Three Pillars of Social Source
Gideon Rosenblatt's excellent paper on the state of nonprofit technology is a must-read for everyone interested in information technology for nonprofits. From the site:
In the world of scarce resources plaguing the nonprofit technology sector, we currently suffer from a conflation of roles. This paper outlines three functional roles that are essential for a vibrant nonprofit technology sector. These â€œthree pillarsâ€ include the â€œapplication developerâ€, the â€œapplication integratorâ€ and the â€œapplication hoster.â€ Drawing clearer distinctions between these roles will help nonprofit technology assistance providers clarify their organizational missions, which will reduce competitive overlap and pave the way for improved collaboration between organizations. These steps are absolutely necessary if we are to evolve the nonprofit technology sector into a more integrated â€œsocial sourceâ€ movement dedicated to empowering the agents of social service and social change throughout our societies.