As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do. We recognize NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs and Communities of Practice (CoP) organizers are one clever and innovative bunch! We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time.
In honor of our August theme of “Tools,” we’ve invited several of our beloved Tech Club and CoP organizers to give short presentations about their favorite community organizing tools. Tools and processes covered will include:
- Post-call communications to build community and extend discussions: Attendees will takeaway an easy post-call process that extends conversations, deepens impact, and broadens community.
- Microsoft Office workflow for mass mail: Learn a workflow for sending personalized mass emails that will not be filtered into promotions tabs or deleted as junk, but rather drive event sign-ups.
- Text expansion utilities to make your fingers fly: We spend much of our days typing the same thing over and over, but a text expander app can remove the drudgery from your life and make you appear to be the fastest typist ever!
- Screencasting with Jing: Learn how to record presentations using the free tool Jing to share images and short videos of your computer screen.
- Engagement with Twitter and Storify: Twitter chats present a great way to engage your supporters and volunteers in an accessible, consistent, and fun format. Storify lets you represent those conversations in a visual and dynamic format.
- Collaborate from afar with Google Docs: Learn how to use Google Docs to create, share, and collaborate on event planning documents and more.
501 Tech Clubs are informal, local groups of nptechies that get together for regular in-person convenings. Meetings range in structure from happy hours and days of service to presentations and workshops.
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are online affinity groups centered on specific topics such as community management, Drupal, and nonprofits in the arts. CoPs regularly come together to learn and share via conference calls, webinars, or tweet chats.