Webinar: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

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.

Speaker: Brett Crawford
Speaker: Chad Leaman
Chad Leaman is the Director of Development for the Neil Squire Society. The Neil Squire Society offers technology, computer literacy and employment programming for people with physical disabilities. During his thirteen years at the Neil Squire Society, he has developed numerous programs that are available across Canada. Chad is also a volunteer organizer of NetSquared Vancouver (NTEN 501 club Vancouver), which holds free workshops and an annual conference for non-profits to better use technology to further their mission statement. He also serves as Vice-Chair for BC Technology for Learning Society, which refurbishes over 7,000 computers a year for schools, non-profits and other at-need populations in BC. He’s a father of young twins which is the source of much joy, sleeplessness and scraped knees.
Speaker: Elijah van der Giessen
As the Community Manager for NetSquared at TechSoup, I foster online and offline network involvement through community management and content curation. I work closely with NetSquared organizers to launch, grow, and support local community groups in over 50 cities around the world.
Speaker: Paula Jones
Paula Jones is director of technology at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. She interned at the Center while she attended NCSU, where she graduated cum laude and received a BS in biological sciences and science education. Paula taught high school in Raleigh for three years before returning to the Center in 2003. She has more than nine years experience in website development, database management, and network administration. She is also responsible for the Center's social media. Paula serves as an organizer for NCTech4Good and is a board member for Public Information Network, Inc./RTPnet. Paula also served on the editorial board of NTEN Change, a journal for nonprofit leaders about technology planning, strategy, and mission alignment.
Speaker: Praan Misir
Speaker: Regina Walton
I'm a connector who specializes in marketing and events by way of content marketing and social media. I’m now at Salesforce working with their great Salesforce Developer Community as an Event Marketing Project Manager. I've been the lead event organizer for SFTech4Good since 2011. SFTech4Good is a Meetup focused on how technology is used to further social change. We're sponsored by two great nonprofits: TechSoup.org and NTEN.org. I earned my B.A. from UCLA (go Bruins!) and my J.D. from UC Hastings, but I chose travel over the bar exam. While abroad I earned my Master's in International Studies from Ewha Womans University. I'm also a former K-blogger; my pseudonym was ExpatJane. You can find my current website here at www.reginawalton.com.