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June 7, 2010

Unintended consequences

Filed under: ICT for Development,Philanthropy — guidestarinternational @ 09:10
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This post comes from Daniel Ben-Horin (Founder and Co-CEO, TechSoup Global). Originally published on the Alliance Magazine Blog.

Daniel Ben-Horin (Founder, Co-CEO, TechSoup Global)

What a rich conference this has been. I had a lot of fun organizing my “punch at your own weight” thoughts on social media and philanthropy for a Wednesday panel and was immensely gratified at the response received. I’ll be writing up my remarks and offering a link to them.

For now, though, I would like to point you all at where I think you will find an intriguing example of how social media is not a tool but a dynamic process with all kinds of unintended and often wonderful consequences. This link takes you to the blog of Guidestar International with whom my own organization, TechSoup Global, has very recently combined.

The content I am pointing you at is our various combined staff’s summaries of many great sessions from the week (with more to come, so watch that space.) We asked our reporters to talk about the session and also to add their thoughts about implications for our combined organization.

So the first point I’d make is that “content is (still) king”. I mean: you can use every widget and tool imaginable but if what you have to say is rubbish, it doesn’t matter. And  we did get some great and very new ideas about what we should do as an organization.So please enjoy. Comment. Be in conversation with us.

And speaking of unintended consequences, a big shoutout to Anna Piotrovskaya E.D. Of The Dmitry Zimin <<Dynasty>> Foundation who has promised to introduce me to one of my literary idols, Boris Akunin, if I can get myself to Moscow, which I will. I mention this because this is the kind of accidental conversation you only have when you meet someone in person, preferably with a glass of wine in your hand, which reminds me that we should never get so infatuated with online tools that we don’t take the trouble to meet each other face to face.


Fundacja TechSoup workshop sparks interesting debate

Filed under: Fundraising,ICT for Development,Philanthropy — guidestarinternational @ 08:43

Fundacja TechSoup’s workshop/debate for European Foundation Week entitled: “Leading the charge: innovative uses of technology and information to connect funders to communities” was both informative and well received. The session attracted more than 50 people from several countries in Europe as well as from others abroad. You can read a summary of the presentation, the speaker presentations and look at photos on the GuideStar International website. David Drewery of Alliance Magazine also summarises the session and provides his own insight on the Alliance magazine blog. The title of the blog post is “We should embrace the IT without forgetting the C”.

Participants at the Fundacja TechSoup workshop (European Foundation Week)

May 17, 2010

“Leading the charge: innovative uses of technology and information to connect funders to communities”

Fundacja TechSoup is holding a discussion, at the first ever European Foundation Week, entitled “Leading the charge: innovative uses of technology and information to connect funders to communities” on the 1st June 2010 at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Mont des Arts 22, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Room 213). Time: 14:00 – 16:00. Free Admission.


  • Gabriel Rissola, Director, Dynamic Organization Thinking (D.O.T), Spain
  • Gyula Vamosi, and Roma Community member, Hungary
  • Lenka Surotchak, Director, Pontis Foundation, Slovakia
  • Sylvie Laffarge, Director, Microsoft Community Affairs, EMEA

About the Session: Foundations, corporations, policy makers, and civil society organisations (CSOs) all have a shared mandate to strengthen communities. Yet the combination of a financial crisis and complex social needs is challenging the effectiveness of established organisations, as well as groups taking innovative approaches to engage all members of society.  Fundacja TechSoup and its European partners use technology and information to more efficiently connect funders and CSOs and to build critical capacity in the sector. Learn how Fundacja TechSoup can help identify, highlight, resource and foster innovation to support and strengthen the efforts of CSOs working on the world’s most pressing social issues.

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