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After working with an arts non profit in Washington DC on social media I launched Compassion in Politics to discuss the role of compassion in politics both on the local and national level. Compassion in Politics has transcended this and become so much more:

• Christian internet ministry and church social media strategy
• The intersection of politics and the Bible
• My hometown in Nashville, Tennessee (aka Music City)
• Creating solutions for the base of the pyramid (the poorest of the poor)
• Christian solutions to poverty and social justice.
Education technology, e-learning, and innovation
Christian non-profits and charities
Social enterpreneurship
Social media for nonprofits and business
Global poverty issues

I’m a creative. I’m a visionary. I’m a Christian. I’m a lover. And I’m human. I have a deep passion to see Gods work and vision lived out in me and touching the lives of those around the world.

If you find yourself to share these characteristics or if you just want to say hello or offer words of encouragement, please feel free to leave a note in the comments section below and feel free to follow me on Twitter. Thanks for reading, visiting, and joining the conversation by commenting. God bless.

If you are passionate about the base of the pyramid, feel free to check out those posts. Also check out our best social venture posts of 2009, which is a work in progress.

If I can do anything to make Compassion in Politics better, you work in social change or social entrepreneurship, or would like to connect feel free to do so.

If you would like to know more about my professional life and my background feel free to read further….


My name Nathan Ketsdever and I’m a professional communication strategist, researcher, and lifelong teacher and trainer. More to the point, I am a social media, Web 2.0 communications, and blog consultant to organizations of all types. I also happen to be the editor in chief of Compassion in Politics.

I’m a Nashvillian, who is a person of faith, is passionate about movies, and community service. My musical tastes range from U2 and Dave Matthews to Jack Johnson and Nickel Creek. I read vociferously in the politics of social change, technology, and faith. I also possess mad origami skills and love sushi and thai more than your average guy.

I’ve been a digital native since the glory days of the early 1980’s, which is also how long I’ve been teaching folks of all ages to use computers. (Thats 28 years if you do the math). During those nearly three decades, I spent two plus years providing digital content organization and management for the Vanderbilt Law Library and training for organizations including the Cumberland Science Museum.

My Online Communities Engagement & Experience:
I joined my first online social network in the fall of 1999 and have been engaged in online communities and communication for almost a decade. I’ve been an influential and avid user of the latest in web 2.0 technologies over the past three years which is confirmed by the over 500 bloggers who have linked to my ideas and resources according to Technorati and my blog has received nearly a milllion visitor clicks (750,000+). Over the next year, a conservative estimate of my web metrics puts my visitor click count somewhere between 275,000 and 350,000. My technorati ranking is 433. (Technorati ranks all the blogs in the bloggosphere based on authority and reach) which puts me in the top 7,500 blogs overall out of the millions on the internet and close to the authority of established magazines with dozens of writers like Inc. That compares with Technorati authority rankings of 20 to 30, which is where average blogs tend to rank (in other words I outrank the majority of professors, authors, and so-called “experts” on the web). In my niches of elearning, social entrepreneurship, church technology, and social media I have a high ranking and authority compared to other similar blogs.

I create tailored online solutions that meet your unique marketing and budgetary needs. I look forward to working with you on your web branding projects. You can find those social media marketing, business blog coaching, and ethical search engine optimization services detailed here.

Feel free to drop me a line at (615) 974-9662 with your online communication questions and problems. Or you can feel free to contact me with your questions at nathanketsdever[@] or connect with me on Facebook, and Linked In.

Nathan Ketsdever
Chief Strategist Creative Fusion Media

(image credit: Thomas Hawk for blog masthead under Creative Commons License)



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  1. Jonathan Trenn / Sep 12 2007 12:49 pm

    I’ve seen that photo of you beyond it being on MarketingConversation. Trying to figure out where.

