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Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposesdimvhwes6gfhsvb5u89xd4i93thpzkb3Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposes

By JC Sanchez on September 12, 2013
(English → Italiano) 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!scvcn1xzbyn65udrff62bdtbbdjzynag

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.3286yrsnqnwv26npnapro9lyrth2uasn

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!wfzrpy591r3g76zf3bvc22g05xys4riq

Language Packagesrm0279komj8d8yvtta9a54z3l4mpzzqh

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.y9opf8bmvbh8kc5qqxznlugls19zhfv5

Finding These Packages6dibd93ur64uzo0lmnk8qp71g744yg8v

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. 5p3b7sm8wsvd0gal69fsktat77v1at55If 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.dbxgntwgan0hxs6f3h0v86j9vvqn9u0d

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. xwwwb007cis06rft6wxf9ppnbbm5vnriIf you have anything before 11.10 you should be fine, otherwise you are going to need to install Synaptic.nh91r1sfqvfl3ka52lihekylzygru5m7

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.gci408n11zmo7k4wimo2aub5c2gzl3ts

The Listz4q3ktp6b6ryca0u2cwuam5u2aw8e0y4

Below I have listed some of the language packages that I found with descriptions. I have also embedded a toolbox to the right:pq3pjvzw7jwj94wpzkzgy0xa9hrdwjcc


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. qnmt6gepjg6xj374qe601fboqvr8fbkwYou 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. 🙁llv6xtd3b9y7qpsvgzyh67xd3o8fcpvn

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 firstl1syc6919g4gl3t2x8zutliywpnst195

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.fytijlk1b0pyv6qmm7ru8kgktap1fhmk

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.gyf1lt8fyawbq6ed6m8w17ncfdper4ky

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.bwjwwdf2jhh26ritjal9princ0t4o2qq

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.dd43332eqxtq727we1uf8wl5eroywjsz

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!qkoe4whbbpy68c2s4i8uuy4quybvs9j9

(original) View Italiano 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 Solutionz76w74m1zonjqzbvdnipiore1gu9j869Embarking on a Quest for a Tech Solution

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

Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.pf5wsl43gnbuydy20sigcple11r7c2ls

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.byau6vrlnlhlartd3sa72wjqgobkfx2g

               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.ak3tlgul2ecefsha6kbid8g6edhoj4kj

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.3wcwuo77dijz2au14mimsjbraiift5un

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.w93h3dkto482oroa34o6nu6t5lzmkl17

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.q0gbd3yhmbyr4lg8bi7ejqyg4kxpzq1f

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?gmbxb58p0o4v1fb378thpmpea8buhsxn

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.bau8tgm43yraj76yfo7ern8ypwx9uy4v

An RFP represents:zoswztby21derv3xsmp07mvs755a1jnq

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.0yivjev3uqi5wlgdutxs8v7hfdlkcxa3
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.oty17a3fbu594advp9ge6uvbfmcmkjbz
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.9ulh21pgisb0fnq6s9q5wjb4crwfnvam

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“.7s18di7riszx53kg1ipjphgayv6gs0dq

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:yewdujhzw5mikxfsy8s5dvpq52j3ajqy

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.yomuenj4ou9spnbqigiwdmjxd9gblxv9

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.k7aase64daf1i1o2lgan4bh9rxjoosuy

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:kz0rvhq9ngjtmrkh54hfmkcyhmzegogr

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.qcyficxl426fcxgzik0j2jzahv7yorz4
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.84oelgh8wrb6hnuejrpa2abgok56y53x
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.rfxw6jjvogggldqc3zfk3jn6es3xskq9

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.0j903kb2ksl1i73oh7in9ew32gfjq23g

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?ne76ryifjeq5qdzovnjrpv1g376myn4c

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?brmueb78izc9yjv57k1vmbor1xem58m7

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?t1vbyerdrogikrq28r8mmkzf9macf37z

(original) View Italiano 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 Activism2sdxbcedctswtn6xv2azwbzw48antpnmCrash Course in Online Activism

