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Nonprofit Technology and California Love

We had a blast this week on a California road trip to work with community organizations and support their capacity in online communications and technology strategy.

Here are some of the awesome people we saw and the innovative ways they are using tech to support community change.

January 2013 Seminars

Aspiration's Online and Tech Center Seminars

We're holding space for nonprofits to come together for 1-hour, no-cost, lunchtime tech seminars and monthly webinars open to nonprofit staff to discuss online communications strategy.

Online Seminar:

Mad Love for the #AspCohort 2012

Today, we are in awe of the amazing members of the eAdvocacy mentoring cohort! We have our final 2012 live in-person training and wanted to shout out some of the amazing contributions and growth of the crew!

2012 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 14, 2012 to November 16, 2012

Aspiration's Annual NPTechie Love Fest will take place right on schedule this year, 14-16 November at Preservation Park in Oakland.

You can Register Now!

And check out the CiviCRM Pre-Event Fun! In San Francisco on Tuesday 13 November, CiviCRM user and administrator training and CiviCRM Integrator and Developer Camp. Use discount code "aspiration11" to get a 50% discount on the user/administrator training!

Got questions or want to get involved? Contact Us!

A big love bomb of thanks to all who joined us for past Dev Summit'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.

We'll be posting more info soon, but in the meantime, check out last year's proceedings:

Sessions - 2012 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Here is what's on the slate for the 2012 Dev Summit, with more sessions being added every week.

The Dev Summit is not just for techies! The agenda is designed to be relevant and inclusive for all nonprofit technology stakeholders, from new users to seasoned practitioners.

We welcome additional session proposals! Just email us!

Shifting the Technological Paradigm

Authored by Michelle Zenarosa. Published Oct. 4, 2012.
View original article on Voicewaves Long Beach.

Shifting the Technological Paradigm

Often understaffed and overworked, non-profiteers have often had to juggle multiple tasks all white struggling to get schooled on all the latest #hashtags, widgets and cloud computers.

The First-Ever CA Nonprofit Tech Fest was #Bananas

We had a fabulous time with the many amazing folks who attended the First-Ever California Nonprofit Technology Festival in Fresno, California generously funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation.

From online mapping to email newsletters to building a simple website, we focused on crowd-requested topics and created real time breakout sessions where people could get their questions answered as well as connect with others.

Join Us for the First-Ever California Nonprofit Tech Festival!

Event Date(s): 
September 27, 2012 to September 28, 2012

Aspiration is delighted to announce the first-ever California Nonprofit Tech Festival.

Made possible through generous support from the California Consumer Protection Foundation, the event is being co-organized with The Center for Multicultural Cooperation (CMC) and The Bay Area Leadership Network of Color (BALNC).

California Nonprofit Tech Festival - Sessions

The #CATechFest program 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...

BHC Social Media Metrics Learning Community

Yesterday, we kicked off the Building Healthy Communities Social Media Learning Community with Zerodivide, East Oakland, Richmond, and Sacramento BHC.

Connect with the Learning Community

Aspiration Paper -- Creating Participatory Events

Aspiration has organized and facilitated over 170 interactive and collaborative events in more than 30 countries across the globe.

Our event practice is focused on knowledge sharing in support of nonprofits and activists applying technology for social change, and draws on our unique, road-tested Aspiration facilitation methodology.

Calendaring Messaging for your Nonprofit Webinar

Event Date(s): 
August 28, 2012

Join us remotely for this online training designed for non-profit organizations who are concerned with their online campaigning strategy and communications.

Is all of your online campaign and organizational messaging scheduled and tracked on a unified calendar that is visible to all stakeholders?

This online seminar will explain the process of creating and maintaining a messaging calendar, as well as the potential value to your organization. In addition, the design of a “narrative arc” will be described and correlated to calendaring strategies.

E-Newsletters for Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
September 5, 2012

This live, collaborative and hands-on training will provide nonprofits a better understanding of how to start an email newsletter or incorporate best practices into a current email newsletter.

Registration is limited, so please register early. See you there!

Calendaring Messaging for your Nonprofit

Event Date(s): 
August 15, 2012

Is all of your online campaign and organizational messaging scheduled and tracked on a unified calendar that is visible to all stakeholders?

This live training will explain the process of creating and maintaining a messaging calendar, as well as the potential value to your organization.

Coordinating your Online Channels with a Publishing Matrix

Event Date(s): 
August 8, 2012

Ramp up your online communications with our no-cost, live workshop about how to coordinate your online communications at your nonprofit.

Many nonprofits find it confusing to manage and effectively coordinate organizational messages and campaigns across the several social media outlets, blogs, and communications channels that exist. This live training gives nonprofits a framework in which to look at different communications channels and develop an online communications strategy for their organization.

Upcoming Seminars and Webinars

We are excited to announce four no cost trainings available for nonprofits over the next month. Join us, either in person at the San Francisco Nonprofit Tech Center or online, for these trainings designed for non-profit organizations who are concerned with their online campaigning strategy and communications.

Shaping Shareable's Future

Event Date(s): 
July 27, 2012

We got a great chance to work with our friends at Shareable to Help Shape Shareable’s Future, while also prototyping more of our user engagement methodologies.

About 20 Shareable community members showed up at Happiness Institute to weigh in on what matters to them as Shareable evolves to better support the Sharing Movement.

Talk With Us on July 24 about Tracking Online Metrics!

Join us Tuesday, July 24th at 11:00am for a no cost webinar to walk through processes and tools that can help you track and measure how your online communications support your work.

The webinar is ideal for nonprofit staff working on communications at their organization.

UC Berkeley Labor Center Workshop 2012

We are excited to return to the UC Berkeley Labor Center for our annual 2-day workshop on June 28-29, 2012 talking about using online tools for organizing and communicating with your folks.

Check out @UCBLaborCenter on Twitter to keep in the loop on their latest happenings.

Below are the materials used during the workshop. Hope they are useful and please let us know if you have any questions!




Calaveras Child Care Council Retreat

We had a fabulous time at Murphys in Calaveras County on June 8, 2012 from 9am-3pm with the Calaveras Child Care Council. We talked social media and nonprofit communications for a day filled with lots of local stories, introductions to Twitter, and fun activities ;).

Below are the materials from the day. Please use and share as you like!


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