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Facebook for nonprofits: Maximizing ROI

The vast majority of our partners are on Facebook. Some have amassed impressive fan bases that number in the tens of thousands. They dutifully post day in and day out, spending several hours per month to keep online supporters informed, delighted, and, hopefully, engaged. Or are they engaged? What is…

Mountains of Misfit Electronics

It’s that time of year again: the holiday season. A time of giving and receiving gifts, many of which will be new electronics. Out with that “old” phone, game console, TV or laptop, and in with the new! Right? Of course there is an underbelly to our collective delight in…

Mapping the mystery–Santa Claus and climate change

The NORAD Santa Tracker (North American Aerospace Defense Command), a holiday tradition since 1955, is a hit at my house.  With two young boys, the combination of Santa Claus, computers and maps is hard to beat.  And when we read how NORAD tracks Santa this year, the 7 year old…

Seven cool things in 2012

As communications consultants working with nonprofits, foundations, mission-minded businesses and community groups on behalf of the environment and public health, we come across a lot of really good ideas and cool tactics. What follows are seven especially cool things that came across our collective desks in 2012. Some we were…

Coal export hearings draw record crowds

More than 2300 people packed last night’s coal export hearing at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle; about 95 percent of them came to say no to the proposed coal port near Bellingham. Lots more photos here. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state Department of…

We Three Kings

Yes, it’s one of my favorite Christmas carols, and here’s some good interpretations if that’s what you clicked through for: Miles Davis, Blondie, Patti Smith, The Amped, Paul Horn, Neil Diamond, and last but not least, Spinal Tap. But alas, this post isn’t about Christmas.  It’s about different things that…

King Tides: visualizing sea level rise

If you live along the west coast, you may have noticed flooded streets and sidewalks, submerged piers, and disappearing beaches this morning. Today marks the year’s highest tides. Known as “King Tides,” these seasonal high tides can cause the ocean to swell a foot above normal high water levels, providing…

Data is easy, good storytelling is the challenge

These days, it’s easier than ever to tell important health, environmental and energy stories with data. Want to determine how many coal plants in Illinois are violating Clean Air Act standards? This EPA database can help you figure it out (26 of 29 have exceeded limits in the last three…

Making the case for conservation in Congress

Carpe Diem West recently convened leaders from government agencies, utilities and NGO’s for the latest installment of discussions about how to restore and protect watersheds that are so critical to the West’s water supply. As usual, the ideas shared were innovative and inspirational. Just as instructional, however, was the cold…