A Broad Facebook page
How do I use social media?
Fan page on Facebook
I use my fan page to post links to online resources I've developed or revised, resources or information I think would be of valuable to nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government-based community programs and other mission-based organizations, as well as information related to engaging volunteers, humanitarian / development / aid, communications, tech4good, ICT4D, Free & Open Source technologies (particularly those that can benefit nonprofits, NGOs and government programs) . I also note here when I have published a new blog, published a new Tech4Impact newsletter, upload a new video, It can be anywhere from 1 to 5 posts a day. If you follow me on Twitter, you won't see much different information on Facebook from me.
You can also subscribe to this Facebook fan page via RSS:
My @jcravens42 Twitter feed
This is my primary social media and online community interaction. My tweets, and those I follow, are regarding nonprofits and NGOs, engaging volunteers, humanitarian / development / aid, communications, tech4good, women & girls, Afghanistan, ICT4D, Free & Open Source technologies (particularly those that can benefit nonprofits, NGOs and government programs) and parks / tourism for development (development in the sense of community and human development). I also post about updates to my web site and new blog posts, interact with other Twitter users and participate in Tweetchats. I can post or retweet up to 50 things in an entire day (particularly when I'm participating in a tweet chat). But tweets are quite staggered. If I already follow you on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn, or already subscribe to your email newsletter, and your Twitter feed is pretty much just a regurgitation of those, then I won't follow you on Twitter (and that's not a criticism! Just means I don't want to muddle up my Twitter feed with information I already get elsewhere). Keywords I follow on Twitter:
(Thursday Tweet chat re: volunteer engagement)
I blog regarding nonprofits and NGOs and all organizations that serve people rather than profits, engaging volunteers, humanitarian / development / aid, communications, tech4good, women & girls, Afghanistan, and parks / tourism for development (development in the sense of community and human development). I also sometimes post about traveling and causes I personally support. You can follow this blog via RSS, like me on Facebook, or add me to a circle on GooglePlus, or follow me on Twitter to know when I upload something new.
Me on YouTube
There's not much here. Just two professional videos, and two videos of my dog Albi. More in 2012! To know when I update my YouTube channel, subscribe to any of the aforementioned social media feeds.
This Facebook fan page is where I follow USA state parks, national parks, national forests, and organizations focused on sustainable tourism, getting children, women and under-represented groups outdoors, and related international organizations and sites. My travel-related tweets from the my jayne_a_broad twitter feed (see below) get posted here automatically. It's about learning and sharing regarding tourism as a tool for economic and community development - and the importance of travel for our personal and educational growth.
My @jayne_a_broad Twitter feed
This Twitter feed is focused on my experiences traveling, camping, riding my motorcycle or my bicycle, taking mass transit (buses and trains), commuting by walking or bicycling, and various other mostly-personal interests, including politics. If you are a woman motorcyclist, a non-spandex-wearing bicycle commuter or girlie-bike rider, an international adventure or budget traveler, a motorcycle traveler, a mass transit advocate, or a writer or researcher regarding any of these subjects, you might enjoy this Twitter feed. It's about learning and sharing regarding tourism as a tool for economic and community development - and the importance of travel for our personal and educational growth.
Tech4Impact email newsletter
Even with all of the various social media out there, some people still prefer email communications. That's why I still publish my Tech4Impact email newsletter. It comes out once a month, and has more than 800 subscribers. It focuses on at least one resource related to technology and nonprofits, and then lists all of the blog subjects that have been posted since the last issue.
A Broad Facebook page
Online Discussion Groups
There are MANY online discussion groups relating mission-based/public sector management, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, computers and their effect on communities, net activism, volunteerism, etc. Some are on web-based platforms, like YahooGroups, GoogleGroups or a platform of their own, or are via email, like on a ListServ or Majordomo software, and most are a combination of the two (with subscribers having the power to receive messages either via email or via the web, as they like). Below are the groups I frequent.
Digital Inclusion (was the Digital Divide Network)
An email-based discussion group to discuss the wide range of issues related to bridging the digital divide and access to online resources. Join here.
A free online community for people involved in international development. The Community is web-based, but members can also choose to receive email notifications from the site when new content is added (and can also post messages to group discussions by email). Eldis is an online effort that shares full-text documents free to download, subject-focused guides, country profiles, email newsletters on 35 topics, newsfeeds, and other information to help those working in development policy, practice and research.
Un espacio en red de intercambio de experiencias, información, reflexión y buenas prácticas de voluntariado.
Discussion for projects, agencies and initiatives that use ICT to help in managing relief, recovery & rehabilitation efforts in disaster or post-conflict areas.
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
ISTR is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector. ISTR reflects the growing worldwide interest in Third Sector research and provides a permanent forum for international research, while at the same time building a global scholarly community in this field.
Online Volunteering (in German only)
This is a German-language online discussion group (no English!) for organizations in Germany (and, I guess, any German-speakers anywhere) who use the Internet, or want to use the Internet, to recruit, involve or support volunteers. I suspect that basic discussions about volunteer management in general will also come up, since there is no other online group that discusses this.
I often get asked where online volunteering is headed. I think the peek into the future is via NetSquared - so much so that I dedicated an entire page on my own site to its efforts. The organizations posting here rarely talk about volunteers by name (instead, they talk about community involvement, client interaction, citizen engagement, constituent relationships, etc. -- which, ofcourse, means volunteering!), but the tools and methods they talk about are, to me, the future of volunteerism. The conversations can be highly "techie", but the group is mostly very kind to people who ask for clarifications.
OZVPM - Australasian Volunteer Management
Questions, resources and some healthy debate about volunteerism in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and throughout the broader Australasian region. To join, visit the OZVPM web site or send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information of interest to those who work with nonprofit organizations and NGOs to help them with computer issues. Not a discussion group, but open to members to post announcements. To join, visit riders news web site.
A "lively, friendly and participative" networking and communication resource for all Volunteer Programme Managers working in the United Kingdom. UKVPMs mission is to increase the scope, scale and quality of both voluntary activity and the management of volunteers, by bringing Volunteer Programme Managers together in a virtual community to develop their skills and knowledge for the purpose of taking action towards our common goals. To subscribe, visit the web site or send a blank e-mail to:
You can find an Internet discussion group for just about any subject or geographic area (and if you cannot find such, why not start your own? I think YahooGroups is the best free platform out there, by far). For advice on how to find such groups, and how to learn to participate in online groups, see this resource, The dynamics of online culture & community.
Also see what blogs are in my RSS reader
Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
available for purchase as a paperback & an ebook from Energize, Inc.
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