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IAMAW eAdvocacy Training - Toronto, Canada, 14 June 2011

We are looking forward to an interactive training session in Toronto with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Below are materials used in the training, as well as templates to be used in the hands-on parts of the event.

Materials

Note that not all materials were used during the live training, but the full set is included for the learning benefit of the participants.

Aspiration Travels the Central Valley of California

I want to take the time to honor the many folks who met with us in Fresno, Visalia, Modesto, and Sacramento the last couple of months as part of the Central Valley eAdvocacy Capacity Building Program. We hope we can continue to provide you with useful information to support your online communications and tech decisions.

Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations July 2011 - Agenda

The follow is the planned agenda for Aspiration's July 2011 Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations .

The agenda will be updated based on feedback and requests from registered participants.

Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations

Aspiration is pleased to announce another eAdvocacy Training event, “Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations”, taking place on July 7 and 8, 2011 in Los Angeles.

These trainings are generously sponsored by the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), and provided free of charge to the CCPF network. Lunch and all-day coffee will be provided at the trainings.

Building Online Communications in Grassroots Nonprofits

We're returning to Fresno, CA on June 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm with a no-cost training on building effective online communications for nonprofits and social justice organizations. Based on feedback from Central Valley participants, this training will include two interactive sessions to help you build out your online strategy efforts.

Register for June 23 in Fresno

Establishing a Publishing Matrix:

Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations

July 7th-8th, 2011

Aspiration will offer a two-day training designed to help nonprofit organizations make more effective, sustainable use of online technologies.

The trainings are targeted at grassroots nonprofit organizations focused on social change and community health issues across the state of California.

Save the Date - 2011 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

November 16-18th, 2011

Aspiration's Annual NPTechie Love Fest is taking place right on schedule this year, 16-18 November in Oakland.

We'll be posting registration info and other event resources in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out these resources from last year's Dev Summit:

A big love bomb of thanks to all who have joined us for past Dev Summits's, as well as all of you who will join in the fun at this year's high-spirited, fully-interactive festival of folks who are passionate about developing software tools to support the work of social change organizations and community activists.

Activist Tech Teach-In

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

Learn Activist Tech at the Center for Third World OrganizingAre you a social justice activist or campaigning organization wanting to make more effective use of tech and the internet?

The Ruckus Society and Aspiration are hosting 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.

Register now!

Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations

Event Date(s): 
July 7, 2011 to July 8, 2011

Aspiration will offer a two-day training designed to help nonprofit organizations make more effective, sustainable use of online technologies.

The trainings are targeted at grassroots nonprofit organizations focused on social change and community health issues across the state of California.

The trainings will be highly interactive, following a question-driven format and employing hands-on exercises. Participants will be encouraged to bring their real-world needs and challenges to the discussion.

After the training, participants will have:

  • A better understanding of how to assess and engage their online audiences
  • A straightforward model for planning and scheduling online messaging
  • A framework for coordinating various online channels including web, email and social media
  • Ideas about how to leverage blogging and social media in their communications efforts
  • Knowledge about how to track where their organization and issues are being mentioned online

Register Now

These trainings are supported by the generosity of the California Consumer Protection Foundation, with meeting space generously provided by The California Endowment.

For questions and inquiries about the training, please call Aspiration at (415) 839 6456 or email us at info@aspirationtech.org

 

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:

Central Valley Office Hours

As we move forward with trainings in the Central Valley, I want to continue to keep open communication with organizations we met with in the Valley. There are many follow-up questions and comments that come out of the trainings for organizations that are actively trying to build their online communications.

In trying to find the best way to support individual organizations and provide the greater community with answers, we are thinking about trying some new ways to keep people involved in a virtual space.

Call-In Office Hours:

Building Online Communications in Grassroots Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
June 23, 2011

We're returning to Fresno, CA on June 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm with a no-cost training on building effective online communications for nonprofits and social justice organizations. Based on feedback from Central Valley participants, this training will include two interactive sessions to help you build out your online strategy efforts.

Register for June 23 in Fresno

Establishing a Publishing Matrix:

Berkeley Labor Center 2011 eAdvocacy Trainings

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p>Matt and Misty had a great time working with the UC Berkeley Labor Center on May 25th and May 26th for their Online Media Training Workshop. Talking to groups working across the labor movement, we had some great conversations around setting up organizational infrastructure for communications at your organization.

The following are the materials we used during the Berkeley Labor Center Spring 2011 eAdvocacy Trainings in Berkeley.

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!

What's Ahead and What's Behind

On May 3, we visited the Nonprofit Innovation Center and the Center for Multicultural Cooperation in Sacramento as part of our Listening Tour to see what nonprofit's in the area are struggling with online.

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.

Facebook Page vs. Group for Nonprofits

Hi All,

During our previous meet ups in Fresno, Modesto, and Visalia, several people had questions about how to best set up and use Facebook for their organization.

Currently, many orgs have individual Facebook profiles set up instead of using Facebook groups or pages.

To help you figure out what's right for you, here is a blog that explains why you shouldn't have an individual Facebook profile for your org and sorts the differences of a Facebook group vs. page.

Talking Social Media and Local with Nutritionists

It's down to Monterey, California to roll our road-tested social media slideware and interactive workshop format for The California Conference of Local Health Department Nutritionists (CCLHDN).

The event convenes professional nutritionists from each local health department in California. And a primary topic this year is how to use social media to advance local issues.

Modesto, Fresno, and Visalia Shout Outs!

FresnoI am excited to say we had an adventurous week in Modesto, Fresno, and Visalia on a 3 day road trip. We had great food, talked to awesome people, and even finished our first Central Valley eAdvocacy Training in Fresno! There were 13 different organizations from Fresno and Visalia represented at the training. We had great local support from CMC and <a href=http://www.bgclubfc.org">BGClubFC.

It's not about the grapes or lettuce.

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people. Cesar Chavez

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, I wanted to reflect on using technology for social change, especially since our 1st Central Valley training is coming up on April 6 in Fresno, "Starting your Nonprofit on Social Media."

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