October 12, 2009

The Extraordinaries: Building the ‘micro-volunteering’ movement

by JD Lasica

At Net Tuesday last month and the recent gathering of social change organizations at Chronicle Books, both in San Francisco, participants heard from Jacob Colker, co-founder and CEO of The Extraordinaries about their ambitious effort to kick-start a “micro-volunteering” movement of people who help worthwhile causes in their spare time through the use of their mobile devices. Who knew that … Continue reading

October 8, 2009

How social media can give a face to the homeless

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Guest post by Kari Dunn Saratovsky Case Foundation Armed with just $45, a laptop, and a small handheld camera, Mark Horvath set out on a journey that will forever change the face of homelessness in America. I had the opportunity to catch up with Mark as he made his way back to California following a cross country-road trip that documented stories … Continue reading

September 15, 2009

Toward a Web of open video

by JD Lasica

Toward open video on the Web from JD Lasica on Vimeo. A few weeks ago, before and after the Open Video conference at NYU, I sketched out the proposition that open video is a requirement for an open Web in two posts: The promise of open source video and Boxee and the promise of open media. By some estimates, 90 … Continue reading

September 11, 2009

Matt Mullenweg on the state of WordPress

by JD Lasica

Matt Mullenweg on the state of WordPress from JD Lasica on Vimeo. At WordCamp San Francisco a few weeks ago, I managed to get a few minutes alone with Matt Mullwenweg, co-founder, chief coder and “Head of Bug Creation” for WordPress. (I self-host Socialbrite and Socialmedia.biz with code from WordPress.org; others use WordPress.com to host their blog.) In this 5 … Continue reading

September 8, 2009

eduFire: Real-time Web learning

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Guest post by Katrina Heppler envisionGood.tv Want to learn a foreign language from the comfort of your home? Want to meet up with fellow students around the world? Or are you a teacher or trainer who wants to share your knowledge for a fee in an online setting with live interaction? In this 4:50 video interview, founder and CEO Jon … Continue reading

September 3, 2009

Ethics, human rights and social activism

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What are our ethical responsibilities when recording video of people under oppression? Guest post by Sam Gregory Witness.org In June, my colleague Sameer Padania and I were part of a panel at the Open Video Conference in New York City on Human Rights, Indigenous Media and Open Video. We used the opportunity to launch what will be a continuing effort … Continue reading