Proactively crowdsourcing? Or just being lazy?

This is a wee follow up to my previous post about the upcoming panel discussion on non-profits using social media.

I’m on the panel, of course, but I hardly consider myself an expert on the topic. I just¬†think there’s value in hearing from people who are in the same position as most of the audience – trying to find ways to bring social media tools into an organization.

One thing that tends to happen at these events is that presentations and discussions happen first, then questions follow later. It works, I guess, but why not get your questions in first in the hopes that the panellists will actually be prepared to answer them?

So on that note, I ask the dozens of loyal readers of this blog – what do you want the panel to talk about at the next TTO?¬† Even if you can’t make the event, please leave some questions in the comments and I’ll see what I can do about getting some replies.


  1. Hey Matt, I have never worked with charities before myself so I can’t add much. I’m not sure about the other two. However, I think many of the same lessons can apply; it’s all about communicating with your target audience.

  2. Yup in the case of Charities and less so along the nonprofit side you’re asking for money and social networks are a more direct means for it. I wonder what’s been done along these lines.

  3. I think crowdsourcing is a genius word and one of the aims of blogs.
    You got me really curious about the panel now!

    Some questions pr people in NFP orgs can have: I have so much too do, so little time. Where do I start? what technology do I need? how much does it cost? can I just add all these buttons (F, G, Flickr, etc) that people can use on their networks? Will it mean more work for me? What if I build it and no one comes? and if they come, can I handle the effort of sustaining the conversation? How do I get the authority to speak for the organization if things go on a tangent? Isn’t it better to pitch and get to know some bloggers whose authority is already established?

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