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Archived Since:May 26, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

Five notes on digital social activism

I'm running faster than I can (I broke my foot and am in a boot, so actually I can't run very fast right now). I just realized with all the writing I've been doing, I haven't been blogging. So - a few quick thoughts: (Photo from 1. Show More Summary

Data, digital and change - four items of note

I've been either head down or on the run so I haven't blogged much in the last few weeks. Here are a few things of note:1. New Markets for Good website - worth checking out the new column from Beth Kanter, some posts which will be coming...Show More Summary

Foreword to Building a Beloved Community

The Funders for Black Male Achievement's new report, Building a Beloved Community, is an inspiring, thoughtful, and strategic piece that applies to a much broader array of funders than might see it. I'm taking this opportunity to highlight...Show More Summary

Sharing Data

I wrote this about the SHARE Conference. Here's Beth Kanter's on the same conference, and here's a great post from TechSoup. Here's part of a twitter exchange Beth and I had across the plenary sessions: I wrote my post in the middleShow More Summary

SHARE 2014

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week saw 400 folks crammed into San Francisco's Marine Memorial Auditorium for the first (and I'm sure it won't be the last) SHARE Conference - focused on catalyzing the sharing economy. It was co-hosted...Show More Summary

Building a Beloved Community

There's a new report out from the funders focusing on black male achievement - it's called Building a Beloved Community. (pdf) It presents valuable strategic options that should matter to all funders, including: Now is the time to focus on changing narratives that have been built on decades of deficit thinking. Show More Summary

Civil society is missing the boat on the issues that matter

(Note added as I finished drafting this: it feels like groundhog day. How many times have I written a version of this?) For years now, I've been reading articles and books on the transformative effects of digital on business and on government. Show More Summary

Talent for good

Last year the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and White House Office of Social Innovation, with help from LinkedIn, GuideStar, the Foundation Center and Palantir, hosted a GoodJobs CodeJam, where we supported student teams in using open data to create technological tools that would help students build careers in the social sector. Show More Summary

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