TransForm, a California nonprofit focusing on improving public transportation and providing pedestrian access to public spaces, just completed their 2010 Car-Free Challenge.
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During the week-long event people were asked to abandon their cars and instead try to commute via public transportation, biking or walking and report back to TransForm’s Web site about the experience. The goal was to raise awareness, have a good time, and acquire data sets and user stories that the organization could then use to further promote its mission.
In the podcast to the right I talk with Seth Goddard, the organization’s Online Communications and Database Manager, about how they use Open Source Content Management Systems, Creative Commons and the Social Web to promote, reach and interact with their constituents.
One of the interesting parts of the discussion concerns TransForm’s use of the Open Source Content Management System Drupal. As Seth points out, while the learning curve may be steep, a little bit of patience gets you up and running with an incredibly powerful community and publishing platform at your disposal.
TransForm uses a few key modules to extend Drupal’s functionality. These include Views, Image Cache, Custom Content Types and Ubercart for e-commerce integration and registration.
The run-time for this podcast is approximately 35 minutes. Enjoy.