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Archived Since:May 26, 2011

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Blueprint 2018 is live!

Blueprint 2018: Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society is now available for free download. Get yours here.And if you just want the buzzwords, the Chronicle of Philanthropy has them here. We'll be doing a free webinar discussion on the predictions in January - register here.

Does journalism's past hold clues to nonprofits' futures?

The last fifteen years have been hard on journalism. Revenue models have been upended. Readers rely on digital platforms that introduce a slew of liminal factors that shape how we see the news. Public policy about media ownership has changed significantly. Show More Summary

Why history helps

I'm trained as an historian though I spend more time writing about the present and the future than I do in the archives (speaking of which, Blueprint 2018 will be live on December 13)Learning from the past is key. It's how I understand the present and the future and it's how I find hope when it seems like current events are rushing us over the edge. Show More Summary

Laundering away democracy

Representative Kevin Brady’s Amendment to the House’s tax bill is the charitable sector equivalent of military equipment that Congress insists on budgeting for even when the Pentagon says “No, thanks.”Brady’s Amendment allows nonprofit organizations to engage in political speech without penalty. Show More Summary

Civil society and disinformation

We live in an age of disinformation. Lies under oath, lies on line, bot-spread fake news, the inability to tell fact from advocacy, trolling, doxing, online/offline harassment - this is the atmosphere in which civil society actors - organizations, activists, and individuals - operate. Show More Summary

Engine of Impact

Let me say, right up front, I am not a fan of business books. I find the genre stultifyingly dull. Often entire books are written from what was, at best, a very brief PowerPoint's worth of ideas. The authors often seem uninterested in,...Show More Summary

Why nonprofits should not depend on any single tech provider

Free is good, right? It's certainly a very attractive price to nonprofit organizations, which are always, shall we say, "resource constrained." (read: broke)There are lots of reasons to be wary of free, but I'm not going to go into all...Show More Summary

What did silicon valley do to democracy and the media

I'm delighted to be moderating this conversation with Nate Persily and Franklin Foer.Join us - November 13, Stanford University.More information is here.

Ethical tech adoption in civil society

Most digital technologies are designed by, or at least brought to mass adoption by, commercial enterprises. This is often, but not always done, on the back of government funded infrastructure or research. Civil society, which existsShow More Summary

U.S. nonprofits under attack

Are you still trying to make sense of how digital tools facilitate efforts to shut down civil society? Read this for my quick primer on how this works. There will be a lot more in the Blueprint 2018 - coming on December 14.And here's...Show More Summary

Racism, white supremacy, and civil society

This letter, titled White People Show Us, from Angela Glover Blackwell and Michael McAfee of PolicyLink makes central what many would prefer to push aside. Racism is a problem created by white people. People of color suffer, but white people are the ones who created it, benefit from it, perpetuate it, and, I believe, also suffer from it. Show More Summary

Aliging your tech with your mission (graphic)

Yesterday I wrote about aligning your organization's tech with your mission and values. This has to do with making sure that your organizational approaches to privacy, consent, sharing, data use, etc. carry through from your board through to your software licenses. Show More Summary

Aligning organizational technology with mission

The liminal space where two or more culturescollide is often painfully obvious to those who are not part of the mainstream group and an invisible, unfelt line for those on the side with power. The edges where the two meet, or the quickness...Show More Summary

Eight years of #blueprints

Hey, check this out - The full #blueprint series to-date - all eight years - all in one place - free for downloading.And yes, it's time to start thinking about number 9. I'll be working on #blueprint18 starting now. Please send buzzwords, trends, predictions etc. to me via twitter (@p2173) or in the comments.

How digital threatens civil society

(Photo: Governments around the world are shutting down civic space. They do this in a variety of ways for any number of reasons. Show More Summary

Internet Health and Civil Society

(photo credit: Our behavior is changing the climate and our planet is in danger. Weather patterns are changing. Climate induced refugees are on the rise. We know this. Even those (the few,...Show More Summary

Refugee tech and a future of resilience

I'm just back from a series of Digital Impact events in Brussels, London and Berlin. This is part of a multi-country learning effort I'm leading through the Digital Civil Society Lab and with local partners in each host city.We're documenting that work here. Show More Summary

Assume digital - and question your tools

Assume digital. This is the first thing I say to people when doing presentations about Digital Civil Society. Digital data and infrastructure are here to stay and we have to learn how they work - and adapt our practices to protect our...Show More Summary

When the government attacks nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are institutional manifestations of the desire of a group of people coming together to use their private resources and address a problem or a need they care about. This is true if you are the world's biggest foundation, the neighborhood food bank, or a group of protestors. Show More Summary

Where and how do we give for good?

When we "assume digital," we recognize that the data sources for understanding how people use money to support change are quite numerous. In addition to making sense of formally reported information from organizations, we should look...Show More Summary

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