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November 24, 2010
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November 24, 2010
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Wiser Earth is a unique social site where activists of all backgrounds can gather and collaborate, share and network with others of similar interests. My personal experience with Wiser Earth has been positive and has helped broaden our effectiveness as activists in the sustainability movement. We have had our little collective farm in South East Texas for over 30 years and through Wiser Earth we have expanded tremendously in breath and scope. Connections made on Wiser Earth with other sustainability activists have enriched our world with knowledge and practical application of technology in our efforts to educate the general public in our immediate area of influence. We have found new relationships, new answers and an abundance of gentle souls willing to share their own experiences. The editorial and support staff could not possibly be more accommodating and supportive. Every step of the way of our experience on Wiser Earth has found us with the support and encouragement of the staff. We at Sba Farms Collective have found Wiser Earth both a home and a resource that is welcoming and empowering in ways that we can not imagine doing without now. We rely on Wiser Earth for feedback, input and suggestion on an almost daily basis. It is a pleasure to work within the construct of such a dedicated and substantive organization. Peace and Light.

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Our administration of our collective has changed dramatically since our membership in Wiser Earth. Our style of consensus building has been transformed into a much more egalitarian system and has been a tremendous benefit to our entire collective.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any specific changes to Wiser Earth at all. I would love to see it continue to grow, steadily, and with the sense of community spreading and leadership continuing to be the kind and generous individuals they are.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

WiserEarth has and is still the best social networking site where information is quickly shared The management of wiserearth are really working well to keep people informed about development (be it in the ICTs, Agriculture, Climate change, Peace, democracy, in general the MDGs are well tackled by the wiserearth members

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The ICTs characterized by the Internet and computer are having a great impact in our society in general. I have been able to share and gain knowledge from online members of wiserearth where there is no online network group that gives up-to-date information as wiserearth.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage people to create their blogs with links to wiserearth social network website

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

We are having the will to work with the many intronautes connected to wiserearth but the there is the lack of material and internet connection. Working from public cyber cafés makes it difficult for us to post our videos and pictures, where we know that videos and pictures plays an important role in the ICTs and communication. Supporting us with more training especially in the ICTs development.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I am now encouraged to research on topics that investigate about development and always ready to join all the social groups connected tto wiserearth and advocating about the MDGs Also with our spirit of create-as-we-move and the skills gained from the various members of wiserearth there is the need for us to gain more knowledge and friends where the end result is development and peace among the global citizens

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Working with people from different background and culture makes me feel that unity of one world one people. Also with no speciall skills or training gained from any formal education , I am seeing that my create-as- I- move idea is greatly helping in many community development and the achievement of the MDGs This is still an ongoing event

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

Silos can be a pain in the rear; everyone doing their own thing, trying to fix what needs fixing in their own silo. There really isn’t a one-stop shopping center for looking at all the silos in one place and seeing how they should or might connect. WiserEarth, so far comes as close to that place as any. World (earth) has really been messed up by we humans, one mess after another and it’s time we start putting all the messed together to get a better picture of what we are confronted with – as the illustrious cartoon figure Pogo pointed out so may, many years ago, “we have met the enemy and the enemy is us.” OK, so far, so good. Now what do we do with “us”? Getting together and doing something about “us” is the order of the day and WiserEarth (WE) is one of the few places on earth to do just that.

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I’m a WE editor, been at it for years, was one of the first to get titled as an “editor” and have seen the progress of WE in fits and starts – like anything that is in the development process its how things get developed. There’s a need for what WE is doing, we don’t know what the end result might be, but I think WE is on the right path – trail blazing at times can be very hard.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Changes are constantly being made at WE; it’s a network of people trying to figure out what needs to be done. This is not an organization, it’s a network that really has no defined agenda, its more of a change agent in itself. So change is really what it promotes – so how do to change change?

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I am the main functioning Trustee of a reforestation project that works around and on a previously entirely denuded sacred mountain in South India. I am writing to give testimony to the value of WiserEarth because this is by far the most helpful platform for networking globally in contribution towards the restoration of our ecology - which happens to be the main concern of many of us at this time in history. However the domain of good influence of WiserEarth is much wider than this focused arena and i have experience of its value in other domains also, in very much wiser connections among artists, writers, designers - the number of networking groups and the territories they cover is quite astonishing, as is the activity that presents from one week to another and the speedy response provided to any question put online. I have been a member for about two years and am exceedingly encouraged by the wealth of understanding and convivial support offered through this portal.

