv4ntpnk02p7t1hxxpcr3ryt
    • Who has access?xd4no2k1bb8fqa250zchmeqih0oxm89a
    • Is it backed up?8b9hd7e2zbcd2eg56n6fz1ng796r8h46
    • How is it backed up?ou205mcburfnyyv761a7avd1q0ze8xwm
    • How often is it backed up?
       erikl2es4llwxaususdyminbrila18l6uphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v
  • Back up your data!
     erikl2es4llwxaususdyminbrila18l6uphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v
  • Make sure that with each new tool adoption, you have a sense of how to get your data out of the toolnu083agvw5vlfchujp6mmv73sk5ehcqv

Need a template? Here is deeper look into Creating an Online Accounts Inventory.8vn6zj3e231cqpt54pgeu1nepp7q2op1

Data Trumps Tools Every Timeer2u4fs82onyhe8nh5z0a0trpyytsarx

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.fjbtp0cdcda83mm2ju69ts5yx6dj36d8

How do you prioritize data at your organization?b8u4ptrax5f5mehhrb37wu70dd1zhemi

 erikl2es4llwxaususdyminbrila18l6uphx6z227rffopzpmqezcoxhs6gnao6v

(original) View हिन्दी 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 Toolsw5q1iumwgn1pagc1yduposao04nkdk5zWall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend Tools

By Matt on May 2, 2012
(English → हिन्दी) 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.5fwaslud6n9lmere6hylydozntc0rfhm

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.3dcj3kbon5eitblofqfi8ub5sx41e128

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.jtsbejtzno3f19xgpzww1bztx2v1275c

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.”kl0sz4vlxvpp6ztvq6mo2kt0mstav3a5

What tools would you like to see that support your privacy online?2d9ak7xq7jcys7pbavbf2c57ch916zez

 y2b321uoabzebhlp0vqd6e7ab7xhk7o9


(original) View हिन्दी 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 Updatedct61w8e0o1y20rvib6x0hzkdloqhvv8xFacebook Page vs. Group Post Updated

By Matt on April 27, 2012
(English → हिन्दी) 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” 🙂96rrurxgf8txjzfyrj6unq80a78pu1vu

Take a look at our updated chart below and click on it to get more details from the postiamebs77tlhiytsto99yb4zhywlcu282

Facebook vs. Group Chart

(original) View हिन्दी 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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