A temporary location, and Greg McHale of good2gether returns to discuss smartphone innovations!

We are hard at work, finding a new home for the Ethos Roundtable.

Meanwhile, we're pleased to announce that the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the Kennedy School (Harvard University) has offered us space in January. Moreover, an awe-inspiring featured guest has agreed to return and talk about new innovations with smartphone applications. Please join us for our January session!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Belfer Building
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Featured guest: Greg McHale, founder of good2gether
Topic: "Using smartphones to bring people and causes together"

Here's a little bit about Greg:
Gregory McHale is both a serial and a social entrepreneur.

In 2002, he founded cMarket (now BiddingForGood), his first ‘social’ venture. BiddingForGood has changed the $18 billion per year nonprofit auction market by delivering a web-based tool that enables nonprofit organizations to better manage and market their charity auctions to their constituencies. Today, BiddingForGood is used by thousands of nonprofits to raise more money with their charity auctions.

After meeting with hundreds of charitable organizations he became intrigued with another challenge facing the nonprofit community: finding a more efficient and effective way to bring people and causes together. He founded good2gether in 2007 to build web solutions that efficiently connect nonprofits and supporters. Watching the incredible proliferation of smartphones – over half of cell phone customers in the US will have a smartphone in 2012 – and how ‘digital natives’ and moms – both groups are important supporters of nonprofits – have become heavy smartphone users, it became clear that a new solution needed to be built around mobile platforms. The concept is simple – smartphones can’t just be smart, they need to be good too.
Some of you may recall Greg as our featured guest in 2008, when he first unveiled good2gether to our group. We are usually rather aggressive (though friendly) hecklers, and this session was notable for the number of usual hecklers who only had glowing praise for Greg's work. It will be interesting to see whether this month's session is more like a fan club meeting or a raucous debate.

Here's a little bit from Greg about the topic on January 17th:
It began with Do Good Channels – connecting people who care to doing good in their community. Now it’s time for what’s next.

Over 50% of adult Americans will have a smartphone in 2012. Doing good needs to go mobile.

We’re going to connect smartphones to nonprofits, volunteering, events, in-kind donation needs, and more.

Importantly, we’re introducing an amazing way for consumers who care to connect to businesses that are doing good. From the insurance agency to the realtor, from the pizza shop to the big box retailer – you’ll be able to see how businesses are helping to make your community a better place.

And while using your smartphone to do good, you can take advantage of a very cool and very powerful rewards program - you’ll accumulate points and the nonprofits you care about will get the rewards.

One more thing - you’ll be able to do impulse giving in a way you’ve never imagine.

Doing good will be mobile. Social. Fun. Rewarding. And make an incredible impact in your community.

Please remember that there's never any need to make a reservation to attend Ethos Roundtable events. Just come if you can, and feel free to invite others.

See you on the 17th!

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