Category Archives: AdvocacyDev II

Interview with Marc Powell

This podcast is an interview with Marc Powell of and the League of Pissed Off Voters. He was sharing with the group IndyVoter, a new web application he made that’s a social networking tool. Kinda’ like Friendster for leftists, but so much more. (I’m thinking of using it for PodcasterCon.) We talked about his projects, programing, Anarchism, impressions of the AdvocacyDevII event, and more. I really enjoyed meeting Marc. His energy, actions, ideas, and awesome politics were inspiring!

MP3 11m 13s 5.2MB 64kbps

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Speed Geeking II

More speed geeking sessions. Here are the URLs of the projects we discussed at Advocacy Dev II day two.

ConsultantCommons – A online collaborative space for consultants who support nonprofits created by Compumentor.

Localize – Helping Cambodians use computers in their own language. – home of the radical ringtone “hello Garci”

TransMail – automating the translation of email in each direction from English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Voterpunch – database of congressional voter records of elected officials

CivicSpace – a Drupal based Content Management System with lots of modules useful to nonprofits

Webenq – Open Source online surveys in multiple languages by the International Institute for Communications and Development.

CivicCRM – is an open source constituency relationship management application running on Drupal

Pair programing – when two developers work together on the same project with one keyboard and one computer

Live CDs – linux distros that boot off of a CD-ROM

Tipinasia – A website dedicated to country-specific information on trafficking in persons in multiple languages, as well as anti-trafficking news and information about individual countries.

Speed Geeking I

Here are the URLs of the projects that were demoed during the speed geeking session on Monday at Advocacy Dev II.

DTV & Broadcast MachineParticipatory Culture Foundation “Creative Commons with Teeth”

Campus Activism – a resource for students to start a campaign, share activism resources, publicize events, and build networks.

Trusted Data Sharing and Standards – – Social Networking for activists, a friendster for progressives

Lightning Bug – a toolkit to allow public review of comments before they’re published

Citizen Speak – a simple to use email campaign system

Odeo – Podcasting listening and creation service all via a web browser.

Interview with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

The 501c3 Ghetto :: An quick interview with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.

Here at the Advocacy Development II event Mr. Abdul-Matin asked an interesting question. I interviewed him to find out more.

“Is the 501c3 status given to non-profits by the IRS inherently anti-progressive or anti-social justice?” He proposes that the 5013c is a way to make organizing or advocacy a field. It’s goal was to make people less likely to take risks because it’s tied to people’s livelihoods.

Listen to the rest of our conversation and a few suggestions for alternatives for community groups besides the 5013c.

MP3 4m 22s 2.1MB 64kbps

Advocacy Dev II Day One

First day of Advocacy Dev II in Oakland, CA is here. Lots of great info going onto the Advocacy Dev II wiki live and on the spot. One of my favorite things so far is the participatory nature of the agenda. We’re getting to create a lot of it ourselves right now. For example check out the group I was in [Group 8] and the three topics we proposed. Here are the other groups topics.

I got to help facilitate a session about Podcasting aka AudioBlogging with Rabble of Anarchogeek blog and Odeo fame and Jeff Ooi a amazing blogger/podcaster from Malaysia. We saw a demo of Odeo’s podcasting services, discussed how podcasting can empower individuals with examples from this and this AudioActivism post, sidetracked a bit about security issues and legal challenges to creating mashed up content. I hope everyone who had questions about podcasting and making your own media was satisfied. Please comment bellow if you had more questions that need answering.

We all participated in something called Speed Geeking. No it isn’t a bunch of nerds on amphetamines. 🙂 It’s several people who have a short amount of time to explain a project they are working on to a small group of people. Seven people with projects and seven groups moving every four minutes to a new group. Lots of information shared quickly. It put the presentors under a good amount of pressure to be concise and efficient. An amazing exercise.

Almost time for AdvocacyDev II

I’m going to Oakland, CA for a really unique gathering of “programmers and activists developing free and open source advocacy tools” called AdvocacyDev II. I’ll be blogging and podcasting the event. Check back here at the begining of next week for more. I’m so looking forward to meeting people who are using technology for positive change in the world. Yeah!