How uses technology to change the world

Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 10:00 – 10:45am in Burnside

Excerpt's mission is to help change the world by providing proactive people, communities, and organizations with a forum to connect and communicate.

Description was started in 1995 by Ami Dar as a simple one-page website that cataloged links to other non-profits. In the last 14 years, the site has gone from that simple list of links to a highly scalable dynamic website with over a million users, providing them and their communities with a forum to connect and communicate. Many thousands of people over the years have gotten their jobs or volunteer opportunities through Idealist, and soon we will be rolling out the third generation of our site to provide even more power to people interested in changing the world into a better place. Our talk will present a short history of the open source technology that drives our site, what our future plans are, and how we are releasing several of our Python web technologies as open source products for other members of our community to use and share.

Speaking experience


  • Michel Pelletier

    Action Without Borders


    Michel Pelletier is a Python programmer who has lived in the Portland area for over 10 years. In the last year, he has become one of the many “sector-switchers” who have moved from the for-profit corporate world to the non-profit community world. In addition to providing him with a friendlier, less constricting environment, working for a non-profit provides him the opportunity to actually help people, and change the world for better, if even in the smallest way.