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THE SAME HEART follows a growing number of global economists, joining their voices with moral leaders of the world. They agree that an extremely small financial transaction tax, “The Robin Hood Tax,” could for the first time, place the needs of children at the heart of the global financial system.
Suggesting a sustainable approach, THE SAME HEART also follows a dynamic Kenyan community organizer who devotes his life to making programs work from the bottom up. He is our man in the trenches. In Geoffrey’s words …
It’s an approach for lasting change if we all come at it, from First World to Third with the same heart.
Here is the website of a documentary in progress called the Same Heart.
What makes it interesting is the intent and agenda of using the film as a starting point to build a community of interest and action around the subjects covered - looking at tangible, practical ways of ending poverty.
Disclosure - we at Content That Moves are involved in the development and production of this project.
The February 5 Technology Salon in New York City asked "What are the ethics in participatory digital mapping?" Judging by the packed Salon and long waiting list, many of us are struggling with thes...
Is digital mapping really about communities, or are we really just using communities as a backdrop to showcase our own innovation and coolness or that of our donors?
Mapping & mapping projects are one of my personal areas of interest - I'm hooked on the power of mapping as a way to visualize information. But this article raises valid, interesting points regarding the context this process can happen in.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.
IFAD's mission is to enable poor rural people to overcome poverty.
Working with poorrural people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing poor rural peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.
IFAD communications toolkit is a resource for development workers to communicate and share core messages on reducing rural poverty.
Are these stories important to tell? Yes. If done right, storytelling is public education that has the power to change societies.
Maybe sometimes we should be story facilitators and help others tell their own stories instead of doing it for them. Enter participatory storytelling, whereby participants learn about narrative and use technology to produce their own media. By giving them control, we get a genuine storyteller’s perspective, plus they’re empowered through participation, not representation—which is the only solution to marginalization anyway.
Presentation on leading practices for optimizing Facebook newsfeed posts.
Bottom line is you may have created a fantastic Facebook Brand Page, but numbers show that 90% of "fans" never revisit the page - they see what you post in their newsfeed. It follows that knowing how to optimise that content is crucial for maintaining engagement. This Slideshare presentation does a good job of highlighting an approach.
More and more companies are creating private social networks that help their employees learn from each other and drive the business forward. Here are tips from four companies that are finding success with internal social networks.
In this archive website, discover the legacy of international development NGO Panos London. Read, share and download its journalism and publications. Panos London is now closed.
Sadly, closed in 2012, the online archive of the Panos London site is still a great resource for tracking the evolution of community & capacity building projects instigated over the previous 26 years.
In the words of James Deane, Head of Policy BBC Media Action and a founder:
"Panos London led the way in highlighting the rapid spread of HIV in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world when few were paying attention. It advocated for the importance of developing-country-led thinking and analysis and in doing so, it played an essential part in changing the way that development is practised."
As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies to govern their use have become the new frontier. It can be difficult for organizations to find examples that fit their needs. A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis, freeing them up to think more strategically. But what’s involved in creating one?
As usual, the folks at socialbrite provide a really good in-depth look at how to go about things - always great articles.
Thriving Social Businesses strengthen the communities in which they operate. Sparked Community provides a turn-key solution for companies to leverage employee expertise to benefit strategic communities, such as nonprofits, educational institutions, and government. From their desks, employees can collaborate to provide quick expert solutions to the organizations they're passionate about.
Non-profits are utilizing Pinterest as an extension of their organizations, using photography, infographics and other visuals to show supporters more about their missions.
Pinterest's goal is to connect "people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests." Non-profits, then, can use the social site to connect people based on their social passions, and since non-profits work with and for the community, Pinterest can certainly come in handy.
The internet has opened up many possibilities for rights advocates. In order to make the best use of the online world for campaigning, advocates need to know what services are available, how they can benefit them, who owns them and the hidden dangers associated with them.
The Quick 'n' Easy Guide to Online Advocacy developed by Tactical Tech, aims to expose advocates to online services that are quick to use and easy to understand. The guide provides descriptions of online services including social networking sites, image and video hosting services, and services that enhance an organisations web presence.
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.
The Community Toolbox is an excellent resource of guides & case studies covering a wide range of Community Building scenarios -worth referring to...