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Beth Kanter’s 10 Ways Geolocation Is Changing The World

Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog and the forthcoming book The Networked Nonprofit, CEO of Zoetica, and curator of NTEN’s “We Are Media” Nonprofit Social Media Starter Kit.” Best known for her prominence in the nonprofit world, Kanter was name one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company Magazine, and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.”

This week in Beth’s Blog, she takes a more detailed look at how location technologies are transforming the way we experience, navigate, and ultimately better our world.

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An Interview with Robert Chatwani on Giving Works Trends 2009

Originally posted by Beth Kanter on Beth’s Blog.

Right before the holidays, eBay released 2009 figures for Giving Works, its fundraising program and marked a historic record for total funds raised for non-profits through ebay.com. According to the report, the eBay community gave $50 million to nonprofits, a 17% jump over 2008 despite the ongoing recession. The program allows individuals to donate while using eBay. I was lucky enough to do a quick email interview with Robert Chatwani, eBay’s head of Global Citizenship, to learn more behind the numbers.

(1) Give me your elevator speech

At eBay, we think about citizenship and sustainability in terms of People, Planet, and Communities. Our focus is on harnessing the reach and scale of our core businesses – eBay and PayPal – to create a positive impact. By fostering entrepreneurship for global sellers, keeping goods out of landfills through the sale of pre-owned products, and raising funds for nonprofits through sales on eBay, we’re growing our business and enabling millions of eBay users to participate by voting with their dollars. Plus we have 15,000 employees around the world who get to think about changing the world through their everyday work, which is really exciting.

In terms of giving – we see two large macro trends taking place. The first is that online giving is growing fast, at a rate that’s 7 times faster than offline giving. The other is that many more consumers are thinking about social and environmental values when making decisions about what to buy. These consumers have new mindset, and they’re more practical and socially conscious than ever before.

Read the rest of the interview on Beth’s Blog.