Social Justice Networks…Trends in Online Organizing

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Networking, Social Justice Causes
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As part of my ongoing research into useful Internet Resources for social justice organizations, I have found lots of websites for people across the nation, in communities and in neighborhoods to find each other. These sites cover the spectrum from being very organized online networks to very loose associations of people who support a common cause.

Many of the relationship-building sites, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, we were already using as part of our personal social network and quickly realized that they could be used to advance our social justice causes. In the last few years, several national foundations/nonprofits, attempted to create opportunities for social justice causes to use web-based organizing as a model for creating social change. I would like to profile a few of those on this blog.

Each one has faces a challenge in 1 key area: keeping the momentum going. Web-based organizing does not seem to change what organizers and fundraisers have faced for generations: 10% of the people do 90% of the work/giving. So it’s difficult to measure just how active the NetSquared groups are and what the actual impact of the network is on these groups.

NetSquared

Most of us in the nonprofit world are already familiar with the good works of TechSoup, who provides low cost and no cost donations of software in addition to free tech how-to’s on social media, marketing and fundraising. Their parent non-profit, TechSoup Global, also coordinates the NetSquared Initiative, an international network of individuals in over 79 cities that empowers individuals to create solutions to their communities’ social challenges. Through online communication and coordination, communities have access to resources, meet and define answers to their challenges. NetSquared provides significant educational support and connection to these groups through Tweet feeds, Blogs and online communities. For the last 4 years, they have provided international challenges competitions addressing social justice issues, provide a Community Organizers Handbook and a database and evaluation of global projects. There are many very active groups including the Baltimore, MD meet up group and a group providing micro credit loans to women in Uganda. I also attempted to connect to the group in Twin Cities MN where I live, however this group hasn’t met or communicated much winter 2010. I emailed the group leaders and have yet to hear back from them on the group’s status. I will report back on how successful I am at networking with these folks. Photo by devois

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  1. […] As part of my ongoing research into useful Internet Resources for social justice organizations, I have found lots of websites for people across the nation, in communities and in neighborhoods to find each other. These sites cover the spectrum from being very organized online networks to very loose associations of people who support a common cause. Many of the relationship-building sites, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, we were already using as … Read More […]

  2. peculiarpotato says:

    Wow,I read your blog and was blown away by the work you’ve done!Bringing people together is one thing,but helping those in need and bringing organizations together to maximize the potential of your hard work and others is one of the most honorable things I’ve read online.People like you who give without expecting something back are truly angels on earth,(although,I think Angel means messenger)You are a messenger of hope,but you don’t just talk the talk,you walk the walk.Helping people can be infectious!I see all these other big sites on wordpress but,it is hard to decide because I don’t know how much money,(or whatever else can be given) gets to the people who really need help, right away.get back to me,I’d like to learn more.

    • internetmine says:

      Hi Potato, I have been hoping that people will actually use the information I provide. I’ve been watching your blog and I know your personal story helps many people too. Thank you for sharing yourself.

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