Ning Network Spotlight

Jason Rand
Jason Rand

Halloween costume tips and tricks à la Ning communities

If you’ve slacked on getting a Halloween costume put together to dawn on this spooky evening, you’re not alone. The good news is that you still have time to pull one together! We’ve heard from many Ning Creators and Ning community members about how they’ll be celebrating Halloween, so if you’re fresh out of ideas or are looking for a creative and unique spin to your costume, décor or Halloween meal, here are some ghoulish posts on Ning communities that can help you out:

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

Starting a non-profit community, helping breast cancer patients online

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than ever, breast cancer patients, survivors, friends and family members, and organizations are sharing stories, raising awareness, and gathering support through online channels.

We heard about The Pink Daisy Project, a non-profit online community and all-volunteer Ning Network started by breast cancer survivor Debbie Cantwell. The organization is dedicated to helping young women with breast cancer cope with the hardships of their treatment by providing them care and comfort, and a hopeful online place to share their stories of survival. Debbie was also featured as a CNN Hero in July for her work with the community.

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

Ning in education: Social media today

Ning was recently mentioned in Dan Klamm’s Mashable article, 6 Best Practices for Universities Embracing Social Media, as a tool for colleges and universities looking to build communities and embrace social media in a content-rich world.

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John McDonald
John McDonald

Make Money Online! Experts Only Need Apply. (That’s You)

Do a quick search on Google for “make money online”, and it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the only people making money on the Internet are selling dubious pyramid schemes, questionable stock tips, and pharmaceutical-grade, Canadian Viagra. Where are all the small businesspeople — the folks with a great idea, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to succeed? How are they going about it? We’re happy to report that some of these people are succeeding quite well on Ning — by simply shaping a business model around their expertise.

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

PARK(ing) Day: Transforming metered parking spots into parks

Today is PARK(ing) Day, an annual event inviting people around the world to transform metered parking spots into temporary mini parks for the public good.

Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, started the endeavor in 2005 when they converted a single parking space into a 1-day public park in downtown San Francisco.

Since then, PARK(ing) Day has yielded 850 parks in 183 cities, 30 countries and 6 continents! To help inspire more people to set up shop with a park(ing) spot in their local community, the organization uses its Ning community as the repository and go-to place for DIYers looking to make an impact.

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

Digital empathy: 9/11 communities bringing us closer together

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. We wanted to highlight 2 amazing Ning communities that have sprouted as a result of that fateful day.

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