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Chris Wolz in Influence
16 Jan 2007
Ok -- it's old news by now, but Time Magazine's giving the "Person of the Year" award to "You" should be of a lot of interest to policy and research and advocacy organizations, as it's about the rise of community and collaboration on the web. (And related - see the growth of...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
18 Nov 2006
Amnesty International is doing some innovative work with a web plug-in tool to enlist web site and blog owners to help Amnesty in its work to promote political freedom of expression. On it's site Irrepressible Info, Amnesty provides a set of code snippets that easily be inserted on a web site or...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
31 Oct 2006
The "Video the Vote" project (http://videothevote.org/) seeks to enlist volunteers to document, on video, any "irregularities" that occuring during polling next Tusday November 7th. At most locations I think their volunteers will have to be outside of polling places, but they...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
17 Oct 2006
Online video, the emotional web, social networking, "community" in unexpected places, the rise of online activity in India and China, network-centric organizing, mobile computing and activism, and challenges of big online communities in continuing to grow - were a few of the highlights of...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
20 Sep 2006
I'm always looking for examples of groups using online collaboration for social good, to reach key audiences with compelling content about important policy issues. And so it's fun to see that cosmetics giant Estee Lauder will be putting up a site about its "Advanced Night Repair" line of...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
14 Aug 2006
We're on vacation in Germany, and had a fun talk with friend Thomas Maier, a journalist with Deutche Presse-Agenture, about the German Wikipedia community. Thomas related how enthusiastic and active is the Wikipedia community in Germany - saying something like "we (Germans) just love this kind...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
14 Jul 2006
The pharmaceutical company Glaxo is running a web site with information about dieting and weight loss - but not about its own products - as a way to position itself on the issue, learn about the audiences and gather customer information. Even though Glaxo has a new over-the-counter diet pill called...
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Jim Cashel in Influence
7 May 2006
Traditional grant competitions request proposals, review them in private, and announce winners. It is an effective and proven formula, but it neglects one major opportunity: the proposals themselves contain great ideas, but most are never made public. What if all proposals were posted online,...
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Chris Wolz in Influence
19 Apr 2006
The folks at Eastwick Communications are running a series of blog posts about wiki-based collaboration, called 33 Wikis. 33 Wikis: Each day -- for 33 days -- we look at one wiki and briefly describe what the wiki is for, why we like it, and what we all can learn from it. If you want to nominate a...
Dave Witzel in Influence
2 Apr 2006
Oscar responded to the last post saying "The power of online collaboration is how much you can get back by giving up control" -- a really good point. The distinction I want to make is between "giving up control" and "sharing control (and responsibility)". Many groups...
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