Alexandra Samuel is a consultant, researcher and writer specializing in electronic democracy and online engagement.
What if community organizers, environmental activists and anti-poverty advocates could effortlessly access the latest tools, models and ideas for technology use by non-profit organizations? Now they can, thanks to the nptech project, which uses the nptech tag to share online resources.
Tracking the nptech tag can help you make better use of technology in your own grassroots work. Discover online tools, guides and examples by visiting the nptech page on del.icio.us. Or take inspiration from the smart commentary you'll find in Technorati's collection of nptech blog posts. Combine nptech with RSS to stay up-to-date on the latest non-profit technology finds by subscribing to the del.icio.us or Technorati feed. To contribute yourself, just use del.icio.us to tag resources with the nptech tag.
By diffusing knowledge and tools faster and more effectively, nptech maximizes the organizational, operational and communications advantages that non-profits reap from effective technology use. And nptech demonstrates how tagging transforms the collective capacity of even the most dispersed advocacy communities. Without increasing the individual workload of any one non-profit staffer or volunteer, nptech allows everyone working in non-profit technology to vastly increase the reach and footprint of their work. Nptech proves that social software can turn into social change.