Each week, Social Actions community members post links and news about online social activism and we share these links in the form of a "Roundup." This week's round-up is a couple days early and is a "mini-edition" - as a lot's been going on in the world of Social Actions and the team is taking a long weekend to rest and rejuvenate. Enjoy!
1 - Philanthropy 2173: Mobile texting moves to Mobile Volunteering
Lucy Bernholz introduces and shares the potential of TheExtraordinaires - a tool that's under development and will enable you to volunteer via you cell phone.
Note: TheExtraordinaires is also seeking an iPhone coder (and launched a cool video to boot)
2 - PhilanthropoMedia: Hewlett's Paul Brest Advocates for On-Line Giving Markets (Hat-tip to Tom Watson)
"The sector and its investors could strongly benefit from a robust giving marketplace that would enable folks to give based on what a nonprofit does rather than who its staff and board members know. But years of trying and millions later, it is a vision that has yet to be achieved."
3 - SocialMedia.Biz: Toward a philanthropic Web
Exciting reflections from JD Lasica on the future of the philanthropic web (and how it's already here)
4 - Change.org Social Entrepeneurship: Y-Combinator for Africa?
Nathaniel Whittemore shares and reflects on Erik Hersman's idea that a Y-Combinator approach of small funds and strong mentorship to startup development in Africa could be huge!
5 - SoCap08: SoCap08 Blog Round-up
A round up of the various blog posts on SoCap2008 from around the web. (Hat tip: Tactical Philanthropy)
6 - CauseWired: Free Copies!
"We’re closing out our program to provide free advance/review copies to bloggers - so get your requests in asap for a copy of CauseWired."
Amazee just launched a dual program -- dubbed "Amazee Camp" and "Amazee Bucket" -- devoted to supporting organizations to break into the online world and to develop and share best practices in social collaboration.
8 - Blog Action Day: Wrap Up
BlogActionDay re-launches their site - devoted to a roundup of the Oct. 15th event. With video, top posts, orgs, and more.
9 - Have Fun Do Good: Do Something Now Challenge
"For almost two months, Do Something, an organization that helps young people make a difference, has been hosting the Do Something Challenge. To participate in the Challenge, young people recruit friends from their community to receive volunteer opportunities via text on their cell phone."
"OMAoG is not about overhauling your life; it’s about one act from each individual amassing to a million. Partnering with CBC, and demonstrating the power of the "Human Network" Cisco, through their technology, is helping to create powerful connections for the sake of the planet, one act at a time. (Hat tip - Romina Oliverio)
"Under a new plan United Ways nationwide have shifted their priorities, leaving some long-time partners out in the cold...United Ways now focus on specific problems, such as fighting poverty, improving Americans’ health, and keeping kids in school, and reward charities that demonstrate progress in achieving those aims." From Sean Stannard-Stockton: "My take is that the United Way's destination is a good one, but it will be a bumpy riding getting there."
12 - NetSquared: ReplyForAll Opens up to All Nonprofits
Reply for All is a Firefox Extension that enables you to fund raise for your favorite nonprofit just by using your email.
13 - IdeaBlob final round voting is now open!
You can now vote for your favorite project to win $10,000! Among the projects include the new social action platform Lend4Health (previously covered on the Social Actions blog here) Also Nate Ritter and team's upcoming CrisisWire - for disaster information in real-time.
14 - Reminder: Nov. 1st is the deadline to apply to the Knight News Challenge for $5MM in funding to support projects that empower local communities around news, discourse, and community discussion. (Hat tip to Susan Mernit)