Low- and No-Cost Online Advocacy Tools. The Tactical Tech Collective has put up a brief guide for non-profit organizations listing out a collection of popular web services that can be used for advocacy quickly with little to no technical support and at low- to no-cost. The guide is organized as follows: A few good case studies in there, too.
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Micro Fundraising on Twitter. Tweet“Little gifts - and lots of them - are the holy grail.” Some interesting links and case studies for non-profit organizations.
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Designism Connects. A new website that matches non-profit organizations with designers to work on creative projects for social change. Browse the list of projects here. The site is a collaboration between the Art Directors Club and, tapping into their massive international network of organizations.
>  8 October 2008 | LINK | Filed in , , “Activists estimate that half the billboards in New York City are illegal. Between fudged permits, lack of enforcement, and millions in profit, outdoor advertising has become a corporate black market that wont flinch at breaking laws to get your attention.&helip; is a new effort initiated by the Anti-Advertising Agency with to help organize and support the removal of illegal billboards in New York (we’ll get to the rest of the country soon I hope!). consists of a forum and blog where you can learn how to investigate an illegal sign and track progress.&helip; Canadian activist group is responsible for the removal over 100 illegal billboards in the City of Toronto.”
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Nonprofit Boot Camp Online. Lots of audio files and session notes from workshops on nonprofit marketing, fundraising, management and technology issues. (via)
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Map Website Visits

One frequent request from users of my little Flash map is a way to map traffic to their website. So here it is. The map above displays a week of traffic to the map home page.

I adapted the geocounter PHP script to query the API and convert IP address to latitude and longitude and store the location in a database.

There are a few tools that map traffic by adding dots to a PNG or markers to an embedded Google map, but I find these cluttered and cumbersome. My map does a few things differently:

  • With a single click, zoom into a cluster of points to see a finer, more detailed view. No more bouncing to Google or fiddling with a lot of navigation buttons. You can also click-and-drag to zoom into a specific selection, or click on the edge of the frame to move around.
  • Additional traffic increases the total area of the dots proportional to the number of hits you get, not just doubling diameter with each subsequent hit.
  • Points fade over time as the traffic record ages.
  • Traffic from the same location over multiple days is represented by concentric circles, older visits shown in outer rings that fade over time.
  • You can customize colors of the points, background, countries and borders. For instance, see darker, analog-style version on the map home page.
  • You can configure the how long you want to store traffic data, and the minimum size of the points.

The geocounter script is GPL’ed and the map is free for personal or non-profit use, but requires a license for commercial use. For more information visit

Download the PHP scripts and world map at

It's been thrilling watching traffic show up from far-flung places. Sort of takes me back to the old web odometer days. Enjoy!

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Google Checkout for Non-Profit Organizations. Free, online donation processing until 2009. No monthly, setup or gateway fees.
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Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design. A nice little publication from the National Park Service, circa 1994.
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The opposite of shoplifting, shopdropping is covertly placing merchandise on display in retail environments.

For instance, Banksy altering the Paris Hilton debut album and leaving it at the record store to critique and politicize its message, or the Barbie Liberation Organization swapping the voice hardware of Teen Talk Barbie and the Talking Duke G.I. Joe doll and returning the dolls to the shelves. (Instructions here.)

Coke LaborA new project from the Anti-Advertising Agency is PeopleProducts123. From the Web site you can download PDFs of new packaging for products, print them out, color them in, and place them in your local store. The improved packaging featuring images and stories about the workers who make them. 

Participants are encouraged to upload their images to Flickr, tagged peopleproducts123. See a video about the project here.

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198 Methods of Nonviolent Action. A few tactics for the toolbox.
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