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Aspiration was delighted to answer an invite from Michael Stein, Robert Weiner, and the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to speak at Fundraising Day 2009.
Aspiration Executive Director Allen Gunn and Executive Director David Taylor of Radical Designs led an interactive session entitled “Pragmatic Innovation: An Integrated Approach to Online Social Marketing and Fundraising”. The 75-minute workshop surveyed best practices in social networks and online social marketing for fundraisers. The discussion ranged from ways of identifying online audiences and donors to adoption of shared messaging calendars, social media dashboards, and other processes for coherently maintaining all online activities.
Of particular note was a set of visuals provided to convey the spectrum of tools for online engagement through lenses that included target audience, tone and voice, control of message and brand, time and labor requirements, and return on investment.
Slides from Aspiration’s presentation are available for download.
Penguin Day San Francisco brought together participants to share knowledge and discuss the state of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in nonprofit organizations, in a festive and collaborative environment designed to answer questions and curiosities. PD SF took place Saturday, April 25th, at Odd Fellows Hall.
Penguin Day San Francisco was generously sponsored by Google.
You can check out the agenda; sessions included:
- Introduction to Free and Open Source Software
- Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
- Introduction to Linux
- Publishing on the Web: Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
- Introduction to Blogging
- Intro and Advanced sessions on Joomla! and Drupal
- Managing Organizational Contacts—Intro to CiviCRM 2.0
- CiviCRM 2.0 - Advanced Topics
- Increasing Access with Community Broadband
- Learnings from Summers of Code
- Mobile Volunteering: The ExtraOrdinaries Project
- Healthy and Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
- Helping Techies and Non-Techies Communicate and Cooperate
- Free And Open Source Online Advocacy: Tools And Best Practices
- Creative Commons And Open Content
- Free and Open Source Firewalls
What in the world is a Penguin Day?
Are you passionate or curious about the reality, the potential and the role of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in nonprofit organizations? Do you want to learn about latest free and open web publishing tools and technologies? Would you like to meet other like-minded and passionate participants, including developers, activists, and nonprofit “techies”?
Penguin Day New Orleans will bring together nonprofit technology staff with free and open source software (FOSS) developers for a day of learning and conversation.
We’ll explore and explain open source for nonprofits, frankly address the challenges of developing open source tools for nonprofits, and celebrate strengths and successes of open source in the nonprofit sector. Leading open source innovators in the nonprofit sector will share their stories and knowledge, and focus on answering your questions!
If you are curious about open source software for your nonprofit organization, Penguin Days are for you!
Who is organizing Penguin Day in San Francisco?
What will I take away from Penguin Day?
Penguin Day features a packed agenda of interactive workshops, round tables, and “SpeedGeeks.” Topics include:
- Introduction to Free and Open Source Software for Nonprofits
- Local resources and who’s-who in the Free/Open Source community
- Helping techies and non-techies communicate
- Overview of Free and Open Source desktop applications
- e-Advocacy platforms
- Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
- Healthy and Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
- How Users Can Influence FOSS Development
- Business Models for FOSS developers and providers
- Content Management System (CMS) Crash Courses — Plone, Joomla, and Drupal
- Creative Commons and Open Content
- SpeedGeeking (a lively tour of projects and tools)
What Are Others Saying About Penguin Days?
“I had a wonderful time at Penguin Day. It was one of the best IT related conferences I’ve been to. I’m definitely in a position to help my current and future non-profits with MUCH needed tools. I thank y’all on their behalf. Keep up the good work and positive energy.” - Steve Garrison, SolarBoy.org
“Penguin Day was great - I had an excellent day - made new friends, put a lot of faces to email addresses, had a whole load of fun - and got introduced to some new applications and distributions! Thanks again to everyone who organised the day, ran sessions etc - it made my 4,500 mile trip worthwhile!” - Ian, from London, UK
“Penguin Days are a fantastic opportunity to get together with a wide variety of people and understand more about the issues that surround open source. Unlike a lot of conference/gatherings, the emphasis in these is on meeting people and making connections that you carry out of them room. And that works.” - Marnie from San Francisco
“Now on to Penguin Day… Wow. For my part I was impressed by the international scope of the audience, folks from Great Britain, Canada, Kenya, Turkey, Ghana, Chicago and all points in between. The energy was great and the range of topics on the agenda meant there was something for everyone….suffice it to say Penguin Day set the mark against which all other events will be measured in my mind.” - John from Chicago
Since 2004, Penguin Days have been held in Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon; London, England; Toronto, Canada, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Texas and Seattle.
