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20NTC Session Proposal

Creating Global Communities Online and IRL


So you’ve launched a community in your area. But you’re ambitious and want to go global. Join our fireside chat where community managers working internationally share how they scaled their groups globally. Discussion topics include:

  • Supporting multiple languages
  • Creating flexible programs that adjust to each community’s culture and capacity
  • Managing time zones
  • How to move money. Bitcoin, wire transfers, legal compliance, etc.
  • The threats of closing civic space – and how to avoid getting your volunteers arrested
  • Working with ambassadors and super users
  • Platforms and technology to help you grow, including multi-language support and reliable network connections

Learning Outcomes

  • Build and scale a global community, online and offline
  • Identify the unique challenges of international work, and how to overcome them
  • Review of best platforms for global community building




Elijah van der Giessen

Community Manager


Eli strives to be a connector – the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.

Currently he’s the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 120 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 800 events per year.

Emma Togni

Marketing Manager


Mixed up humanistic background and business mindset and now I’m applying skills, passion and creativity to the No Profit sector I came across with. You never know where the paths of life lead you. In other words, I’d rather be a comma than a full stop,

Jade Frank

Director of Internal Communications and Knowledge Management

Mercy Corps

Jade is an engagement strategist. For the past 12 years she has worked across sectors leading the design and mobilization of social change networks, with a special focus in the global women’s and girls’ movements. Whether engaging youth leaders, international development practitioners or fishermen, Jade builds the relationships and tools that drive collective action. With roots in the Alaskan Arctic and investigative journalism, Jade has lived, worked and mobilized change in communities across the Pacific Northwest, Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tobias Eigen

Community Manager

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment

Techie with 20+ years experience working in Africa, Europe and North America. Persistent and adaptable problem-solver focused on technical, strategic and organizational solutions. Lifelong passion is to strengthen organizations working on meaningful social, political, economic and environmental issues by promoting and implementing effective use of technology.

Specialties: strategic planning, leadership, community management, project management, and training.





March 14, 2019


3:00pm – 4:15pm



CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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