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    O’Reilly Radar features Mobile Commons’ Partnership with WNYC


    “New York has become the epicenter for many experiments in governance,” writes Alex Howard in the O’Reilly Radar. “From citizensourcing smarter government to participatory budgeting to embracing a broader future as a data platform.” The O’Reilly article discusses the way in which New York is opening up its wealth of data to outside developers – and…

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    Capital Area Foreclosure Network Launches Mortgage Counseling by Text


    With the mortgage crisis continuing to affect thousands of families across America, banks and nonprofits alike are looking for effective ways to help people stay out of foreclosure. Plenty of foreclosure counseling services are available – but are they reaching the right people, and are they reaching them on time? A new service from the…

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    5 Tips to Launch Your Mobile Campaign


    Michael Sabat is the VP of Account Management and Business Development here at Mobile Commons. In this post, he discusses 5 practical steps that non-profits can use to launch their own mobile campaigns. This post was originally published on Connection Cafe, a blog written by Convio employees about the ways in which nonprofits, everyday citizens and…

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    Non-profits: Get Major Discounts on a Dedicated Short Code – Right Now!


    It just got a lot less expensive for non-profits to get their own dedicated short codes – the 5 or 6 digit phone numbers that are the hub of your mobile campaign. The CTIA – the wireless group that oversees carrier policies – has just announced that they’re cutting their rates to $200 a month…

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    San Francisco Public Radio Maps Listeners’ Earthquake Readiness


    It’s been many years since an earthquake of devastating proportions hit the Bay Area, but that doesn’t stop people thinking about what to do if (when?) another one strikes. Public radio station KALW is using Mobile Commons technology to find out more about how prepared its listeners are. They’re asking listeners to text in what’s…

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    Where to Vote, Via Text Message


    You now officially have no excuse for not voting on Tuesday. Mobile Commons has created the Mobile Polling Place Locator, an SMS service that tells you where your polling station is. Just text “where” to 30644. (You can also text “donde” to get your answer in Spanish.) The system, which is free, will reply, asking…

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    UNICEF honors George Harrison with a Month of Giving


    Forty years ago, George Harrison responded to a desperate situation in Bangladesh with a charitable concert featuring Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, and more. It was the first concert of its kind, and set the stage for Live Aid, We Are the World, Comic Relief, and many other benefits that have changed lives around…

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    Track Your Advocacy Phone Calls – Straight From Convio


    As the old cliché goes, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” That’s especially true for non-profit groups and advocacy campaigns. Being able to know what your members have done in the past can be invaluable when you’re trying to engage them in the future.  Non-profit groups live and die…

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    WNYC Wins Online Journalism Award for Crowdsourced Snow Map Using Mobile Commons Platform


    We’re thrilled that WNYC Radio picked up a prestigious prize for breaking news at this year’s Online Journalism Awards last night. WNYC collaborated with Mobile Commons to report on the massive snowstorm that hit New York City late last year. When the government was saying the snow cleanup was going fine, WNYC listeners told the…

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    Mobile Commons Launches Integration with Twilio Connect


    New Mobile Commons Features Will Pull User Data Directly from Twilio Apps. This Functionality Will Let Organizations Run All Their Mobile Communications from One Web Dashboard NEW YORK, September 21, 2011: Mobile Commons today announced a new integration with cloud telephony platform Twilio. The integration will give marketers the power to pull user data straight…

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