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Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposes52pgp6rr1uaev470s44nkde4mb8dqw0lPreparing Your Computer for Translation Purposes

By JC Sanchez on September 12, 2013
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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!jhodaepzspy46ut2pvsjrmyjh7p34o2d

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.c81zwmm657khxdk54ez4dh9xifr5kfem

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!3d5bvjlr4g0rvbzvs3tidshi3o8o6i50

Language Packagesllzz5814zzjj20rypdegkm9gjixs8q5j

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.zkto2bx2xhuh5y0z0k4is7539i5iwetl

Finding These Packages00luvmin4849u2dt2u70051877f0keda

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. qw6yd9chs9wmdlllh9zco9lukk7vbatsIf 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.m379wkrwdjj1evhiq8wsrunxj9ct80kk

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. fukkos42aqa8u8ryx3ez59f2zqsw463aIf you have anything before 11.10 you should be fine, otherwise you are going to need to install Synaptic.y4b19e6p2ff0ggnvzb4rni9r7x8mxk7m

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.68567xgfys2ldsi8w17ubd0pd3lrel2b

The Listul3uua5rfe7p3gep9zqgrcnjductm6l7

Below I have listed some of the language packages that I found with descriptions. I have also embedded a toolbox to the right:iv58i7d612dg4z8edrlopx7yyxiqyye7


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. q763dtpb7nu8vhczlyvyo1ga0glmx1idYou 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. 🙁bpt182ucw3ih7vpa7g68fqe3f46givzk

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 firstjt5o6l4kaf5kmo25lors2l5139j3zdc9

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.uoxrfsh6l1cnroedkpxdyv03gdibrdkc

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.larvdt9wheh8oh98gxiyl8804jdfqdw1

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.rjt929hsll6hpj3f37v7ktay8n2c35qk

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.c2y7x0mtsjc80eg86p6ysi9r4s4onzpq

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!0fwdkdt5r5guq3cp1nokqgelmid8dkq3

(original) View 中文 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 Solutiond509p0omoxkha27gg6mo5c4gn2td961cEmbarking on a Quest for a Tech Solution

By jessica on June 20, 2013
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Embarking on a quest can be daunting. Embarking on a quest for a new technology project is especially so.ypbkqf6l5h90o9ezwkk6etx0jjkxlyr9

On trips and quests in life, we often start by finding a map or connecting with someone else who has been down that road.pb66oggt1cfm3krctb6skp6yq7f22z4h

               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.1xn909v2nm8yus0jtj2myre7b1vjncze

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.hd30t8vdmnev28caks11rpjdgomjtz20

That said, we believe that the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a critical part in any enterprise-level nonprofit tech sourcing adventure.pzgmr9n3ii1yhjpnzim4e3rb4cz6aixp

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.f3s87sftwdpjwv2zvq77ky08ahtaqi9w

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?o74d5t7ja8vncpydszbtqcsph6pxrkn6

A properly specified RFP is an essential tool in the backpack of anyone hoping to acquire accurately specified technology.h1dgw12nlc1qz7a3rihe4m59db7o1jd8

An RFP represents:iu4fh449vioi3x61spp54dhy2inwbfhj

  • A clear statement of your vision, ensuring that your organizational vision and the vision for the tech deliverable make sense.d1n8zxj7gsbxm71xi633pg010pau7nqb
  • An understanding of the processes that this tech tool needs to support at your organization.98p1zqy4jkyc4hfb8nzia0klyexsldhl
  • A shared vocabulary, or bridge of understanding, that unifies project stakeholders and which ideally spans the life of the project and beyond.9if0kuirtq3m8psrsupas9es63c0w83w

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“.qydadt02t9r1gmn01366lqjytqmj1d6h

For more information about putting together an RFP, including a template to get your started, check out:orya8bjfgvz2zxx0lp08xu4q1pvxd83r

http://www.aspirationtech.org/training/workflow/templates/rfp.rsl8lk5g5t5btsat6osz401jguf8x12f

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.dtq6huthcrtl56nnr739e7jvvij3jf2m

Nonprofits have used the Aspiration RFP Process for projects such as:8iazhnpefjy05yj1z5hoy9kfbp5iwmav

  • Web site design and redesign, specifying target audiences and the specific benefits and utility the new or enhanced site will provide.zmm3f6h4bw43lseewd2rm5tvzdjne553
  • Database or CRM implementation, articulating what information needs to be managed and how it will support programmatic and operational objectives.agdoovc74za6p9qmce8bzfnfuhicn3dn
  • Vetting a technology strategy by describing how a tool or platform will connect the full range of stakeholders.nowhp69579fmqjm0kvnr3z7hsonajb4x

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.1vgs7i6ksjk18bzwat1761q1qvsqfic7

So, what are your thoughts on this often-debated topic?f2hkqbl0vt7y9lvtisf4r4smpkyob8lg

What problems have you encountered when trying to find a tech solution?s9jdqmifgkveswq799ukc6upnr3mqgc8

And what experiences have you had in trying to employ RFPs in your processes?og26qgfuju0bb644z8rhxrwalg92mnl0

(original) View 中文 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 Activism3mw5v3ij6unth2uyej4y0gijyszdkl4eCrash Course in Online Activism

By misty on April 26, 2013
(English → 中文) View original
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Are you creating an online campaign with a group of young folks? Are you interested in becoming an activist?drp2u9yysaofmjhrlwq2mb8gtnm02jo6

If you have an important story to share online, start here!etoihx2pbnyhcz94os4lmbwu82zy5swa

Watch the video to get a 3 minute e-Advocacy crash course, What is e-Advocacy?14jggarcssrhs3zvbh43d9puufijjjia, 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.5x0nfgcx70l2rtmhlipoa75se8clmbri

What is e-Advocacy?14jggarcssrhs3zvbh43d9puufijjjia

Produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the YO Hub6zzll5yorvvli9vuow47bqu6u5828404

CANFIT says, “Props to Ryse Center’s Organizing Hub for a fresh video on E-advocacy and online organizing!” We couldn’t agree more!ps8l6q0t1k0v4hrs74czthov2v6tj0ny

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”. x68fn0g8ri8omf470p1at43kibmp2dzqCheck out more information from CANFIT on the Youth E-Advocacy project: http://canfit.org/our_work/programs/eadvocates/7cji9quqpq4sap9xit1w001wmwutn63k

Download training materials on the Four Processes for Sustainable Online Impact.cyowso3ig123u1em7q8papomhzt5ctve

Follow the @RichmondYOT on Twitter to keep up with their game changing and community building work!680o732fy32t0bxfzznx64l5cc3otqlp

(original) View 中文 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 Funnn2ytss610h3s52bo8d5pleq77qaiq8wPain, Passion, Fame, and Fun

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

Have you been thinking about how to get people to care about the information you are putting online?cz2emv7eze7pjazxjw6rhu21y2illaio

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.1m81utxu86g2d6rtxjwmxk1km05uk94b

Of course, this is easier said than done.jwziewhhhc3uzwmrh83dxtd8upkkcm8m

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.xl0tfpwwk4qrho0576hsivwbse7iqchd

What do we mean by that? Let me tell you.npdgv9omghvufidi3xlwo9nry23nqdc4

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:jewqd2lj2r1sga9wuwhuatpce9q3m33w

Painbv1ll7x3p9m89e5w0kar5ymsni9fqchs Painbv1ll7x3p9m89e5w0kar5ymsni9fqchs is motivation. What causes your people pain? and; what encourages them through their struggle?
Passiona73lg8ggvddsa7yw2o5tylpkfiiu27e2 Passiona73lg8ggvddsa7yw2o5tylpkfiiu27e2 drives the work. Tap into your people that care about what you care about.
Famew4drdj41of3oxyqgxisppelhx0jjsq7e Weave your community into your messaging. Give people online fame and draw attention to things besides yourself.1zsxiebv50q95mmfsgstmc8aw8rkzbpr
Funuxx9725xt1upyqjfgmmr0hnrozaxl336 Celebrate your work! Convey the joy and emotion in what you’re doing.dpo9a5pj37hhkywdzbt0i9zxe7pnwgpz

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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?b189468f8upil87cjfn2tc274oyj7a39

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.cty879ak00csqzls24uucmexceea0pr2

