I think it's going to be Drupal
One of the things that I really like about drupal is the integration of other RSS feeds into the site.
Contained on these pages are things I think about because of my job -- technology and nonprofits, essentially. Disclaimers apply.
I've been thinking about this. First, it's important to realize that the risks a tech startup is willing to take with it's IT systems are different than an NPOs. A startup is likely to put up with more downtime than a NPO with clients to serve. There is also the inherent assumption that many startups have about their employees tech skills. A startup is likely to assume it's employees can maintain adequate broadband links to these web applications systems, where an NPO would be more likely to be crippled by a balky DSL connection. Also, a startup is more likely to have the resources available to evaluate the different web application offerings effectively.
Aside from that, I think the author is pointing us towards a future that, once some of the infrastructure and staff training issues are dealt with, NPOs will start moving towards as well. I think it is likely that a set of successful web applications will become available to non-profit organizations in different sectors in the medium term. I can imagine a set of arts organization management applications that a new theatre company can easily plug into, and quickly have the back office and development functionality they need. As it is now, an organization can use a commercial service like Get Active for large portions of their work.
My personal bias sees this arising out of the free and open source movement, as the economic and cultural advantages of a free tool such as CivicSpace are very strong. There is most likely a niche for a web services provider (WSP) that focuses on using open source tools for NPOs in specific sectors. This also ties into the "NPO in a box" ideas that [we've] kicked around, as well as the fifth "support" layer that some of us have envisioned as a resource to the four layer technology model.*
Tuesday: What are some free or inexpensive tools for teaching, training and building learning community?
In addition to our discussion on TechSoup on Tuesday, we will have a live synchronous meeting to demonstrate a real-time communication tool. The meeting will be at 11 am PDT (see the World Clock to calculate your time at http://www.timeanddate.com.) Register on the ICT Literacy Community (free) and log in at http://www.ictliteracy.info/ICT-Community.htm. In the Member Offices area, you will see my office (Janet Salmons.) When you hit the button “Enter Now” you will download the bit of Java you need to participate on the Elluminate platform. If you have a mic you will be able to talk using voice over Internet, otherwise you can chat.
Wednesday: How can we build learning community through meetings and conferences? We'll look at some best practice examples from the Tutor/Mentor Connection and KnowPlace.
Thursday: Going from f2f to online learning...what does it take? We'll explore some factors to consider when teaching or training online.
Friday: Any more questions? Summary and resources.
The potential [...] seems tremendous but, as yet, unknown. We do know, however, that it will take work: a committed [subject]-matter expert to drive the effort, a funder prepared to both champion and seed the work, a group of knowledgeable experts who can be available to demonstrate the possibilities, help populate the toolsets, train and motivate users, and encourage and document the possibilities, successes, and lessons. A technology platform, upon which this can be built, and which is continually made more robust, is simply the enabling device of this effort.
Are tags useful? Are there any questions you want to ask, or jobs you want to do, where tags are part of the solution, and clearly work better than old-fashioned search? I really want to believe that tagging is big, a game-changer, but the longer I go on asking this question and not getting an answer, the more nervous I get.