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

Are you creating an online campaign with a group of young folks? Are you interested in becoming an activist?m1l8adkgs726f34ynim9uknp395yk9qx

If you have an important story to share online, start here!xvutjkw2kbqr1kgoljac8bh9yunnt8fh

Watch the video to get a 3 minute e-Advocacy crash course, What is e-Advocacy?t8qunjwolv2lzf5841qousam84775jmp, 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.8q3ea9r6vxwu5kae12ye3lcbty4d2o41

What is e-Advocacy?t8qunjwolv2lzf5841qousam84775jmp

Produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the YO Hubcjzu8mytdkpd3o1o69yyc2ncyunghx9j

CANFIT says, “Props to Ryse Center’s Organizing Hub for a fresh video on E-advocacy and online organizing!” We couldn’t agree more!vb7tb7ign8u4qwflpy5pdbzjojl79udv

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”. mpawubcaaamhrf5v5dy21fkn2xdjj8uvCheck out more information from CANFIT on the Youth E-Advocacy project: http://canfit.org/our_work/programs/eadvocates/ct41sdmiomr2o9jqk41n6bbl83860rp3

Download training materials on the Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact.a92s3u4u6ngzwpvicv0kzagad8077fb7

Follow the @RichmondYOT on Twitter to keep up with their game changing and community building work!yim7rrc8sumqfqp7y5vsfv0pys74jom8

(original) View Italiano 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 Funpfvnfj1j8igd1lb7rhuwmtykvh571juhPain, Passion, Fame, and Fun

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

Have you been thinking about how to get people to care about the information you are putting online?ms9r1ymp0d2jz4ttgiu2jfpyunxnjd8v

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.idxsltj78q94trmfft3mmm53e6jy29sa

Of course, this is easier said than done.ytvkxtki9rg117ipqkl2g4ct1tc0rfwg

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.1t0zsk61xp3aukuiakcsorrlfgvbs8uk

What do we mean by that? Let me tell you.afu48lyrt2rdswpvpayec50j449ysaqt

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:dy02mu3900x43akoaaqn2tyujabsdm7h

Painof4wtzxb601kxwz7gy2kfhwbsjcmzd3d Painof4wtzxb601kxwz7gy2kfhwbsjcmzd3d is motivation. What causes your people pain? and; what encourages them through their struggle?
Passionfflrbkqlphrs5lsan1itmh2dl3onnmbs Passionfflrbkqlphrs5lsan1itmh2dl3onnmbs drives the work. Tap into your people that care about what you care about.
Famevr5r5lrzu3hcoek975uueln4bke0fyo1 Weave your community into your messaging. Give people online fame and draw attention to things besides yourself.67s4dr300l3a0ihsdbotarl3ltyvkqlh
Fun4r45nokrvjpkx3dcdqs323t6438jlodf Celebrate your work! Convey the joy and emotion in what you’re doing.0ur66j083ew4qp6xdjjmns9tnmut3kwt

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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?l9julb6bfx5idgzhqvo1eln8n4vium75

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.wpopth0vlx9y72wzw1iyrqkofvedfvm2

PASSION223vgc772jdkwrsg9hik7op0e34e5glx


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.qg10lqe115znmfof4x0onnuceudyc14s

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 Famevr5r5lrzu3hcoek975uueln4bke0fyo1

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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?2z5ugkcc91dn60cce0r5kch7l19bk4sd

    Use Famevr5r5lrzu3hcoek975uueln4bke0fyo1 to bridge Online and Offline Work

  • If you want people to come to your protest – you better have gone to a couple of protests.nvw0vcixl2ljtq5vrcw1s4blm1sza42o
  • 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.o65zgyk1vr8afgjssj3tbeoat8q8kj7z
  • 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.juoagryhyid7f8eoihh8dypurxungpwq

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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.i69abazulm49z16o13tro2s40w3j92ti

People want to join movements that look like they are having fun.tnw5jxue9nqpb63p9anq288ma65xxd9g

