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

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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


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.


The learning will be hands-on, and topics covered included:

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:

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!

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.

Mozilla Drumbeat Open Science Hackfest Beijing

Event Date(s): 
March 23, 2011 to March 25, 2011

We are excited to be co-piloting a new open hackfest model with Mozilla as part of Drumbeat, with an initial focus on science-related projects. We're planning to pilot the process in Beijing, China at the end of March, and then in Brazil in May.

Check out the even pages in English and Chinese.

Penguin Day DC 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 20, 2011

Learn about Free and Open Source for nonprofits!

Penguin Day returned to Washington DC right after the 2011 NTC. We got to collaborate with lots of friends, old and new alike at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

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

Sessions included...

  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Software
  • Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
  • Participating in Free and Open Source Communities
  • Introduction to Blogging with Wordpress
  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
  • Free Culture, Creative Commons And Open Content
  • Managing Constituents with CiviCRM
  • Mozilla Drumbeat and the Open Web


p>Penguin Day DC 2011 was organized by Aspiration and PICnet.

It was a great day and we hope to see lots of you at the next one!

PrivacyCamp Toronto 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 19, 2011

We are looking forward to facilitating PrivacyCamp Toronto on 19 March, as part of our ongoing Mozilla Drumbeat work. We hope to see lots our northern friends and allies there!

You can check out the draft agenda and Register Now.

San Francisco Interactive Media Summit 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 5, 2011

We're excited to be partnering with Department of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco for SF-IM Summit 2011, aka “New Tools for the Public Good” On Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

The Aspiration team will facilitate sessions that include “Facebook and Twitter 101”, "Intro to blogging", "Beginning and Intermediate WordPress”, “Listening Online with a Social Media Dashboard”, “Managing Online Channels with a Publishing Matrix”, and “How to Build a Good Nonprofit Web Site for Almost Nothing.”

Register Now!

The theme of SF-IM is using social media and other emerging technologies for the public good. Sessions will feature opportunities for discussion and hands-on learning. Importantly, the focus of SF-IM is on peer-to-peer learning and conversation, not tech-talk and PowerPoints. SF-IM’s programming is ideal for anyone interested the public possibilities of the emerging media technologies, and is suitable for a wide range of abilities, from beginner to advanced.

Check out the Full Agenda and Register Now! Sliding scale and fee waivers are available, just contact us.

TechSoup Global Contributors Summit

Event Date(s): 
February 15, 2011 to February 17, 2011

Big thanks and love bombs to TechSoup Global for inviting us to design and run their 2011 Contributors' Summit earlier this month. The event brought together an amazing bunch of folks from over 40 countries, for collaborative discussions on topics ranging from disaster response and accessibility to cloud computing and the future of philanthropy.

Check out the Agenda and session notes and pictures from the event, as well as Day 1 and Day 2 blog posts from the amazing Beth Kanter.