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How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome? | Ethan Zuckerman @ …My heart’s in Accra

How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome? | Ethan Zuckerman @ …My heart’s in Accra | Social Impact Tech | Scoop.it

Civic crowdfunding is inevitable because it’s so consonant with other forms of internet-based organization. There’s widespread acceptance of the idea that software developers can build high-quality software, motivated not purely by financial gain (though there’s certainly a role for commercial enterprises within the open source ecosystem.) Wikipedia demonstrates that volunteers can produce a high quality reference work. The campaigns against SOPA/PIPA and the Susan G. Komen Foundation show that activists, loosely linked through the internet, can achieve social change. Civic crowdfunding leverages many of the same mechanisms: rapid and lightweight group formation, coordination of efforts, enlightened self interest.

Here are some thoughts on how we could embrace civic crowdfunding and avoid the downsides:

- Avoid rhetoric that posits crowdfunding as a remedy for government inaction and failure. 

- Crowdfund projects that leverage existing government opportunities.

- Use crowdfunding to brainstorm and innovate, and let governments implement. 

- Look for projects that create community capital through volunteering.

- Don’t let governments dump unfunded projects into civic crowdsourcing. Instead, let’s look for ways that people excited about civic crowdfunding can lobby and ensure that city, state and federal funding for transportation, public spaces and the arts isn’t cut any further. Civic crowdfunding should be about making public goods and services more awesome, not shifting responsibility onto the backs of internet-connected donors.


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Innovation, Complexity and Social Business – Part 2

Innovation, Complexity and Social Business – Part 2 | Social Impact Tech | Scoop.it
Social business shift toward a customer-centric attitude mirrors the evolution of our understanding of the way business is done in our hyper-connected era.
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What the New York Times's 'Snow Fall' Means to Online Journalism's Future

What the New York Times's 'Snow Fall' Means to Online Journalism's Future | Social Impact Tech | Scoop.it
The Times debuted a multimedia feature Thursday so beautiful it has a lot of people wondering if the mainstream media is about to forgo words and pictures for a whole lot more, or at least a new Times redesign.
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News Discovery Gets More Social and Mobile: News Aggregators Loose Appeal

News Discovery Gets More Social and Mobile: News Aggregators Loose Appeal | Social Impact Tech | Scoop.it

From PandoDaily: "...Pew media survey from last month also showed that the percentage of Americans who say they saw news or news headlines on social networking sites had increased from 9 percent to 19 percent since 2010.

 

For people younger than 30, just as many saw news on social media (33 percent) as had seen any TV news (34 percent).

 

Increasingly, news is coming to us through our friend and interest networks, via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and LinkedIn especially.

 

Today, there’s simply less need to seek news out via aggregation services.

 

That’s a fact that Buzzfeed, which relies on social sharing for the lion’s share of its traffic, has pretty much bet its business on. On most of its stories, Buzzfeed displays a “stats dashboard” that shows where each article’s referral traffic comes from. In three randomly selected pieces (this one, this one, and this one), traffic from “Google.com” came in well below traffic from Facebook and Twitter, and in some cases Reddit, Tumblr, and Digg."

 

Full story: http://pandodaily.com/2012/11/10/newspapers-take-aim-at-google-news-again-maybe-because-theyre-no-longer-scared/

 

(Image credit: Mashable)


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The leading indicators of social business maturity in 2012 | ZDNet

The leading indicators of social business maturity in 2012 | ZDNet | Social Impact Tech | Scoop.it
The consumer numbers of social media are well understood and it's the leading way people engage online. However, the numbers are a bit murkier for social business, yet an interesting picture has emerged.
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Innovation Complexity And Social Business Part 1

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Thierry de Baillon on Innovation, Complexity and Social Business #socbiz #socent #innovation #complexity http://t.co/ACmgPNc6
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Google Funds Drone Technology to Protect Wildlife

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Google Funds Spy Technology to Turn Poachers into Prey http://t.co/QnzK4R97 via @TakePart
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Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation: SwiftRiver

Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation: SwiftRiver | Social Impact Tech | Scoop.it

SwiftRiver is a free and open-source intelligence platform that helps people curate and make sense of large amounts of information in a short amount of time.

 

In practice, SwiftRiver enables the filtering and verification of real-time data from channels such as SMS, email, Twitter and RSS feeds.

 

It's especially useful for organizations that need to sort their data by their unique expectations of authority and accuracy, as opposed to popularity.

 

SwiftRiver allows you to discover, filter and present the information you want.

 

In the context of SwiftRiver, we call these things "droplets." For example, common droplets in the river are tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts. SwiftRiver looks at a droplet, it determines all its attributes. For example, if SwiftRiver looks at a tweet, it can determine things like location, time, author and meaning (in the form of keywords).

 

Once SwiftRiver analyzes all the droplets, you then have the ability to filter them down from that torrential river to a manageable stream.

 

In addition to filtering, you can run different analyses on them, helping you get the "big picture" of your set of droplets.

 

Types of stories / output formats:

Text
Maps
Timeline
Graphs, Charts, Heatmaps
Gallery: Photos, Video, Audio

 

It's a standalone application that anyone can access and use by itself, but it also answers our users' need for a faster, more nimble way to manage information flow on their deployments.

 

..the beta will be available in mid-December (three weeks) for the community first, then for the general review.

Sneak peak via screenshot: http://blog.ushahidi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Screen-Shot-2011-10-27-at-4.46.36-PM.png ;

 

Full article: http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/12/swiftriver-throws-a-lifeline-to-people-drowning-in-information340.html ;

More info: http://ushahidi.com/products/swiftriver-platform  


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