Thursday, January 06, 2005

New Phone Number --- 713.454.6400

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Tsunami as a Wake-Up Call to Bridging the Digital Divide --- Andy Carvin, Program Director for the EDC Center for Media and Community, recently created an excellent piece on the importance of the work we do in community technology. Andy posted the piece as both a podcast and as an article on the Digital Divide Network (http://www.digitaldivide.net ). You can find the podcast here:
It's just over six minutes long and takes up seven megabytes. Meanwhile, you can still read the text version here:

Community technology and ICT practitioners all over the world should thank Andy Carvin for his continuing insight and vision for what we do. For more about Andy, you can contact him at
Andy Carvin
Program Director
EDC Center for Media & Community
acarvin @ edc . org
Blog: http://www.andycarvin.com

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Upcoming Conferences........

Nonprofit Technology Conference
Date: 3/23/05 – 3/25/05
Location: Chicago, IL
It's the premier annual event for anyone interested in helping nonprofits make more effective use of technology to achieve their missions. This Conference will be your best opportunity to meet peers and build relationships, share resources and ideas, and learn more about how nonprofits are putting technology to work for them.

14th Annual Community Technology Conference
Date: 6/17/05 - 6/19/05
Location: Cleveland, OH
CTCNet will host its 14th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio June 17-19.
Featuring over fifty workshops including a Pre-Conference day of training on June 16th, the Community Technology Conference is an important professional development & networking opportunity for anyone engaged in or interested in community technology.

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CTC Brown Bag - Wednesday, January 26 - 12 noon - Join Houston area CTCs for the January Brown Bag. SimDesk Technologies will provide lunch and training for CTCs wishing to assist their clients in establishing SimHouston accounts. For more information contact Pam.Gardner@techforall.org or call Pam at 713.961.0012.

New Digital Divide Network Website --- The Digital Divide Network has just launched its new website: http://www.digitaldivide.net . Five years ago,the first Digital Divide Network website and email discussion group was created. Since then, DDN has grown into a network of over 3,000 people in more than 75 countries. The Digital Divide Network invites you to visit the site and try out all the new features created for you and other DDN members. Create your own user name and password and join the DDN. As a DDN member, you will have access to a variety of powerful tools that will allow you to: create your own blog; host your own online community workspace featuring document sharing, online publishing and bulletin board discussions; access DDN content through RSS feeds; publish your own news headlines, event announcements and articles; and participate in live webcasts hosted by DDN staff.

Reminder! --TFA Consolidates Offices --- In order to be more available to our clients, partner organizations and donors, TFA and TFA-Houston have consolidated all offices at the Mission Milby Community Development Corporation location in Houston's East End. TFA staff members are being assigned direct phone numbers, but all TFA staff can be reached at the main number - 713.961.0012. The consolidated office is located at:

2220 Broadway
Houston, Texas, 77012.

Mission Milby CDC is a project of the Milby United Methodist Church. The Misión Milby mission is to bring the tools of community development and community technology together in a collaborative effort of neighborhood improvement with stakeholders and other community partners to serve Pecan Park and Houston's East End neighborhoods.

TFA-JobTech begins Business Development Phase --- For the past year, TFA has been writing the business plan, developing the IT infrastructure and through STREET U, training potential employees for TFA-JobTech. With initial funding and capitalization by the U. S. Department of Commerce, TFA-JobTech is a social enterprise focused on providing high quality document conversion and knowledge management services to its customers at a competitive rate using neighborhood labor trained and employed at participating community technology centers. TFA-JobTech is developing business relationships directly with corporations, businesses. governmental agencies and other organizations needing this service as well as serving as a second tier outsourcing opportunity for document conversion and knowledge management companies. TFA-JobTech can convert your files from paper to digital files and "code" or add to them the intelligence you need to manage the knowledge of your organization. To discuss the document conversion or knowledge management needs of your business or organization, please contact Jim Forrest, Business Development Officer at 713.961.0012, x107 or by email at Jim.Forrest@techforall.org .

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