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#14LCS Recap: Content Round-Up

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:00am

We kicked off September by launching the 2014 Leading Change Summit...and we couldn't have done it without you.

All of us all NTEN are amazed (but not too surprised, really) by the degree of engagement at the 14LCS, and by the movement of individual ideas into actionable projects during the Idea Accelerator. We're grateful for the articles, blog posts, videos, photos, and more from the 14LCS community. Relive the experience and learn what attendees absorbed during the four days at 14LCS through this content round-up.

From Big Data to Big Insights: Using data science to transform your work

Submitted on Thu, 9/18/2014 - 4:36pm
What do the Beverly Hillbillies theme song and data science have in common?

2014 NTEN Awards at 14LCS

Submitted by Steph on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:55pm

This year's inaugural Leading Change Summit brought together an amazing group of nonprofit and tech leaders: executive directors who know they aren’t alone in believing there’s another way to tackle a social issue, communication directors who see the world in a multichannel network, and chief technology officers looking to flip our cycle of adopting new technology on its head. As part of 14LCS, we at NTEN were excited to recognize a few individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to push the limits, redefine the way we approach social impact, and help chart a course for all of us to follow. Here they are, the recipients of the Leading Change Award, the Campaign of the Year Award, and the Technology Impact Award.

The Equity Atlas: A data-driven conversation

Submitted on Wed, 9/17/2014 - 5:25pm
How interactive maps can be used to start conversations about equity.

Are you Sending Mixed Messages to your Members?

Submitted on Tue, 9/16/2014 - 4:46pm
Organizational data siloes may be the culprit.

Three Reasons Why We’ll Miss Julia Smith!

Submitted by Amy on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:16am

We are all so excited that Julia Smith has found a new opportunity to advance her career that allows her to work offline, in a real office, with other humans in Chicago. We are, of course, sad that it means the NTEN office hasn’t moved to Chicago to be with her. In her time at NTEN, Julia shared many lessons that we will continue to learn from and laugh about for years to come. She will continue to be an active NTEN Member, so it’s not goodbye!

Have any special “Julia” moments? Leave a comment below! Here are just three reasons why Julia will be missed at NTEN:

Putting Data to Use for a Successful Nonprofit Event

Submitted on Mon, 9/15/2014 - 5:03pm
You put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into your fundraising event. How can you use data to get the most out of it?

Member Round-Up: Mobile apps for social change, volunteering inspiration, upcoming conferences,

Submitted by Megan on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:06am

NTEN Members never fail to inspire us. Here's the latest news and events from our Members that has us smiling.

14LCS Idea Accelerator Pitches - Onward!

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:39am

It takes a lot to jump onstage and pitch a brand new idea in front of a new group of people. Will they laugh, start, cheer, or be intrigued? On September 5-6, during the Microsoft evening reception and Idea Accelerator finale at the 2014 Leading Change Summit, 24 brave individuals and teams pitched ideas for social good. It was an incredible testament to the commitment and dedication of the nonprofit sector to put words to action - identifying needs and proposing concrete solutions.  

You can learn about the three winners here. Right now, though, we want to share the 21 other fresh ideas that were pitched. They didn’t make the final cut at the Idea Accelerator, but we are still rooting for them. Interested in any of these ideas? Want to learn more? Leave a comment below and we’ll connect you to the masterminds (and note that the ideas written here are just the initial starting pitches from the opening reception on Friday night; they may have evolved and morphed throughout the day on Saturday).

14LCS Idea Accelerator: Transforming Technology into Social Change

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:10pm

On September 6 in San Francisco, over 250 attendees at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit (14LCS) convened for its finale event: the Idea Accelerator. After three days of exploring ideas, gathering feedback on projects and concepts, and thinking critically amongst nonprofit peers, the Idea Accelerator gave participants the chance to switch gears and think about how to put their ideas into action.