February Lunch Time Nonprofit Tech Talks

Now that we are all over the holiday hangover, it’s time to assess how your communications strategy is working for you. At the SFNTC, we are holding a series of no-cost workshops for nonprofits and social justice organizations to ramp up their online communications. Space is limited, so register today!

Bring your own lunch and be ready to participate.

The seminars scheduled are:

Introduction to Analytics
February 2, 2012, 12pm - 1pm

Two Inspired Women have Found Themselves at Aspiration

Welcome Uno and Jessica

Jessica Steimer and Uno Nam are the newest members of the team here at Aspiration. As AmeriCorps VISTAs, it is their job to spend one year working on capacity building for NPOs with the ultimate goal of helping to reduce poverty. The program under which they are working, called HandsOn Tech, is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute based in Atlanta and incorporates 24 VISTAs in seven cities, all with the shared focus of using technology to make organizations more efficient and more effective in supporting their mission. Each will work with eleven non profits over the course of a year, providing workshops, assessment, and on-site support.

Let us introduce ourselves!

Online Communications Trainings in September & October

Aspiration is offering some free trainings around online communications support here at the tech center. The seminars on the slate are:

Coordinating Your Online Communications Channels with a Publishing Matrix
September 28th, 2011, 2pm - 4pm

Building a Social Media Dashboard
October 12th, 2011, 2pm - 4pm

Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations July 2011 - Agenda

The follow is the planned agenda for Aspiration's July 2011 Effective Online Advocacy for Grassroots Organizations .

The agenda will be updated based on feedback and requests from registered participants.

Cell Phones for Campaigns -- Stories from MobileActive

MobileActive is over but the work has just begun...Stories about the convergence and the use of cell phones and texting in avocacy and civic campaigns are coming in fast after the first-ever MobileActive.  The event brought together a group of activists from around the globe to explore the use of cell phones for social justice and citizen participation campaigns.

Patrick Burnett, a participant from Fahamu, puts it well: "In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) SMS is being used to monitor child rights violations.

Greenpeace Argentina campaign against forest destruction In Argentina indigenous communities are using SMS to halt the bulldozers that destroy their forest livelihoods.  And in the Philippines, angry activists have used SMS to hold government to account. The power of cellular technology is no longer up for debate; what remains to be discussed is how to maximize it for social good. Mobile Active Convergence, held recently in Canada, did just this... What came out of the three-day event...went far beyond this expectation, as a diverse group of people from around the world banged their heads together, mixed their ideas and thrashed out a vision for just how far cellular technology can go in creating a better world. The end result was new ideas, the formation of a lasting network and the production of a body of knowledge available to many beyond the confines of the conference."


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