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Courage, Sound Nerves, Stark Beauty

Ten years ago, in a coffee shop in Burlington, Vermont, we decided to start EchoDitto. At the time, we had no idea what we were doing. I can say without a trace of exaggeration the journey has required personal courage and sound nerves. And it has needed -- desperately -- stark beauty.

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What Nonprofits Can Learn From the NYT Innovation Report

The leak-slash-release of the New York Times Innovation Report two months ago showed a company struggling to place an adequate focus on digital. Despite its intended focus on journalism, the report holds a number of lessons that nonprofits can apply to their own operations.

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Taking on Mississippi’s Divisions 50 Years Later: Why overcoming persistent inequality will require the internet

Fifty years ago, an exceptional effort gave a voice to African-American Mississippians that were not previously allowed to participate in the political process. Today, it will take online resources to ensure similar voices are better incorporated in Mississippi’s state policy environment.

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Module Monday: View Modes by View

Here at Echo & Co., we make extensive use of the Display Suite module, which means that we also use a lot of view modes.

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You Don't Just Need a New Website

Many philanthropic organizations feel lost in the jungle of technology. They realize their technological path has tapered off in its efficacy, but changing digital strategy can seem intimidating or even dangerous.

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Introducing the new avac.org

I tend to be attracted to big causes. Heck, for many years I worked to eradicate the world of nuclear weapons, so big global issues don’t intimidate me. It makes sense then why I was quickly attracted to my client AVAC and their work to rid the world of AIDS.

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OS X 10.9 Local Development Environment: Apache, PHP, and MySQL with Homebrew

There's nothing quite like setting up everything on your Mac for Drupal (or other PHP) development in a way that things just work and don't need constant fiddling. This guide will walk you through using Homebrew to install Apache, PHP, and MySQL for a "MAMP" development environment.

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Planning for 2015: Responsive Strategy

We're about halfway through this crazy year, which means our gaze is about to drift towards 2015. It's a natural process every year, driven by the joys of budget cycles, holidays and vacations, and beach weather. Echo & Co. wants to help.

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Reporting Back on My Quest to Master the Internet

Last year, I made a New Year's resolution of sorts to "master the internet". I was going to explore, seek out the newest apps and tools to make life easier, and embrace the change from old school to digital. I've made some progress, but in the end, I'm not sure that's what I'd call it.

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The REAL House of Cards: Political Campaigns and TV Ads

The most recent season of "House of Cards" was a major event in Washington, D.C., so much so that even Barack Obama's Twitter feed admonished "no spoilers." My own Facebook feed filled up with people binge-watching the entire show in one sitting. This is to say nothing of a friend's obsession with "Orange is the New Black", another Netflix offering that returns next month. All of these things raise an interesting question: Who watches TV anymore?

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How Should Organizations Build Digital Communications Teams?

In the scramble for attention in digital spaces, nonprofit organizations find themselves facing the daunting task of churning out content that engages audiences at super-human speed — what in the marketing world would be called “owned media.” The tricky part is making content that the audience actually wants to consume and not just broadcasting the institution’s self-selected priorities. For most organizations, doing so requires a radical shift to staffing and process structures.