Please save the date for our December meeting

The next meeting of the Ethos Roundtable will be on Tuesday, December 19th, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Charles Hotel.

Harris Sussman of the M.N. Adamov Memorial Fund will discuss his organization's efforts to foster access to information and communication technologies among blind people in Russia.

The Ethos Roundtable is interested in accessibility, universal design, and using technology for positive social change, because we believe that they are congruent with our conversations about the expansion of ethos.

Please join us!


Another Roundtable Reconvenes

After a hiatus, Commonwealth Civic Roundtable is reconvening on December 8th! This is the group that brought you CivicSource, the free online civic calendar for Massachusetts.

The Civic Roundtable's goal is rebuild civic life in the 21st century by promoting more effective participation in community life and public affairs. The participants are working together to:
  • Create a leadership forum for the exchange of ideas and information about civic engagement,
  • Support new and existing programs that promote civic engagement, and,
  • Advance opportunities to expand civic participation and promote civic health.
Some of the organizations that participate in the Commonwealth Civic Roundtable are:
Some topics proposed for discussion and action at the December 8th meeting are:
  • What can be learned from the most recent election about efforts to improve civic life?
  • What practical steps can be taken to encourage people to "stay checked in?"
  • How can individudals stay engaged in the state policy process, and how can they be active in their local communities?
  • What can organizations and communities do to foster civic engagement and the building of bridges between diverse groups?
If you're interested in learning more about the Commonwealth Civic Roundtable, or in attending the upcoming meeting, please email John Schneider at jschneider (at) massinc (dot) org.


Mission-Based Massachusetts: An email distribution list

Mission-Based Massachusetts is an email distribution list for people who care about nonprofit, philanthropic, educational, community-based, grassroots, socially responsible, and other mission-oriented organizations in the Bay State.

Announcements about meetings of the Ethos Roundtable are regularly posted to the MBM list.

It is a moderated, flame-free email distribution list that is open to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the basic principles of civil society.

The name of the group was chosen to encourage inclusion of persons from all sectors and demographic categories, rather than just nonprofit and philanthropic professionals.

If you'd like to browse recent messages, please go to the MBM archive. If you'd like to see a map of group members' locations, please go to the MBM community map.

You are very welcome to join the list, and to invite others to join! Because it is an "opt-in" list, your email address will not be added unless you confirm that you wish to participate. To do that, just send a blank email to this address:

mission-based-massachusetts-SUBSCRIBE (at) yahoogroups (dot) com

You can also stay up to date on messages posted to the list through the MBM RSS feed.


Ethos, social capital, civic engagement, caring, and connectedness: A few links

I return to these links again and again, as I work to understand the unique ethos of Massachusetts.

What links would you like to nominate for this blog's permanent collection? Please feel free to add your own, and to comment on these.

Welcome to the Ethos Roundtable

We are an informal group of people who are interested in 1) measuring and extending ethos, and 2) using technology for positive social change.

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. All are welcome to join us.

Our meetings are scheduled to complement those of the Boston 501 Tech Club, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The 501 Tech Club is a group of technology professionals who work with or for nonprofit organizations. All Ethos Roundtable attendees are welcome at Boston 501 Tech Club gatherings, and vice versa.

Special thanks are due to TechFoundation, which underwrites our meeting space.