PASSIONna3kfw4lo1g8jlht9aor7rud3nx54hnh


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.bn1q2abfn5lc9ads4rpwn8z73enpc36d

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 Famew4drdj41of3oxyqgxisppelhx0jjsq7e

FAMEk1mclwmstovpabmk25hqbukbh9f13z5d


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?f8n5l7jpwyi4tlzys4v5wf3wxykhz6v5

    Use Famew4drdj41of3oxyqgxisppelhx0jjsq7e to bridge Online and Offline Work

  • If you want people to come to your protest – you better have gone to a couple of protests.qzigvgxvc58u8fsf0zwdacd1ww1kdceu
  • 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.2b9145sz59xwvxm5g0kf5mqlri0ana3f
  • 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.qppprjzt4dk0l40nuylkm3dxra9vvw5b

FUNiou2hobdad6yx8f5inxiz8tw1ja70618


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.r966x7llo8bjt2s0edilml2b664by6df

People want to join movements that look like they are having fun.zvjsd8vbk3z59vnutll6ayb9ddzyg7r5

Value Delivery is Key58ggi42m1o38g1jboi3r8fx2u2pz4rqz

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.smw45h9g0spc68fa1gmdnvkettf1curv

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.yhtascgszdugwetrwemz3bp8tj5k1x9q

Special Thanks to notetakers from the CA Tech Fest in Fresno and Gunner for providing thoughts on this blog post.zrkrvy0x92h8i47py3urmlkxjr4bcce2

How do you motivate your people? What really gets them interested?ikb8g12kjrlh5ulnhs1j5de4rz12n8jv

We’d love to hear more ideas!d9u1yczhm1qxnmyjprgg8xfp7opzjgsm

(original) View 中文 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 → 中文) 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?00hugx2hhbu1pszvg8igcg2wc8dlad81

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:00x2f3n207ah65liaevw6feges1lkska

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. 9y8s0dfvwtmptbf3eprmdln7f85gptuoAlso, your email blasting service may flag any HTML code containing Javascript.1fv57irx2b8n5fc42v32qq356hoab293

Why do I have to use these special characters just to do a #l4en0v420x80567ymdaxzttpc12rf5rq&%@7teth9ua4ml5enwxie5kqdjt291pg3pe tweet?fmefpt6cn3d2n77iabhittmp46b87shc

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.stgqqnlaqv106h3x1aeffv6alvgo4i9n

When you pass information through an URL link, you need to make sure it uses only allowed characters like:60zjqyhptmofp9yaqrschf7c0kllz6yv

  • letterszz4egmu9znswjeduygmtemoubunzn0xc
  • numbersafr8n96sn6wcc0rummxr9r4sk36bq9sr
  • special characters that have meaning in the URLlddkdwitt60r54odas9pmejqtu66u165

Any other characters in your tweet link will mess things up.36mjy0jy3d519cjauzgg45dxijlemwsg

For instance, sometimes we use a / symbol when we make a tweet to save precious character spaceli36k912l4c6i6j1j2rlnge8duv4bxqns, 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 newsletterszz4egmu9znswjeduygmtemoubunzn0xc. 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.uk7nymdtrefwbwalserbsag2exwrxtsh

Share on Twitter Links that include #l4en0v420x80567ymdaxzttpc12rf5rq and @7teth9ua4ml5enwxie5kqdjt291pg3pe0x5tm03nqi2ij3pkncaf99meeo5cnfbd

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.8jhx2jcv4dp3ye2fkkd0w4ubkchy3x62

Some of the most common symbols needed for a good tweet are also those that cause problems in the URL code. They include the #l4en0v420x80567ymdaxzttpc12rf5rq">#l4en0v420x80567ymdaxzttpc12rf5rqHashtag symbol and the #l4en0v420x80567ymdaxzttpc12rf5rqfunctionality">@7teth9ua4ml5enwxie5kqdjt291pg3peMention symbol.kscrcr8jk2ybv9cvsge8sj4z2bgji3pt

Common Characters for a Tweet:aw6vasi9yf3ws27p66ztfwvfqhsnz410
URL Encodingt6xvdw2v84qnxtlnqdo3g67mgo8xti6c Characterp9lwerivghy8rgwrq6xn1uos08c7cfqr Description7jbvhukipnkzvna7rd4w1ligpxaf4ac1
%20l8v6znhftx8feg53zcjunokjo5ywi14u spaceli36k912l4c6i6j1j2rlnge8duv4bxqn a spaceli36k912l4c6i6j1j2rlnge8duv4bxqn between words in a tweet
%23a69bsps1cwm2c2byfpzhmod93sjftwvu #l4en0v420x80567ymdaxzttpc12rf5rq hashtag to categorize tweetv3j0pig36fcyzb4zaj4dug963a24jfo5
%40evrzalz8x3g73izwtps4cp2cazhbbarf @7teth9ua4ml5enwxie5kqdjt291pg3pe at sign to mention another twitter useris1n7wntrn7lp9ax7kxil0yrt0111ck9

Let’s take a look:n5ytu9cn8qb6xxoejiy3jykka792qwk4

To make a link that works, just replace spaceli36k912l4c6i6j1j2rlnge8duv4bxqns and special characters in your tweet text with their URL encoding equal.

That sends the user to this:lppkkvfyn2cxtw7mekhu6unre28q1tpc

Example Share This Tweet

…use the following code:8knq7qms46z01k329hhx3992vaf98dp7

  • Blue is the HTML code1d6fis2iutq21wlh0xihcqlxkeevtmeka70vz9yeatgjguqzagpyzbzxtou8oe2p
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkpnqtppafy1fbkxy6n7v7abnu6z3s6w8llnn87eafyt2zsz5zzmiwuhxdkydltog4
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved charactersilv5wc3yl1jqdjb6ado55y19w7l384lgzcp1p87v13pxt9iepmxcg2zy15jj7e8x
  • Red is the text of the tweetgnpo6s37zh5jt489tabxybtvyixaa4ehmqm6ulepipb0ixwu21fxehls0drkwh79
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweetr3b0effqnz9z4rnrzymvbg8t7rx4wvsdf6rj2q886qghu2td98rwr61qanaf1rn7
  • Black is what the link will saybdsbk15n9z3eub69yo5bc8kt8bxdegdg

Make a Button4uf6spzpfipu6yla5czqpvirhkxpip9c

If you want to make it a button, just make the link an image instead of text.fak0zut83itah2zbtiaok1g78bg24z59

Use code like this:yc1hnjxi5wktq0qoef7ql1mln8tjq9we

  • Blue is the HTML code1d6fis2iutq21wlh0xihcqlxkeevtmeka70vz9yeatgjguqzagpyzbzxtou8oe2p
  • Green is the code that gets Twitter to generate a tweet through a linkpnqtppafy1fbkxy6n7v7abnu6z3s6w8llnn87eafyt2zsz5zzmiwuhxdkydltog4
  • Purple are the URL encoding reserved charactersilv5wc3yl1jqdjb6ado55y19w7l384lgzcp1p87v13pxt9iepmxcg2zy15jj7e8x
  • Red is the text of the tweetgnpo6s37zh5jt489tabxybtvyixaa4ehmqm6ulepipb0ixwu21fxehls0drkwh79
  • Orange is the URL that will be included in the tweetr3b0effqnz9z4rnrzymvbg8t7rx4wvsdf6rj2q886qghu2td98rwr61qanaf1rn7
  • Aqua is the image linkjkydlkqashdexd1sn4ftolnryifyh45r
  • Black is what the link will saybdsbk15n9z3eub69yo5bc8kt8bxdegdg if pictures are not loaded

What other tips or tricks do you have for creating “share this” links or buttons?3w6tuuwomkr7aj73aq2mqepdmn9oet28

 7fbq7316tzxgmf1evpcdykm6isb0y51v

(original) View 中文 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 Worksdxg31adacu5cos4l4ww79820awzfs5bvOnline Accounts Inventory: When Storing It in Your Head No Longer Works

By jessica on June 25, 2012
(English → 中文) 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.bhygywoizwsw5oedyqoq2d5cthyajjtl

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.4c71pkjms0hgan83equbx50volf0sz0n

“Do we already have an account with ___________?”s7npcy8gr4lliumlapvfwnn87u6lj321

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.6w60drndcvqijlzh0nruy7oa40b0eaaa

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.j3ptd22tfnvx1dddqmos298ukpgfsi12

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.rpkxblc1th1igpqpmurup4gsqvtjr0d9

Benefits of Knowing Where Your Data is Onlinex2h3ghjva35m6dmohary524m8mjlg3e4

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:yv8k12li2aseb4imjhhq6ugtybhc9ijy

  • doing regularly scheduled password changese6s2vlmv7e0gues42lbazy1l7bqqlcyq
  • figuring out if previous staff opened accounts on any platformkkqqigb7oz5jj2o3f0tvew5en1x99wxk
  • closing online accounts that are no longer useddickqlnqui9zvo233ombr13cfagldoth
  • and when educating new staff about what data is stored in what online accounts.0va8vzt2bmv3kvgkgmnfpz86wi653qtu

Essential Account Informationtcxk2m54z4zjwhdlnsyv3n5m597ipiq9

In general, we try to keep track of two different kinds of information for our online accounts. First, the basic essential information such as:zpu8q0ugy8mm4592iqzgilagnzxje3q3

  • What is the service or vendor?0z3qblflqxreqw50kx7rjenov8vb80ey
  • What URL do we use to access the account?ty8ki88mefduj0ji830owjkm4yvnt9rc
  • What login information (username) do we need?ybnqn4ggd1hyroxilj1auzqy474p1usq
  • Who has access to that information? Or Who uses this account regularly?9ss2vrsi123wlbcja8u8q5neeg52nmpn
  • What contact e-mail is associated with the account?2qfe2f3172puwfq1gw6ols3dnqoerwlk
  • Fee for service informationq3vk7abvo6uyml50tb6aj986mgeghz3x

DO NOT KEEP PASSWORDS AND LOGIN INFORMATION IN THE SAME DOCUMENT. Ever. End of story.y7p6nb2l21zjjxivqkrd7mzma4r2gzg5

<span class=Essential Account Informationtcxk2m54z4zjwhdlnsyv3n5m597ipiq9" border="10" />

Second, we record information about the data that is stored with each online account, including:1qcm12p49gnsdbuobjjmfaxf79teibfa

  • What kind of data is stored there, hosted data or analytics data?20llm59q05ajzjq3c89dfj94wy8mt71l
  • What data are stored there?qw0r9jykh8enp7mlpo9hd0efe7gn0ajg
  • Is it backed up?jcnmgoamnr030ti3wu3x8nbenyzimkyv
  • How is it backed up?ubsgou4oca5jcgf4l1xemtsvx80vrcvb
  • How often is it backed up?mresdhypzs8z5kb49o8tzgpb6y0pcl8p

For security, it is NOT a best practice to keep track of where the data is backed up in this document.smcy0u51gwd3u8p344qffebm5oq9j682

Account Data Information

Hosted and Analytics Data3lhaqih24xzj6dmmst2dsls3xysm6gnz

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.mvqst317flmtt3ikc0a5tumb56qvzvtb

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.ka51421iwma700ctl9q13brgrszdmzuw

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.fipcmvgyhwxn1sq8u8nh7vb18hmb07m6

Try It, You’ll Like Itgsxtpzi2r22e5i3nvfu87mnqxo2jtlqz

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.6esg50asnx7ikch0s5fcv0e6lvxosmlp

Get started with this templatepo0f8lcxx4c97kcgtu5ldr8vt2vfl0q1

Example of our Online Accounts Inventoryguu0tt7edureuuz6bznq2n5oxoliobuv

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.ip1gj3va7w5pp14hf2ri3xoslaw82zpb

Do you have another way that you keep track of online accounts? Share it with us!o2zmpg24o0ssf7jytiamjwt3k1na9lqo

(original) View 中文 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?u8sya6flcg50br1dwe3s9llw7dolbpxwHow Can We Make SSC Toolboxes More Valuable for You?

By Matt on June 8, 2012
(English → 中文) 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.e4m3f8qz3oo58ny7rrtxleystgxdc4wg

We love SSC toolboxesly5g9b2nr8nxi42szy37kh73cghra6zl

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.navwhlq1ls1qvtpl3kp04aqpilbzovd1

  • Add toolsn3jl1cd8fd3xxfp6ifbpy1wzsvw78pcm

    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.ku1vpuew20ie6muftr3n24le5ye4p6tz

  • Custom Descriptionsr6k81y8282yogmyz1gefjqcqpzh0n9x5

    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.y8cmsy04mysoldn4pyggik9c0s4otxdh

  • Custom Descriptions

     tgfneaxmbbly4lbzv6a7zcxcxk2ge0exm41u4vdbjyqrxchmx5pjt7zc8fn1djlqobp88zauitxripjz462j6gis6gzbsgq7

  • Add Resources & Documentationuhs3f4ndbzm3b0fjvh6vyotegys3kdq5

    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.cdbkwb9hhg4nkqgvhywfsajj3cdffhch

  • Add Feedsjpdx9e36njlfcq2ypn679esd5dzuekgo

    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.6632ted0jgkcqxmc5eqm18uomswj8wi5

  • Toolbox Share

     tgfneaxmbbly4lbzv6a7zcxcxk2ge0exm41u4vdbjyqrxchmx5pjt7zc8fn1djlqobp88zauitxripjz462j6gis6gzbsgq7

  • Share it with the worldnawk8igigqy5vfarqprfc3951zkntm07

    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.wavf8l9szp6wlmmvfaqn1mf7v1wozd8m

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changespn40hs4wasugqlykdsv8vv9qp4ddpae5

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?kku2v6395ss33j27x8zctpbpj6r333ed

What would YOU like to see in an SSC Toolbox redesign?x9vcezip8kxi4uglnpvswrvszdxjit55

 tgfneaxmbbly4lbzv6a7zcxcxk2ge0exm41u4vdbjyqrxchmx5pjt7zc8fn1djlqobp88zauitxripjz462j6gis6gzbsgq7

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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 Assetvxdx2rfr1khxc3q7h6h5lm9dwf17ibo4Data: Your Most Important Tech Asset

By Matt on June 1, 2012
(English → 中文) 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. crpqc7xi9dq9zxcfn6nfacvrm21hgx3jWhere 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.wxkyzui76nf6xj6lzqpct852g5y4f121

Data are Your Organization’s Lifeblood4fibyfbi7l5e57z65t6k0rb38oa4kr8f

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.nld122wp4dualbttyv8g05kw2qo8iuov

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.e4cekn8z6u2jb0mw5z67pn9gds196lea

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?spiy40nhwpa35nyi5sxraupmfc5270xp

Data are the real organizational assets.it9siojrtfd4jcxienesr7a45j5ofymn

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.hb60huncdua2z8jnrtsql74p7ls6odgw

WordpressSalesforce


Have a Data-Centric Technology Policy NOT Tool-Centric1jipq5csuhrinrm6nr9on42vy3k989n0

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.1xk6rvgx1yrkfiojs908z8tjnz6m4ebw

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. zhtfzyjqgsatsypq5u1z4lv79t6afay4But 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.”149cabrr21cd9v8zbnuj5n8z4oer4dyv

Think about Data When Choosing a New Toolaq3h8ujhgezh7plcqvg5uihybcswmeum

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:0cg36wt7crmk4iy74l1qhdqdh04ikf7b

  • Plan for the day when you need to switch tools or the tool you’re using breaksrgap4flf8man1vck1cnbn9hbn7inkgk1

    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?mnb0580utvx32mpgrs1rqtjeldnlg6tt

    What about if a tool choice you made turns out to be bad? How do you move your data from one tool to another?a0r6al77sz26rb3fm81u6sop3mvm6qb6

    Migration

     u5q9cdn796ip9uquf7gcgnkgicvai3h35pazswm4c8ols2gbbof98tor0azjjfje

  • Make sure the backup of essential data is a well-defined processtk8nfatytctpirdspmgvpau300qlqi1a

    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?or9xyl8ve4gnijq6f3uascv6g7djmqa1

  • Know the security and privacy implications for your data, your org AND more importantly your constituentsxv4kemi3th4qgd31cbyegq4mneq649os

    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.0wri9vn3hwrh98yueb85oekw1jah624x

  • Find out ownership terms for you dataoap6e9ugyielheubs99rmdprj91jeont

    Are your data really yours? What do the Terms of Service say about ownership?c5mtkm1sfm077l8s5p9vktu20ir3m9oo

