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Planning better disaster response with the Climate Centre

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre is an interesting organization, tasked with advising all the different Red Cross and Red Crescent groups, whether country- or topic-based, to understand and reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on vulnerable people. Some of this has to do with understanding long-term trends and shifts, some of it with training about how climate works, and some in specialized support and resources.

Humanitarian TechFest 2016 East Coast

Event Date(s): 
June 4, 2016 to June 5, 2016

HumTechFest is for those who have ever wanted to know about, or work on, disaster and humanitarian response technology from a people-first perspective. Our second #HumTechFest took place on June 4th and 5th in Cambridge, MA as a participatory and community-driven convening designed for field practitioners, media makers and storytellers, technology developers, information security practitioners, members of affected populations, researchers, and everyone in between.

When?

    Saturday and Sunday
    June 4th and 5th
    9:30am - 6:00pm both days

Where?

Those who could not make it to the East Coast were encouged to join us for a West Coast meetup on similar topics Thursday June 16th from 6p to 9p.

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Agenda and Sessions

The agenda was co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up and during the event.

We' tried to build capacity for humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts through technology and community. This event happened the weekend before the related but different Humanitarian Technology Conference.

Topic areas which were likely to be on the agenda included...

  • Existing Response Technology Projects
  • Situational Awareness
  • Responsible Data Lifecycles
  • Easier After-Action Reports
  • Self-Care for Organizers
  • Participant-Led Sessions: More than half of the agenda were built by participants before and during the event, covering topics, tools, themes and issues proposed by those present.
  • Learning by Making: Hands-on workshops for sharing essential technology skills.

Let us know what should be on the agenda and how we can make this event more relevant and valuable for you!

Humanitarian TechFest 2016 East Coast Sessions

The Humanitarian Technology Festival session list will be co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up and during the Festival.

The agenda will be designed and facilitated using Aspiration's unique participatory model, in an environment where powerpoint slides are discouraged and dialog and collaboration drive the learning.

Sessions likely to be on the agenda include...

Humanitarian TechFest 2016 East Coast Agenda

The following is the agenda for the Humanitarian TechFest 2016 happening on June 4th and 5th in Cambridge, MA.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

9:30 - Coffee and light breakfast

10:00 - Opening Circle

The event will start with introductions and welcomes, an overview of the agenda and guidelines, and announcements.

10:30 - Interactive Plenary

2016 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 16, 2016 to November 18, 2016

Dev Summit

Our 13th annual Nonprofit Software Development Summit took place November 16 - 18, 2016 at Preservation Park.

Unified in our plurality of voices - Global Voices Exchange

Global Voices is "a border-less, largely volunteer community of more than 1400 writers, analysts, online media experts and translators." They've been around since 2005, weaving together locally-produced stories from all over the globe.

California Nonprofit Technology Festival - Watsonville | 2016

Event Date(s): 
April 28, 2016 to April 29, 2016
CATechFest

This spring, on April 28 and 29, nonprofit staff, technology capacity builders, and community organizers from across the state joined together in Watsonville, CA for the California Nonprofit Technology Festival.

Dialling Up Resilience

At the end of April I was in Nairobi doing several things related to digital humanitarian response. One of these was a program called Dialling Up Resilience (yes, with two Ls in "Dialling," because it was a British-centred team), which looks at local indicators of resilience. This blog entry explores why subjectivity is important in measurement, and how technology can help us parse through subjective information and combine it with objective datasets.

SF Tech Center Holiday Party | 2015

Event Date(s): 
December 16, 2015

Hey everyone!

Next Wednesday (December 16th) we want to celebrate the holidays at our home in the S.F. Mission District.

We would love to see you there! Come socialize with all the members of the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center: Aspiration, the Ruckus Society, Open Whisper Systems, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and Simply Secure.

Drinks, food, and lively conversation will be waiting for you!

Here are the details:

The Social Disaster Cycle

This blog entry written with substantial input and support from Meredith L. Patterson.

Aspiration has taken on Weaponized Social as an extension of our commitment to solidarity with our community and to equality in our interactions with and through technology.

Trustworthiness in response

When I came on with Aspiration in January, it was clear in my soul why the joining up made sense. But not many folk in the disaster and humanitarian response circles I run in pay much attention to the overlap of activism and response. It took some time to make it clear and explicit.