Value Delivery is Keyr675ads542uhpqhr869idkg6axgjwa0e

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.25uzi0m6slff0ce9wc3xqpv4jogwijwa

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.70s5nvti97kj8is8ss3j6o1y1xoxq5xo

Special Thanks to notetakers from the CA Tech Fest in Fresno and Gunner for providing thoughts on this blog post.vackbajfdersr24fe3hs492vmiwv2fro

How do you motivate your people? What really gets them interested?ekk1evl142e1vshvgs61mif2c7blvbvz

We’d love to hear more ideas!kxi719av3o053gdutpo52hjwbg14kvdu

(original) View Italiano 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 → Italiano) 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?haqxmetv75yi7sxlegoxdvybyj5vjior

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:lzqlla13butnxql2sh02mxme5q3s1xkd

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. 72a83vwy4kowggcwtj3t7m4p3ep40i6yAlso, your email blasting service may flag any HTML code containing Javascript.dgpeq93al6si65qvoh4enlri24foplot

Why do I have to use these special characters just to do a #1gpl0ajzxhmxo48bz0wtblw0rg66wgxo&%@xblmn814fjh94hfd1jd5fj8vjqq89rmx tweet?95r7rkipnfff7wl9ex0b85a2haklkawj

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.kvm0jbwdmnpn5rwp4bj242k9zajpizyt

When you pass information through an URL link, you need to make sure it uses only allowed characters like:y2nb1mtaoeuk5194usfzpmmbxy64e662

  • lettersq1s5r95cuxx0h55mjyrwks1r6p7ghfky
  • numbersjhxiyxyd0x1gsrkm742uxxg7fypa3oyd
  • special characters that have meaning in the URL502gc6lw7v7735fya4ulo3fiulan6jf1

Any other characters in your tweet link will mess things up.ad0lz1s86hcbtubx5kv7422uuci6w4gw

For instance, sometimes we use a / symbol when we make a tweet to save precious character space96iry4okmuaxcpjas8rtmues98xyhcnhs, 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 newslettersq1s5r95cuxx0h55mjyrwks1r6p7ghfky. 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.ovswkg9a1xm0yu29f7ze7dylz8lukpbz

Share on Twitter Links that include #1gpl0ajzxhmxo48bz0wtblw0rg66wgxo and @xblmn814fjh94hfd1jd5fj8vjqq89rmx75ivn1twt4q9kkyoyeooq5aspyilv3xs

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.luko5u8uwve7lutlpd2ltptdn561rbp2

Some of the most common symbols needed for a good tweet are also those that cause problems in the URL code. They include the #1gpl0ajzxhmxo48bz0wtblw0rg66wgxo">#1gpl0ajzxhmxo48bz0wtblw0rg66wgxoHashtag symbol and the #1gpl0ajzxhmxo48bz0wtblw0rg66wgxofunctionality">@xblmn814fjh94hfd1jd5fj8vjqq89rmxMention symbol.yj3zo5n9znjm44pzxch1wsvflutgnjxc

Common Characters for a Tweet:u84rohk6kfok5e2v5tdghuf01jhe1q6l
URL Encodingzl2fburi1isnc2guiqd2xajt19px8toy Characterskpajhl2p1w3oodd6x70syhsa0paclkv Descriptiongxmxodaeon1pwcrc1u738w4l9qxuk53q
%20hpdf9gujgc6h0lna32gwr6zt0zeldkrk space96iry4okmuaxcpjas8rtmues98xyhcnh a space96iry4okmuaxcpjas8rtmues98xyhcnh between words in a tweet
%238h29b47g9gigd0tabuldxfhj0pnba618 #1gpl0ajzxhmxo48bz0wtblw0rg66wgxo hashtag to categorize tweetzzj4a7i8ae863omuzw03lfm2s7ybwdpl
%40mdyaxk72ricabdituc16jdrwryou4y7g @xblmn814fjh94hfd1jd5fj8vjqq89rmx at sign to mention another twitter userddx5x50uagk1j2ce1xhf7eygkz1d97wd

Let’s take a look:ob2h4buwyhogc6qfp3ackjddtqj7uyr9

To make a link that works, just replace space96iry4okmuaxcpjas8rtmues98xyhcnhs and special characters in your tweet text with their URL encoding equal.

