Past Events

Activist Tech Teach-In

Event Date(s): 
June 7, 2011

Learn how use online tools in sustainable ways to support social change

The Ruckus Society and Aspiration hosted a free, all-day teach-in to show activists how to use technology on their own terms, in ways that mobilize stakeholders and increase impact.

The format of the event was highly interactive and question-driven, with participants collaborating in small groups.

Agenda

The learning will be hands-on, and topics covered included:

ConnectingUp 2011 - New Zealand and Australia

Event Date(s): 
May 26, 2011

We're really sorry we didn't get to ConnectingUp, but you can Download the slides!

Starting Your Nonprofit on Social Media - Modesto

Event Date(s): 
May 17, 2011

Thanks to everyone who attended the May 17 Modesto training, Starting Your Nonprofit on Social Media, as part of the Central Valley eAdvocacy Program.

We hope you found the training useful and now have a better understanding of using different online tools for your organization.

The following are the materials used during the training.

These materials are distributed under a Creative Commons license, and we encourage re-use, modification, and re-distribution in any situation where they may be useful.

We will continue to create discussions and feature opportunities to get your questions answered about online communications. Any feedback is much appreciated!

The Central Valley eAdvocacy Program is generously funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation. Big thanks to Congregations Building Community for their great support and El Concilio for providing the event space.

Starting Your Nonprofit on Social Media - Fresno

Event Date(s): 
April 6, 2011

We continued our Central Valley eAdvocacy Capacity Building Program with a training in Fresno, CA on Wed, April 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. This collaborative and hands on training provided nonprofits a better understanding of how to start using social media, like Twitter, Facebook, or blogging, for their organization.

The following are the materials used during the training.

These materials are distributed under a Creative Commons license, and we encourage re-use, modification, and re-distribution in any situation where they may be useful.

The Central Valley eAdvocacy Program is generously funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation. Special thanks to the Center for Multicultural Cooperation for coordinating the event space and providing interests of the Central Valley.

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Questions? Email centralvalley@aspirationtech.org

Mozilla Drumbeat Open Science Hackfest Beijing

Event Date(s): 
March 23, 2011 to March 25, 2011

We are excited to be co-piloting a new open hackfest model with Mozilla as part of Drumbeat, with an initial focus on science-related projects. We're planning to pilot the process in Beijing, China at the end of March, and then in Brazil in May.

Check out the even pages in English and Chinese.

Penguin Day DC 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 20, 2011

Learn about Free and Open Source for nonprofits!

Penguin Day returned to Washington DC right after the 2011 NTC. We got to collaborate with lots of friends, old and new alike at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Penguin Days are designed to let nonprofits and social justice activists learn about free and open source software that can support their work and potentially save them money, including tools for web publishing, fundraising, blogging, and campaigning.

Sessions included...

  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Software
  • Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
  • Participating in Free and Open Source Communities
  • Introduction to Blogging with Wordpress
  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
  • Free Culture, Creative Commons And Open Content
  • Managing Constituents with CiviCRM
  • Mozilla Drumbeat and the Open Web

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p>Penguin Day DC 2011 was organized by Aspiration and PICnet.

It was a great day and we hope to see lots of you at the next one!

PrivacyCamp Toronto 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 19, 2011

We are looking forward to facilitating PrivacyCamp Toronto on 19 March, as part of our ongoing Mozilla Drumbeat work. We hope to see lots our northern friends and allies there!

You can check out the draft agenda and Register Now.

San Francisco Interactive Media Summit 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 5, 2011

We're excited to be partnering with Department of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco for SF-IM Summit 2011, aka “New Tools for the Public Good” On Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

The Aspiration team will facilitate sessions that include “Facebook and Twitter 101”, "Intro to blogging", "Beginning and Intermediate WordPress”, “Listening Online with a Social Media Dashboard”, “Managing Online Channels with a Publishing Matrix”, and “How to Build a Good Nonprofit Web Site for Almost Nothing.”

Register Now!

The theme of SF-IM is using social media and other emerging technologies for the public good. Sessions will feature opportunities for discussion and hands-on learning. Importantly, the focus of SF-IM is on peer-to-peer learning and conversation, not tech-talk and PowerPoints. SF-IM’s programming is ideal for anyone interested the public possibilities of the emerging media technologies, and is suitable for a wide range of abilities, from beginner to advanced.

Check out the Full Agenda and Register Now! Sliding scale and fee waivers are available, just contact us.

TechSoup Global Contributors Summit

Event Date(s): 
February 15, 2011 to February 17, 2011

Big thanks and love bombs to TechSoup Global for inviting us to design and run their 2011 Contributors' Summit earlier this month. The event brought together an amazing bunch of folks from over 40 countries, for collaborative discussions on topics ranging from disaster response and accessibility to cloud computing and the future of philanthropy.

Check out the Agenda and session notes and pictures from the event, as well as Day 1 and Day 2 blog posts from the amazing Beth Kanter.

RFP Round Table

Event Date(s): 
February 8, 2011

February 8th, 2011 2pm-4pm

The "Request for Proposal", or RFP, is a critical element of any well-executed technology project that involves soliciting the services of external vendors and solution providers. But the concept of RFPs can be daunting to those who have not authored one, and even for those who understand the importance, many nonprofits are confused about how to write one, and what to include.

This interactive workshop will invite participants to share their knowledge and organizational practices with RFPs, and hear how others manage the same. In addition, Aspiration will demonstrate the templates and processes we use for the "RFP Coaching" that we provide to nonprofits when they need to solicit bids for web sites or other technology projects. Come with your stories and your questions, and be prepared to share both!

Register Here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1180850957?ref=elink

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