Food drive at Houston Net2 tonight!

December 9, 2008


We’re holding a food drive tonight for the End Hunger Network – s o please bring any non-perishable items and canned goods that you can!  Everything and anything helps!

Thanks and see you tonight!

Photo thanks to Flickr user naezmi

Holiday party with Houston NetSquared!

December 8, 2008

This December meetup (Tuesday, December 9th from 7-9pm), our distinguished speaker is….  YOU!!!

We’ll be celebrating the holidays and the end of an action-packed 2008 at Stag’s Head Pub (way back in the Oak Room – as always) and look forward to getting your feedback on our speakers and events.

So come ready to share your ideas – as we’ll be working your brain hard as we ply you with tasty beverages and amazing company.  Happy almost end of 2008!!

Recipe for Success tonight!!

November 11, 2008

recipelogoAt this month’s Houston NetSquared, we’ll be chatting with a really cool Houston group called Recipe For Success ( – an organization that puts kids in touch with the growing, cultivating and preparing of nutritious food and area chefs in touch with kids hungry to learn!

Carlos Meltzer, Recipe for Success’ rocking Media and Community Outreach Director, will be speaking on the story of his organization, telling us about their upcoming national program launch and picking YOUR brain on the following:

* Tips, strategy and tools for their Blog
* Ideas on growing their Facebook presence
* Plans for a Social Media / Cooking / Playing in the dirt days early next year!!!

Our meetup will be tonight (11/11) from 7-9pm at the Stag’s Head Pub (2128 Portsmouth St.).  Hope you can join us!  Don’t forget to join our Houston NetSquared fanpage on Facebook for even more updates!

About Recipe for Success:

The Recipe for Success (RfS) Foundation is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and encouraging long term health by altering the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food. Recipe for Success concentrates its efforts on mobilizing community volunteers and providing them with a well-structured opportunity for impact through collaboration and implementation of available resources, while creating a working model that can be easily replicated. The Recipe for Success staff operates Chefs in Schools, Kids Cooking, Recipe Gardens and works to integrate seed-to-plate curriculum through all elementary grade levels, and foster Team Nutrition Leaders and Wellness Committees as they establish a culture of health.

August Houston NetSquared with Project LIFT

August 11, 2008

This month’s Houston NetSquared speaker is Barbara Irving from Project LIFT – an organization that serves Houston-area homeless men, at-risk youth, women and children, alcohol and drug dependent, victims of domestic violence and the ex-incarcerated.

Project LIFT is run by Reverend Jimmie Irving, a man with over 30 years in the ministry and extensive experience working with men, women and children in Los Angeles, CA.  Join us this month to hear about how this great organization is helping to identify and collaborate with other Houston organizations to empower citizens and eliminate homelessness. RSVP today!!

We’ll see you tomorrow (Tuesday, August 12th) at 7pm!

And in other news: We are also excited to have a special drink sponsor this month: LIVE Energy Drink.  LIVE is a neat company that donates 50% of the profit from every purchase directly to charity – and tastes pretty darn good too <grin>.

Houston Net2 meetup tomorrow with Linda Etuck of PhillipCares

July 7, 2008

We are looking forward to chatting with another great Houston NetSquared nonprofit speaker – Linda Etuck, founder of the PhillipCares Foundation.  Some words from LInda:

As Founder/CEO and mother of the young man this foundation was setup to honor, my ultimate goal in the whole scheme of things is to provide scholarships to those young people wanting to further their education and to build a state-of-the-art sustainable academy to not just teach your typical curriculum, but educate this generation of students about their responsibility to family, environment, community, financial,social, and academics.

To most students school is all they have to help them formulate how to proceed towards their future. Through fund raising, donations, and grants we will provide scholarships to the graduates of our academy.

Please feel free to visit our website ( ) for more information.

Have you signed up to attend yet??!!??  We’re looking at a pretty packed house, so be sure to RSVP online!

Houston Netsquared in the Houston Chronicle!

July 7, 2008

Thanks to Houston Chronicle reporter Shannon Buggs for a great article entitled ‘Nonprofits should make use of Social Media’ this weekend.  In the article she discussed the importance of nonprofit advocates utilizing online networks to add a personal touch to their organization.

Ed Schipul, co-founder of the Houston NetSquared  group, was quoted saying that with this personal touch comes hard work:

“I can’t actually do it for you,” said Ed Schipul, founder and CEO of Schipul, a Web marketing firm that has a lot of nonprofits on its client list. “I can consult with you and help you recruit people within your organization, but I can’t actually produce social media for you. I can only be your coach.”

And then a great bit on Houston NetSquared!

Then, Schipul says, you’re ready to start attending meetings of NetSquared, an organization with chapters throughout North America that help nonprofits enter and navigate the social Web.

Self-proclaimed tech geeks attend the free meetings to advise and encourage nonprofit leaders. The next one in Houston is Tuesday from 7 p.m. 9 p.m. at the Stag’s Head in the Oak Room. Go to to reserve a spot.

It’s at those meetings where you will learn where the holes are in your social media strategy, how to start a blog with a sense of humility and the protocols for Facebook and MySpace.

Thanks to Shannon for a great article and to Monica Danna, a longtime pal of Houston NetSquared, for her thoughts on early adoption for nonprofits.  Here are some nonprofits in Houston that we think are rocking out the Social Media!

Like what you read?  You should Digg Shannon’s article!

And the Winner is…

May 29, 2008


From the Netsquared site;

Ushahidi was initially set up to mainly document incidents of violence, looting etc. during the post-election crisis in Kenya. Over time the website began document peace efforts and ways to help.

IMG_9343The impetus behind the website was a belief that the number of deaths being reported by the government, police, and media is grossly underreported. We also were of the view that we don’t have a true picture of what is really happened/is happening- reports that all have us have heard from family and friends in affected areas suggests that things are were worse than what we have heard in the media. Beyond trying to present are fuller picture of what happened based on citizen reported information, we also want to create an archive of events that occured after the election results were announced.

Second place went to and third place with to Social Action

I’ll recap some more later but the conference is abuzz with activity and celebration.