The NTEN Community is Everyone’s Community

Like many folks in our community, I do not come from a tech background. I didn’t play video games or computer games growing up, other than the required hours of Oregon Trail in elementary school. So, when I first came to NTEN in the summer of 2012, I was a little overly conscious of my underdeveloped technology muscles. One of the most important things that I’ve learned since I’ve been at NTEN is that everyone is welcome here, not just the people with the word technology in their job title and not just the people who were taking apart and reassembling pinball machines when they were 8 years old. Technology touches all of our lives now and we see this reflected in our membership. We are part of this community because we use technology in our work in some capacity, however small, and because we value drawing upon the knowledge and experiences of others.

When NTEN decided to step up our sustainability efforts earlier this year, we knew that we really wanted input from our members. We formed a Sustainability Committee comprised of member volunteers. Working with this group of people, I am constantly reminded of and made grateful for the incredible generosity of this community. People give of their time, and share their resources and knowledge, freely. Through this, we are all able to be more effective in our work to make positive change in the world. Just because my technology muscles are, well, not so strong, and I didn’t know what a meme was a year and a half ago, I know that I still belong here and there are fellow nptechies out there who are happy to help me out when I need it.

Happy Member Appreciation Month to all our wonderful, inspiring, and generous members!

Eileigh Doineau
Arriving at NTEN has been a happy bend in the road for Eileigh, who comes from a background in environmental design and English literature. After a year in AmeriCorps teaching environmental education, a summer in Africa working with communities to protect local natural resources, and a master’s thesis on design and community engagement, she ventured into the nonprofit realm. Though Eileigh loves to get her hands dirty out in the real world, she recognizes that technology is a transformative tool of empowerment and is delighted to be helping others make the most of it.