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Online Advocacy & Community Building Training

Event Date(s): 
May 15, 2014

We excitedly returned to Los Angeles for our eAdvocacy training. Thank you to all who attended on May 15th. Check out the event recap and training resources, and contact us if you have any questions.

Event Info

CiviCon 2014

Event Date(s): 
April 24, 2014 to April 25, 2014

We’re excited for CiviCon 2014 on April 24 and 25 - the world's biggest CiviCRM meetup! The annual conference for CiviCRM developers, implementers, administrators, and users – happening in San Francisco Bay Area. Aspiration will be there facilitating a session and being a big CiviFan throughout. Register Here.

California Nonprofit Technology Festival Los Angeles

Event Date(s): 
April 3, 2014 to April 4, 2014

The 2014 California Nonprofit Technology Festival is happening April 3 and 4, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Save the date for this participatory and community-driven two-day convening designed for nonprofit staff, grassroots and community organizers, social justice technologists, and those passionate about social change and technology.

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When?

    Thursday - Friday
    April 3 - 4, 2014
    9:00am - 5:00pm

Where?

Agenda

Sessions

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Agenda and Sessions

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

We'll address the technology challenges and opportunities faced in our communities and collaborate on strategies to build statewide technology capacity to support the work of social change.

Topic areas likely to be on the agenda include...

  • Managing Nonprofit Technology Projects
  • Online Organizing for Grassroots Campaigns
  • Digital Security and Privacy
  • Processes for Sustainable Online Communications
  • Social Justice in California
  • Participant-Led Sessions: More than half of the agenda will be 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.

More, more more! Tell us what other hands-on tech skills you would like to learn, and we'll try to find facilitators to get you there.

Contact us and let is know what should be on the agendaand how we can make this event more relevant and valuable for you!

eAdvocacy Training in Ceres

What a great way to return to training in the Central Valley! Eight smiling faces joined us to talk about online presence for their grassroots campaigns last week.

Ceres Workshop Spectrogram

California Nonprofit Technology Festival Los Angeles Sessions

The #CATechFest 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...

California Nonprofit Technology Festival Los Angeles Agenda

The following is the agenda for the California Nonprofit Technology Festival Los Angeles happening on April 3rd - 4th in Los Angeles, California.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

8:30 - Coffee and light breakfast

9:00 - Opening Circle

Penguin Day DC

Event Date(s): 
March 12, 2014

Please plan on joining us for the 10-year anniversary of Penguin Day!

Free Software. Open Source. Nonprofit. Technology. Capacity Building.

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

Check out what’s on the Penguin Day DC Agenda!

Penguin Day DC will take place at:

Aspiration named as recipient of New Digital Age Grant

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has named Aspiration as one of ten non-profits in the U.S. and abroad to be recipients of “New Digital Age” grants.

We are deeply grateful and humbled to be named alongside such inspiring and world-changing projects as Guardian Project, CitizenLab and Open Technology Institute.

Open Cambodia 2014

Event Date(s): 
February 23, 2014 to February 27, 2014

Aspiration was grateful for another chance to work in Cambodia at Open Cambodia 2014. We partnered with Open Institute and Fabriders to design and facilitate the event, which brought together over 100 participants from across Cambodia to share knowledge and build capacity on a range of eAdvocacy and security topics.

Responsible Data Forum

Event Date(s): 
March 6, 2014

Aspiration is excited to partner with the engine room to host the first-ever Responsible Data Forum.

The event will take place 6 March, 2014 at Preservation Park in Oakland, California.

Register today!

Sliding scale registration is also available, just contact us!

High Impact Communications Workshop Highlights

A dozen people spent Friday morning at our *New* San Francisco Nonprofit Tech Center working to improve communications for their organizations. We are so grateful to the outstanding group of peers who helped us wrap up the short month of February.

Workshop Group Photo

Five Weeks to Strategic Online Communications

Hold on to those resolutions and blow those winter blues away, we're ready to help you kick off your 2014 strategic communications planning with this webinar series. In each progressive webinar you'll make steps to building a lightweight, flexible communications plan through our Four Processes for High Impact Online Communications. Plus, there is a bonus, we're holding a live half-day workshop in San Francisco to give you extra support.

This Five-Part Strategic Communications Webinar Series includes:

Email us and we'll save you time by registering you for all five online seminars in the series.

Four Processes for High Impact Communications Workshop

Event Date(s): 
February 28, 2014

Join us to dive into all 4 Processes for High Impact Online Communications or, if you’ve been building your communications strategy along with the webinar series, then set aside this time to dig deeper and get feedback.

Social Media Club of Sacramento Listening

We are especially grateful have been invited back to Sacramento to facilitate a seminar with the Social Media Club of Sacramento.

Many nonprofit staff and volunteers from around the region were in the room last Tuesday to learn about listening online and hear from one another how to incorporate listening into your communications strategy.

The following are the materials used during the Are you Listening? Social Media Monitoring for Nonprofits seminar.

UC Berkeley Labor Center Advanced Workshop 2014

We kicked off our strategic communications trainings with a return to the UC Berkeley Labor Center for another 2-day workshop. This time we talked to union organizers and campaigners about Advanced Online Media Skills.

Check out these photos from the workshop.

Strategic Online Communications Webinar Series Materials

Here are the training materials from the Strategic Communications Webinar Series. We hope that you found the information to be useful and learned some tips to effectively communicate and engage supporters in your communications efforts.

This Five-Part Strategic Communications Webinar Series includes:

Nonprofit Software Development Summit | 2014

Event Date(s): 
November 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014

Aspiration's annual Dev Summit took place on Nov 17, 18, and 19, 2014 from 9am - 5pm at Preservation Park in Oakland.

This event brought together activists, nonprofit staff, and developers interested in creating technology for nonprofit and social justice efforts.2013 Dev Summit

A big love bomb of thanks to all who joined in the fun at this year's highly spirited and interactive gathering of folks who are passionate about developing software tools to support the work of social change organizations and community activists.

End of Year Communications Webinar Series Materials

As the end of the year arrives, nonprofit staff and volunteers often feel an increase in the pressure to produce effective engagement with supporters. If you find yourself in this position, we want to help you. We’ve put together these no-cost, 1 hour online seminars to plan and implement efficient communications practices so that the messages you use to tell your story flow more smoothly and with greater impact.

We hope that participation in this series of online seminars to strengthen your end of year communications by strategizing and coordinating how you’ll tell your story and engage supporters.

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