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Aspiration was delighted to host AdvocacyDev III from July 31 to August 2 in Oakland, California. The third annual convening of developers, organizers, and activists working with open source tools for online activism brought together 45 practitioners for discussion, collaboration, and trainings. Proceedings were logged on the AdvocacyDev wiki. Electric Embers hosted their second annual Most Excellent AdvocacyDev Veggie-Friendly BBQ Shindig Sessions included…
- Show and tell on all the latest open source eAdvocacy platforms and tools, including the latest from CivicSpace/CiviCRM, Radical Designs Activist Mobilization Platform (AMP), GoodStorm, and others.
- ScoutSeven’s DotOrganize project, and the findings of their research on needs and gaps in nonprofit eAdvocacy and database capabilities.
- MobileVoter shared the latest in Cell phone/SMS organizing techniques, and joined in discussion on how to better integrate SMS support into open source eAdvocacy tools.
- PICnet demo’d their brand-new NonprofitSoapbox platform, which integrates other open source tools and platforms.
- Emerging technologies: Discussions of the role of VOIP and the Asterisk platform, and How-To’s on activist blogging.
- Prototyping new advocacy tools: Using Ruby on Rails to do rapid web development.
- Building and configuring CivicSpace/CiviCRM sites
- In-depth Drupal development session: Module development and theming
- Business Development: How to pay the bills and work on advocacy development projects)
- eAdvocacy Capacity Building: What trainings, documentation and knowledge sharing is necessary to grow the pool of practitioners in the eAdvocacy space. What is needed to better empower local organizers with local causes to use these tools?
- Open standards and open API’s (Application Programmer Interfaces) for eAdvocacy: what’s needed to allow better data sharing, pooling of legislative and other public data, and enable feature interoperability between platforms? What eAdvocacy “mashups” are useful and possible?
- Email Deliverability: While features and functionality of open source advocacy platforms continue to grow, deliverability of associated email blasts continues to decrease as service providers raise spam barriers and network neutrality is threatened.
- Usability: how can online activist tools be made friendlier and more accessible for organizers and activists?
- Trainings and skillshares on various platforms, tactics, and techniques.
Over 100 friends of the SF Nonprofit Technology Center made merry and mingled in our new collaborative space!
The celebration introduced the new community workspace established for the benefit of individuals and organizations passionate about creating better technology for meeting nonprofit needs.
The Center is home to 8 organizations working in the realm of nonprofit technology:
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
- J. Fairchild
- Project Zero
- Radical Designs
- Zac Mutrux Consulting
Aspiration’s Assistant Director, Heather Carpenter recently started a blog about Nonprofit Management and Operations. Heather has served as Operations Manager, Consultant, Speaker and Trainer to nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago for over 5 years. She states “The blog is a learning process for me in how to use a blog and how a blog can be beneficial to my nonprofit. I hope that through this blog, I can help other managers learn more about how to improve the day-to-day operations of their nonprofits and show how blogging can be beneficial to their organizations too.”
Would you care to help Aspiration create a tool that helps you do your job better? We are implementing the Social Source Commons (SSC), a platform which will support mapping and documenting the landscape of software tools available for NPO/NGO (nonprofit and non-governmental organization) use. We’re focusing on empowering eRiders and NPO/NGO technologists, and have based the design on sites that inspire us with their collaborative editability, democratic categorization schemes, and ease of use, such as flickr.com, wikipedia.org, and del.icio.us.
Please take a look for yourself at socialsourcecommons.org!
With SSC, you can:
- Build a personal "toolbox" of software that you use or track
- Receive RSS notifications when new information is available about tools in your toolbox
- Collaboratively edit information about each software tool, in the Wikipedia.org spirit
- "Tag" tools in your toolbox with relevant keywords in order to better manage your tools
- View/browse software tools by tags, both within your toolbox and across the system
- Search for tools by keyword, popularity and recent updates
- Browse other users in the community, and see who else is using and tracking the same tools as you
- Manage a list of "contacts" in order to remember users whose toolboxes or activity prove interesting
We encourage you to explore for yourself at socialsourcecommons.org!
If you are interested in learning more about platform or have questions, please send email to email@example.com.
Penguin Day Seattle took place on March 25th in downtown Seattle. Almost 90 participants joined in the festivities, which included a rich agenda. News Forge provided some excellent coverage and Deborah Elizabeth Finn offered a wonderful blog entry as well. Penguin Day Seattle pictures are posted on Flickr. The mischief makers over at PICnet also perpetrated a little pre-PD mischief. To stay informed about Penguin Day’s, join the mailing list at www.penguinday.org. We’re in the planning stages for inaugural Penguin Days in Boston and Washington DC, and well as the second PD San Francisco.
Aspiration is delighted to announce that Heather Carpenter has joined us as Assistant Director, effective immediately. For the past 5 years, Heather has served as Operations Manager and Accidental Techie for nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and her Masters of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Heather is a member of several San Francisco Bay Area Philanthropic groups and frequently volunteers. Her passion for improving nonprofit operations has led her to serve as an independent consultant for a few start-ups and very small nonprofit organizations. Welcome Heather!