RFP Round Table

Event Date(s): 
February 8, 2011

February 8th, 2011 2pm-4pm

The "Request for Proposal", or RFP, is a critical element of any well-executed technology project that involves soliciting the services of external vendors and solution providers. But the concept of RFPs can be daunting to those who have not authored one, and even for those who understand the importance, many nonprofits are confused about how to write one, and what to include.

This interactive workshop will invite participants to share their knowledge and organizational practices with RFPs, and hear how others manage the same. In addition, Aspiration will demonstrate the templates and processes we use for the "RFP Coaching" that we provide to nonprofits when they need to solicit bids for web sites or other technology projects. Come with your stories and your questions, and be prepared to share both!

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Building a Social Media Dashboard

Event Date(s): 
February 2, 2011

February 2nd, 2011 2pm-4pm

Many nonprofits have no idea how their online messages are propagating and what is being said about them online. This hands-on, learner-driven event allowed participants to set up their own "listening dashboard" where they can track the impact of their online communication efforts (websites, blogs, Twitter, and more), while also tracking issues pertinent to their organization, all from a single free online space. Participants used the free Netvibes tool to create their dashboards.

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.

Protecting Your Nonprofit's Online Identity

Event Date(s): 
January 21, 2011

January 21st, 2011 2pm - 4pm

The advent of the internet and the emergence of "cloud" computing have slowly but surely created new categories of institutional vulnerabilities for nonprofit organizations over the past 15 years. From ownership of domains and hosting of web sites, to safeguarding remotely stored data, to managing virtual relationships, there exit best practices for security and sustainability that are understood by far too few nonprofits.

This workshop will provide an overview of considerations in managing organizational online identity, and demonstrate processes, best practices and rules of thumb for effectively safeguarding and protecting the virtual side of your nonprofit organization.

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Coordinating Online Communications Channels with a Publishing Matrix

Event Date(s): 
January 14, 2011

January 14th, 2011 2pm-4pm

As options for online engagement proliferate, many nonprofits find it confusing to manage and effectively coordinate organizational messages and campaigns. This training gave nonprofits who are starting out in social media and online communications a framework in which to look at different communications channels as effective for organizational goals. In this hands-on workshop, participants put together actual tools that they can use as an organization to inform and structure processes surrounding how, when and why to use the mind-numbing plethora of social media outlets, blogs and communications channels.

This training also gave participants a structure in which to think of these channels so that it is no longer a huge array of strangely-named tools to learn. Rather, a selection of tools for an organization to choose from to achieve broader organizational goals.

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

Code For America 2011 Planning Sprint

Event Date(s): 
January 7, 2011

We got to stay in our own neck of the San Francisco woods to design and facilitate Code for America's first-ever all-hands planning and strategy meeting. The fact that we got to co-conspire with our fine friend and inspiration David Eaves and open democracy thinker Tim Oreilly made it all the more excellent.

The day brought together CfA Staff and Board with 24 incoming Fellows who will be working Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC. Meeting together for the first time as a whole team, and this event focused on planning and strategizing for 2011 by collaboratively sharing knowledge and mapping knowns, unknowns and project priorities.

We're excited to see where the Code for America project leads, and we wish them the very best as they set out to change the way municipal governments do both technology and democracy.

Aspiration Events - History

Aspiration is the global leader in the design and delivery of innovative technology, strategy and implementation gatherings for nonprofit and nongovernmental audiences. Our event philosophy and facilitation focus on maximizing collaboration and peer sharing, while making sparing use of one-to-many and several-to-many session formats such as presentations and panels.

TechCamp Santiago

Event Date(s): 
November 20, 2010

We happily answered a call from the amazing folks at Personal Democracy Forum to partner on some work for The Man in Chile.

In collaboration with PDF and the Tech@State team, we led design of the Spanish-language agenda for TechCamp Santiago, trained the facilitation team, and oversaw the proceedings. En Espanol, no less!

The goals of the event were two-fold. First, to bring together techies and NGO stakeholders from across South America for discussion on how technology could better support NGO and community needs in the region. And second, to generate some problem statements for hacking on at the December 4th Random Hacks of Kindness events taking place around the world. Check out press coverage in Fast Company.

We heartily thank PDF for getting us involved in this first-of-its-kind event, and to all our Aspiration allies across Latin America, including EducaLibre, Nunklaki Comunicações and Chile Ayuda for their amazing help lighting up participants and keeping the event facilitation real.

2010 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 15, 2010 to November 17, 2010

The 2010 Nonprofit Software Development Summit in Oakland, California was a smashing, sold-out success!

Check out:

A big love bomb of thanks to all who joined us for this 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.

You can also check out the proceedings from the 2009, 2008, and 2007 Nonprofit Software Development Summits.

Mozilla Drumbeat Festival - Freedom, Learning, and the Web

Event Date(s): 
November 3, 2010 to November 5, 2010

We were excited to continue our collaboration with Mozilla and the Drumbeat initiative at the first-ever Drumbeat Festival - Freedom, Learning and the Web in Barcelona.

Aspiration helped with interactive facilitation and agenda design in the tents and spaces that made up the event venue. We also bottom-lining social media efforts at the event, and worked to keep things as unpredictably collaborative as we could.

Among other things, we partnered with Peer 2 Peer University on the Badge Lab and co-conspired to create cool code with WebMadeMovies.

Other fun activities on the agenda included:

  • Learn how to organize a Peer 2 Peer University course
  • Help build a 'digital backpack' to track credentials for online learners
  • Convert a public square into a learning lab with the Hackbus
  • Trade ideas about teaching the open web
  • Share best practices for open web hackers
  • Integrate Wikipedia into your learning project

We got to see lots of Aspiration friends and allies there, and we look forward to working more with Mozilla in 2011!

P2PU Community Workshop

Event Date(s): 
October 27, 2010 to October 30, 2010

Fresh off the fun of the Peer 2 Peer University Open Assessment Workshop, we were delighted to partner with P2PU again to design and run their annual global community workshop.

Taking place before the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival and Open Ed 2010 conference, the workshop provided a venue for the P2PU community leadership to take stock of growth and successes of the past year, while also addressing issues of governance, community, sustainability and of course learning.

The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls. Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU provides the social environment necessary for meaningful learning and mechanisms for validation of achieved learning. P2PU is teaching and learning by peers for peers and it is run and governed by volunteers. We are grateful to work with them as they rethink education in the online context.