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Crowdsourcing Change: Applying the Social Web to Some Philly Nonprofits

Tuesday, November 12, 2013: 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Location: 
Friends Center

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA
19102

On November 12, Philly Net Tuesday will feature our signature “Crowdsourcing Change” format. (NOTE the change of date — since our usual “first Tuesday of the month” is Election Day.)  Here’s how it works: Two or three local nonprofits share how they’re using online marketing and social media/networking to achieve their goals and objectives. Then the crowd (that’s you!) participates in a facilitated discussion about how each organization might use the social web to even greater effect.

 

We’re pleased to announce two local organizations eager to receive the wisdom of the crowd will be:

 

Presenter: Ashley Gripper, Administrative Coordinator.  

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) works to sustain healthy communities by promoting food education, good nutrition and physical fitness in West Philadelphia. UNI’s organizes hands-on learning opportunities for more than 10,000 students and their families at 20 public schools and community centers in Philadelphia. 

 

Presenters: Amara Rockar, Board President and Erin McLeary, Board Vice President

The West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools (WPCNS) is focused on a core belief that public education is a social justice issue. Its members, many of whom are parents from a wide range of ethnicities, income brackets, and educational backgrounds, share a vision of a neighborhood strengthened by its school and a school strengthened by its neighborhood.

 

The event will be held at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.  Doors open at 6:00 PM on the evening of Tuesday, November 12. Light fare will be available, and RSVP’s are appreciated for planning, but not required.

 

Whether you’re a social media expert or an interested citizen your perspectives and opinions are welcome and valuable. So, come and join the crowd with your questions, insights and reactions, and help these local organizations more effectively use social tools to achieve their important objectives. This is a great learning and sharing opportunity – not only for the presenting organizations, but for all participants!

 

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.


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Crowdsourcing Change: Applying the Social Web to Some Important Local Nonprofits

Tuesday, May 7, 2013: 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Location: 
Friends Center

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA
19102

Tuesday, May 7 will be Philly NetSquared’s 5th Anniversary!  Since May of 2008, we’ve been gathering each month for Net Tuesdays, to discuss, learn and share something relevant to using the social web for social change.

We’ll be marking this anniversary milestone with our signature “Crowdsourcing Change” format.  Here’s how it works: Three local nonprofits share how they’re using online marketing and social media/networking to achieve their goals and objectives. Then the crowd (that’s you!) participates in a facilitated discussion about how each organization might use the social web to even greater effect. 

The nonprofits eager to receive the wisdom of our crowd on May 7 will be:

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Presenters:

Jennifer Francis, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Justin Rubich, Administrative Assistant, Department of Marketing and Communications

The world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art (Twitter: @philamuseum), is one of the largest museums in the country. Presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings, its facilities include the landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park. The Museum offers various activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, lectures, concerts and films.

Questions the Philadelphia Museum of Art would like our crowd to address include:

  • How far in advance should we post information about upcoming events to stimulate attendance? Is one post enough or should we do reminders?
  • How can we determine at what point virtual participation becomes physical participation, i.e. attendance?

SEPTA

Presenters:

Rohan Hepkins, Director of Customer Service

George Spellman, Minstrel of Customer Service & WOW

Michael Zaleski, Director of Emerging & Specialty Technologies

Barbara Siegel, Manager of Capital Communications

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority/SEPTA (Twitter: @septa and others) is the nation’s six largest public transit system. With a network that includes bus, trolley, high speed and regional rail routes, SEPTA provides transit services throughout the greater Philadelphia region, and it is also one of the area’s largest employers with a workforce of more than 9,000 employees.

Questions SEPTA would like our crowd to address include:

  • To what extent can social relationships influence customer perceptions about our organization as they interact with us through social channels?
  • Does social “gaming” offer a viable mechanism for us to build business or increase loyalty?

Friends Council on Education

Presenter: Deborra Sines Pancoe, Associate Director

The Friends Council on Education, a national organization, assists Friends schools and their teachers, students, and families by providing publications and programs to support the implementation of Friends values in the classroom and in the life of the school community. The council’s services include consulting, professional development seminars, literature to support Quaker testimonies in school life, and peer network meetings. It also engages with members through the Friend’s Council Online Forum.

Questions Friends Council on Education would like our crowd to address include:

  • We do not have a Facebook page or use Twitter. If we were to add these social media platforms, what kind of posts would be most effective?
  • We feel challenged to increase participation on our online .net forum. How do we get more people there to cultivate conversation and dialogue and increase the receipt of our messages? 

Doors open at 6 PM on May 7 at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.  Light fare is available, and RSVP’s are appreciated for planning, but not required. Not in Philly? Or can’t make it downtown? Watch the live Internet stream at http://phillynetsquared.org/live, and contribute your questions and comments via our Twitter backchannel (hashtag: #phlnet2).

Whether you’re a social media expert, or an interested citizen (museum visitor? bus passenger?), your perspectives and opinions are welcome and valuable.  So, come and join the crowd with your questions, insights and reactions, and help these local organizations more effectively use social tools to achieve their important objectives.  This is a great learning and sharing opportunity – not only for the presenting organizations, but for all participants!

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.


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Gamification for Nonprofits and Social Change

Tuesday, July 10, 2012: 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Location: 
Friends Center

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA
19102

Featuring: 

 

Philly Net Tuesday on July 10 (note date change due to holiday) will be about how nonprofits and social change initiatives can enhance their causes with “gamification”Gamification is about creating and using social games in new ways to help reach and engage communities, raise funding and support, and advocate. 

Nathan Solomon, founder of the Philadelphia Game Lab, will provide an overview of this emerging field and show examples about how organizations are currently using games.  And we’ll discuss how YOU can use gamification to help YOUR cause or nonprofit.

Who should come to this event?

  • Nonprofit staff and activists who want to better understand  how games can help their causes.
  • Techies and consultants who want to learn more about how this technology is being used in the nonprofit world and beyond.
  • Anyone who wants to see how social games can be used for new and socially useful purposes.

The event will begin at 6:00 on Tuesday, July 10 at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.  (NOTE this date is the second Tuesday of the month because the first Tuesday’s proximity to July 4.)

RSVP’s are helpful for planning purposes, though not required.

Can’t make it downtown?  No worries.  Watch the Internet stream at http://phillynetsquared.org/live and add your questions and comments  on Twitter with the hashtag #phlnet2.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

Sponsored By: 
  • The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Our work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.