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NetSquared’s Global Community Builder, Amy Sample Ward, will be at the NTC this year to connect and collaborate with friends, colleagues and new faces in the sector. Here’s how to find Amy and connect with NetSquared.

How to follow along and connect:

Sessions and Events

Sunday, April 26

Net Tuesday & 501 Tech Club Affinity Group Meeting

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
A chance for local organizers to come together, network, ask questions, etc.

  1. A chance to connect with other local organizers
  2. Clarity on the two monthly events
  3. More knowledge, confidence and excitement about organizing in your city

Monday, April 27

Lunch Time Table Discussion

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Come chat with me about online communites, some of the topics of conversation may include:

  • What have been some changes or issues recently with your online community?
  • Do you use/how did you create your terms of use?
  • How many staff use your online community space in their work?
  • What kind of presence do you consider your online community?

NetSquared Office Hours

3:00 pm – 5:00pm
Have questions about NetSquared, Net Tuesdays or innovation Challenges? Intesreted to learn more about how NetSquared is connecting those at the intersection of social media and social change? Have questions about general nonprofit technology “stuff?” Come by the TechSoup Global booth in the expo area for Office Hours with me!

Tuesday, April 28

The Rational Pursuit of Change: How the Web requires new tactics, not the evolution of current ones

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Internet has a proven ability to shift the balance of power between individuals and organizations. But for online activism to reach its full potential, we – and our constituents and supporters – need to go beyond low-hanging, traditional online tactics. It’s time to go back to basics and figure out how to effectively organize.

This session will revisit the challenges of collective action in an era of “open source activism,” and highlight how the Web can help overcome those hurdles. It’s up to us to redefine how people can participate in movements that actually do something.


  1. Engagement: The paradox of tactics (such as “easy petitions”) with a low barrier to entry – they don’t drive engagement or long-term relationships. Learn how to engage people that stick around to support your mission.
  2. Action: Giving people the right tools at the right time only matters if you ask them to do the right thing. Learn solutions for moving your audiences forward on a unified front towards a shared goal.
  3. Togetherness: The dream of the Web is a model maps our influence and values to appropriate collective action that has reached its tipping point. Learn the best ways to crowdsource your mission and measure progress toward your goals.

Ignite Presentation

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come here about many different projects, ideas, and organizations in 5 minute rounds! If you’re familiar with Ignite, you know it’s an awesome way to show off. If you’re not, Ignite is a style of presentation:

  • Participants have five minutes to speak on a subject, accompanied by 20 slides.
  • Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds.
  • Slides are automatically advanced.
  • Oh, the excitement!

I’ll be presenting the slides below: Local is the new Global

Net Tuesdays

Every month, the NetSquared community comes together at Net Tuesday events in over 33 cities around the world to mix, swap stories and ideas, build new relationships, and reinforce the online Community. These events are great opportunities to find others working at the intersection of technology and social change, share what you are working on or ask for help, feedback, and collaborators.

Find local Meetups or start your own.

Net2 Local – Ignite Presentation

Here are the slides of my Ignite Presentation: Local is the new Global. It’ll just take 5 minutes of your time, and I’m excited to share some of the brainstorming we’ve been having at Net2. Come at 5:30 on Tuesday to the main presentation space to hear all about it!

Are you interested in learning more? Want to keep the conversation going? How we do that will depend on how many people are intersted and where the conversation goes, so until then, please just email me and let’s connect!

TechSoup Global Talk Backs

Tell us what your biggest tech challenges are; download about budget cuts and how they affect your work; vent about your increased work load…YOU do the talking and we will listen. Help us help you – with new programs, new products and new ideas on how to make your [work] life easier. Each participant will have the opportunity to win cool raffle prizes ranging from Amazon gift cards to MP3 players and flip cameras.

The group is limited to 21 participants! Visit our vBooth or booth at the Science Fair for details and to sign up for the Tuesday Talk Back. If you want to sign up early you can email your interest to TSG here.

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