    What did you do when you lived in DC? Coincidentally, I’ve worked in both politics and online marketing. Deep faith inside me as well.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Sep 12 2007 5:20 pm

    Awesome. Jonathan not sure. Maybe facebook or twitter. All I can tell you is that it was taken last May 5th in Philly…

    I coached the debate team at Catholic University and worked at a global arts non-profit in communications, primarily doing their online marketing.

  3. Zack Exley / Oct 1 2007 3:24 pm

    Nathan – do you have a contact email?

  4. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 1 2007 9:48 pm

    nathan_debate at

  5. Stacie / Nov 29 2007 6:02 pm

    Hi Nathan,

    I happened to see where you posted our ministry’s picture of Jesus washing the feet of the world.

    If you are interested, the team would like to send you a complimentary poster.

    Please contact me at


    -Stacie Barsumian
    Content Management
    “Virus Protection for the Mind!”

  6. BigOldDaddy / Nov 30 2007 6:30 pm

    Hey Nathan:

    Thank you for wearing your heart on your digital sleeve. I’m trying to do some of the same, and very much appreciated both your writing and your evident gentleness. Not enough of that going around!

    I get fired up about political issues and occasionally want to offer commentary with a mix of humor and humility. Humor’s easier to come by than humility, however, thus the need to see the examples of others – like you. I do not believe that conservative theology necessarily leads to conservative politics, and that’s an important discussion.

    Look forward to reading more of what you are thinking and doing. Keep up the good work.

    –Tom Lane

  7. compassioninpolitics / Nov 30 2007 7:06 pm

    Thanks Tom and Stacie. Rock on!

  8. Shlomo / Dec 1 2007 1:52 am

    Hi Nathan,

    I discovered your blog via Zack & Elizabeth’s site (Revolution in Jesusland). I haven’t had the chance to read much here yet, but I certainly resonate with your journey from single issue politics (abortion) to a broader sense of social concern. Far too many believers are limited by their small-minded thinking. Thank you for openning a forum here where deeper discussions might take place.



  9. compassioninpolitics / Dec 1 2007 8:45 am


    Zach is good people from my experience and I really enjoy his blog.

    Thanks for stopping by and chatting Shlomo. Interesting blog. I’ll have to check it out more when I get a chance.

    Hope to hear from you again….

    Take care,

  10. bradruggles / Jan 25 2008 8:57 pm

    Nice blog…sounds interesting. I’ll be back to read more in the future.

    Happy Blogging.

    Brad Ruggles

  11. compassioninpolitics / Feb 2 2008 9:30 am

    Thanks Brad. Likewise!

  12. compassioninpolitics / Feb 2 2008 9:32 am

    Hat tip to adnana sim for the creative commons picture above.

  13. Ana / Feb 14 2008 6:15 pm

    Nathan, you might be interested in posting this video on your blog…

    It’s the latest Obama video that is sweeping the internet, just like he swept the Potomac(!)


  14. Kelly (Metzgar) Bainbridge / Mar 16 2008 1:33 am

    Well, Nathan, old buddy, how are you? I came across your blog while doing some follow-up research on Shane Claiborne, one of my new favorite authors. What a crazy way to find you! I’m thrilled that you’re into many of the same issues/ideas as I am these days. I guess you’re here in Nashville. . . let me know what you’re up to!

  15. compassioninpolitics / Mar 16 2008 3:18 pm

    @ Kelly. Thats crazy to run into on here. Thats cool that you’re into Shane Claiborne. You’ll have to tell me how the research turns out. It would be fun to hear what you’re up to these days. And of course, thanks for reading.

  16. Dan Miller / Jun 15 2008 2:05 pm

    Hi Nathan – glad to see a Nashvillian with so many similar views to my own. I’m a fellow Christian with progressive political views who telecommutes from Murfreesboro as a trainer and consultant with a web analytics company. I’d love to get more plugged in with the Nashville digital community, and I’d really love to find more ways to professionally make a difference in the world beyond helping companies boost profits.

