Open Source, Web 2.0 tools for social change

The New Wave in Open Source - Business Week

Partially via the excellent blog of Dan McQuillan, Internet.Artizans, partially just hopping from other sources I had, I keep on unearthing what appears to be a never-ending thread of discussion, blogs, networks, events and activities that are sizzling beneath the surface of the UK/European NGO sector.

There are hundreds of Web 2.0 and FOSS applications out there, which NGOs are making use of, and given the enormous amount of information one can unearth, it is not surprising for many poorly-staffed and under-resourced organisations continue to be overwhelmed by the speed of technological change. Yet one thing is certain: those who are passionate about Web 2.0, and have the time, resources, and dare-I-say age to undersand its potential, see it as the key to the future success of the NGO sector. Even the World Bank seems convinced about it.

I am trying to put together a list which – like the others I have started in the last few days – will try to offer an overview of the most common Open Source and Web 2.0 tools applications which are being used (or could be used) by NGOs to pursue their missions and promote social change. Open Source software in particular appears to have experienced a boom in recent months, and NGOs are set to be among the first ones to benefit from this creative wave.

The full list can now be found on this separate page.

6 responses to “Open Source, Web 2.0 tools for social change

  1. Hi and thanks for including CitizenSpeak on your list. CitizenSpeak is also an open source module on Drupal. One more thing. CitizenSpeak has a new sibling called – a free site for creating and sharing ringtones about the 2008 election in the US. Non US citizens may not be able to vote, but you can still get your voice heard rolling your own ringtone at Ring it ON!

  2. Pingback: RobLog » Open Source, Web 2.0 tools for social change

  3. Hi there,

    I’d like to inform you about Helpalot. It’s a charity social network site, where charities can promote themselves (for free). Members can show their support on their personal page and write evaluations.

    More information on the site itself:

  4. excellent site! it deserves a full GlobaLab entry!

    (will give you more feedback later!)

  5. Thanks, we’ve put the site online as early as possible so we can receive feedback while we further develop the site. I’d love to read your feedback.

  6. Nice article you’ve got there. Thanks a lot.


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