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Let’s Talk About Networked Nonprofits: TechSoupGlobal Book Party

Networked Nonprofit

Marnie Webb and Charlene Li: Two of My Social Media Role Models

Today Allison Fine and I celebrated the launch of the Networked Nonprofit at TechSoup Global in the space where Netsquared Meetups take place.   I got to snap this photo of  two women, Marnie Webb and Charlene Li, who have greatly influenced my work over the past 5-10 years.   It was fantastic to connect with colleagues in SF, almost like a family reunion.   Finally, people really wanted to dig in and discuss the big ideas in the book!

Having the party at TechSoupGlobal meant a lot to me.   I’ve been a long-time member of the community  — and have had the pleasure of working with Susan Tenby, Rachel WeidingerEvonne Heyning, Rebecca WiegandErica Lorraine Scheidt, and many others.  Most importantly,  the vision that Marnie Webb had over five years ago called Netsquared inspired me to keep blogging and explore social media and nonprofits.   The TechSoup Global model is on so many levels a Networked Nonprofit.  Both Allison Fine and I are truly blessed to have such gracious and supportive colleagues and friends at TechSoup.

I’ve been following Charlene Li’s work since I heard her keynote at the BlogHer 2005 conference.   She launched a book last month, Open Leadership.   If you look at Amazon’s recommendation engine, customers who purchased her book also purchased The Networked Nonprofit.    There’s a reason for that as Holly Ross at NTEN writes in this blog post about how NTEN is applying the principles of Open Leadership.   Buy Charlene Li’s book (along with ours) – it is important for nonprofit leaders too!

Craig Newmark blurbed our book!

It was great to see Craig Newmark and exchange #squirrel greeting in real time.   (And I promise you this reference to Up does have a connection to the Networked Nonprofit, but I’ll save that for my presentation at CraigsList Nonprofit Bootcamp in August.)

The discussion about Networked Nonprofits was rich.   A couple points that stood out:

  • Amy Gahran asked a great question about mobile phones and Networked Nonprofits.  Couldn’t resist some public network weaving and put Ben Rigby on the spot to answer it.   Amy almost didn’t make to the party because her firmware upgrade too forever!   This seems to be theme in Amy’s life
  • David Geilhufe asked for a case study where free agents have successfully worked with Fortresses.   Here’s where we acknowledged that change takes time!  Here’s where I shared why I like blogging.    David, to answer your question, here’s an unfolding story.
  • We were asked a great question about how The Networked Nonprofit and Social Media relevant to those who don’t have Internet access.   I got share a wonderful story about Pratham Books.   Small world.
  • Got to do some networking and catchup.  I learned that  Chris Heuer is working on some great educational projects.  Chris gave me the opportunity to be a social media tourist and I’ll never forget it.

It was great to see/meet Dorothy Hearst, Dien Yuen, Matt Sharp, Sandee Smith, Meg Garlinghouse, Joni Podolsky, Cathryn Hrudicka, Amy Luckey,  Shradha, Dani Scoville, Adnan Mahmud, Judith Copeland, Jeanne Ray, and others whose names I’m not remembering because I am tired and wasn’t live tweeting or blogging this event – so please forgive me.

I’m headed to the East Coast in the morning for another week of book launch events – see you there!   For those of you who want discuss The Networked Nonprofit, SocialEdge is hosting a book blog and discussion over the next couple of weeks.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Beth,

    It was a pleasure to attend the launch event and listen to all of the great ideas voiced by everyone in the room.

    More than happy to provide some pro bono ads on the DoGood Audience Network to help promote your book and drive some traffic to the online retail page. Please send me an email if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity.

    All the best,

    -/ Charles Baker
    charles at dogoodhq.com
    http://dogoodhq.com

    Pro bono ads are available for non-profits and social ventures in general. All are welcome to inquire. Cheers.

  2. Susan Tenby says:

    Thanks for having your party at our office, Beth! It has been a pleasure working with you over the past 5 or so years. I remember when we launched TechSoup, back in 2000, I referred to your Spider School site for a number of articles, so you have been a nonprofit tech role model, teacher and mentor to me for over a decade. I will do my level best to help get the word out about your book, as every nonprofit needs to know what you and Alison are writing about. If you are ever free (God knows when that will be!), please stop by for a coffee and a chat.

    Best,

    Susan

  3. Matt Sharp says:

    Your book is an excellent distillation of concepts and examples that will really help the whole nonprofit sector understand and use the power of social media.

    Thanks for letting us all join in the fun!

  4. marnie webb says:

    Beth,

    It was great to get to host the party in our offices. But, even more, I’m looking forward to the conversation and real world change that are powered by the book.

  5. Hi Beth,

    The book party was awesome and I am so glad I was able to attend it – learnt lots of interesting things, in addition to meeting several really interesting people.

    I have started reading the book and am learning so much!! Will keep you posted on what we apply to our own organization and the results.

    Best,
    Shradha

    PS: Was touched the mention in your post. Thanks so much.

  6. Hi Beth,

    The book party was awesome and I am so glad I was able to attend it – learnt lots of interesting things, in addition to meeting several really interesting people.

    I have started reading the book and am learning so much!! Will keep you posted on what we apply to our own organization and the results.

    Best,
    Shradha

    PS: Was touched by the mention in your post. Thanks so much.