“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book


Juan González's picture

Year-End Giving Starts Now!

Year-end giving is traditionally associated with the annual holiday season, and many nonprofit foundations and charitable organizations typically wait until November or December to put together a communications and marketing plan only to rush it out the door to get tax deductible contributions before December 31st.


Tony Guzmán's picture

World Food Day and the launch of the new World Food Program USA

As the international community celebrates World Food Day today, I find myself fortunate to have the rare chance to reflect on the tangible impact our clients are having on a daily basis.


Paul Venuti's picture

A Rose by Any Other Name

A few days ago, I was reminded me of a court case I'd heard about back in April, involving a company called ReDigi. The company bills itself as "your favorite used record store, but for digital music files".


Amy Weitzman's picture

The Action Network's New Online Organizing Tool

Last week, Corporate Action Network launched an online organizing toolset called the Action Network.


Sarah Swanke's picture

Message in a Digital Bottle

I didn’t expect to find a QR Code camping in the mountains of Vermont. In fact, stranded without cell service for several days, I had almost forgotten my phone was anything more than a weird shaped flashlight.


Peter Sax's picture

Contextual Complexity Vexes a Texan; or Non-contextual Views Filters, Contextually

Ok fine, I'm not a Texan.

But if you, like me, have ever needed a Drupal View's contextual filters to be combined with an "or" operator, you have probably been vexed.


Jesse Littlewood's picture

The "App Trap" and What to Think About Before Going Native

This post was co-authored by Michael Zamora, an intern with EchoDitto this summer through Harvard's Institute of Politics. For more info on Michael, you can head here.


Jessica Torres's picture

Hackathon: How Hackers + Marathon = Social Good

When I began my internship at EchoDitto in May, I never would have thought a Hackathon could be a good thing. It sounded illicit and dangerous. I pictured a group of hackers getting together and breaking down firewalls to access data. Why would any group plan an event like this?


Nicco Mele's picture

Ten years ago today

It was in late April 2003 that I packed my car and left Queens, New York to join Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. Today I’m repeating the drive, this time from Boston, headed back up to Burlington, Vermont to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Howard Dean’s run for president.


Tony Guzmán's picture

Design Concepts: one or two?

This was post was co-authored by Neal Maher. For more info on Neal and his portfolio, visit:


Alan Ivey's picture

Speed up PHP on NFS with turbo_realpath on CentOS

If you run a website based on PHP, and have your source files on a network file system like NFS, OCFS2, or GlusterFS, and combine it with PHP's open_basedir protection, you'll quickly notice that the performance will degrade substantially. If you want to isolate your websites from each other (or from the rest of the operating system), how can you retain any shred of performance?

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: