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Web Video is the way to go, but I want it LIVE

Monday, July 20th, 2009 | Permalink

todocast tv

I would like to introduce Todocast. When you want your fundraising event to be available for all to see, make it happen with live streaming web video. Todocast answers the call with portable streaming services that bring live events to the world wide web.

Ok, maybe buying the dish assembly that attaches to a vehicle is not for everyone. However, if live feeds are what you are looking for and the price tag is not out of reach, then Todocast may be what you’ve been looking for to spice up your web video offerings, online presence, and solidify new online donors.

Besides, I just absolutely love the picture of a pickup truck with a satellite dish sticking out the back.

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Oh well, for now, it’s on my wish list.

We can Change the World Challenge

Monday, June 29th, 2009 | Permalink

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association came together to put on a challenge to students to create solutions to environmental problems. Well done.

And thanks to web video, we can sit back and watch a short video about the winners. To find out more, visit

Excuse me while I forward this link to my old, grade school.

Online collaboration is versatile indeed, just ask musicians

Monday, June 8th, 2009 | Permalink

Recently the YouTube Symphony Orchestra combined the talent of artists from all around the world into a single performance. When people are brought together with a common interest, the results can be staggering.

The global audience is so much more than a concept. It is a reality. A YouTube channel with over 40,000 members and near 9 million views. Yeah, that’s real alright.

I personally love videos of the musicians simply having fun while practicing or after hours. Their passion for music is so very apparent in that uncontainable smile while they play.

*Snow* sculpture hits big! As seen on TV, a level 3 snow emergency never looked so good

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 | Permalink

With national temperament following the Dow Jones, we wanted to create a little something to rally some smiles. I’d say we’ve received a solid return on our investment.

Special thanks goes out to Jake Gruber for his tools of power, Teresa Rosenbeck for her barrage of calls to the media and all the honks of support while constructing.

Your smiles made it all worth while :)

PS>> The video’s soundtrack is by Bonobo, an office favorite. It can be purchased here.

The Vineyard Community Church’s holiday production the Re{Gifter} finally premiers!

Sunday, December 21st, 2008 | Permalink

The RegifterAfter several weeks of pre/post production from numerous volunteers, The Re{Gifter} was finally ready for the 10,000 eager ticket holders. By combining film, live theatre and an interactive art exhibit, audiences were introduced to a very unique Christmas experience.

The crowd favorite most certainly was when the large projector screen levitated upward to reveal the “junk manger.” Made entirely from trash, the junk manger was a brilliant display of creativity by set designer Greg Dean and his loyal minions. Upon closer inspection after the performance, the audience couldn’t help but lose themselves in the intricate details of the manger.

You can watch the entire movie online or peruse Cindy Tucker’s photos throughout the creative process (see page 5 or 7 for photos of the “junk manger”).

let’s dabble supports Cincinnati’s Vineyard Community Church by volunteering time and talent in the production of the Re{Gifter}

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 | Permalink

The RegifterWhether you view that seemingly endless Christmas list as a delight or a chore, when times get tough re-gifting becomes an attractive alternative. I mean honestly who needs another holiday sweater anyway? YOU do, that’s who…because I sure don’t!

Keeping with tradition, let’s dabble worked with the marvelous crew assembled by the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati to help manifest their holiday production The Re{Gifter}.

Even with the late nights and freezing temperatures, it was an absolute joy to work with everyone and we can’t wait to see the final result through the lens of cinematographer Mark Denney! You can view the trailer or visit the blog of the writer/director Brad Wise for some behind the scenes action.

Cost to google? 10,000,000. Changing the world? Priceless

Friday, October 10th, 2008 | Permalink

Google is going to give 10 million dollars to support the best 5 ideas.

After ten years of being one of the most used search engines on the internet, google decides to commemorate its 10th anniversary through philanthropy.  To do this, it created a project called 10^100; 10^100 is the number googol. May Those Who Help The Most Win

Google presented the world with a simple yet complex proposal.  Show us an idea that can change the world and help as many people as possible, and we will provide the money.  Five ideas will be selected and 10 million dollars will be committed to fund them.

How does one apply for this competition?  Ah yes, as hard as we try, web video is everywhere we look.  The criteria for submitting an idea includes a video explaining the idea, uploading it to YouTube, and among others it has to be an original work.

$25.2 million dollars in donations under $100?

Thursday, February 7th, 2008 | Permalink

Oh, it is more than possible, it happened, in just one month!

Online fundraising reached a new high in the presidential elections of 2008. An article by Josh Catone details that Barack Obama raised $32 million dollars in the first month of the year, $28 million of this was from online donations. Also, Ron Paul set single day fundraising records during his campaign using online donating, twice! However, going back to the $28 million, what’s more interesting is that ~25.2 million of it came from donations under $100.

The significance of many donors donating smaller amounts is that they can afford to give again. During the elections, donations followed success. If a debate went well, then donations followed. This means that results cause people to react and donate. The same applies to nonprofits, show your donors how you are succeeding and the donations will follow.