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RHoKing out in Toronto. Hackers come together for a common goal!

It’s midafternoon in Toronto and the energy in the room is buzzing. Toronto is working on 7 projects.?? Highlights so far? Open Data Hack Day Teams have members of the City working with community and open data folks and are trying to solve problem definitions in Toronto for the people of Toronto. We have a [...]

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Vote Now for community.design.initiative

I know that we have been away for a while…both of us are working on other projects (Mel’s busy with Lady Atelier , CrisisCommons and her new job at AWID, and I’m busy with HealthyHousing.ca and blogging for the Because I am a Girl Campaign).  So, if you’ll forgive us for being a bit absent, [...]

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This week’s links: Gimmicks or Good Ideas?

Gaming for Good: “Online game seeks to empower Africa. Some people think of online gamers and see gaunt loners huddled in dark rooms, the sad blue glow of the computer screen on their faces as their lives pass them by. Game designer Jane McGonigal sees “superheroes” with untapped potential that can be used to fix [...]

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Some thoughts on Pepsi Refresh

This year, Pepsi decided to forgo its annual Super Bowl commercial in favour of supporting an social media charity initiative called Pepsi Refresh.  Obviously, Pepsi’s interest is the bottom line, so the idea that a social media charity project is on par with a super bowl commercial in terms of advertising value is AMAZING to [...]

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Guest Blogger Shannon Roszell on why monthly donations make a difference in Haiti

People are being so generous in supporting the people of Haiti and the relief work going on there. I would encourage individuals interested in providing support to consider becoming monthly donors with charities rather than giving larger one-time gifts. In a nutshell, sign up to be a monthly donor because: it allows charities to provide [...]

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Text to Donate for Haiti – some thoughts

Learning about all the stuff that’s happening around text message donations during the Haiti crisis.  It seems to be getting a lot of press! This is the first humanitarian disaster where this type of micro-donating is taking a really big roll.  Plan Canada (who I work for blogging at Because I am a Girl) have [...]

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How To Help Haiti – A guide for Canadians

A couple of interesting articles designed to help Canadians deal better with the Haitian tragedy came out this weekend.  It may sound silly – why do we need help to deal with a situation from which we are so far removed?  These articles look at what the best way for us to give is, and [...]

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The Event: Bar Philanthropy

This week’s Featured Event is Dream Now‘s Bar Philanthropy.  Don’t miss it – they’re piloting crowdsourced fundraising offline and in the flesh.  2.0 meets real life.  Here’s the premise… Step One: Register at the door, pay $30 ($25 event token + $5 donation to the Millennium Network), and receive a $25 token and a token [...]

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Toronto Events: November 2-8

LECTURE:  From Margin to Mainstream: Refashioning women’s ‘informal’ sector work in the Philippines November 4, 2009. 5:30PM – 6:30PM. Ontario College of Art and Design Auditorium. 100 McCaul St. http://apache.ocad.ca/events_calendar/eventdetail.php?id=1782 LECTURE: Citizenship and Immigration: Toward a Liberal Model Thursday November 05. 4-6 pm. Combination Room, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue. http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventId=7935 LECTURE: Securing The Future [...]

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Donate your “points” to charity!

If you’re anything like me, your wallet is full of points cards.  The creepy big-brother side of these cards is that they collect all sorts of data on your shopping habits, but on the other side, many of them have partnered with local charities to allow individuals to donate their points to a good cause. [...]

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