Member Round Up: Brain science in fundraising, website tips, and Do Good Data 2013!

This week’s Member Round Up draws from all corners of the sector in both region and topic, from the energy in the streets of Brazil to Facebook contests and assistive technology used by the Bridge School–see what the nptech community’s been up to!

For a taste of nptech goings-on all around the world, NetSquared Local shares community highlights from the month of May and gets its fans excited about future projects in their recent monthly roundup. Theresa Williamson, founder and executive director of Rio de Janeiro-based Catalytic Communities, shares updates from that city as it prepares for the World Cup in her op-ed piece for the New York Times, It’s Just the Beginning; Change Will Come To Brazil. Making a global impact from right in our own backyard is the Bridge School, which uses assistive technology to educate children with severe speech and physical impairments. Read about their inspiring work in a recent TechSoup Global interview.

Do Good Data 2013 is in Chicago, Illinois this August. If you’re in the area, consider heading over to hear social sector thought-leaders talk about how data is transforming their work and organizations. Sign up for the event or learn more here.

Another familiar voice is that of Dan Pallotta whose keynote address at the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference earlier this year spawned passionate discussions amongst the nptech community, including a recent insightful post by Peter Campbell on his blog Techcafeteria, The Pallotta Problem. While Dan Pallotta’s plenary also elicited a “wow” from Debra Askanase, she argues that overall, nonprofit-oriented conferences have a lot of work to do to provide blow-me-away sessions and ideas. Agree? Read the full post, A Call for New Tech Ideas in 2014.

Check out a recap of the inaugural event of the new speaker series, inspire!, which focused on eight social media experts. The series was launched by James Howe and will explore the world of communications, from public relations to digital media. Razoo looks into the rapidly growing world of Facebook contests, Facebook Contest Lessons from Two Winners and provides some great website tips in Nine Ways to Catch More Fish With Your Website. And just when we need a breather from feeling overwhelmed by trying to keep up, Amy Quinn reminds everyone to look within your organization for the possibility of hidden resources, untapped potential already there to “unleash innovation”. Read the original blog post here.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.