Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

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Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

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Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

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Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

How To Embed Training for Google Apps

By | Client Support, Google Apps, How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

wpbeginner screenshot

WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

By | How To: Video Tutorial | No Comments

WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

Image Baker City Building Made of Brick. Wall is Painted with words "Baker City"

Oregon Crowdfunding

By | Crowdfunding | No Comments

Originally posted at United Community Partners on  

As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

Photo by Base Camp Baker

Crowdfunding Art - Giant Metal Squid Mechateuthis by Barry Crawford - Photo by Kim Oltheim

Crowdfunding Art Projects

By | Craft, Crowdfunding, Mutuality

When I was a teenager there were two things I loved art and computers. I ended up going to study art at- California College of Arts and Crafts – now called California College of the Arts. It’s a shame that they dropped the word “crafts” considering the resurgence of American craft and DIY culture and the maker movement we’ve seen propelled by sites like Etsy, Custommade and Maker Faire. I’ve always loved to be around artists, builders and makers who create constantly.

Recently I had the opportunity to help a truly talented maker named Barry Crawford of Crawford Metal Works get his massive work – Mechateuthis to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burningman Festival. It was such a pleasure to help as Barry is from the small town I live in now in Eastern Oregon. His father bronze sculptor David Crawford and his wife and fellow creative dynamo Tori were able to see Barry’s epic metal squid AT burningman in 2015. You can keep up with Mechateuthis on her facebook page . Yes…the giant squid is a she! #girlpower

Working furiously we funded the project in under 26 hours – a record! It was such a thrill to be part of getting Barry’s work out into the world so he can continue to create from Elko, Nevada with his partner Kim Otheim.

Adding a cherry on top Popular Mechanics recently celebrated Barry’s work in a piece called Consider the Giant Robot Squid.

Here are a few more articles on Mechateuthis

Maker Faire – Mechateuthis

MAKE Magazine – Good Lord This Gyrating Giant Mechanical Squid Is Gorgeous

Laughing Squid A Magnificent Hand Crafted Giant Squid Flexes Its Mechanical Tentacles at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Mental Floss – Watch a Giant Mechanical Squid Strut Its Stuff

Crowdfunding for Creatives

Patreon
Go Fund Me
Hatchfund

Training for Google Apps Chrome Extention

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Onboarding Google Apps for Work Clients

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Nonprofits rollouts can be very time consuming and overwhelming for a first time Google Apps Admin. How do you ensure that a whole team or business doesn’t grind to a halt as a large new tool kit is introduced to a group or business?

Google has provided a huge basket of support for Google Apps administrators but the item that I was most happy to find was a Chrome extension called Training for Google Apps by Synergyse (recently acquired by Google.) Training for Google Apps Chrome extension embeds how to documentation and videos directly in the Google Apps interface. If you are in Gmail – you have Gmail training at your fingertips. In Calendar you have Google Calendar Training at your fingertips and so on for each Google App you deploy. This extension has saved my bacon more than once. Training for Google Apps empowers you entire user base to self train and self serve the how tos as they require them inside the applications.

The installation for admins is not too horrible and the trimming down of your support calls is sweet relief to any service provider or Google Apps administrator.

To install Training for Google Apps on your domain – login to your admin panel for the domain and visit the Google Apps Marketplace and follow the instructions.

To ensure that your team has Chrome installed and the Tutorials for Google Apps installed watch this playlist.

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WordPress Basics Video Tutorials Playlist by wpbeginner.com

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WPBEGINNER.COM

These guys are wonderful and create a huge amount of really accessible content on how to use WordPress. The thing is there is so much super helpful digestible training that it’s hard to know where to begin. I refer all my clients there and ask them to sign up on the site. This is a WordPress Beginner Playlist from their Youtube Channel. The videos are not in any particular order so if you go to the playlist on youtube you can just take a look at the over 60 videos in the list to see what’s there – or click on the top left corner of the video player below to see the entire list of videos in the playlist and just watch the video that interest you. This playlist is updated regularly by wpbeginner.

Do yourself a big favor and follow the link above to subscribe to their site, follow them on social media and youtube.

Flocks and Swarms, Us Networked is a blog about how we as individuals and communities, small businesses and creative collaborators are making use of the wonders the global network affords us all. I also write posts on specific technologies or applications and how people are using them to empower themselves and their communities to thrive.

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Oregon Crowdfunding

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As most know our community has recently successfully crowdfunded two projects, the Eagle Creek Orchard frost equipment campaign and the PineFest Music Festival campaign.  Pinefest is still going strong – Come through this Fall for a great day!

So I thought I would give some more general information on crowdfunding and the new economic models emerging in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008 which constricted the ability to get anything done if it required a bank’s approval.

 

Crowdfunding Platforms

There are thousands of platforms popping up which are specific to different types of crowdfunding from the very personal (weddings, medical emergencies), to creative (writers, film, musicians) community infrastructure and local projects (solar projects, school gardens, art or hack spaces) and scientific research projects. Here is a very short list of what is out there.

Some of us are familiar with the big name sites in crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Here’s a comparison of these two sites.

How to Raise Funds with Crowdfunding

A successful crowdfunding campaign relies primarily on our social media connections online. While traditional funding is face to face or on the phone – crowdfunding relies on our networks online – and how active we are in those networks supporting other people and projects. The people, businesses and organizations we connect to, share and support online are the same folks who will share our story and celebrate our successes. We are much larger than the 1200 or so people here in the Pine Valley area in Baker County, Oregon. Our personal and professional networks online combined together are very large and our reach is very far when we use the internet to let people know about what matters to us.

Here’s a great article on understanding just how big the extended network of 1000 people might be:

How large is your network: the power of second and third degree connections.

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

Equity crowdfunding is a method to fund traditional businesses and innovative start-ups. Equity crowdfunding is regulated by the SEC and requires that funders be “accredited.” This simply means that to invest via an equity campaign you must be a sophisticated investor who does not require as much protection. You or you and your partner combined must have a high income and high net worth. More info on accredited investors.

July 25, 2016 – UPDATE – SEC rules have been updated and expanded to open up equity crowdfunding to a wider community of investors. Here’s a good write up by Christopher Mirabel at Inc. Magazine – 2016 Crowdfunding Rules, More Complicated Than You Think.

More information at National Crowdfunding Association which covers the new equity or investment crowdfunding rules in place to protect consumers.

Equity Crowdfunding for bringing wealth back to Oregon

Eastern Oregon has North East Oregon Economic Development District working with Springboard Innovation to build a regional plan for localizing the economy. More details on that here.

Briefly from Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD:

By working together as organizations and individuals in three northeast Oregon counties, and taking advantage of external expertise, we will:

  • Provide support for local businesses that need investment capital and are profitable or have profit potential, but are not likely to be attractive to angel investors, venture capital investors or commercial lenders
  • Create options for individuals to invest a portion of their capital within the region
  • Work together on an economic development project that will increase the vitality of the region and our ability to work together

Their project ChangeXChangeNW is “a resource for communities in the Northwest. Our goal is to bolster local economies by connecting the dots between socially-minded investors and locally-owned businesses.”

Go to their site for details on all of these exciting changes happening. Springboard Innovation is working with NEODD to bring the same model eastward. Contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD for details.

Crowdfunding for Projects

Startsomegood focuses on projects with clear benefits and have strict criteria for using the platform.

“StartSomeGood is a peer funding platform for broadly-progressive social impact projects and organizations. While our focus is on social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for creating change we support all forms of changemaking: entrepreneurial, advocacy and activism, community organizing, research and information provision and inspiration.

“Our vision is a world where everyone can be a changemaker, where communities can create the future they want and governance is citizen-focused and responsive.”

“Our goal is to build the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.”

Local Projects

Crowdfunding for Rural Organizations
Crowdfunding for Civil Projects
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects

 

Crowdfunding is a huge topic which we can’t cover in one post so please come back!   I encourage everyone to explore what’s out there and what has already been made real via crowdfunding, microlending, crowdsourcing, and equity crowdfunding. Let’s get to work on imagining what is possible!

If you have any questions or would like us to focus on a particular crowdfunding topic in the future, let me know in the comments.

 

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