Presentations and other posts relating to mobile

Tuesday, March 5, 2013: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

To be successful using social media, organizations and social change initiatives must have clearly articulated goals and an integrated digital strategy that includes a variety of tools and methodologies beyond simply  “Post it and they will come.  Love me.  Volunteer.  Donate.  Advocate.”

On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Philly Net Tuesday will address this strategic challenge.  Doors open at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.  (Can’t make it downtown? Watch the live Internet stream at and share your questions or comments via the Twitter hashtag #phlnet2.)

We’re planning an interactive event, featuring social media strategist Don Lafferty of Mingl Social, with knowledge he’s gained planning and executing hundreds of social media initiatives.  Leveraging Don’s expertise, as well as experience and perspectives from fellow attendees, we’ll help identify the communities and tools that will help us achieve our organization’s objectives. We’ll learn what’s possible, how to create a strategy, and how to assign a budget to our activities, even if we don’t yet have an articulated strategy.

Who should attend this event?

  • Nonprofit professionals and activists who feel the need to create a more coherent, integrated and effective social media strategy.
  • Techies who want to learn how to better relate to the strategic social media needs of nonprofits and social change agents.
  • Anyone who wants to understand social media initiatives from a more strategic perspective.

This event promises to be fun and informative, with practical tips, tools and strategic insights that we can apply to our own situations right away.  Lite fare will be provided.

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

Hope to see you there.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Responsive websites


The next Philly Net Tuesday, January 8, will be about how, why and what it means to make your website more accessible for mobile devices like iPads and smart phones.  As usual, doors will open at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street (and we’ll be streaming the event live via 

Internet usage on mobile devices is expected to surpass usage from desktop machines in 2014.  Making sure that your website is responsive to various devices is critical to staying relevant and accessible.  Our panel will discuss WHY this trend is important to understand and act upon, as well as WHAT it means to be mobile friendly and responsive – with lots of examples.  And, although we’ll touch on considerations of HOW your website needs to change, it will NOT be a deep technical discussion.   

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofit professionals and social change activists who want to understand more about the opportunities and challenges of having mobile-friendly and responsive websites.
  • Techies who want to learn more about the context of this topic and about the needs of nonprofit and activist websites.
  • Anyone who realizes that a profound shift toward mobile Internet access is underway, and will continue to have implications and opportunities that we are only beginning to anticipate.

Our panel consists of three Internet professionals who will talk about this topic from complementary perspectives:

Reed Gustow is an active member of the Philly WordPress Meetup Group, a board member of PANMA (the Philadelphia Area New Media Association), and a board member of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society.  His company, Delta Angel, makes WordPress websites and offers WordPress instruction.

Michael Tedeschi is an interactive user-interface, user-experience designer bringing a background in web and touch-screen platforms to cultural, corporate, and other digital projects. Currently, Michael is the Principal of Interactive Mechanics, a start-up interactive design consultancy specializing in exciting and engaging experiences through web, mobile and installation platforms.

Robby Perdue is a member of the O3 World’s Client Services Department and ensures that each of the agency’s projects suits clients’ strategic needs, organizational alignment, cause, and culture. O3 World’s mobile work includes solutions for the Travis Manion Foundation, Back on My Feet, Five Below, and Comcast.

This will be a fun, interactive and practical discussion about a topic that we all need to learn more about.  RSVP’s via Meetup or Facebook are appreciated for planning purposes (though not required).  Lite fare will be available.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fitting it all in

Twitter and Facebook and blogs, Oh My!  How do you handle the fire hose of information coming in, and still find time to send information out and interact with your friends/fans/followers? The beauty and benefit of social media and social networking is that they give us instant access to large amounts of information and the ability to interact; but how do you handle processing the information and, more importantly, engaging in the conversations?  How do you avoid missing important incoming communication, while maintaining a steady (or, at least, satisfying) flow of outgoing messaging?  Come explore tips, tricks and tools that can help you sort through all the incoming, not miss what is important and regularly interact with your online communities.

As usual, we’ll meet at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, on Tuesday, August 7, gathering at 6:00 PMLite fare will be served.  Can’t make it to downtown Philly?  Watch the live Internet stream at, and share your comments and questions via Twitter with the hashtag #phlnet2.

This session will focus on practical tactics and strategies.  In addition to Gloria’s own expertise, the ideas, experience, comments, questions and difficulties of all who attend will be an integral part of the content of the evening.  (It is about social media, after all!)  So, come share your own successes and challenges in trying to integrate the social web into your busy life.  Who should attend?

  • Nonprofit staff and activists who need to use social web media and social networking more effectively to help their causes.
  • Techies who want to learn more about the tools and tactics that can help their customers.
  • Busy folks who know that social media and social networking are important, but find it challenging to fit it all in.

RSVP’s are appreciated for planning purposes, but not required.  We’d love to have you join us.