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..... very many avenues of advice, suggestions, links to useful sites, good ideas and sometimes quite radical re-orientation in perspective. WiserEarth is an invaluable resource available to us all globally.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a means for authentic community projects to present a profile of their work and details of funding requirements that is accessible to organizations and individuals in a position to consider offering financial support for work particularly in under-developed countries.

November 21, 2010
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November 21, 2010
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Hola! Conocí Wiser Earth hace unos meses, estaba convencido de que esta fenomenal plataforma funcionaría, por lo cual hemos trasladado hasta aquí a nuestras Redes Sociales y Globales, para compartir, ayudar y cooperar en la medida de lo posible. Pues Red Social Tiempo Futuro trabaja a nivel mundial, y nos hacía mucha falta encontrar una plataforma como Wiser Earth para poder expandir todas nuestras actividades. Y créanme señores, en tan solo unos meses de, arduo trabajo, hemos visto nuestras perspectivas cumplidas! Así que, en nombre de la gran familia que formamos Red Social Tiempo Futuro, Red Global Iberoamericana de Luz, Grupo Hospital Virtual de Luz, Grupo Conciencia Global y Grupo Radiónica Avanzada Inteligente, solo nos resta que ... Daros las gracias a todos los miembros y administradores de Wiser Earth! Namasté! Yago Zamora (Starmanlight) al servicio de la humanidad y caminando siempre hacia las estrellas!!!

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Como hemos dicho antes, gracias a esta plataforma, nuestra actividad se ha visto incrementada a nivel mundial! Gracias!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Que cada Grupo dispusiera de un chat propio. También encontramos en falta poder insertar en los Grupos Gachets, para la mejor funcionabilidad del Grupo hacia nuestros visitantes. Por ejemplo, etiquetas, traductor de página, Html libre, y algunos más. Gracias!

November 19, 2010
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November 19, 2010
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I joined WiserEarth early 2009, after reading Paul Hawken's "The Ecology of Commerce". As a frenchman, I worked on the French translation of the website, which was released in May 2010. Volunteering to make WiserEarth accessible to a broader range of people, I got to see the organization from the inside, and I met incredible people -- either in person or through Skype and other electronic ways -- 200% dedicated to their work, with an amazing energy. Wibowo, the online community manager, is the kindest person I've ever met, and he's always around to help you in whatever you do, either if you're new to the interface, if you want to setup groups, or to animate debates and throw great ideas in discussions threads. The Editors are also really active people, feeding conversations, creating interest groups to make things move, it's a really great community.

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I got a chance to use some of the features of the website, to coordinate a translators group. The tools are really usefull, it is for example easy to send emails to a whole group of people, change layouts, publish articles or pictures etc. It really gives you an efficient way to either promote ideas, or reach out to people with the same interests in sustainable developement issues. I also had a chance to participate to the first Social Innovation Barcamp in Paris, and to a few WiserTuesdays as well.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The interface is not the simplest one, but it is also the price to pay for it to have so many features. I know that the IT team is working on making things easier, more straightforward when navigating on the website. To bring together more people, I think it can still be ameliorated, but it is already on its way.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It litterally changed me. I met incredible people, and discovered that there was a lot of energy devoted to sustainable development. It is like Paul Hawken says in "Blessed Unrest": there are millions of people around the world, and you have no idea, until you jump in and realize that you're not alone. It really made me think about what I wanted to do in my life, and with whom I wanted to work and collaborate. I pretty much got my idea of working on MBA applications from my experience with WiserEarth...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

I have joined WiserEarth exactly two years ago, mainly to register a page for my non-profit educational organization. Though an Artwear Designer, I had never used online technical tools before. With the direct help and hours of free tutorials from Wibowo Sulistio, WiserEarth online Community Manager, I was gradually able to create and design group pages for many topics I felt in need of focus and exposure. My intention was to be of service without any expectations, yet I personally felt immediately rewarded by an intoxicating creative surge through almost every aspect of my engagement; be it design, research, making friends, learning about the various details of the global crisis, posting and engaging in discussions etc. etc. I was soon nominated and endorsed WiserEarth editor.

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Five staff members have raised money among themselves to bring me over from the Scotland to SF for the annual editors meeting last month. I met a devoted group who endeavor selflessly to be of service to the tens of thousands of WE volunteers and activists worldwide. I was asked to write about my visit by my own educational org - it will be published on their website under Ideas. A WE member from Moldova held a weekend course with my Org sending someone who speaks Russian to facilitate the study.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

invest more in a high quality online community newsletter to serve and engage the community, as well as a broad-looking and diverse online magazine (paying for top quality writers and visionary interviewees).

