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David - I came across this post and was wondering if any 'critical mass' is starting to form around use of social software in the not-for-profit arena as a result of the SocialSource event.

I write a blog promoting usage of wikis in the non-technical arena and I'm starting to focus more and more on opportunities in the nonprofit space (any more time spent in the enterprise arena just makes my head throb).

Kris - I wish I could say yes, nonprofits are using wikis and social software extensively. Unfortunately I don't see much evidence yet. There's some discussion about the barriers at the ICT Foresight blog. It may be possible within an organisation with strong leadership and support, but it doesn't seem to work around project teams and ad hoc groups. It's difficult enough to get people to use simple editable pages like Writeboard or indeed anything beyond simple web and email. Frustrating - but as with most things, people will use when there is a compelling reason, and it is easy. Not quite there yet.

David - thanks for the ICT Foresight link - it'll be a valuable reference for something I have in mind.

I appreciate your disappointment (but optimism) at the slow adoption of social software tools in the civic/volunteer space. That's pretty typical everywhere except in the tech/developer arena, it seems.

But I am also an optimist - above and beyond altruistic ambitions, I think there also needs to be a profit motive to get participants involved (I'm working on that angle).

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