Growing ideas with Al Grano

Anthony at CA Tech Fest LA

The fear of public speaking tends to rank higher than the fear of snakes, clowns, dentists, and even dying. So why is one intrepid soul from Modesto, California creating a stage where Latino community organizers and leaders do just that?

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Macias, the founder of Al Grano Talks. Talking on the phone, he opened up about the inspirations and obstacles of creating a space for Latinos to share their stories, struggles, and ideas in 15-minute long speeches.

Got creative insight? Our t-shirt needs you :^)

Our favorite Nonprofit Technology Development Summit is this November. We hope you'll join us to co-create the future of free and open tech.

But here's the situation—we need ideas for a new Aspiration t-shirt!

Getting Started with Email Newsletter | 2014

Event Date(s): 
September 9, 2014

Thank you to all who attended this online webinar to find out how you can get started sending effective email newsletters with the right tools.

Building Online Advocates Webinar | 2014

Event Date(s): 
August 28, 2014

Thank you to all who attended this webinar to dive into organizing and engaging people online.

During this webinar we shared tactics and techniques to engage active users of online spaces with participants' advocacy work.

Mobilizing people is a key component of effective campaigns. Just like offline organizing, this comes from first identifying the people you need to reach and then moving them to action.

Maker Party: Simple HTML for Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
August 14, 2014
  • Do you run into annoying formatting problems when trying to put together your email newsletter in a blasting tool?
  • Are you confused about why the white space is showing up next to your images, making things look off kilter, and want to get rid of it?
  • When you see the HTML behind your email newsletter, does it look likegibberish?
  • Do you find that these same things happen when you try putting content in your website CMS?

Five Things I've Learned as a Comms Coordinator

Reporting back from 120 days at Aspiration, here's how I've kept my sanity and grown into my communications position:

1. Little victories

    I need momentum to get things done. I tried diving into a six-month strategy plan first thing in the morning once. Not fun or productive. Now, I start the day with things that have clear end-moments and affirmations (like posting event announcements I planned out the day prior). Gradually, the momentum builds and accelerates, peaking in the afternoon.

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