August 10, 2010

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August 10, 2010

If we need to find so work, information, experience, person, campaing around the world in terms of sustainability, earth protection, green behaviors, permaculture, fundrising, and so many other important issues, we can find it o Wiser Earth. They develop a fantastic work mapping and connecting many countries and people that are in ACTION right now to defend and save the Planet!!:) For me is the ultimate work!! to organize, and to offer the BIG PICTURE of what is happening in terms of DOING and ACTING!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Connecting people and organizations around the world. This organization represents one level of connection that gives an answer to the world in terms of integrate all perspectives and approaches.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continuing the work that is being made, because it is great! Engage more people, bring the Wiser Earth experience to a level of interaction more deep. Work on the people empowerment is always important, too, special youth!*

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

open mind people, really engaged and serious about their work. Very good atitude and their are dreamers and believers that show the respect for mother Earth!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I met staff and they were amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change for effectively the world, because money give us the possibility of empower projects and organizations in the field. also it could be important to work on spread the word and give opportunity to everyone to contribute and ACT in their communities

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to be with them:)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keep the vision of the ONE, of the PICTURE Global and INTERACT. Because so many work and projects around the world, is difficult to mantain the fluxe in on way!

One thing I'd also say is that...

i love this project!! I want to help, to have a role and to be part of this amazing work because, for me, it is extremely important to put every efforts around the world together. people must work side by side, we must know what is happening with others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 21, 2009

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July 21, 2009

Find people and orgs around the world who share the same goals and can help you - and get your help - by sharing experiences, issues and solutions. WiserEarth is a user generated content - with over 100,000 organizations and 22,000 users and growing – the platform offers a transparent, open-source space to expand connections, browse and post solutions, resources, events, jobs, and groups.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

using the online space to connect people and create results. As an example, I am a typical user: a social entrepreneur who was able to find innumerous connections and discuss solutions with people with similar interests in fair trade.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue believing in the possibilities that is being created by putting people and organizations together.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the chance to connect really interesting people around the globe. During the outreach for WiserEarth I contacted journalists, bloggers, professors and people from different NPOs and explored topics of interest (fair trade, climate change, indigenous

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly PASSIONATE about what they do. Many volunteers are in different parts of the world and have very international and interesting experiences. At the Sausalito headquarters, we played 4-square during the breaks and had a really team-oriented culture.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest in enhancing the website to further build its user base and user collaboration

Ways to make it better...

people and organizations at the grassroots level could have more access to Internet to be able to take advantage of what Wiserearth offers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

users finding the balance between the time spent in their everyday work and the time sharing resources and solutions on an online platform.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the collective can change the world and Wiserearth is actively putting the movement for those who care about the earth and people. Every each of us will make a tremendous difference, so be active and join the movement!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 15, 2009

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July 15, 2009

The Natural Capital Institute and WiserEarth are doing tremendous work. I have been impressed by how the small, nimble team uses technology and community involvement practices to support environmental, social justice, and indigenous rights work. They really listen to the community by efficiently monitoring site and email feedback, social media (blogs, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, SurveyMonkey, etc.), and through face-to-face meetings and card sorting/priority setting exercises with active community members. NCI/WiserEarth also focuses on empowering other nonprofits to be more effective by providing interactive online community spaces with free tools like wikis, discussion boards, mapping of related organizations, and news feeds. This makes it possible for NGOs with limited resources to have an active online communtiy without having to invest in web programming and hosting. NCI also harnasses community members as volunteers from around the globe to support the organization's programs and provide enriching, capacity and collaboration-building experience for volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

growth in social media programs and brand recognition, a committement to continuous imporvement of the WiserEarth platform to support community collaboration, and empowering organizations in creative ways to connect and share resources globally.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to expand our community through the creative use of volunteers, social media, and face-to-face connections (as the organization is doing).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion of the global network supported by the organization and the depth of expertise of the program's staff on supporting amazing NGO work and using social media and internet technology to connect communities of actions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really dedicated and hailed from all over the world - and I really got to know them through online, call, and (sometimes) in person collaboration. It is truly a global organization!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

MAKE THE WORLD TREMENDOUSLY MORE SUSTAINABLE AND JUST.

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time to volunteer here!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping up with the tremendous number of great requests and opportunities for collaboration and expansion by working with other organizations and innovators from the NGO and business communities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Natural Capital Institute/WiserEarth is truly a model nonprofit organization that is empowering global communities in unexpected and inspiring ways.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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write a blog post to increase awareness around sustainability issues, bring WiserEarth to a country that will greatly benefit from our mission, promote and enter sustainability events around the world, review our WiserLocal program, carry our message across cultural boundaries by translating a page or two into a new language, enhance our Giving program and bring more financial sustainability to our organization.