Emerging tech trends and their impact on social good

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

This session will help your org better understand and navigate this new future to assess which new technologies are likely to have the greatest impact on your mission and those you serve.
Instructor Cheryl Contee

Course Overview

Thought leadership

Brainstorm how tech trends can be used to improve communications throughout your organization.


Weigh the pros and cons of new tech trends and evaluate whether they can play a role at your organization.


Learn tips for leveraging new tech to turbocharge your organization's impact, outreach, and fundraising.


Emerging tech trends such as artificial intelligence, bots, livestreaming, deepfake videos, influencer and creator culture, and the Internet of Things are quickly changing the world we live in. By the end of 2021, TikTok had already surged to 755 million users, hot on the heels of Instagram’s 1.3 billion users. How can you understand and use the new tech that’s coming next?

In this course, you’ll explore a high-level overview of emerging tech trends, including different takes on which tech trends are relevant for nonprofits. You’ll learn how to navigate or perhaps even take advantage of coming innovations to propel your organization’s mission.

You’ll gain a better understanding of how trends can affect our ability to connect and communicate, and may impact causes and campaigns. You’ll be ready to dispel myths and unfounded theories about emerging tech. By the end of this course, you’ll know everything you need to begin recalibrating in advance of the next tech wave.


Cheryl Contee

Founder + Chair
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Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO of the digital agency Do Big Things, a diverse team that is using new narrative and new tech for causes and campaigns to create global change in a new era. Cheryl is the author of Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success, available on Amazon. Previously, Cheryl was CEO of Fission Strategy, which brought Silicon Valley startup culture to the world’s leading causes and campaigns. She’s the co-founder of Attentive.ly, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company, the National Board Chair for Netroots Nation, and a proud co-founder of #YesWeCode.

Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate