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Allison Fine
Allison Fine is among the pre-eminent guides to the social media revolution. Her gift is for converting uncertainty over rapid change into excitement over remaking organizations by the least expensive and most profitable means available: connecting with others. She is the author of Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media. She is also the author of the award-winning Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, and co-author of the bestselling The Networked Nonprofit.

Entries by Allison Fine

Public School Apartheid in Harlem

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:19 PM

In the heart of Harlem is a windowless brick cube building that looks like a prison. It is, in fact, a public school. In the polite language of politicians and bureaucrats, this school, The Choir Academy of Harlem, is a hub of public school co-location. An efficient use...

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#GivingTuesday Gives More Than Money

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:44 PM

#GivingTuesday turns two years old this year and in that short time span it has already become a part of the cultural landscape. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. Last year, the effort took even the organizers by surprise by raising over $10 million for over 2,500 nonprofit...

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Putin Pines for Barack

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Vlady looked at the red phone and sighed. It wasn't going to ring today, he knew, and yet, an autocrat can wish can't he?

Poor little Ivan had drawn the short toothpick in the kitchen and had to tell the President of the Russian Federation that Barack cancelled lunch with...

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From Protests to Political Power

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Thousands of people stood in Times Square protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman. They were matched by protesters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and, of course, in little Sanford, FL, ground zero for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Sadly, none of these protests matter to the...

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A Packing List Dilemma

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 6:31 PM

A sign of how badly I want my son to go to sleepaway camp is the hours and hours I spent packing him up to go.

My youngest son, Jackson, is going to a camp in upstate New York. His brothers went to a camp in Western Massachusetts. There...

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The Expiration Date Conspiracy

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:18 PM

My middle son, Zack, was in need of a fainting couch. His cheeks were flushed and he had a sore throat. I knew his symptoms because he told me each one in great detail to make sure I understood, that I really, really understood, his condition. Zack is our resident...

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Judging This Year's National Pie Championships

(4) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 12:12 PM

The glorious sign hung in the entryway of the Caribe Royale Convention Center in Orlando, Florida: National Pie Championships.


Not local championships, or state or regional either -- national. Not cakes or cupcakes, or custards or flans. And not the number...

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The GiveList: A Holiday Resource for Tough Times

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 1:26 PM

The stock market is down, Ponzi schemes are up and the rest of us are left trying to make ends meet and support our favorite causes. But just because we're poor doesn't' mean that we have to be stingy!

Two weeks ago, my friend Marnie Webb and I launched...

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Top 5 Reasons You Won't Be Able To Vote

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 11:32 AM

Enormous efforts have been made by campaigns and public interest groups to register people to vote on November 4th. According to the Election Assistance Commission more than 2 million poll workers will be working at over 200,000 polling places this election. Unfortunately, what these new voters don't know is...

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Columbia Students Watch Presidential Summit With Passion

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2008 | 9:39 AM

I have been to a Super Bowl, and even to one or two operas. I was at Invesco Field in Denver when Senator Obama accepted the Democratic nomination. Yet, I have never seen a large audience as quiet, rapt and intense as the young people at Columbia University watching the...

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Millennials on Awesome Display at Columbia U.

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2008 | 12:17 AM

The Presidential Summit at the inaugural ServiceNation event at Columbia University tonight was fascinating to watch. But it wasn't so much the heavyweight presidential contenders that were mesmerizing, rather the thousands and thousands of young people who came to Columbia and sat on the lawn and the steps...

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Our 8-Track Tape Voting System

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 11:38 AM

Cable news stations like to count. They cover important and inane events 24/7, they tell me how many days are left in the year (so I can plan my New Year's activities, I guess) and how many days Baby Caylee has been missing. And lately they've been telling me exactly...

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NARAL Sticks a Finger in Our Eye

(81) Comments | Posted May 14, 2008 | 9:54 PM

The emails started to fly around yesterday in the late afternoon with the urgent subject line, "NARAL ENDORSES OBAMA!" In pained tones the senders, my circle of Hillary supporters, expressed their shock that one of the preeminent pro-choice organizations, one that they have supported in good times and bad, had...

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The Privileges Of Incumbency: Ignoring Your Constituency Until You Lose

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2008 | 10:02 PM

I was reminded today of the importance of using low-tech ways, like a conference call, for connecting people to each other and to campaigns and candidates. Even in this, the Connected Age, when Twitter and YouTube are dominating election news in the way that blogs did in 2004....

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Voter Story: Battling Adminsitrative Incompetence And Technical Failure At The Polls

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2008 | 10:51 PM

There will be a lot going on in Pennsylvania tomorrow with the death match between Obama and Clinton coming down to the wire. A huge turnout and lots of new voters are expected which is always worrisome in large states like PA with lots of different municipalities (the Pittsburgh...

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A People Powered 21st Century Democratic Party

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2008 | 1:22 PM

A Republican President drives us blithely into an economic recession with gasoline prices soaring. 2008? Nope,1982, although the similarities largely end there. Gas cost 91 cents a gallon then, the first music CD player was sold in Japan, and Michael Jackson was the coolest person on the planet with his...

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Union Organizer Finds Facebook A Problematic Advocacy Platform

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2008 | 4:02 PM

The following piece is cross-posted on Personal Democracy Forum.

It's like the premise of a science fiction novel; what would happen if all of your friends disappeared in an instant? It would be like a neutron bomb that killed everyone around you, except you, and there you were...

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On The Scene At A Hillary Rally

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2008 | 5:20 PM

I attended a boisterous rally of Hillary supporters in White Plains today. Hundreds of folks particularly union members who were nurses, teachers and, my favorite, the IUPAT. When the head of the painters union stood to speak he was flanked by about twenty or thirty of this
members, all...

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Bird-Dogging and Blogging the Primaries

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2008 | 11:44 AM

The following post is also published on Personal Democracy Forum.

Do you know which sector is the tenth largest biggest business sector in the country as measured by its revenue and number of employees? It's the nonprofit sector, a sprawling, incongruous group of causes, agencies, universities and hospitals linked...

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John Edwards' Win Free or Die Strategy for New Hampshire

(23) Comments | Posted December 18, 2007 | 7:57 AM

Cross-posted on techPresident.

As we race into the most compact primary schedule ever and the top two candidates for the Democrats continue to dominate the polls, I've realized that campaigns are a lot like ball games: the key ingredient that makes them both so much fun to watch is...

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