Nonprofit Reading Reflection

22 03 2012

Nonprofit Plan

Before diving into my reflection and opinions about all of the readings we had for the week, I do want to quickly cover what my plan is for the 2nd half of the semester. Jason Bedsaul invited me to join him and Kyle Locket to develop a campaign related to  President Obama with the upcoming presidential election. Jason said he is currently working with Dr. Brooks on the whole idea, but I personally love it.  Everything is still in the infancy stage, but I have a feeling it will quickly develop and we can get rolling.

Integrating Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0

I absolutely agree that it is essential to have a solid balance of Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 to achieve the best ROI (specifically for nonprofit functions). I firmly believe that the three types of Web use cannot exist mutually exclusive of each other in this situation (and many others). By using the static and mobile web as well as social media, you are changing the single-direction method of communication to a large web of networked and integrated media. It all works together hand-in-hand to create the best ROI.

The Networked Nonprofit – Chapters 1 and 2

I like the concept of “Networked Nonprofits don’t work heard or longer than other organizations, they work differently” as stated in the 1st chapter. Their focus is on maintaining and building networked relationships using “lots of conversations” – nice. That’s how this world works nowadays, and it’s nice to see these people on board. I also agree with the myths that the 1st chapter addressed – especially the myth that f-2-f interaction isn’t important anymore, because it still very much is!!

The three categories of social media tools integral to nonprofits is a helpful guide as well:

1. Conversation starters like blogs, YouTube, and Twitter.

2. Collaboration tools including wikis and Google Groups.

3. Network builders like social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

Tech Soup

The article I read was about using the Cloud for nonprofit organization.  I have used Google Docs before out of requirement from classes, but I have not yet approached using the Internet as a “hard drive” for group work. Sometimes we’ve used Blackboard as a sorta-cloud, but it has always been pretty unorganized. The article was brief and precise, listing a few pros and cons – the greatest con being…if you don’t have Internet access at the time, you’re SOL. When considering the collaboration I will have with my group, method of file exchange and sharing is something we will need to look at, and using the Cloud is a good option.

FINAL THING!!!

On SUNDAY, MARCH 25th at 4:30PM at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH (NC), NDSU’s newest Christian ministry, Ignite, will have their “pre-launch” worship event. I have been working as a leader of Ignite for the entire year, and we are officially launching in the Fall of 2012. I encourage anyone to come check it out, no matter where you may be in your faith.

Also, you can check out (and “like”) our Facebook page (I am building the real website before fall. This is what we have for now). All the information is there.

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