Worldwide Protest Organized on Facebook

farc.jpgNeed more proof of the organizing power of social networks? Look no further than the USA Today article covering a massive worldwide protest organized via a Facebook event that gathered close to 100,000 people in 165 cities around the world--all in less than a month's time.

Protesters united to take a stand against the continued brutalities carried out by Columbia's largest rebel group. Known as the FARC, the group is responsible for hundreds of kidnappings and continues to hold several high profile hostages.

The thousands who gathered wanted to send a clear message to the FARC to stop kidnapping and release the hostages they're holding. Though turnout was the strongest in Bogotá (where estimates range from 500,000 to 2 million people), the international scale demonstrates both widespread awareness of the issue and solidarity with the Columbian people.

This is a perfect illustration of the organizational power that Facebook and other social networks have. With over 64 million active users and 250,000 more joining daily, Facebook in particular can be an excellent network to use to plan and coordinate events, gather support for a campaign, increase publicity for your organization, or collect donations (though the jury is still out on this one).

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Join WVU for Integrated Marketing Degree Information Session


West Virginia University's integrated marketing communications program is holding an information reception for communications professionals in DC interested in an online graduate degree in integrated marketing.  Just the fact that the IMC Program has started its own blog tells us that these guys are the real deal.

No need to RSVP, just come as you are. 

Here are the details:
Where: National Press Club (Holeman Lounge)
When: Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6-9 p.m.
Who should attend: Professional communicators in DC
Sponsor: IMC Program at West Virginia University
Questions?: Chad Mezera ( or 304-293-3505 x5415)


Who Will Be the Next $100,000 Purpose Prize Winner?

seal2008.gifCivic Ventures is seeking nominations for the 2008 Purpose Prize. Each year they give prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to 15 people over the age of 60 creating new and innovative ways to tackle tough social problems, from reforming education to improving healthcare, curbing global warming to ending poverty.


They’re looking for adults over 60:

  • Initiating new ways to address social challenges

  • Working in a leadership role within government, non-profit, or for-profit institution

  • Whose social change work began after the age of 50

  • And, who are committed to pursuing social entrepreneurship in the future

Sound like you or someone you know? Start your nomination today for the 2008 Purpose Prize. The Deadline is March 1.

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So Easy, a Chicken Could Do It: frogloop 2008 Reader Survey

chicken_survey.JPGHelp us help you by taking the frogloop 2008 Reader Survey!  Don't worry, this isn't your organic chemistry final from sophomore year. It's just nine multiple choice and two one-liners (about three minutes) that are so easy even this chicken got an A.

All answers are 100% confidential and will greatly influence the content you'll see on frogloop in 2008.  We will, however, report the interesting, aggregated results on frogloop in the future.

Thanks for participating!  Click here to complete it.

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Dec062007 Passes 8 Million Member Mark


We just wanted to pat ourselves on the back and, more importantly, THANK YOU for helping Care2 surpass the 8 million member mark.  You can read all about the strides we've made since 7 million here on our official press release.

 If you enjoy frogloop's content, we highly recommend joining Care2 and putting some of our words into action to make a difference!


Blogger Uses Petition Site to Create Better Transportation for NY

ethan_orignel_headshot.jpgPost authored by Ethan Oringel of Green Brooklyn 

When I started Green Brooklyn in December 2006, I knew that I wouldn't be doing much promotion for the site, nevermind advertising, and that I wouldn't even really have enough time to create content and links as much as I would like. I was busy starting my green communications consulting company, Aequus Green Communications, and working with clients to pay the bills and increase the portfolio. But in the first 6 months of 2007, I was experimenting with social networking and bookmarking tools on Green Brooklyn, including and especially the Care2 News Network, and saw such a great result that I decided that I needed to redesign everything ASAP.

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Raising Money from Online Activists

karenheadshotI had the pleasure of attending the most recent Internet Advocacy Roundtable hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  The topic was hot and near and dear to my heart – converting online activists/subscribers into donors.  And the house was packed.

The expert presenter was the one and only Rick Christ, Managing Partner of NP Advisors.  Rick is a seasoned professional in the field of nonprofit direct marketing and fundraising, including more than 20 years of experience in direct mail prior to his success in the online world.

First, Rick recommended thinking of your online program in four stages:

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