It's time to share one of my many odd obsessive habits...I count women. I counted them in English and calculus classes. I counted them at New York Venture Capital Association gatherings. I counted them in business school. Comdex. Networld. Microsoft Web Tech Ed. Interop. DEMO. CEO symposia. Why? I like to order what I see. These numbers mean something to me. I like knowing what the numbers actually are. And besides, why not add things up?
At any rate, here's the first set of numbers that I have to share. I'm going to post these for a while to see if anything interesting comes of it.
I was thrilled to hear some nonprofit success stories while at N-TEN. (So much content at these nonprofit conferences has to do with things that are NOT working.) The best results of applied technology seemed to come from social networking. Folks that invested time into social networking achieved measurable growth - isn't it nice when promises are kept?
Another thoughtful panel at the N-TEN conference was a session covering the "Next Generation of Open Tools." Although the well-meaning panelists did a tidy job of defining Web 2.0 - and the idea of more engaged constituents was appealing - the nonprofits in the room found it hard to see how open source tools could
apply to their efforts.