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Back on the California Highway in 2015

From February 16th to 20th, we are heading on the road to meet with friends and allies off California's Highway 5. We hope to listen and learn about the technology needs of grassroots social justice organizations in order to inspire our trainings and capacity building efforts for the year.

Welcoming our two new team members

Willow and JC

Our office reached capacity this winter by welcoming two new members to the team: JC Sanchez and Willow Brugh. We are fortunate to have them on board to expand our program work in California and abroad.

JC, our new Technology Capacity Builder, interned with Aspiration in 2013 as a student of the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz. His serendipitous return will allow him to continue the work he started two years ago. Conversing over coffee in downtown Oakland, he explains:

    When I was first at Aspiration as an intern, I was made the unofficial translator. For example, I was given the job of translating the Publishing Matrix. So hopefully, that is going to carry over.

Tales of Telecommuting: What was the first week like?

This is me, Willow

This January, Aspiration embarked on a telecommuting adventure by hiring a team member stationed on the East Coast. That remote person is me! I’m Willow Brugh, your friendly new Community Leadership Strategist, brought on board to continue work with the digital response community, social justice affects on complex systems, and to document processes (sometimes with stick figures!).

Ah, that first-day feeling. The slight nerves from infinite possibilities and having no idea what is going on. Being surrounded by new people, new sounds...

Come to our holiday party!

Come celebrate the holidays with us at our home in the S.F. Mission district. We will be in the company of our awesome office mates from The Ruckus Society, Upwell, and Open WhisperSystems. We would love to see you there!

Making the 2014 Aspiration t-shirt

In November, we excitedly debuted our latest Aspiration t-shirt at the Nonprofit Software Development Summit. This time around, we stepped away from our musical homages to honor places that we have been given the opportunity to work in.

Here's what emerged from a sea of drawing boards:

Our 2014 t-shirt design Dirk and Lena at Dev Summit

ArtSpark's coming to #NpDev!

We are looking forward to learning from ArtSpark at our Nonprofit Software Development Summit in Oakland next week, an organization working at the intersection of art and technology. In Aspiration land, we're huge fans of helping folks practice their passions in sustainable ways. So before we dive into #npdev, we want to introduce you to a group we've been collaborating with from California to New Mexico since 2010.

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