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Wall Street Journal published an article corroborating my findings.

I wrote my article the week before the Wall Street Journal article was published. Does that mean I scooped the WSJ? Check out the title of the article:

Social-networking phenomenon makes it easy for donors to

promote their favorite causes online.
(WSJ July 14, 2008--Paul B. Carrol)

The entire article is well worth reading, but not-for-profit organizations should pay careful attention to the following two sentences:…


Added by Amy Stark on July 20, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Erik Deckers blogged about unacceptable words

I can’t find the original post, but I read something on Erik Decker’s Blog, Laughing Stalk regarding words that should be banished due to their OVERUSE. From Erik’s blog, I went to the original article published on LSSU’s website.

Before announcing the offensive 17 or so words, the last paragraph in the original article states,

“In this spirit, LSSU presents its 2008 list, a PERFECT STORM… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 18, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

How many social media sites are out there, anyhow?

Social Media is in the midst of exponential growth.

The image below is somewhat dizzying,

and overwhelming. I selected it

specifically for that reason.


Ten easily repeatable steps a nonprofit should use to spread their message FREE via social media:

1. Produce an amazingly fabulous product (AFP) It must have an… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 16, 2008 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Warren Buffett and seven secrets

I have digg widget on my Google dashboard and I clicked an article about Warren Buffet--perhaps the wealthiest man on the face of the earth. Bill Gates and Warren play a version of one-upmanship by seeing who can donate the MOST amount of money to philanthropic causes.

Warren Buffett has been on my top ten hero list for some time, but after discovering he plays bridge online with Bill for twelve hours a week, he may move up to the… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 16, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Woo Hoo--Published Article in Inside Indiana Business Thursday July 17, 2008

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Indiana Not-For-Profits Must Not Let Fear Dictate Their Use of Social Media by

Amy Stark is licensed under a

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 15, 2008 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Why I live in Indiana- Forum Discussion from Smaller Indiana

Indianapolis is a big city with a small town feel, which appeals to me. Mostly I live in Indiana because it's home.

I grew up in Ft. Wayne and spent many summers at Enchanted Hills Playhouse--a Summer Stock Theatre near Syracuse. I played the role of Amaryllis in Meredith Wilson's The Music Man when I was nine years old. I have some wonderful memories of Lake Wawasee, Erik. Thanks for reminding me.

I spent a few months after I graduated, trying to land a teaching position… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 14, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Cell phones as currency--brought to us by Internet Protocol

I met with Woody Collins (an esteemed member of this group) to discover more about his organization Congo Helping Hands--. I highly recommend checking out his blog-- I discovered an interesting short video on his blog regarding cell phones in developing… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 12, 2008 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

Email sent to Mr. Dick--Inside Indiana Business article does not highlight social media strengths!

Dear Mr. Dick,

I was concerned about the negative tone of Kyle Elyse Niederpruem’s article regarding the corporate world’s use of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, et al). I realize her article focused on the for-profit world, but I am concerned that it will reinforce the fear and misunderstanding prevalent in Indiana’s not-for-profit sector.

Social media is an Internet platform that allows for word-of-mouth communication not restricted by space or time. I can put an… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 3, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Email Evaluation of Smaller Indiana 6/26/08 Open House Soiree--Amy Stark-Pat Coyle

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM, Amy Stark wrote:

Hey Pat,

Thanks for offering me the opportunity to work on this project, I adore a good challenge. I only succeeded, however, if I surpassed your expectations.

I really appreciate your thanks written in your blog, the XO mention, calling me your viral marketing liaison in front of Linda Purnell and thanking me in front of the event attendees—the validation meant a lot to me.

Here is a breakdown of the… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on June 30, 2008 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

I love Creative Commons -- Does anyone else use them?

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What Ideas Can be Shared Around a Card Table? by Amy Stark is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on June 24, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

What Ideas can be shared around a card table?

I used to play bridge online. I would connect through the Internet to sit at a virtual table and play bridge with someone from a different state or even a different country. If I signed on after dinner, there were several people from England, Scotland and Ireland just coming home from the pub.

One morning I was playing at a virtual bridge table with someone from Israel, Australia, and Romania. Ordinary people--who could afford a computer and a connection--virtually sitting at a table… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on June 24, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

OK, so I was overly optimistic

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

Charles Kingsley



Wouldn’t you know it, I acted like I had…


Added by Ray on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Confucius said.............

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.


I had the good fortune to attend a lecture and discussion last week on Confucianism. It was an excellent program and reminded me of the wisdom imparted by Confucius over the centuries. It was also helpful for the attendees to be reminded that Confucianism is not a traditional religion… Continue

Added by Ray on November 30, 1999 at 11:00am — No Comments

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