Hundreds of nonprofit staff, programmers, and activists have attended Penguin Days. Penguin Days feature humorous “SpeedGeeking” sessions (playfully modeled after speed-dating) to bring programmers and organizations together to learn more about each other and free and open source software.
The Penguin is the symbol adopted in the early days of Linux as the mascot of this growing software movement.
To register for an upcoming Penguin Day, go to www.penguinday.org.
About Aspiration: Aspiration, connects nonprofit organizations with software solutions that help them better carry out their work. We want nonprofit organizations to obtain and use the best software to maximize their effectiveness and impact so that they, in turn, can change the world. We identify what is available and what is missing in NGO software arena, and foster relationships, delivery systems, and sustainability strategies between NGOs around the world.
About PICnet: PICnet, empowers the missions of non-profits through the use of unique open source software solutions. PICnet moves beyond the nuts and bolts of technology, rising to find new and effective ways to assist organizations in meeting their goals.
About NOSI: NOSI was formed with three goals: to facilitate and encourage the use of free and open source software in the nonprofit sector, to bring nonprofit organizations together with free and open source developers and projects in ways that both can benefit, and to promote the understanding of the ways in which the fundamental values of each are similar.
Aspiration brought together some of our brightest and most passionate eAdvocacy allies to lay down the content for the Online Organizer’s Almanac, a comprehensive volume about online advocacy, eActivism, and internet-based organizing.
The almanac was written at a 5-day Book Sprint in San Francisco. The authors collaborated both in person and remotely, nonstop from a Monday morning to a Friday evening to create these materials. The content was assembled on the FLOSSManuals.net platform, a collaborative online enviroment for authoring open documentation and manuals.
Understanding online tools, tactics and technologies is an ongoing learning challenge for all activists and organizers. The Almanac was written for what are lovingly called the “Accidental Online Organizers”, those individuals who as a result of happenstance, fate, passion or an advanced ability to type have found themselves tasked with selecting, implementing and/or learning to use online tools to campaign and advocate.
The Almanac is an attempt to capture and contextualize the best practices the authors believe in based on our trials and errors, successes and failures. It represents the collected learnings from working both individually and together over many years, exploring how the internet can be effectively and sustainably utilized to support activists and movements in the struggles for social change and social justice.
The authoring team included:
- David Taylor, founder of Radical Designs and Online Director for Rainforest Action Network
- Matt Holland, Director of TrueMajority
- Chris Michael, coordinator with WITNESS
- Arnold Chandler, policy advocate, researcher and technology strategist
- Beka Economopoulos, grassroots field and online organizer
- Kip Williams, Online Campaign Strategist
- Allen Gunn, Executive Director of Aspiration
Aspiration was delighted to accept Network for Good’s invitation to speak in their “Nonprofit 911” free training series, on the topic of “What Should a Web Site Cost?”. The transcript, podcast, and tastefully minimalist slideware are all available for download.
Executive Director Allen Gunn addressed two of the most pervasive sources of angst in nonprofit technology budgeting: web site creation and redesign. There are in fact relatively few well-defined models for specifying, costing and managing web site projects in a transparent fashion, let alone ones that engage all organizational stakeholders in the process. Cost overruns are the norm, and processes for dealing with the evolving feature definition of most sites are usually elusive at best.
The session focused on three primary aspects of the issue:
- A range of cost points for different types of web sites, from basic “brochure-ware” to higher-end web applications
- Ideas on different project models and cost curves associated with different types of web site technologies
- Philosophical approaches to framing and managing Web projects to maximize internal and external approval while constraining cost
In addition, we listed many of the web site implementors that love to work with and recommend to others.
We thank Network for Good for letting us share our take on web site costing and associated dynamics of nonprofit technology!
Aspiration was honored and delighted to direct the festivities at Joomla! Day Las Vegas, held at the oh-so-Elvis-compatible Montelago Village Resort off the strip. The event focused on building knowledge about Joomla!, a GPL-licensed content management system which is proving increasingly popular for publishing nonprofit web sites.
The event brought together the Joomla! core development team, the Open Source Matters team, and almost 100 members of the Joomla! community to talk about all things Joomla!, including the upcoming 1.6 release, template and extension design, and plenty of participant-driven sessions.
The extended post-event debrief took place at various collaborative venues along The Strip.
Aspiration led development of the curricula and directed the facilitation at an intensive seven day, hands-on workshop that brought together 130 advocates at a retreat-style venue in Bangalore, India, in partnership with Tactical Technology Collective. The aim of the event was to enable advocates to creatively implement digital advocacy tactics by connecting them with others facing similar challenges, showcasing examples of successful tactics, helping them find the right solutions to meet their needs and giving them the hard-skills to implement ideas.