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WHAT
A wiki (IPA: [ˈwɪ.kiː] or [ˈwiː.kiː] [1]) is a type of website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most available content, sometimes without the need for registration.

WHY
Wikis can be excellent tools for any collaborative writing project where you can capture the wisdom of the group in an online document that is accessible or viewable to others. Think of wikis of a good tool to collect information or knowledge. For example, you can use them for people to add their names to an RSVP list, add themselves to a directory, or write an article, FAQ, or manifesto together. Wikis are great for cutting down email overload.

Nonprofit Examples:

Resource Collection off a listserv: http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Second_Life:_Non-Profits
Directories: http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/wiki/article/BridgeBlog#Global_Index
Collaborative writing off a listserv: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=ajqc7js7j79_bddng9xhgqzpm
Online Event (Barn raising): http://nonprofit-wikis.wikispaces.com/
Conference Notes Craig's List Bootcamp
http://siliconvalley.wikia.com/wiki/Notes_from_the_Non-Profit_Boot_Camp
Organizing a conference - sign up, program, archive
http://podcamp.pbwiki.com/Boston

Collaboration/Knowledge Sharing
Social Media and Nonprofits - David Wilcox
http://socialmedia.wikispaces.com/

Web2.0 Best Practices for Nonprofits
http://nptechbestpractices.pbwiki.com/

Wiki Carnival
http://michelemartin.typepad.com/thebambooprojectblog/2007/02/social_media_an.html

Wikis help organizational knowledge from walking out the door
http://www.nptimes.com/technobuzz/TB20070911_2.html

Education Wikis

CoolCat Teacher Blog
http://westwood.wikispaces.com/2005-2006+Archive


Adoption in Organizations: Issues

Patterns of Adoption/Anti-Adoption
http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/02/wikipatterns_ad.html

It's Difficult To Let Go of Old Ways
http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/02/it_is_difficult.html

Would OO7 Spy Tools Include A Wiki?
http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2006/12/would_007s_spy_.html

Wiki Demographics
http://blog.mobilevoter.org/2007/08/wiki-demographi.html

Practice

Thinking About Wikis
http://www.newcommreview.com/?p=408

Building Rich Communities on Wikis
http://www.fullcirc.com/weblog/2007/02/northern-voice-building-rich_24.htm

Wiki Facilitation Tips
http://distributedresearch.net/wiki/index.php/Wiki_facilitation

Case Studies

TechSoup: Nonprofits Share Their Wiki stories
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/webbuilding/page6031.cfm

The Art of Using Wiki Pages To Teach
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2005/12/wiki-wiki-teaching-art-of-using-wiki.html

A stealth transformation: introducing wikis to the UN
http://www.km4dev.org/journal/index.php/km4dj/article/view/99

The UNDP didn’t want a wiki. UN INSTRAW did want one, but didn’t know what they were getting into. The goal of these volunteer projects, implemented over two summers, was to undertake research and build ‘databases’ of unspecified technological shape and form. The choice of wiki to manage the results was fairly arbitrary. However, this choice naturally led to the efforts growing far beyond the original intent, and a stealth transformation was underway.


Some How Tos

PBWiki Blip Channel - Lots of Useful Screencasts
CCTV Wiki Workshop