My Nonprofit Reviews
What I love with Wiser is that they are able to be worldwide and so close to me. The management is a small team in Sausalito (CA) of empathic, brilliant and tireless people. They want something as simple as major : have all environmental and social associations to get the empowerment they should have to change our world.
They open a WiserTuesday weekly meeting in main capital countries to share on how associations can better use the Information and Communication Technologies, ICT. In addition they are overall offering to our associations a dedicated global common social network which contains a structured wiki. It is a great solution to store and share all our documents, meeting minutes. It is a helps us to share inside but also between thousandths associations articles, news and events.
I am in France, 15 km from Paris center, part of the 70 000 people on this network. Only few people have understood the major interest of this network but more and more get connected and see how it can revolutionize their communication.
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WiserEarth organization for me is 2 things : the people and the tool : wiserearth.org.
With the people, I have participated to some WiserEarhTuesday meetings that are really interesting. We share a lot of information and the atmosphere is friendly and efficiently motivating.
I will speak more on the Social Network tool here.
I am a professional on IT even if I use WiserEarth.org for the associations I beyond to.
To manage the exchanges between my associations members I quickly discovered the limits of the mails so I pushed the use of google groups.
This has provided a lot of coherence in the distribution of information. I manage about 10 groups in Google, haft are used to distribute the information from the administrators to a relative large amount of people per group (100) and the other half are used for discussions between active associations members.
Before I discovered WiserEarth.org (WE), I though that Social Networks are just one more technical solution to talk for nothing.
But with WiserEarth the focus is clear: environment, social justice and this covers my associations activities on the Bicycles as transportation means and my Transition Town of Sucy-en-Brie near Paris in France.
The second focus is on the collaboration and share of knowledge to build alliances. This is also for us dramatically important, to share between associations in the same town (a need for Transition Towns) and share between associations doing the same thing on a bigger scale (need for bike association because you don't stay in your town with your bicycle). I have used for a time a Ning network but it was always limited with complicate connections to an other Nings.
With WE I can do links to any association in the world and I can show an article of any of them in my own group. The best in WE is to use Groups for associations or specific topics.
The third good point with WE is the document building and sharing. It is not a perfect function but the backbone is here.
Let me share an example. A set of new bicycle paths are going to be built in our area within a project of 21 millions Euros. We need to give to the government our opinion on what we see as the best solutions. Instead of exchanging mails or blogging an loosing information I create an article in WiserEarth that I link to my association group. It is open to the member of the group so we edit each other this article to add our knowledge and send by a printout in pdf the article once finished.
This article will remain in the group and in 2 years we will be able to find it (very difficult with Google Docs) and update it. The information is structured as I want in WE.
WE is relatively new for a structured solution but it has good foundations and new releases, like the one giving access with your Google, Facebook or Yahoo account, is simplifying the life of members
For people it remains a bit complicate to use so a training must be done but after they understand the advantage and contribute. They will spend more time to add information but at least they really build up something !
In addition to all of that the WiserEarth Team are great people. Good will, lovely people, ready to help you and clear in their mind.
Long life to WiserEarth.org
Note : I am not a native english speaker so sorry for my broken english
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increasing my knowledge of existing associations and technically on open source tools solutions we could use. They have helped me to structure the actions of my associations with the Social Network.
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Continue to improve the wiserearth.org to be easy to use for writers and to add the evolutions required to fullfil my needs.
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