Dip into Social Technology

It’s not the what, it’s the how.

Here’s a quick and fun overview that explains what we mean by social technology for social change:

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Easy to say, harder to do?

Using technology for social change may seem to be the purview of the tech savvy, but it needn’t be. Increasingly, great programmers are helping all of us by designing social tools with humans in mind. To carry on from Professor Quadir’s point in the introduction, the new tools are allowing us to self-organize and better inform ourselves and each other. There will always be those that take a lead with any new technology, but that gives us a chance to learn from them. Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. At Net Change Week 2010 she delivered some of her key insights:

Beth’s slides are also posted below for easy follow-up following the presentation.

Net Change Week is a week long series of events looking at how technology can support social change initiatives. While we don’t pretend that our resources are exhaustive, they do offer a huge repository of lessons and stories that can support your own journey. Working back from 2011, click through the resources and expand your ability to have greater impact in your work. Tip: The best way to find the resources is using the schedule as a guide.

In our Dive section, we look beyond the how-to and into the what’s next?