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Thanks! .... highlights of the Aug 12 discussion.

From: user 6.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 4:59 PM
Thanks to all who attended last night's meetup!

Just a few things to summarize our discussions.
? There are four basic website goals: To Persuade or sell (a product or idea), Educate (developing a long term understanding of something in order for the end-user to form and opinion), Inform (information or data that enables an end-user to act) and Entertain (appeal to an end-user's emotions) - Worksheets were handed out.
? Nonprofits should always begin with an online communications plan in order to identify their audiences, purpose-translating Organizational Mission and goals towards specific Online Goals and to identify the tools and other resources needed to accomplish them.
? Paper & Electronic mocks-ups are helpful as well as Wireframes (flowcharts and content of webpages of a planned site)
? Nonprofits need a checklist of requirements to help work through a planning process and a list of available resources and definitions in order to be prepared to communicate effectively whit the developer(s). This could possibly be a project for this group to work collectively on as a wiki (a collaborative webpage where we can access, edit, modify and share content).
? Developers and Nonprofit staff have expectations of one another regarding working on a project. Both sides need to manage these expectations. Developers need to understand that nonprofit staff do not know much about technology - specifically the lingo. Nonprofits need to be prepared and have a plan in place before contacting developers.

I believe there were also a number of other topics discussed that I did not document in my notes, so if you have things to add... please do! There were also a number of urls as well. Can people post those too?!?!?

Thanks again for coming out, especially 501 tech club for providing food and ICIRR for hosting the meeting! It was great to meet new people!

Hope you can also make it out for next month's meet-up!

Best,

- Demetrio
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