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Filed Under:Industries / NGOs & Nonprofits
Posts on Regator:302
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Archived Since:May 26, 2011

Blog Post Archive

New questions for nonprofits and philanthropy

Among other things, the digital age is bringing us new kinds of nonprofits. I've been talking about this for several years, using examples of the Internet Archive, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Wikimedia Foundation as "anchor institutions" of digital civil society. Show More Summary

Three kinds of code

Imagine it's 1913. John D Rockefeller has gone to the U.S. Congress to charter an innovative new philanthropic enterprise. He's been turned down. He turns instead to the State of New York, which says yes, and the modern philanthropic...Show More Summary

Nonprofits and Cybersecurity

Today's New York Times reveals that the folks who hacked the website of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, also hacked the website and account of the bank's affiliated charity arm - the Chase Corporate Challenge.In July,...Show More Summary

Data, Work, and the Social Sector

(photo from Organizations that support nonprofits in the U.S. are quick to point out the contribution these organizations make to the economy. $1 trillion in assets, $2 trillion...Show More Summary

Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy

Thrilled to see this new report from New Philanthropy Capital - Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy. (photo and report: of my partners in the upcoming Blueprint 2015 - betterplace lab - is featured as one of the innovations. Show More Summary

Ethics of Data Conference - First Quick Summary

The #Eod14 Conference was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated. We're still decoding, transcribing, and following up so a more formal synthesis is still to come. But in the meantime: The conference encouraged real work. One...Show More Summary

Apple's Watch and the Ethics of Data

Apple made big news this week with the announcement of its new phones with mobile payment built in and it's new watch, which seems to be a platform for everything from telling you the time to heartbeat sharing (?!)Much has been written...Show More Summary

Why focus on civil society and data?

This is the third of a three-part series leading up to the Ethics of Data in Civil Society Conference at Stanford on September 15-16. Big data and government. Big data and business. Big data and consumers.Why are we focused on data and...Show More Summary

What codes inform our work with digital data?

This is the second of a three-part series on the ethics of data in civil society, leading up the Stanford Conference on September 15-16.Ethical codes abound - here's a list of just a few of them with relevance to how nonprofit organizations or private action for the public benefit. Show More Summary

Why "ethics" of digital data?

This is the first of three posts leading up to the Ethics of Data Conference at Stanford. I've posted some earlier thoughts here. In early August, the New York Times ran a "Room for Debate" series about big data. Over the course of a...Show More Summary

Cases for Discussion - data, ethics, and civil society

Last year when I wrote the Blueprint 2014 I included a few scenarios regarding nonprofits, foundations and the uses of digital data (see pages 22-23).Now we're on the brink of hosting an entire conference on the Ethics of Data in Civil Society.We're pulling together resources from the field and from scholars. Show More Summary

A new calculus for civil society

In the analog era, when you took action for social good the math was relatively straightforward; 1 action = some result.It might have been a 1:1 relationship: 1 donation = 1 meal.It might have been more than that: 1 volunteer act = multiple...Show More Summary

The last 20 years and the next 20 years

I had a great conversation this morning with Sara Davis at the Hewlett Foundation. It led to these two napkin sketches of the past and the future of organizational structures - what do you think?The last 20 years in nonprofits and foundations: The next 20 years in nonprofits and foundations

Opting in in digital civil society

One of the defining features of civil society, the independent sector, the nonprofit and philanthropic sector or whatever you want to call that participation is voluntary. Giving your time or money is your own choice. Partaking...Show More Summary

Ethics and the Age of Digital Assumption

It turns out that Facebook is manipulating your news feed and OK Cupid is playing with your heart.Neither of these digital algorithmic head games came as a surprise to folks in the digital know, but that doesn't make them OK.And they...Show More Summary

#DetroitWater - Part Two

A few days ago I posted about #DetroitWater. I had sent off an email to the creators before posting, and when I didn't hear back in a day I went ahead and posted the blog with the questions. I think my emails got buried in the flood of attention they've been receiving. Show More Summary

#DetroitWater - a sign of things to come?

Here's a website that allows anyone to pay the water bill (or part of the bill) owed by someone in Detroit. Lest we grow complacent, allow me to point out several noteworthy - dare I say, almost astonishing - things about this from the...Show More Summary

Digital Civil Society - Infographic (take 2)

Thanks for feedback on yesterday's attempt at visual representation of digital civil society. Here's an updated graphic thanks to your input.More feedback welcome.

Digital civil society - the infographic

I spend a lot of time trying to explain what I mean by digital civil society.Does this help?

What are nonprofits for?

What are nonprofits for?This seems like a question that used to have an easy answer - they are tax-exempt organizations that provide services, from education to art to meals; they offer a place for ideological, ethnic or other minority...Show More Summary

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