conferences, fundraising, social media strategy

Trendspotting: 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference

13 Comments 10 March 2015

I just returned from the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) energized and excited about where nonprofit technology practitioners think the field is heading. In this #15ntc roundup, I talk about the trends in nonprofit technology that I spotted at the conference, and why this is the year that nonprofit technology field jumped past "where are we now" to answer the question "where do we want to go next?"

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community, conferences, presentations

Unlocking Community Conversation: Cantors Assembly Keynote Address

No Comments 07 July 2014

We all want to connect with others, and to be valued and heard. Even a conversation with a barrista at Starbucks can increase our happiness, as the studies show. In this blog post, a writeup of the keynote address that I gave at the Cantors Assembly, I offer a workplan for creating real community online. If we can "unlock the community conversation" in our online social spaces, then doesn't it follow that it's a hop-skip-jump away to increasing connectivity within our offline communities, and to creating the groundwork for long-term viable 21st century communities?

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conferences, presentations, social media policy

50 Shades of Social Media: Navigating Policies, Laws & Ethics at #14ntc

1 Comment 24 March 2014

As the manager of your nonprofit’s social media presence, knowing what you (and your colleagues) can say or how you should respond gets tricky. Establishing solid social media governance policies and understanding your legal and compliance obligations are both important aspects of your overall social media strategy. But, where do you turn when you encounter a dilemma that isn’t easily solved by turning to the law or an existing policy? At the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14ntc), myself and three fellow presenters addressed these and other social media questions during our "50 Shades of Social Media" workshop. This blog post includes a session summary, our slide deck, and highlighted takeaways of the legal, cultural, ethical and policy considerations for organizations using social media.

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A Call For New Nonprofit Tech Ideas in 2014

3 Comments 07 June 2013

It's conference submission season, and I'm ready to be dazzled. The field of nonprofit technology is constantly changing, while conferences stay with stasis rather than future-thinking. We are now presenting to "born digital" organizations, digital natives, and nonprofits that have been using social media for many years now and more of them attend our sessions each year. Let's stop catching up so much that we're not looking ahead: what's next for social media? For nonprofits? What does the next generation of online fans want from nonprofits and how does that make us uncomfortable?

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conferences, metrics, website innovation

Social Media Convergence

3 Comments 03 May 2013

A colleague asked me for my thoughts on trends in social media today. I can sum it up in one word: convergence. From the communications sector, to measurement, policy, social data, and job responsibilities, the sector is converging. In this blog post, I walk through how social media is converging in these areas, and the forces behind convergence.

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Debra Askanase is an experienced digital engagement strategist, non-profit executive, and community organizer. She works with mission-driven organizations to develop digital strategies and campaigns that engage, create trust, and move stakeholders to action. Debra speaks at conferences worldwide on the intersection of technology, social media, and nonprofit organizations.

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