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Internet tools to build community and champion ideas

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With a long background in IT looking to build a community in a Web 2.0 world, I thought it appropriate to share the tools and resources and eventually the processes I apply:

First Principle: Grok how a tool is meant to be used and align with it.  While you must hold to your vision, the specifics of your deployment should be more dynamic.  Respect the toolmakers understanding of how the tool should be used!

Skype: Skype provides free calls, and conference calls , (for those online) and a cost effective means to include those living with land lines or cell phones.  You also can get free teleconferencing with shared documents among well connected sites. (help sheet coming)

OpenOffice: The open software solution to productivity tools.  You get a full suite of tools, from Word Processing to web-enabled database, to spreadsheets, to presentations.  It also reads and writes Microsoft office files.  It takes some thought, but everyone can have it for free.


As a general rule: Prepare your files with images at 300 dpi for best printing results. Be sure to submit in CMYK, not RGB. You must add 1/8 inch image all around if you have bleeds.

PGPrint tri-fold 173.90 for 500 – color / color – no discount for B&w back, no bleed
Ad-Print in Portland – 150 including shipping – green brochures
Got Print templates and great prices, broker program, 1.877.922.7374

Score business plan / financial / non-profit template collection (see below).

WordPress – the leading blogging engine available in both hosted ( and host your own versions (

Learn Support CODEX

WordPress TV

Score is a government program to help small buisiness people – documents, templates, consulting, etc.  I’m a fan of the talks they underwrite with the USC business school at the LA Athletic Club.  Here is their template collection.

Other Template Collections:

Idealware is a consulting firm that helps non-profits choose appropriate software / internet tools.  They have online training and many good articles.

Author: Mark Rice

I’m a UC Master Gardener with a huge interest in growing my own food, beekeeping, medicinal herbs and living sustainably. I also have a passion to share these journeys with like minded souls. I work with many off site communities and manage an educational organization and two outdoor learning facilities.

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