April 8, 2014

3 tips to get more out of conferences

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Here are some ways you can maximize your experience at events

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, marketers, managers, educators, journalists, general public.

Caroline AvakianConference season is well underway. Last week at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, the keynote speaker and Echoing Green president, Cheryl Dorsey, began her great talk with some hints to us attendees on conference best practices.

So allow me to share those helpful tips with you all. They’re easy to manage but pack a big punch, and you’ll be glad you set these in motion when you get back from your next conference.

Start with the end in mind

1What are the top three things you want to get out of this conference? Whether it’s meeting a particular attendee or speaker or gaining a better understanding of how to create a social media strategy for your nonprofit, the more specific you are, the likelier you are to walk out of that conference feeling satisfied and accomplished.

Also, something that stood out to me as being really powerful was that Cheryl mentioned being conscious of not only meeting those who can help you, but those who you can help as well. They are equally important. Continue reading

August 4, 2009

Social Media Bootcamp at Seize the Moment

Seize the moment

JD LasicaFor the past few weeks, several of us (most notably Kara Andrade) have been working on pulling together what’s shaping up to be an extraordinary end-of-summer event at San Francisco State: Seize the Moment.

I’ll be presenting a Social Media Bootcamp with David Cohn, founder of Spot.us, to kick the morning off on Aug. 28. The all-day event will be geared to ethnic media publishers and feature multiple tracks: a Multimedia Content Bootcamp, a Website Warriors track, a Storytelling Toolkit track, a Business Innovations track and a Social Networking 101 track presented by the Public Media Collaborative (David, Susan Mernit and I are among the co-founders).

Conference details

What: Seize the Moment
Presented by: Renaissance Journalism Center at San Francisco State University and ZeroDivide, in collaboration with New America Media
Agenda: A hands-on educational workshop to help members of the ethnic and community news media learn how to harness new technologies and reach new audiences. In-depth workshops will teach you new media skills and social networking strategies; show you how to grow your Web presence and introduce you to innovative business strategies to help your news outlet navigate through and even thrive in this tough economy. Some participants may want to opt for Nuestra Voz, a day-and-a-half boot camp taught in Spanish.
When: Friday, August 28, 2009
Time: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Location: San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning, 835 Market Street, 6th floor, SF
Registration fee: $25 (are you kidding?)
Facebook group: Join here
Information: [email protected]

Bootcamp details

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What: Social Media Bootcamp
Presented by: JD Lasica & David Cohn
Description: Like other news publications, ethnic news publications are seeing a steady erosion of readers to online platforms. This session will show you how to use the new tools of engagement — forums, social bookmarking, Twitter, widgets, Facebook and mobile — to reach new audiences, create communities of interest and become relevant to a new generation of users.
Time: 9 am on Aug. 28

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May 22, 2009

Helping nonprofits grapple with technology

Nonprofits + technology = NTEN from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaHolly Ross, executive director of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), talks about the organization’s mission in helping nonprofits learning how to effectively use technology and social media.

She talks about three new reports that should be of interest to nonprofits — including the just-released 2009 Nonprofit Social Network Survey Report and Small is the New Big: 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study — as well as We Are Media: Social Media Starter Kit for Nonprofits, a workshop/training series led by Beth Kanter.

All of the conference’s sessions are available as free audio downloads (plus PowerPoint presentations). In addition, several webinars are available as well, such as Using Facebook Pages for Social Good, $30 for members, $60 for nonmembers.

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May 14, 2009

Tools galore at Women Who Tech Telesummit

Amy Sample WardThe summit Women Who Tech brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights.

On May 12, 2009 the second annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit (held via phone and web) brought together hundreds of women from across the US and abroad in the non-profit, political and business world for an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels featuring technology change makers such as Joan Blades of MoveOn and Moms Rising, Allison Fine of Personal Democracy Forum, Lynne D Johnson of Fast Company, Charlene Li, Holly Ross of NTEN, Rashmi Sinha of SlideShare, Lisa Stone of BlogHer and more.

I had the great honor of moderating the panel Tools Galore in Online Communications:

From Google Earth to Wiki’s and Twitter this panel will give you the nuts and bolts of the latest tools organizations can utilize to ramp up their next online campaign. Panelists: Natalie Foster, DNC; Rebecca Moore, Google Earth Outreach; Laura Quinn, Idealware. Moderator: Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared

The sessions were short (only 50 minutes!) but packed in a tremendous amount of information.  Here’s a rundown of the Tools Galore session. See the slide deck above and notes from the panelists below:

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October 16, 2008

SoCap: Advancing the social good


Advancing the social good from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaHere’s a 4-minute interview I did with Kevin Jones, founder of a new conference called Social Capital Markets. The three-day gathering in San Francisco, with 650 attendees, focused on social enterprises, the blurring line between nonprofits and socially conscious for-profits, and the tidal wave of interest in organizations that promote the common good (especially in the wake of the stock market’s meltdown). VCs, entrepreneurs, foundations, aid agencies and journalists all attended.

Watch the video in Flash on Vimeo

Watch the video in H.264 QuickTime on Ourmedia
Download the original video from Archive.org

Cross-posted to Socialmedia.biz