Open Source Tools are a Data-Centric Org’s Best Friend29zy06biuzosmf45kxvg8p40p6m8lsje

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.yg0r0zqxx8b857z2swrwt9nlndso00ao

  • Open means transparent
    3bgencwrvuftddd0mb9zq7semlhoo19i
    OpenSource The nature of open source technology is that anyone can see how it works.hih7n5togmkrvm8xc9neb9byksmmkrir

    This means that every aspect of an open source tool is out in the open for the entire world to see.74bu3plwug8ctz4ari9izn2w9girksdh

    No backdoors installed for the government to snoop and no software developers coding secret pieces to gather data on your use.qaok7to398x8q2fx2kbe0jb6k0wdhvty

  • Not tied to one personeo47u7df8cjuxptexhbzxhgij84e6fba

    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.70va4e8j1yqx2po5wiiltsblxvmnzf2w

  • No profit motivevety99fvi2cjawkmryiprqyef4cpo02a

    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.btrqkqx7i2jg0teei7032743jq47c6ne

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.o0s0k1cmlc5vj3asq6e0595nhwrm7vdm

How Can Our Organization Get On Top of Our Data Management?cw7o7xjy2gazq96r33em3payy5z6ffvh

Ok, so now we’re all freaked out about tools throwing our data around.nuc1f2vhqyef2wkras8kyd8f8e01j7ax

What do we do about it?bqsp2yku7kj1a2z9nqqoxud9q593rbtt

  • Put together a “data inventory”46fj9ledv25gl6d9bv14rza7gd9ec266

    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:ca9n7mokrxaj0083p35pxu1m5jl1bkjd

    • Where are all the places your organization has data living?0npbvzvf8jw58o43l15tdbogmaul15kr
    • What data are stored there?t4c5k57gw2j42b1maqhrqy4fe1dg6gyp
    • Who has access?yhrtpiead5n7rzw3mnzv6xrrdalzvihj
    • Is it backed up?wj3uzyd1ql9062t5n2mnzshcx2x5wzri
    • How is it backed up?ph7oolokd3dxhnpnaqfkcwwr5swygp4w
    • How often is it backed up?
       u5q9cdn796ip9uquf7gcgnkgicvai3h35pazswm4c8ols2gbbof98tor0azjjfje
  • Back up your data!
     u5q9cdn796ip9uquf7gcgnkgicvai3h35pazswm4c8ols2gbbof98tor0azjjfje
  • Make sure that with each new tool adoption, you have a sense of how to get your data out of the toolef4bhni6x2rkgsvir2dqtw8i3gi0a3xe

Need a template? Here is deeper look into Creating an Online Accounts Inventory.zxs8denp40ftso8tuk5z1k6bimlcvgel

Data Trumps Tools Every Time3gfo85rpay22ljlmxkx8rq44er55x9uq

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.l85ot9tc2m7cprz2y9mzaiybly2e85zj

How do you prioritize data at your organization?zx7yu28rnwurqjuy781fdk0vk58u4vqt

 u5q9cdn796ip9uquf7gcgnkgicvai3h35pazswm4c8ols2gbbof98tor0azjjfje

(original) View 中文 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 Tools8m4baib9bl5kx5jq13no43ohtikddulcWall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend Tools

By Matt on May 2, 2012
(English → 中文) 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.wrru8jesg89u82ihfjcxn401membtirf

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.c7p320flg9f9zivrpstug4oqs1xvzoc2

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.ltjq0j6bum2ceb8mliefmhxoy7szg7ps

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.”bfeug2h1rhqgto4hi9ijsv745w55h9lj

What tools would you like to see that support your privacy online?u8nc1o1oj6d8yeifkzqbbnjcvmles5qd

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(original) View 中文 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 Updatedei8e30y4u5lb8a3zvxedw1m31go1zek3Facebook Page vs. Group Post Updated

By Matt on April 27, 2012
(English → 中文) 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” 🙂6a4gyaudegzv6k5w12benmh4yzey2ecy

Take a look at our updated chart below and click on it to get more details from the post47kp98uowg4rw00nsassgl4a23nzpifk

Facebook vs. Group Chart

(original) View 中文 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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