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Non-profit "gimmicks"?

Sent this note to a local social-media contact of mine for opinions... but heard nothing back, which may or may not mean anything... so, here's what's on my mind:

...the whole topic there [at the July Social Media Breakfast in Minneapolis/St. Paul] rekindled my "how do you get people plugged into a good cause" questions. The Dream Team 2010 concept is great at first blush (or second or third)... and then I started thinking about it and realized that it's actually pretty strange.

I wonder if this "celebrity"-endorsed contest-type thing is a sustainable fundraising/engagement model, or if it's going to be like the Old Spice personalized YouTube response videos (where the first agency to do it is wicked-clever and the second one to do it is a lame copycat).

Anyway, here's the strange part: Common sense would dictate that if, for example, Land-O-Lakes really wanted to give $25k to end hunger... why don't they just do it? Why the "game" of getting people to sign up and "release" a dollar and tweet it out and whatever?

The plain old answer is, "Duh, Eric, it's for promotion and to engage people in the cause..." and that's true... but then it seems to go back to the point I was inarticulately struggling through with your [...] colleagues at lunch -- that it seems a forced choice between "manipulating the unwilling" vs. "cajoling the indifferent"

Wouldn't it be nice if those who cared about hunger (for example) just plain cared about it with X-many units of "caring-ness" and did what they were going to do without having to play games of tweeting out messages and competing for iPads?

(And you know me -- instead of "hunger" you can sub in "online learning" or "Bible study" or "ovarian cancer detection" or whatever cause resonates with you.)

Not sure if any of that makes sense, but if anyone can understand it, it'd be you. Not sure if there are any papers/thinkers/etc. that I should be exploring on the "community engagement" front, or if the ultimate answer is just "Yeah, that's life; learn to deal with it, bub!"??

(And for what it's worth, I turned it into a podcast over at Ericast.com so you can check that out there, too.)??

Thoughts on the topic?



An UnSundaySchool?

Don Ball of the CoCo collaborative workspace in St. Paul has a great summary of the principle of "unconferences".

"The whole model of an unconference is based on everyone answering the big questions themselves, whereas a traditional conference model is based on everyone listening, often quite passively, to a few peoples??? conclusions. It???s centralized planning versus democracy."


It made me realize something: This is the structure I've been unknowingly following for the adult Sunday School I lead.

It's a learning style that's not cut out everyone -- Grow's learning/instruction model makes that clear -- and that's a value-neutral statement; if it works, great, and if not that's okay too.

The thing that excites me is that I think it's a model not often found in churches. Let's try it!

One last note: We're talking about class format here, not curricular authority. A Bible study is still studying the Bible. But, how do we decide _what_ to study?

The only catch in a Sunday-morning class is the time constraint; hard be democratic plus cohesive in less than an hour...



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So, exactly what (if anything) are "demons"?

Haven't read this enough to know if it's enlightenment or heresy... So more reading's ahead. :)

Origin of Demons: http://www.tbm.org/origindemons.htm



Grandma memories...

Vi mentioned fond memories of going up to a cabin on Ann Lake as a girl...

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On the light topic of sexual ethics...

Brother-in-law mentioned this article and rather than reading up on it, I went straight to the critique. Hmmm...

"Of food and sex, and how Mary Eberstadt gets both history and ethics quite wrong at Hugo Schwyzer"




Can Windows Search be fixed?


Google Desktop isn't perfect... but I've never had such bad luck as I do with Windows Search. Bad, bad, bad!

And at this point in my life, it's getting to be a big detriment; when a computer tells me that a file doesn't exist, I tend to believe it, and in this case I end up going off on a wild goose chase until I come back to my laptop and sort through my folders one-by-one until I find it.

Can Windows Search be fixed, or is it beyond hope? (I have it installed so that Outlook mail can be indexed... but should I trust it for that, even?)


Issues in the Holy Land are never clear-cut

More than a "free speech" Twitter issue... How do we untangle complex and layered political (and human rights) issues?

Hypothetical question: Is it "respectable" to take a stand and be less evil than your peers, even if you're still pretty evil? If not, then how "pure" or "sinless" do you need to be before we can "respect" you?

From CNN, "Nasr explains controversial tweet on Lebanese cleric":



Another article to read

I'm not a Patrick Rhone groupie (really!) but I was impressed with his talk and historical perspective and I keep running into references to him since UnSummit4 -- here's another one I need to read through:

Talking Tools: Patrick Rhone of MinimalMac.com | Bridging the Nerd Gap




Silent majority of innovators?

Notes to myself from the EduCAUSE Live presentation today:

I wonder if I have a bunch of faculty who are using cool "Web 2.0" tools - Twitter, delicious, Skype, Posterous. I doubt it, but I'll need to ask around to find out.

Accessibility? ADA? (And FERPA? Like Copyright, these are external impositions and faculty rarely have a motive to focus on them -- they're usually "just hindrances"...)

Pragmatic or ethical issue with forcing students to register at 3rd-party sites?

Site obsolescence? What if Click.TV goes under? (Which it did.)

What's IT's responsibility if it breaks?

Engage. Write. Collaborate. Define "newer" faculty. Age? Time teaching?

http://ycedu255.blogspot.com referenced "added threaded discussions and gradebook" -- how?

Modeling use of new technology in "ed tech" courses is very different from "operationalizing" them for other classes across the institution.

Winona State "faculty technology mentor" concept -- give the early adopters a venue in which to engage.


5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Identity

From Mashable... This might have some good advice for me...





Hadn't heard of KAPS but it sounds like a great idea to pursue/ponder...

Do Your Customers Appreciate You? ??? Todd Youngblood's "SPE" Blog:




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