That sends the user to this:j4eskqtty1pp0hs8id83zzbx7mvade2m

Example Share This Tweet

…use the following code:1xn95bdgqquhnpo6kkgdz8o4fcbjotog

  • Blue is the HTML codebkt8trqh04wmqfufhxwi7ap6tvciafxcgk6zsija1u806ocshxiefy59hcga1fu8
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkmixk0wj064hj1jqfm2pfkw4l13cbcnao9jtuiodtqvvzharb6mcdbm389mz6pqro
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved characters2ks3btj9j24cy45i5iu8dav73eo0enl7oknus3c2ktyqwu5d50f43fta9v9s6n0l
  • Red is the text of the tweetzl3l29ziez74dok1negin4ls3ngmw3cmhjspiro49b2p8hkwu7a3zm99jnt6tyf1
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweet0dul5cjmo6uvzxfh6ln96dfztdev7zzyf247965u3r6ymjzyc3ed9gzc2f3ttdpz
  • Black is what the link will sayvmyq144lgos9j4eiu00n2s8fl6xyuchg

Make a Button1hde6hbffawcraahpgjqi9ur2f5ijxzb

If you want to make it a button, just make the link an image instead of text.hjpxgesos8inovojpu6jbl3cmpgokdss

Use code like this:nov26djn10r00rygmzverbkut5mykcey

  • Blue is the HTML codebkt8trqh04wmqfufhxwi7ap6tvciafxcgk6zsija1u806ocshxiefy59hcga1fu8
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkmixk0wj064hj1jqfm2pfkw4l13cbcnao9jtuiodtqvvzharb6mcdbm389mz6pqro
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved characters2ks3btj9j24cy45i5iu8dav73eo0enl7oknus3c2ktyqwu5d50f43fta9v9s6n0l
  • Red is the text of the tweetzl3l29ziez74dok1negin4ls3ngmw3cmhjspiro49b2p8hkwu7a3zm99jnt6tyf1
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweet0dul5cjmo6uvzxfh6ln96dfztdev7zzyf247965u3r6ymjzyc3ed9gzc2f3ttdpz
  • Aqua is the image linkbchfviwoupyub1cida08k2eylny9uafw
  • Black is what the link will sayvmyq144lgos9j4eiu00n2s8fl6xyuchg if pictures are not loaded

What other tips or tricks do you have for creating “share this” links or buttons?ndkq8bbzkkusd4iw4uq6g7zarbt2jbjx

 g7tty0olvoidzlum2dwrtzuumet9a98h

(original) View Italiano 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 Worksrqpvpaj51kyjwy6z1eue0tvf84v0e54vOnline Accounts Inventory: When Storing It in Your Head No Longer Works

By jessica on June 25, 2012
(English → Italiano) 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.gsan65fh29xxprhicy98tyg3d3cc9u3f

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.siozyetojzonmmshkcsypd89v2byoj56

“Do we already have an account with ___________?”lhbtojo77ht3yq7i9j4f21o8ncuttb14

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.g6umou2ms9gih0kwhh0cnl8al0z8o0sv

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.uddx76z2dj3yhafspyx9r69d1p46k815

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.2hqj579arwq1fmsnmoidw1iapdzb28eu

Benefits of Knowing Where Your Data is Onlinevfudcu3tfwuhqq7nsuuarog9g4inoia9

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:jba1hqsnw0h3gw3n5auwp5l3gd87dlsm

  • doing regularly scheduled password changesyum2959wqf2vdh0o57g6ihbnzmjuvjkk
  • figuring out if previous staff opened accounts on any platform9trwhb3gxy7tomepuvsnw5r59w2q1cz0
  • closing online accounts that are no longer usedkrvrogfhkytrz8sq0j42qso2z521mkuw
  • and when educating new staff about what data is stored in what online accounts.3jm891z4v5y0mgo5krtur21s7d0afz08

Essential Account Informatione0r2z7b50okyfk36qfnsmpy8ym1n19e5

In general, we try to keep track of two different kinds of information for our online accounts. First, the basic essential information such as:1d683k0hzrokn8gnlu5v2nl1xu8o7bdz

  • What is the service or vendor?zx09eizqdpsckbe739a6d1u5z4kcrs7h
  • What URL do we use to access the account?av5llntsiqwsvfaqafl486alqd3ov22w
  • What login information (username) do we need?8xhmv2a0w502sipssuqe10i6r5wue0vc
  • Who has access to that information? Or Who uses this account regularly?1d4y2q42j6m04m3agijue6f4jwx7099r
  • What contact e-mail is associated with the account?uu8ssvy376qgx8hb4ods9bv2a5xjmj56
  • Fee for service informationsd2b2tfck4uqubwvm3h22o3obxqp5zfn

DO NOT KEEP PASSWORDS AND LOGIN INFORMATION IN THE SAME DOCUMENT. Ever. End of story.a5ba5ezhcay0gjaa6a7t3ffcin6ffv1g

<span class=Essential Account Informatione0r2z7b50okyfk36qfnsmpy8ym1n19e5" border="10" />

Second, we record information about the data that is stored with each online account, including:ovc3npewxk4fzbnperlr6izfzctvb3ap

  • What kind of data is stored there, hosted data or analytics data?onll8ayj7rqp31jmfgs06rtm6jr33zxi
  • What data are stored there?m6w3zqw926uz03f6fcxsg316pa1qmeoy
  • Is it backed up?fnjg7v9t87yxt8u7mj88c9zngkkl8p3e
  • How is it backed up?liz4crgn7b311wq6zh9uaq4zhttogsms
  • How often is it backed up?dy3y1w9ovtogci4654kanc1xpjbz1jh5

For security, it is NOT a best practice to keep track of where the data is backed up in this document.1u1m79yicft22pin023vlbororj1r4zi

Account Data Information

Hosted and Analytics Dataus6yexa20xxiebf6p8euyz4py1kwdeey

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.06mmjahez1k4mibn26fyefr1grtx3zxt

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.qryqzbrmvv77ibo0gwi01azylwmj1y8h

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.mhhjinojgnunjlke6vfynvk1k4biypia

Try It, You’ll Like Itsufpn0dvfrz99sgwkbxkltpv2djj5s1n

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.smn683x0py30vztbl04t3212r2yrxong

Get started with this templateyh3cdy4uo18436pagxmfj15d8sotnqnb

Example of our Online Accounts Inventorynf0yn0xgp0m9ksdnesk2i0zl6yacgmxt

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.zgmr0uvqwezq3v1inua1eolgumon56ku

Do you have another way that you keep track of online accounts? Share it with us!aeq4q07alf36xzfju04h9uje4dp09yg9

(original) View Italiano 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?q9i204q2ltj3jkdwqpne0f3dqqofw03dHow Can We Make SSC Toolboxes More Valuable for You?

By Matt on June 8, 2012
(English → Italiano) 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.rorixxe55283x4k58c3ct2uatikunfi4

We love SSC toolboxesclj6u818zlggjvv6k6q82d7ob03jugsx

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.iulljna4lan7lepvph4z0grmfmtyp9my

  • Add toolscpuosc4qwebs7e136ha1dqm6a7a6z7u1

    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.ud7wwz7xb60o4hdrz1cgw4vy3soawsrh

  • Custom Descriptionsnqxzno2j4aorrgphx10i9w8hgvnh5qgj

    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.r9lf0x7jt8u03u2s0jss0lobvjrbrlg8

  • Custom Descriptions

     48mv0titudy2li6kc72tlx2trma0qjdkfox9an47el63icust14db2umd9idbwkhmg4qjr4zeh0g3mgpqipp358ebqwr5bpi

