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Twenty tactics for creating engaging online content

(note: this is a repost from the Social Source Commons blog.)

Do you ever find yourself asking "What's the point of it all?" when creating content for the vast universe of the web? Don't let your content fizzle out. Instead, consider using engagement asks to get your audience involved in the work you're writing about.

What you (actually) get out of CA Tech Fest

Looking for an event where you can connect with cool people and share your passions in social justice? I mean really connect—beyond the post-PowerPoint small talk and hasty business card transactions.

Check out our California Nonprofit Technology Festival in Richmond this month. It's a space where collaboration, tech skill-building, and critical dialogue is supported and encouraged, while passive participation (e.g. lecture) is checked at the door.

Growing ideas with Al Grano

Anthony at CA Tech Fest LA

The fear of public speaking tends to rank higher than the fear of snakes, clowns, dentists, and even dying. So why is one intrepid soul from Modesto, California creating a stage where Latino community organizers and leaders do just that?

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Macias, the founder of Al Grano Talks. Talking on the phone, he opened up about the inspirations and obstacles of creating a space for Latinos to share their stories, struggles, and ideas in 15-minute long speeches.

Five Things I've Learned as a Comms Coordinator

Reporting back from 120 days at Aspiration, here's how I've kept my sanity and grown into my communications position:

1. Little victories

    I need momentum to get things done. I tried diving into a six-month strategy plan first thing in the morning once. Not fun or productive. Now, I start the day with things that have clear end-moments and affirmations (like posting event announcements I planned out the day prior). Gradually, the momentum builds and accelerates, peaking in the afternoon.

Summer Communications Webinars Resources

Here are the training materials from the 2014 Effective Communications summer webinar series. We hope that you found the information to be useful and learned some tips to effectively communicate and engage supporters in your online efforts.

This Six-Part Strategic Communications Webinar Series includes:

Voices from CA Tech Fest

As we approach our fifth California Nonprofit Technology Festival, I was curious to know how people's experiences of Tech Fest have evolved. Misty and I recently spoke with a few Tech Fest veterans. Here are some interesting moments from our discussions.

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