April 17, 2009

Maplight shines a light on politics & money

by JD Lasica

Maplight: shining a light on politics and money from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Sean Tanner, research director of MAPLight.org, talks about how the organization provides transparency to the political donations system through widgets that tap into pubic information databases. We spoke at the NetSquared conference in San Jose, Calif., in May 2008, where MAPLight won top honors in 2007. Maplight … Continue reading

April 12, 2009

Buy on eBay to help your favorite cause

by JD Lasica

eBay Giving Works from JD Lasica on Vimeo. At the first Awareness2Action gathering in San Francisco in August 2008 I heard about eBay’s Giving Works program, which has raised $150 million for charitable causes on eBay over its first five years. These folks rock! I swung down to eBay headquarters in San Jose a few weeks later and chatted with … Continue reading

April 12, 2009

Advancing social causes on campus

by JD Lasica

Aden Van Noppen of Brown University discusses a youth initiative and campus engagement strategy, supported by the Acumen Fund, to involve college students in social causes. The initiative is focused on how finance and business can be used as a tool for social impact in fighting poverty and advancing other social causes — and making students aware of it. We … Continue reading

April 6, 2009

Drupal’s founder on open-source publishing

by JD Lasica

Drupal: open-source publishing from JD Lasica on Vimeo. I finally had the chance to sit down with Dries Buytaert, founder and creator of Drupal, the open source content management system that is now powering tens of thousands of websites, including The Onion, Firefox sites, Sony Music artists (see myplay.com) and many others. Also spent time with Jay Batson, co-founder of … Continue reading

April 2, 2009

Comparing Terms of Service at video sites

by JD Lasica

Target group: Cause organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, educators, students, businesses, general public Drop down to see: YouTube   Blip.tv   Ourmedia   Internet Archive   Yahoo Video   Revver   Google Video   Metacafe   DoGooder TV Many organizations and users don’t give a second thought to the rights you forfeit over the use of your content when you post a … Continue reading

April 2, 2009

Amazee: a platform for social activism

by JD Lasica

Amazee from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Dania Gerhardt, co-founder and chief of finance and operations for Amazee.com, discusses “the world’s first social collaboration platform.” Her company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, launched in September 2007 and the platform went public in May 2008. Amazee is a platform for social activism and enabling groups and movements to use collaborative tools. I’m excited … Continue reading