Archive for March, 2011

PICnet at the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation

I promise the reason I left dreary Washington, D.C. behind for 5 days in Los Angeles wasn’t just that it was 70 degrees in mid-February.  Rather, it was the chance to connect with 100 young social innovators from around the world all convening in Santa Monica to discuss trends in social entrepreneurship.  Okay, so the weather didn’t hurt, but I swear it was the chance to learn and grow as a social entrepreneur that inspired me to go.

I was honored to be selected as a StartingBloc fellow, and am incredibly grateful to PICnet for supporting my attendance at their social innovation summit.  In attendance were social entrepreneurs representing six continents, multiple countries, numerous sectors and cause areas, and myriad life experiences.  What connected us all, though, was our passion to employ the toolkit of entrepreneurship to improving the world around us.  From the social entrepreneur addressing sanitation issues in slums in his native India, to a recently-returned Haiti volunteer dedicating his career to teaching others the Creole language to promote cross-cultural communication, the ideas were big, and the action even bigger. Read more »


Project Manager superstar wanted in D.C.

Project Manager with excellent client-handling skills desired to run the point on web development projects for outstanding non-profit organizations. Ability to post triple-doubles of client satisfaction, on-time and on-budget performance, and stellar work product a must. We’re looking for MVP-type talent to cut through the madness this march and push to the finals for our organizations that work so hard to make this world a better place.

Whether you’re a Number One seed or Cinderella story, if you’ve got the passion to win for non-profits, the skills with the project rock, and a positive vibe for good team chemistry, we’ve got a bracket with your name on it.

Want to join this Big Dance? Find out more on our job announcement.


Extending the power of J!Salesforce

We’ve been hard at work creating powerful tools to integrate Non-Profit Soapbox with the world-class CRM solution, Salesforce. Yesterday, we extended that a bit further by adding a couple of elegant gems.

The first is filtering Salesforce records displayed in Non-Profit Soapbox based on the Account ID of the logged in visitor. That goes along nicely with the existing ability to filter by the Contact ID of the logged in visitor. “Why would I want to do that”, you say? Good question! Let’s tackle a few concepts and existing functionality to break that down a bit into meaningful language that gets at why.

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The doctors are in at NTC 2011

Sometimes you see challenges and new opportunities in life and you think to yourself, “I really need to find a daytime television show with doctors that will help solve all my anxieties and generally make me a better person”.  Well, that’s not exactly what we’ll be providing at the Non-Profit Technology Conference on Saturday…but it’s close!

Dr. Tim Forbes* and Dr. Ryan Oz…imek* will be sharing our knowledge from years of practice in website medicine at the “What to expect when expecting…a website” session (must be logged in to the NTC site to see this) at this year’s NTC in Washington DC.  This will be one of 15 rare Online NTC livestream video sessions as well, so we’ll make sure to be fully engaged for the online community as well.  Someone call makeup!

Here’s our official blurb on the session from the NTC website.

Session Overview

Congratulations, your web redesign/redevelopment budget was approved by your board of directors, and you’ve fallen in love with your new web consultant.  Now what?  This session will walk you through the typical phases of a web development project, providing you a roadmap to help prepare you for the process, the potential pitfalls, and areas to look to for success.  Additionally, this session will provide you with the warning signs of a budget-busting trajectory and prepare you to avoid time-crunch finishes.

Session Takeaways

1) Understand the 6 key phases of any web development project 2) Warning signs of a project that’s on a budget-busting trajectory 3) Ways to keep your organization, and your consultant, on-time

So, the doctors are in!  Add this session to your agenda (must be logged into the NTC site), and we’ll see you there!

* The FDA has not approved this language. Neither Tim nor Ryan are real doctors, but they’ll play them in this session.


You’re invited to our NTC 2011 party!

With the 2011 Non-Profit Technology Conference (NTC) happening in our backyard this week, we thought it would be a good idea to do a little PICnet style celebration while our friends and clients are all in Washington DC.

On Friday, March 18, from 8pm until they tell us to quiet down because we’re having too much fun, you’re invited to join your PICnet friends and Phil the Accidental Techie (penguin!) at our official NTC party in Dupont Circle. We’ll be at One Lounge, 1606 20th St, NW, just three short blocks away from the Hilton where the NTC will be held. First drink is on us!

For our NCAA basketball tourney friends that will need their fix after being away from the TV all day, we’ll have the tournament on as well.


Spread the word, bring a friend, and get ready for a good time!