With over 25 years of successful business operations, communications and entrepreneurial experience, Gloria Bell is currently the Operations Manager and Lead Social Media Strategist for O3 World, LLC, Co-Chair of the SocialMediaPlus conference and an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University. Between her corporate career and joining O3 World, Gloria founded Red Stapler Consulting where she worked with businesses and technology startups providing them with business process and operations consulting and social media strategy and implementation. Gloria is well known as a passionate social media practitioner, entrepreneur and volunteer in the Philadelphia region.  She is President of Social Media Club Philadelphia, co-organizer of PodCamp Philly, PodCamp East, Twestival Philadelphia, MarketingCamp Philly, the Philadelphia Women In Tech Summit and the #140Conference Philly Meetup. Demonstrating her commitment to the Philadelphia entrepreneurial community, Gloria serves on the Philly StartUp Leaders Leadership Team as the Events Director. She also serves on the board of the charitable organization, ShareUrMeal, as an advisor to TechGirlz and as a mentor for Lean Startup Machine Philly and Startup Weekend Philly. Truly believing in the business benefits of both on- and off-line communities, Gloria regularly speaks on networking and the use of social media in business.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

Sponsored By: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
Tuesday, June 7, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A social web sampler

Philly NetSquared is proud to present our second annual Social Web Sampler.

We’ll have fifteen 20-minute discussions on the social web-related topics that you have volunteered to lead. (Five simultaneous stations x 3 time rounds.) They are, in no particular order:

  • Making Social Media Part of Your Regular Day
  • Using a wiki for group coordination
  • Using Video for Social Media
  • Live blogging/streaming your organization’s event
  • (Audio) podcasting
  • Tracking Your Organization’s Online Reputation
  • Using WordPress to Build a Web Site
  • Drupal 7: Shiny and new; is it for you?
  • Using QR Codes to effectively promote your nonprofit’s web site
  • Video Podcasting
  • Virtual Worlds
  • What is the purpose of using social media tools
  • Video, Public Access TV, You Tube as Town Hall Forum
  • How faith-based organizations can use social media to further ministry

Plus, we’ll have one slot in the final round that attendees will select on-site — maybe for something that wasn’t covered, or maybe for something you want to talk more about.

What will the discussions be like? That’s also up to you, but they’re likely to address:

  • How are nonprofits and activists using these tools?
  • How can they be used most effectively for your nonprofit or social cause?
  • What are the latest developments and trends?

In order to retain more of the knowledge generated in these groups, we’ll have a sheet at each station for people to add additional resources (websites, books, articles, etc.) that come up during the discussion. So if you know of resources that apply to discussions you might participate in, bring ‘em along. We’ll combine these with any resources provided by the presenters, and redistribute them to all attendees after the event.

If you haven’t already done so, RSVP’s via Meetup or Facebook are appreciated for planning (but not required).

Like last year’s Sampler, this will be a highly interactive gathering with lots of shared knowledge, networking and excitement. Refreshments will be available. (NOTE: Because of the small-group format, we will NOT be streaming or recording this event.)

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

Photo: dnnya17

Sponsored By: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
Tuesday, December 7, 2010: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This event will be broadcast online live, beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern.

Crowdsourcing Change is a highly participatory event where attendees (the crowd) provide constructive feedback and advice to help three “social changers” who are using — or trying to use — the social web to advance their cause or project.

Join us in Philadelphia

We’ll start gathering at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street in Center City. Light fare will be available, and RSVPs are appreciated for planning on Meetup or Facebook.

Join us from anywhere, online

The event will also be streamed live, with a Twitter backchannel discussion, so participation and feedback can come from anywhere. More information about the streaming and backchannel.

Our three Crowdsourcing Change projects

We’ve lined up three terrific projects with which to share our collective wisdom.

Each presenter will display their website and share their objectives. Then the crowd — that’s you! — will participate in a facilitated discussion about how various social web tools and strategies might help them achieve their objectives. It’s a fun format for learning, sharing and potentially making a significant contribution to some important causes.

Our three projects represent local, national and global perspectives:

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

Presenter: Jo Elkes, Capital Campaign and Development Coordinator

Better known by the acronym PAL, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia provides free educational, athletic and cultural after-school programs in a safe environment. PAL believes these experiences enable youth to become successful productive citizens. All PAL activities are supervised by Philadelphia Police officers, to help foster positive relationships between youngsters and the Police Department.

Questions PAL would like our crowd to address include:

  • How do we expand our presence and increase user interaction on Facebook?
  • How can we get young donors to participate in our mobile text-to-give campaign or other social fundraising options?

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Presenter: Joanna Brenner, Public Awareness Associate

FIRE wants students to be able to learn and think for themselves. Its mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at American college campuses. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process and religious liberty. FIRE combats censored speech with more speech and uses social media as a powerful weapon to spread the word.

