Technology

The Blogger Prophets

I wrote this sermon in 2006 for the Progressive Faith Bloggers Conference. I was thinking of it recently, and it just seemed so appropos for where I am, and where things are, so I thought I'd repost it.

 

 

Finding and claiming our prophetic voice

 

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An entry from my tech blog

 Title: External, alienated, busy-busy

As you might know, almost a year ago, I made a big change in my use of social media - I segregated my social graph - work related stuff moved to LinkedIn and Twitter, and personal friends only on Facebook. Now, I have taken the next step, and made somewhat of a momentous decision. I'm not alone - Jon Stahl did this before me, and I know there are others. There are plenty of people who never entered these waters at all.

I have been fairly conflicted about this for a while. There are things I really like about Twitter, Identi.ca, Buzz, etc. I like being connected to the nptech community, and learning what's happening. I really like reaching out and getting questions answered. But, being on those networks has taken it's toll on me. It's time spent I need for other things. It's an influx of information in my brain that I really don't need. And I'm sure people really don't need to hear what I think or what I'm doing in 140 characters or less.

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What is leadership?

Some current events are making me think a lot about leadership. I've been (and am) a leader in a variety of contexts, and perhaps I haven't thought a lot about, or articulated, what I think leadership is, and means. But some recent events in a community I care deeply about have made me reflect on this, and be much more conscious about the ways I am a leader.

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Stories worth Digging...

I don't know how many of you know about Digg. Digg is one of those Web 2.0 collaborative bookmarking systems - with a big twist - people vote on whether a story (mostly news-y kinds of things) deserves to be seen. The more “diggs” a story gets the more attention it gets.

There used to be this thing when a site got “slashdotted” (or the “slashdot effect” - that was when it got on the front page of slashdot.org.) Well, now, there is the “digg effect”

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Take Back The Tech

For some reason, the subject of women and technology seems to have come to the fore today. First, I got a comment on an entry in my other blog about women and technology, which gave me a heads up on some very good blogging going on about the topic. Ethan Zuckerman (I need to read that blog more) had a great post about gender and ICT.

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Someone really needs to get a life

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New-to-you laptop: best for churches or non-profits, part 4

So, Scott has some good answers to the question I posted last. He then goes on to ask what kinds of laptops could possibly be used. This is my answer: it depends. Does the minister just want a way to write sermons on the beach? Then, a simple laptop, with a single USB port for a thumb drive that can then be plugged into an office PC for printing would be all that you'd need. An old one would work fine.

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New-to-you laptop: best for churches or non-profits, part 2

Scott Wells and I are doing tag-team blogging this week, the topic: how well can a used laptop work to run an operating system like Ubuntu, or it's lighter cousin, XUbuntu. Scott's basic question (part 1) is posted on his blog today. Basically, the question is this - how do you provide a minister of a cash-strapped church (or, a seminarian) with a laptop that is affordable, and provides everything that's necessary?

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I'm going to hang out in Second Life for this?

I've already posted on Second Life, the newish virtual environment that allows you to walk around a virtual world, buy land, build, interact with people, etc. I registered my healthy skepticism already for SL as a tool for nonprofit organizations, and I decided that for me personally, although I might have been all over this 10 years ago, I think I'm getting to value my offline time way too much to decrease it for something like this.

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Web 2.0 Series

I just wanted those of you that read this main blog know that on my other blog, Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology, I've been writing a series on Web 2.0 - that interesting group of new technologies and concepts that has made the web a different place than it was a couple of years ago. It might be worth reading. The first few articles are not overly technical (I'll be getting into some very heavy technical waters later.)

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