June 10, 2010

9 ways nonprofits should be using Slideshare

Beth KanterFor a couple of years, I’ve been an avid member of the Slideshare community, sharing, browsing and collaborating on content and watching how nonprofits use the platform. As I was reflecting about Slideshare and thinking about the characteristics of nonprofits featured in our book, The Networked Nonprofit, I realized that Slideshare is a haven for them. 

Networked nonprofits are simple, transparent organizations. They make it easy for outsiders to get in and insiders to get out. They engage people to shape and share their work to raise awareness of social issues, organize communities to provide services or advocate for legislation. In the long run, they are helping to make the world a safer, fairer, healthier place to live.

drank the Slideshare Kool Aid in November 2006. Today I have almost 200 presentations in my account, some with tens and thousands of views. Presentations and instructional content are an important part of my content strategy and the lifeblood of my work as a trainer. Slideshare helps set my work free and share it with nonprofit professionals all over the world.

Although PowerPoint has a reputation for being a deadly weapon, networked nonprofits know that when they give their presentations (and other documents) a social life, it can brings their objectives to life. Let’s look at the different ways they use Slideshare (or should be).

Networked professional development & learning

1Three years ago, I wrote a post about how Slideshare supports networked learning and networked professional development. This is what Nancy White is calling “Triangulating Professional Learning.” It’s the ability to learn from professionals inside and outside of your field. As Slideshare has excellent social media content, I can view slide shows across different types of industries and networks. I don’t have be a networked silo! Continue reading