  • Add Resources & Documentationst2vombbv3mjbauo4yptjmvqtz4bdw8v

    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.jfe0mn3j9yrm8mpjioseozm5z4zxbwkl

  • Add Feedsbv1ctbfkfgekkq316cmck4jl8dhsxngz

    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.2hdyrupabb16zkgw3k7x7hs1wjcweob7

  • Toolbox Share

     48mv0titudy2li6kc72tlx2trma0qjdkfox9an47el63icust14db2umd9idbwkhmg4qjr4zeh0g3mgpqipp358ebqwr5bpi

  • Share it with the worldgg58v8oc6stvmk8qdqtmbtot2yfllsps

    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.u672v2lsr2gand34l8qkfwqejoljiiy3

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changesm4bw27fbfk28yzz59djhrjnbaw3d49bg

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?5w2dnshxp9702pdkt3qrstz1i41mw5ys

What would YOU like to see in an SSC Toolbox redesign?yv77dybzvrtyvbalz9k7nyfz9v2y0fuo

 48mv0titudy2li6kc72tlx2trma0qjdkfox9an47el63icust14db2umd9idbwkhmg4qjr4zeh0g3mgpqipp358ebqwr5bpi

(original) View Italiano 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 Asset14vzmjvrd7v871lq6zhxs0mqyzhhg6a8Data: Your Most Important Tech Asset

By Matt on June 1, 2012
(English → Italiano) 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. qho78ngww3k6lepcbogub4z4dtuf2lijWhere 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.e984ekoszaqw4f11fgt2rp1jhejcfdbj

Data are Your Organization’s Lifeblood59ozenz30qg4d4clmjrsxp72rfvc2l0x

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.b0qv22ph4f5vvnoa8t4jds9hc02qectg

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.cp3lo7aojpcrbq0gkdoxx61aolhvvhax

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?0gnidmzl5ejzc9bno51ourlpr6n97p2x

Data are the real organizational assets.vn6bvfei866fc1p1x4flfbmrpvtp3xtp

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.mrjxby6qmic0sd2wbcjolpd8wjoclg7x

WordpressSalesforce


Have a Data-Centric Technology Policy NOT Tool-Centriccvv19zyyivh3ppfq8kmrrk4nk70yjz1m

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.i4xyyeou426cqq9fdu00p5636a8wx9v6

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. popupfydiy0cvihkjukj6ilph3d1kyc0But 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.”2v9n78vblpnsvacyrtygqk49w90yy5kr

Think about Data When Choosing a New Tooll5h4sbxxder1i0qeaio7rbgymhg78jok

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:zc1fsnudg6fh1s4sjzk5cei1lo35n9yc

  • Plan for the day when you need to switch tools or the tool you’re using breakszmrev8ez8vj850h82oaeunuqawidxmkn

    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?ieivyby40j60rqdnlvzndwoei3ympioy

    What about if a tool choice you made turns out to be bad? How do you move your data from one tool to another?osfjl65gznbmhw9nhb0atvtr0upoy4pc

    Migration

     hmqt3ark5qen41p2k0rbyhqsyvhlwv441hzul0kvkxg1ion1prepefvtyjumutyl

  • Make sure the backup of essential data is a well-defined processcfmptnwx8f2zbb12dy85a3trpadgy3d0

    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?qm5hbgbcb7pxc3xy3em3dncc5h0wutla

  • Know the security and privacy implications for your data, your org AND more importantly your constituentslboaus89wzucuuautdi0y7de355tpib1

    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.4mxaxdawo5z4zl6svkqayz8ltelk1whv

  • Find out ownership terms for you datashdfkqzq5r387929q08ewydftmcm8izq

    Are your data really yours? What do the Terms of Service say about ownership?fus3735kmuptexgply8huvz8ac1nx2z2

Open Source Tools are a Data-Centric Org’s Best Friendb1ce7x3i7mvrxpumbx5xxgjtq1pltaqu

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.tukdai44ht00jxp2v4coy7diyq5um6d5

