Published by Peggy on 09 Apr 2010 at 05:16 pm
Social media is one powerful tool in the arsenal of the nonprofit. My second day at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) led me to a valuable panel by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, based off their upcoming book, The Networked Nonprofit.
The session was exciting, the room was packed and this was Beth‘s and Allison‘s first public appearance about their new book coming out soon: The Networked Nonprofit: Using Social Media to Power Social Networks For Change.
From discussing the importance of creating a social culture to sharing the three kinds of Networked Nonprofits (Transparent, Transactional, and Fortress), Beth and Allison emphasized that Networked Nonprofits are “simple and transparent organizations”.
In the session, the importance of transparency was naturally brought up. It was noted that overcoming the fear of opening up is the first step for an organization to become a networked nonprofit. The session also covered the need to address the concerns of employees or top management. Beth Kanter suggested that it was key to have those discussions in order to realize transparency.
So what did the audience have to say about the session on Twitter?
Takeaways from the Twittersphere
@starfocus What do nonprofits need to do less? WORRY- yes! The web is more forgiving than we realize! #networkednp #10ntc
@askdebra: Best line of #networkednp book: you have too much to do because you do too much! #10ntc
@sokunthea: simplicity: focus on what do you best, network the rest #networkednp #10ntc
@neilpaynedc Takeaway from #networkednp explore sr staff skepticism, ask 4 volunteers, focus more on tasks in mtgs, spark debate w posts
@jenniferkonig One small step to become a networked nonprofit: ask your FB fans to post your message as their status update. It works! #10ntc #networkednp
@megkroeplin what could you do less of? meetings! #networkednp #NTC10
@GlobalGiving: Thoughts on simplicity: “You have too much to do because you do too much.” -@kanter #10ntc #networkednp
Other blog posts about the session and the book
The Networked Nonprofit – #10NTC by Amy Sample Ward
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