Until recently, i had strongly resisted using this technology for fear of infringement on my privacy. But few weeks ago, we launched a new website for our organization and started a blog page which was linked to face-book . That forced me to sign up on facebook and thus began my journey with [...]
Four days on, perhaps, the most beautiful site of the Italian Lakes – one would be hard pressed to turn down such a trip regardless of purpose. Craft the occasion as an opportunity for 10 leaders in non-profit tech and innovation to collaborate and serve 12 of the world’s most passionate social entrepreneurs and you have [...]
Phew. What a weekend.
I’ve met some brilliant people, learnt about some fantastic projects from around the world and picked up some killer Californian phrases.
My main take-aways (sorry, ‘ahas’) have been all about the need to make technology work for you. If you’re not clear about what you’re trying to achieve, it doesn’t matter how much [...]
Given the opportunity to travel to Bellagio to meet with amazing social entrepreneurs and experienced technical practitioners, I did not hesitate to jump on board. While the power of an event around using social media for social innovation was obviously critical to the scaling up of the invited Fellows’ work, it gave Ashoka the unique [...]
I came to Bellagio with a vague vision of how the relationship between communities and individuals living in housing crisis could be transformed through social networks. I’m leaving with a strategy for implementing that idea, a set of tools to work through it, and a network of brilliant people to collaborate with along the way. [...]
I have learned so much: first, that before we worry about the use of social media, we need to get sharper on how we’re stating the problem we’re trying to solve. The rigorous questions of colleagues brought me to the first truly clear statement of what we’re trying to accomplish to support the “100,000 Homes” [...]
At the meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, I found a very inspirational and creative environment to learn, share and prepare the next steps of my work. During three days I learned concrete and valuable social media tools with a lot of potential to enhance my capacity to promote policy change and citizen participation in Ecuador. [...]
I’ve run and consulted for non-profits for 8 years and am embarrassed to admit I’ve never understood the nuts and bolts of social media very well. I’ve been intimidated to dive in, have relied on others, and as a result we’ve missed opportunities to fully sync and amplify our grassroots strategies with these promising new [...]
Thanks to the kind invitation from Common Ground and the support provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, I am glad to have spent the past three (3) days at the foundation’s Bellagio Centre in Italy. Discussing tools that have proved useful for my work at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), the added advantage of a fantastic group of Ashoka Fellows [...]
When I got here on Thursday, I have a vague idea of social network and its impact. I was very sceptical as my past experience and what is currently happening at the office left a bitter taste in my mouth. I did not fully understand the purpose behind social media. I had an idea of [...]