  • Open means transparent
    ms7qh6g6numyv1421aomtvbz7hno8x9k
    OpenSource The nature of open source technology is that anyone can see how it works.5kgp29ibxi88hahi3zdwbm55f73f1bvw

    This means that every aspect of an open source tool is out in the open for the entire world to see.fi219ecc21unaee0rnob6a3l6g394kra

    No backdoors installed for the government to snoop and no software developers coding secret pieces to gather data on your use.8hpdhk6vq1y44iajfb0rkx12f74m8c57

  • Not tied to one personec514xvq7537u76it91vieoefgc5yf63

    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.nghokynx40qtrijd7hmy59xcm4paxh1a

  • No profit motivefxm0slhz9iuq25yddnfw0ecacdpmj8xp

    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.t4nbafewcsi6lxb9m4uumheca2vkxxog

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.6t74aqttf2nll7p6u38rp1ff9ri0bnf8

How Can Our Organization Get On Top of Our Data Management?hrbg0d5vlk91ftl60rkpk7ddi0jcfetn

Ok, so now we’re all freaked out about tools throwing our data around.sqga81hf93v08y0ppfdnyutusr2p2p8k

What do we do about it?3635f6byx4hxk2eqd37lti8ai0k2nylh

  • Put together a “data inventory”e57zmc5h3m3dd6a8j9016558rrlwr7hv

    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:c26qytntl59al45it10gz5tffwdfyv40

    • Where are all the places your organization has data living?51t3nghu9ov8x811ipteua9do5eskn0f
    • What data are stored there?yzffv3tdx6z6qug16v4c7xpbfew46wvu
    • Who has access?8y2r295f3plm1hcjdjgrkkmr6nwg9598
    • Is it backed up?oheau6mogmpegjq3ugk1vxcvpfq3s316
    • How is it backed up?hy1mkuy7mntcr654jmwirlabhorzweg4
    • How often is it backed up?
       hmqt3ark5qen41p2k0rbyhqsyvhlwv441hzul0kvkxg1ion1prepefvtyjumutyl
  • Back up your data!
     hmqt3ark5qen41p2k0rbyhqsyvhlwv441hzul0kvkxg1ion1prepefvtyjumutyl
  • Make sure that with each new tool adoption, you have a sense of how to get your data out of the toolepjepbgw9sqaiwawuzpgcn0rcsrdddxi

Need a template? Here is deeper look into Creating an Online Accounts Inventory.9wkoqnvtckv816nakyldf81uazetr26r

Data Trumps Tools Every Timeapbob8gy490iow284oboz0fk17v2l0cm

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.ykrcgm5slcm4w2ypz3creyjviflma2uy

How do you prioritize data at your organization?riv6nryb9d9k7pcqo9npa4zcromywu8d

 hmqt3ark5qen41p2k0rbyhqsyvhlwv441hzul0kvkxg1ion1prepefvtyjumutyl

(original) View Italiano 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 Toolsrtbonfme64bjeuo26j351i7813z3mgr3Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend Tools

By Matt on May 2, 2012
(English → Italiano) 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.cbxjq83zsxc77rq8rccsui1klqz5n09p

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.trdak73ssfimx63z14bpmh798urns5ub

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.6ywl210qd75jyggerk7n82qtojw3pdml

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.”k5yw2cfnyhazy8csz1mkbmse48j1lkcv

What tools would you like to see that support your privacy online?2xod5xzrqnfqkgpp18bbtvmktxz9dyg5

 b11h3gr0m13c0alkghfxh9v104uevicw


(original) View Italiano 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 Updatedqrinmdy6o6dnqv2gl1v7bytkuvz8e4guFacebook Page vs. Group Post Updated

By Matt on April 27, 2012
(English → Italiano) 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” 🙂go3hqi9lhtacac3py82dd9imot2gcd6i

Take a look at our updated chart below and click on it to get more details from the post2pqfm9em6ry3lqyi2pd53fzf3gmsf867

Facebook vs. Group Chart

(original) View Italiano 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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