September 12, 2008

Causecast: celeb-powered philanthropy


Support nonprofits with Causecast from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaHere’s a 6-minute video interview I conducted with Ryan Scott, founder and CEO of Causecast, on the day of its launch, Sept. 10, 2008, just after Scott’s presentation at TechCrunch50.

As the site’s About page says, Causecast empowers people who want to make change. It’s a platform and social network where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose. Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Matthew Modene and Jenny McCarthy are among the Hollywood celebrities who have pitched in on behalf of a cause for the Santa Monica-based outfit. But, of course, regular folks are the engine that drives Causecast.

Good stuff. I’ll be keeping an eye on its progress over the coming months.

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Cross-posted to Socialmedia.biz

August 14, 2008

Social action face to face

JD LasicaSpent Wednesday night at a new event in San Francisco called awareness2action that drew 40-50 people to the DragonBar in San Francisco’s North Beach. Put together by uber-networker Sundeep Ahuja, the gathering’s objective was "to connect with others leveraging the web to convert awareness to action, and share best practices."

Among the folks I met:

• David Levy, co-founder and VP of Strategic Account Management, SocialVibe

• Rahim Fazal, CEO and co-founder, Involver ("turn your video into an interactive application")

• Kristin Cunningham, eBay Giving Works and Cause-related Programs (Later: See my video interview with Kristen)

• Austin Choi, Legal Counsel, Kiva

• Krista Van Tassel, Marketing and Communications Director, NetImpact

• Hans Chung, co-founder, MokuGift ("plant a tree as a gift")

Plus, some folks from Room to Read, World of Good (an eBay community), Better World Books, CauseCast, Change.org and VCs from Greylock and DFJ.

Cross-posted to Socialmedia.biz

August 9, 2008

Kaltura: open source video


Kaltura: open-source video from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaI‘ve been following Kaltura for about a year now. It offers a terrific open-source platform, toolset and nearly free video hosting solution for small and large companies and nonprofits. (I think I have that right — it’s hard to explain what they do in a single sentence.)

From the site: “Kaltura’s goal is to bring interactive video to every site and to create the world’s largest distributed video network.”

Here’s a 9-minute video interview with CEO Ron Yekutiel. They’re about to give users the capability to add video and widgets to Wikipedia, and they’re working with MediaWiki.org as well. They also offer an extension that provides WordPress blogs with video abilities.

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August 4, 2008

Reduce your carbon footprint


Interview with ZeroFootprint from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaHere’s a 4 1/2-minute video interview with Deborah Kaplan, executive director of Zerofootprint.net, an amazing organization based in Toronto and devoted to help organizations, cities and individuals recognize their carbon footprint and take specific measures to help reduce climate change. The interview was conducted at the Stanford Summit in July 2008.

They’re working with the cities of Toronto, Seattle, Edmonton and Ottawa to help citizens reduce their carbon footprints. For starters, check out their One Minute Calculator.

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Cross-posted to Socialmedia.biz

July 4, 2008

Miro, the democratic media player


Miro, the democratic media player from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaHere’s an 11-minute video interview I conducted with Nicholas Reville, co-founder and executive director of the Participatory Culture Foundation, maker of Miro at getmiro.com.

Miro’s a cool application that lets you watch and subscribe to millions of channels of content created by us (any video with an RSS feed, for example). You can browse through more than 4,000 channels in its directory listing. I’ve been using Miro for almost two years now (free, open source, what’s not to like?). 

I interviewed Nick at the NetSquared conference in May 2008 in San Jose, Calif., was winding down, which accounts for the distracting noises in the background. Continue reading