    I’ve also recently gotten into Shane Claiborne. In fact, I shared one of his quotes with my son, who incorporated it into a song: (in the 2nd verse of “Break Free”)

    It would be great to connect some time. Keep the great blog posts coming!

  17. Ridhee / Mar 9 2009 3:44 pm

    Hi Nathan

    I was browsing internet and just came across your blog. I think you’re doing a wonderful job. I’m a beliver too. I just read all what you do. It’s very inspirational. Thank you so much. This world needs more people like you!

    God Bless

  18. compassioninpolitics / Mar 9 2009 7:10 pm

    Thanks Ridhee. Thanks for visiting, reading, and for the kind words.

  19. Dick Dassow / Jun 3 2009 8:38 pm

    I see “Christian Social Entrepenuership” in your title, but I can’t seem to find anything on your blog in this regard.

    Enlighten me.

  20. compassioninpolitics / Jun 3 2009 9:10 pm


    There is a great amount of content dealing with “Christian business ethics” and “business as missions” which you can find on the right hand bar (use the gray pull down menu to find those resources) You will also find “Christian micro enterprise development” mentioned.

    Also, all the content about social entrepreneurship is told from a Christian principle

    So, yes there aren’t a lot of Christian social businesses (or social innovation) talked about…but I think that’s because its a new trend of sorts (and many that are out there don’t specifically use the term “social entrepreneurship:)

    Thanks for visiting.

    Take care,

  21. tony wagner / Jul 1 2009 1:12 pm

    Great website, and thanks for doing such an outstanding job of writing up my book, The Global Achievement Gap. Your page of resources and links is very helpful, and if it is going to stay on your website, I will link from mine: Your readers might want to know about this also, as they can download ariticles and presentations.

  22. Kenny Silva / Jan 23 2010 8:10 pm

    I really like what you’re all about, Nathan. I’m all for anyway we can use our christian faith to build stronger, more ethical, and more mutually beneficial business relationships. I look forward to diving into your site and reading what you have to say. Thank you!

  23. Alejandro Montoya / May 28 2010 4:12 pm

    I have the same passion as you which I am executing through a project in Ghana. I am also a consultant for a mobile telecommunications company in search of a BOP strategy and would love to pick your brain.

  24. Stephanie Williams / Jul 9 2010 2:49 pm

    As I’m sure you’re aware, many experts believe the education system in
    the U.S. needs significant restructuring. WPSU-TV recently interviewed
    Sir Ken Robinson on a series called “Conversations From Penn State”
    where he discussed the problems facing the education system and
    suggests ways to improve it by promoting creativity. After reading
    through your blog, I think you and your readers may be interested in
    the interview. It can be found at
    Please let me know if you have any questions or if you decide to post
    the video. Thanks!

  25. Cornelia Seigneur / Jul 29 2010 8:28 am

    Great website-

    I am teaching a Media Analysis course at Multnomah University this fall. You have some great links/ideas here…

    Best, Cornelia Seigneur

  26. mattdabbs / Aug 19 2010 1:25 pm

    Great blog. I will definitely be back.

  27. biju / Sep 4 2010 7:08 am

    i am a christian and a beliver i have my own business.i would like to build 20 homes for homeless people.specially christian missionaries working for god,s can hope ministries help us to fullfill this ministry.
    hope your prayerfull advise.
    with best regards
    biju c abraham,

  28. Payday Loan / Jun 13 2011 6:41 am

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a variety of websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform. I have heard fantastic things about Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

    • compassioninpolitics / Jun 13 2011 8:45 pm

      I assume you mean this:

      I don’t see anything that Blog Engine does that WordPress does not.

      Also, I’m not particularly familiar with it as a platform. If WordPress is good enough for CNN & the New York Times & a handful of Fortune 1000 companies–its good enough for me.

  29. DJ / Jan 23 2012 9:13 pm

    Thanks for the awesome links, thoughts and work that you have put in on this blog! I came across your blog randomly while searching for stuff to help me with my college application and I ended up spending the last few hours reading the posts. Productive procrastination?


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