Aggregating for Impact
Facilitated by Arthur Coddington, Craigslist Foundation
Using the volunteer aggregation project All for Good as a starting point, we'll look at data aggregation projects as a way to increase social impact and explore some issues that can derail them (data standards, adoption, partner management, conflicts with existing business models, etc.).
Aggregating Data Streams
CASE STUDY: All for Good
Presidential Transition Team - Increase service levels in USA Jonathan Greenblat
Volunteering, Picking up Trash, carpooling Google, Craigslist Foundation, all major tech firms
Goal: find volunteer ops within X miles.
Launched in June
Case Discussion -- Should it be inside the government?
Cons: slow, procurement, filtered data, limits on presented data Pro:
Corporation for national and community service -> facilitating way the government would present the data -> data provider
Data Standards Issue
Social Actions -> similar site microformat for volunteer ops
Serve.gov << http://www.allforgood.org
What was negotiated from private volunteer listing vendors?
Now managed by an independent nonprofit org, up and running Jonathan Greenblat, ED
Example of what's possible, other data aggregation project
Many different reasons for data not being released
Many opportunities to collect and integrate disparate data Crime Data, Juvenile hall statistics
Linking volunteer options with media distribution
Local data sharing - showing local solutions in contextual way
USing Competition to drive action - a la foursquare
Connecting greed impulse to philanthropy
Visualization tools for impact measurement
Closing the feedback loop -> listing what was supposed to happen, checking that it did, and giving credit for completed actions
Curriculum aggregation resource for social justice ogs -> some partners sell curriculum -> vs free rouserces - similar balance and negotiation issues
What kind of businesses are making money off volunteering? Large companies who want to increase volunteer work - managing them.
Managing volunteers - how to and who onebrick, etc.
Reputation and ranking of nonprofits: great nonprofits
TAKEAWAYS: data aggregation abound volunteer opportunities success story for very diverse stakeholders & partner management - it can be done! contextual display of opportunities getting involved with data streams for volunteer ops: www.ourgoodworks.org