What's the Catch at Chaos Communications Camp

Chaos Communications Camp, like the World Cup, is something so special that it only happens once every four years. It’s a few thousand hackers, artists, and activists camping together in Germany. We come together to share skills, stories, and ambitions, including how to get into space and provide secure internet in austere places. There’s brightly colored hair everywhere, and a slowly improving gender ratio, and stickers on laptops, and a gig of data to your tent.

CA Tech Leadership Summit Agenda

The following is the working agenda for the California Nonprofit Technology Leadership Summit on July 30 - 31, 2015 near Bakersfield, California.

Communications through a community organizing lens

Session: How to do Online Communications as an Organizer At Aspiration, we strive to apply community organizing principles to all the work we do. In practice, this means the principles that guide our greater mission should be embedded into internal organizational processes. For example: how does one approach website design or event facilitation with a frame of inclusion and collaboration? In the case of online communications: how can the principles that guide face-to-face organizing be applied to the digital realm?

At the Allied Media Conference in June, we were given space to host a workshop that explored these ideas. Titled "How to do Online Communications as an Organizer", this session asked participants to think about how their on-the-ground experiences could be applied to communications tactics. We shared some planning templates (Publishing Matrix!) in the process, but ultimately, participants led the exploration and found their own ways to apply their knowledge.

Forays in creating a healthier online ecosystem

Weaponized Social is an emerging program that seeks to support a healthier online ecosystem. Since our last gathering in New York, we've been to Nairobi on May 2nd, hosted WeapSoc SF in our office home in San Francisco, and facilitated a highly relevant event, the International Workshop on Misogyny and the Internet in MY home base of Cambridge, MA. We've continued to build out the Weaponized Social Wiki with notes from conversations, projects, and possibilities.

Weaponized Social in Nairobi

In Nairobi at AkiraChix, we further refined the checklist for making safe space and started two projects: FaceOff and Trolling the Trolls. FaceOff provides space for highly visible people to interact in a nuanced way, posting back to short-form spaces, so as to ask their constituents to be better balanced. This is a response to the very real occurrences of politicians calling their online followers to take action (sometimes violent) in offline space. Trolling the Trolls seeks to use language patterns from sock puppet accounts to find those accounts sooner, and respond to them before they have a negative impact on the speech of marginalized individuals online. Yvonne, who suggested this, also introduced me to ZeroTrollerance which was then represented by Peng! Collective.

How can humanitarian response be decentralized?

For a long time, it wasn't possible to include everyone's voice in planning or decision-making without impossibly large amounts of time. There was no way to listen, at scale. So aggregation and centralization became common, especially in times of urgency, even with the troubles these tend to cause.

But now, with the technologies we have, we can *listen*, in high resolution and in high fidelity. But technology isn't a silver bullet. We also need the political will and the personal values to make that happen. With Aspiration's new Digital Humanitarian Response program, we get to support some of the rad people willing and able to make these movements happen. In May, we hosted the Humanitarian Technology Festival at MIT. The Digital Response Wiki provides resources and notes, and here are some top-level highlights from the event:

Beatrice onboard as Human Rights Technology Lead

Visit Beatrice's personal site

We are excited to introduce Beatrice Martini, our new team member and Human Rights Technology Lead. Originally from Italy, Beatrice now lives in Berlin, Germany and will work from overseas to drive capacity building efforts with human rights-oriented NGOs from around the world.

We are looking forward to having her at the helm of this multi-dimensional program, which will involve articulating technology practices, facilitating digital security literacy, and the pursuit of a shared language among stakeholders in the human rights technology ecosystem.

CA Tech Leadership Summit near Bakersfield, California

Event Date(s): 
July 30, 2015 to July 31, 2015

On July 30 and 31, 2015, fellow capacity builders, mentors, and community organizers from across the state joined together at the first California Nonprofit Technology Leadership Summit held near Bakersfield, California at the National Chavez Center.

We'll see you at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit!

Allied Media Conference 2015

We are flying to Detroit, Michigan to participate in the Allied Media Conference from June 18-21. Aspiration and friends will include Misty, Javier, Nasma, Beatrice Martini, and Michelle Thorne.

We're excited to get lost in the flurry of sessions and festivities, but hopefully we find you somewhere along the way. Here's a snapshot of our known agenda if you want to connect.

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