Assets in Web 2.0: How to Kick Philanthropic A@!
Problem: Waste. I hate waste! Assets and resources in our society are under-utilized, wasted, and thrown away. We have a lot of non-profit organizations who need resources (services, items, funding) and don't know where to get them. We also have a lot of non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals who have built up resources and services they can share, but they’re not finding each other.
Solution: In my experience of Co-founding Goodwill Globetrotting and working with community leaders across the world, I’ve found that we can solve this dilemma by having a centralized location for these agents of change to find and share resources, and communicate. That being said, Connect2Good is a web 2.0 networking community that brings together organizations that have assets with agents of change that need those resources. In this session I’ll focus on how everyday citizens are being empowered to work within a multi-stakeholder network to bring about real change in their community.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What is asset-mapping and why is it important? Asset-mapping is taking account of a community's human, civic, physical, and social capital. In order to realize the community's assets, one must know who and what are in the community. The ability to capitalize on the identified strengths while working to diminish the community pain points allows the community to build it's capacity to take responsibility for itself and steward it's growth in a direction most desired by it's inhabitants.
- What is needs based asset-mapping? This is a fresh approach to asset-mapping. Needs are no longer seen as a deficit-driven development model, per traditional approach. Rather, the actual needs of the community are seen as an asset insofar as they serve as a connecting metric.
- How do we coordinate community with online asset-mapping tools? Today's technology provides the fast communication necessary to track real time surplus and deficit needs. By realizing that multiple groups have the same needs, a community can connect and rally around that particular need.
- How does a web 2.0 online community translate to real world community development? Community development has often hinged on it's ability to gather key knowledge-holders, stakeholders, and engaged citizens into a forum. Historically that forum has been facilitated by churches, schools, and community centers. But the physical forum has serious limitations insofar as it actually serves as a barrier to entrance for certain participants. Meeting in an online virtual web 2.0 forum removes barriers.
- Why is Connect2Good poised to address the issues facing our communities? We witness self-organizing communities, such as Occupy, occur instantly. This blessing is also a curse in that these communities are often criticized for lacking structure. Connect2Good gives non-profits, which have structure, a platform to participate in the self-organizing community dialogue. This structure, coupled with the incentive of needs based asset mapping, creates a sustainable approach to community activism.
- Joshua Vaughan Connect2Good
Joshua Vaughan Connect2Good
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