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WiserEarth
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.

The Great!

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Through an EPA Leadership Development Program, I worked on tracking and expanding social media outreach.