NTEN Community Series: Austin

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Join us for NTEN in Austin, a local workshop organized in conjunction with the Austin 501 Tech Club. The event will feature a keynote speaker, as well as break out sessions covering a range of social media and online fundraising topics. The half-day event will run on the afternoon of March 9th. The event will be held at the West Pickle Research Building on the UT Pickle campus, followed by a 501 Tech Club sponsored Happy Hour.

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The workshop will feature one keynote and four breakout sessions.


We Don't Work Alone: Big Listening Practices Made With Duct Tape and Twister Ties, with Rachel Weidinger, Upwell Project Director, Ocean Conservancy

The first hurdle in interacting with your community is knowing, ferociously, that it's possible. Rachel will share two big listening case studies, and lay out a quick frame for how to apply these methods at your own org. Shark photos, lessons learned the hard way, and big surprises at no extra charge.

Breakout sessions include:

How To Engage with Your Community Online and Still Have Time for Lunch with Vanessa Rhinesmith, Director of Outreach, Start Some Good

A discussion on how to balance the high-touch nature and resource limitations of small organizations and develop meaningful engagement through social media.

Strong Connections: Linking your strategy, to goals, to data with Amy Sample Ward, Membership Director & Sarah Janczak, Community Manager, NTEN

When it comes to social media, email marketing, or even online engagement in general, we often have a feeling when things are going well or when they aren't. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, or something else, you don't have to be satisfied with a feeling: use your organization's strategic plan to identify real goals and then track the data to show your impact.

Six Things Nonprofits Can Learn From Food Trucks, with Erin Shy, Solutions Director, Sage Nonprofits

Have you been outside yet for lunch? Chances are you've seen the lines around the block for one of Austin's many food trucks serving the hungry masses tasty lobster rolls, Vietnamese inspired tacos, or back to the  basics with a delicious cupcake. But beyond filling our bellies nonprofits can learn a thing or two from these food trucks. We'll take a look "under the hood" to uncover the secrets of their explosive success through masterful grassroots marketing, a collaborative spirit and a laser focus on their niche. You'll walk away with 6 practical tips straight from the streets of Austin and a special review of today's favorites!

Collaboration and Community Mapping with Erin Brackney, Manager, Research, Evaluations & Texas Connector, OneStar Foundation, Lanie Duro, Managing Director of Community Technology & Training Centers, Skillpoint Alliance, and Joe Straubhaar, Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor in Communications, University of Texas at Austin

Two great projects are happening right now in Austin.  Austin Connects' Community Technology Map & Directory - mapping community technology centers, training and open computer labs so that organizations can refer their clients to the right programs, and the community can use the information to decide where to invest in community technology next to meet the greatest need. The City of Austin's broadband participation survey through the University of Texas which will also result in mapping where there is sufficient coverage and uptake of home broadband, but more importantly where there is not. 

Learn how collaborations with other organizations and funders made these projects possible and what you can do with the results. The Texas Connector is an interactive mapping tool that visually demonstrates areas of need in our communities and the scope of nonprofit resources available in those areas. It's not available in Austin yet.

Local Events provide an opportunity for NTEN members and non-members to gather in person and connect with their community while experiencing the top-notch educational content that you've come to expect from NTEN webinars and the NTC.

Special thanks to our Austin partner, Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations.