That’s right, the session selection process is open for the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference! I have a few proposals up for voting but there are SO many great ones that I am enjoying reading through them all (hope all the 5 star votes don’t through things off!).
Here’s what the NTEN team said about voting:
We received more than 400 ideas this year — a 75% increase over last year — and we need your help to narrow those down to the 100 or so that will make the 2011 NTC the best one yet. I’m not gonna lie: this is not a quick & easy task. It took me about 90 minutes to vote on every session. But we rely on your feedback to help shape the agenda, so we hope you’ll make a little time to at least scroll through the list and vote on your favorites.
The system is the same as last year, with a few refinements, including more social media sharing options. There are 25 proposals on each page. Rate each session from 1 (low) to 5 stars. Click the session title if you’d like to leave a comment.
You can always vote on just the sessions in the track you’re most interested in:
Voting will be open through September 30th. Questions? Consult the voting FAQ!
If you want to leave feedback or comments about the sessions I am a part of, please do! Obviously, you are welcome to vote for them, too! 🙂
- Building a Community Across Platforms
Most commonly, communities form around an issue, a cause, or even a campaign on many different types of social media, and stretch across platforms. As a catalyst, your organization does not need to force community into a hole, but adapt to managing the cross-platform dynamics that community members use. However, the real challenge is creating community across platforms.
In this session, we will explore the meaning of community across channels and how to choose and manage the strategic direction of multi-channel community building. Join us to examine where your community resides online using a mapping exercise, think about cross-channel best practices, and talk about examples of successful cross-platform community building.
- Community Driven Social Impact
This session will focus on strategies and tactics to amplify the impact of mission-based programs through community-driven efforts. We’ll address emerging best practices and discuss the associated opportunities and challenges of community-driven strategies. Participants will walk away with a set of guiding principles and tactics to develop media, events and activities that encourage connections and local leadership among your stakeholders to increase your organizational reach and impact. This session will include a presentation, discussion and small group scenarios.
- Workshop: Using Community Organizing for Effective Online Campaigns
This participatory workshop will help you answer the question: What does old-school community organizing have to teach the wired activist?
We believe traditional community organizing helps to inform an effective online campaign for social change, and will lay the groundwork for a sustainable, long-term movement. We’ll present some specific tools you can use, drawn from community organizing, that will help you identify targets, hone your strategy and engage activists to prevent burnout.
Some of the most successful online campaigns in the past few years — such as Tweetsgiving, opposition to mountaintop removal, government transparency activism in Canada, and the campaign for the Jena Six in Louisiana — have employed principles of community organizing to create effective online actions that helped activists win.
Participants in this workshop will get their hands dirty planning an online campaign for social change that integrates traditional organizing theory and practice. We’ll invite three participants to serve as case studies, break up into small groups and collectively map out an online strategy. Each group will present its campaign strategy and tactics to the entire workshop, and facilitators will offer feedback and additional ideas.
The facilitators each have extensive experience both in traditional organizing and online campaigns, and have used strategic planning to move beyond feel-good activism (“slacktivism”) that doesn’t advance toward real social change. We invite both individual activists and staffers in organizations to take part in this workshop.