BONUS Field Report: How to Stay Financially Stress-free On a VISTA Budget


Comment from Morgan Sully on March 13, 2008 - 3:10pm

For more tips on budgeting and living on a VISTA Stipend, check out Danielle Martin's excellent post here:

Surving on a VISTA Budget: http://ctcvista.org/node/57

You'll also find the PDF of the post below it to download.

documented info on survey and social networking tools?


I have been busy researching the contents of my nonprofit's digital literacy toolkit, which includes the following: 1) model integrated use of collaborative/workflow tools (filesharing, scheduling, project and task planning, synchronous communication and whiteboard), 2) model use of media tools (podcasting, videoblogging, digital storytelling, YouTube and Flickr), 3) survey tools, and 4) social ne

Comment from Morgan Sully on December 13, 2007 - 3:24pm

Hey Rian,
if you can send me the original (editable) copy of the above PDF, I'll happily fill out what I know on it and send it back. This is a great chart.


Comment from Ben Sheldon on December 20, 2007 - 1:17pm

Hi Rian---I wrote about some survey tools in an earlier post here:


That looks like a pretty useful list. I have some other stuff sitting around I'll email you too... once I find it :-)



So, long time no post. I was going to talk about one of the things I've been working on, which is IPv6. This'll take a little bit of background explanation, so if you're already tech savvy and know all about IPv6 just bear with me.

Comment from Morgan Sully on November 30, 2007 - 5:49pm

this is a GREAT article! Breaks IPv6 down without a lot of jargon while still tying the importance of our CTC work. A+

Would you mind if I submit this to the NAMAC website (where I work with media arts centers)?

It's really well written.


Comment from Josh King on November 30, 2007 - 10:36pm

Sure Morgan, I'm glad you liked it. If I get more positive feedback I might stick it on the ctcvista.org wiki, too.
Josh King, Acorn Active Media Foundation (http://www.acornactivemedia.com)

Comment from Jack Waugh on December 4, 2007 - 7:29pm

Yes, this is a great explanation and I think the link to this page should be published as widely as possible in the nonprofit world, as well as in any fora frequented by people interested in technology and in the social implications of the directions of technology's evolution.

10 Tactics for Growing Your Community Online


Last week I attended an NTEN Member Appreciation Webinar entitled: 10 Tactics for Growing Your Community Online. As NAMAC's Online Community Manager, I found this webinar very helpful, engaging and well worth my time.

"Working from Home"


Hi Everyone,

So I'm going to continue being good and write a second update report.

When do you finally settle in to an organization? This question is more rhetorical than anything else. I think I'll still be settling until my last day there. Either that or it will remain unsettled. Who knows?

Comment from Kevin Palmer on November 27, 2007 - 12:58pm

Hey Karl,
Sounds like you're negotiating the telecommuniting aspect of your job pretty well. Any chance you'd like to contribute an article-style description of some pointers and how-to's of successful telecommuting/multitasking for a field survival guide for CTC VISTA's? Enjoy the library and good luck getting a connection at your place!

Morgan’s Manual Round-up: Resources for VISTAs Who Hate Writing Manuals


Morgan was a CTC VISTA Leader in 2007 (before we changed our name to the Digital Arts Service Corps) and while this round-up is a little dated it still contains some valuable resources.

Greeting VISTAs,

Writing a Federal Grant: What to Expect


WARNING! Federal grant applications are, by far, the most difficult and the most competitive type of proposal to write, even for veteran grant writers. They require more than 100 hours of work reading/understanding application requirements, researching and writing.

Surviving on a VISTA Budget


Thanks to a great fellow VISTA Leader I met at VISTA Leader training last week in DC, Carly from Tufts University Campus Compact, I've got a little tongue and cheek version of how to live on the VISTA budget that former VISTA Leaders, Ira Hammerslough and Marc Velasquez, created.