Questions FIRE would like our crowd to address include:

  • How can we get new members from our existing social networks, and get our online community more directly involved with our activities?
  • What should we use for monitoring/analytlcs?

AIDS Policy Project

Presenter: Kate Krauss, Executive Director

The AIDS Policy Project believes the time is now to find a cure for AIDS. The project pressures lawmakers to fund AIDS-related medical research as well as provides opportunities for researchers, advocates and others to share information, brainstorm and collaborate in a worldwide effort to eradicate AIDS.

Questions the AIDS Policy Project would like our crowd to address include:

  • What are good tools to foster collaboration within the international research and academic communities?
  • How can we use social media on a global scale to change the way people think about the AIDS pandemic?

This promises to be a unique and interesting event. Please join us in person, or online!

Sponsored By: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
Tuesday, November 3, 2009: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An example of crisis mapping, from

This event will be about mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) for non-profit and social change organizations. Facilitated by Jeremy Hefner from Avencia, it will include panelists and practical how-to guidelines.

What you’ll learn by attending:

How can you present your message geographically?

Matthew Fisher of Night Kitchen Interactive will share the upcoming resource which is working to “illuminate the history and culture of Philadelphia’s unique neighborhoods” through an interactive map of personal stories connected to specific locations.

How can you engage the public and crowd-source the collection of data?

Katie Edwards of Clean Air Council will share the tools used to create, a site for the public to report idling vehicles around the city and collectively work to reduce air pollution.

How can freely available Census data help you accomplish your mission?

Laura Blackstone of the US Census Bureau will share how to access the census data, what sort of information is available, and how you can incorporate it into your work.

How can GIS inform policy and directly engage the public in the political process?

Tamara Manik-Perlman of Avencia will discuss a joint project with Committee of 70 to study the gerrymandering of legislative districts and present it to the public in an easy to use website.

….and perhaps one more thing (as Jeremy does his Steve Jobs impersonation)

RSVP via the Meetup page; tweet your followers, facebook your peeps, and pencil the date on your calendar because we’re getting our GIS on.

In advance of this event, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, New Tactics in Human Rights is hosting an online dialogue on this very subject:

New Tactics is pleased to feature ‘Geo-Mapping for Human Rights,’ as the topic of our October featured online dialogue. Join New Tactics, our co-moderator, Christian Kreutz, and our featured resource practitioners from October 28 – November 3, 2009 in a conversation about the ways in which geographical mapping has been used to share critical information, promote transparency and engage communities.

With the growing use of satellite imagery and easy-to-use technology, geographical maps are being used more often by human rights organizations. These maps can help an organization map crises, places of heritage, visualize data, monitor the impact of conflict, uncover critical evidence, and more! The goal of this dialogue will be to take the stories shared by practitioners with experience using these tools and tactics and draw out lessons to enable other organizations to strategically apply these resources.

Sponsored By: 
  • Zivtech
Tuesday, June 2, 2009: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Our next Net Tuesday (June 2, starting at 6:00 PM at Buffalo Billiards, 118 Chestnut Street) is going to be about Mobile Technology and Social Change. This was the theme of the fourth annual NetSquared conference (N2Y4) that Ivan and Seth just attended in San Jose. The centerpiece of the conference was a “challenge”, in which 14 new, innovative projects competed for prize money up to $25,000.

We were blown away by some of the projects we saw, and want to share on Tuesday evening.

You are probably already aware that our next Net Tuesday (June 2, starting at 6:00 PM at Buffalo Billiards, 118 Chestnut Street) is going to be about Mobile Technology and Social Change. This was the theme of the fourth annual NetSquared conference (N2Y4) that Ivan and Seth just attended in San Jose. The centerpiece of the conference was a “challenge”, in which 14 new, innovative projects competed for prize money up to $25,000.

We were blown away by some of the projects we saw, and want to share on Tuesday evening.

Mobile technology is one of the fastest growing areas of digital technology. And developing applications for social change is following apace.

Our next Net Tuesday on June 2 will be about mobile applications for social change. Again, we’ll be meeting at Buffalo Billiards, 118 Chestnut Street. We’ll start gathering at 6:00 PM, and the program itself will begin between 6:30 and 6:45. RSVP on Meetup.

When: This Tuesday, December 2, 2008 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Where: Independents Hall, 32 Strawberry Street in Olde City (Strawberry Street runs parallel to and between 2nd and 3rd Streets, and IndyHall is between Market and Chestnut.)

Plans for the Net Tuesday Social Web Carnival are coming along nicely. Here’s how it will work…

People will visit each of 5 stations throughout the room. At each station, we will brainstorm ways in which that station’s tools have been or can be used for social change causes, as well as ideas for future Net Tuesday programs and other ways we can support, learn from and inspire one another in the Philly area. Then, we’ll come back together to share some of the insights and ideas that were generated.

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