Presentations and other posts relating to nonprofits

Tuesday, November 12, 2013: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
Tuesday, September 6, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Philadelphia Crowdsourcing Change

We are excited to present another edition of our popular “Crowdsourcing Change” program on Tuesday, September 6.  We’ve lined up two terrific projects that are eager to receive the wisdom of our “crowd”. 

In case you’ve never been to one of these lively events, here’s the way it works: Each presenter will show 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 a couple of important causes.


And there’s some new news to share. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a FREE pass to SocialMediaPlus, the web 2.0 business summit November 1516 at the Convention Center — a $495 value! Attendees who don’t win the free pass can get a 15% discount anyway, because Philly NetSquared is a partner organization of SocialMediaPlus.


We’ll start gathering at 6 PM at the Friends Center (1501 Cherry Street).  Light fare will be available, and RSVP’s are appreciated for planning. 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).  (And, sorry, but remote participants are not eligible for the door prize.)

Our Crowdsourcing Change Projects

Patch Adams Free Clinic of Philadelphia

The Patch Adams Free Clinic of Philadelphia is currently raising funds and other kinds of donations so that it can build and operate a health clinic in an environmentally-friendly structure to be located in a low-income Philadelphia neighborhood. The clinic will provide holistic services in the style and spirit of Dr. Patch Adams, the doctor-clown who travels the world promoting health care that heals both body and soul. Through the generosity of the community, the clinic will move beyond charity toward ownership. Members of the clinic will become owners who make decisions about how the facility operates, to include controlling prices. This model enables members to free themselves from government and corporate controlled healthcare.

Representatives for Patch Adams Free Clinic of Philadelphia who will participate in the presentation: Paul Glover, Founding Director; Jim Wurster, webmaster

Questions the Patch Adams clinic would like our crowd to address include:
  • How do we reach and engage our audiences which are varied and include: Individuals and families who will use the services of the clinic once it’s built, professionals that we need to enlist to provide medical services, donors, along with politicians and other decision-makers who can help make our vision a reality.
  • How do we effectively create awareness and begin to organize the community through social media channels?
  • How do we keep-in-touch with our constituents via Facebook, Twitter and email?  

Find out more about Patch Adams Free Clinic at PatchAdamsClinic.org.

Generocity

Generocity connects people to causes in the greater Philadelphia region. Its website aligns news, networking and action all in one place. The project encourages people to engage with like-minded individuals and facilitates public discourse on issues that are overlooked by traditional media. The site offers user-friendly tools for nonprofits and individuals to raise money and will soon recruit skilled volunteers for organizations and causes.  

Questions Generocity would like our crowd to address include:
  • Aside from using Twitter and Facebook to push out news articles and links to interesting sites what are ways we can use Twitter and Facebook to engage people in Philadelphia who care about social issues?
  • What are best practices for blogging and are those rules different for nonprofits?
  • What has been your experience with social fundraising tools and how could that experience have been improved or had great impact?

Representatives for Generocity who will participate in the presentation:

David Raible, Executive Director; David Fair, Consultant; Steven Sonntagg, Content Director; and Alex Shuptar, Social Media Manager

Find out more about Generocity at Generocity.org.

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

Sponsored By: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Chevy Volt
Tuesday, January 4, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Come join local community media experts to discuss how nonprofits can make and distribute their own videos, audio, and photography. Specifically, presenters will demonstrate how this media can be used with social networking technology to further organizational goals. Participants will have a chance to see examples of media created by nonprofits and other community groups and have the opportunity to ask the experts questions about creating community media content for their own causes. Presenters will also showcase a list of community media resources available to non-profits in the area, and will include:

Persons who can really benefit from this meetup are those who would like to add media content to their websites, blogs, and/or social media programs, and anybody who wants to better understand these evolving technologies.

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).

Contact: Vanessa Graber at 919-619-4606 or at 215-727.9620 x506

We hope you can join us (in person or remotely).

Sponsored By: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia Crowdsourcing Change

Join us this Tuesday evening for September Net Tuesday, Crowdsourcing Change: Applied Use of the Social Web!

Each presenter will show 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 a couple of important causes.

  • For nonprofit staffers and activists, this is a great way to see how other organizations are using the social web, and share some of your own experiences.
  • For techies, you’ll get real-world case studies of how nonprofits are using technology, and have a chance to share your expertise — and business cards.

Our two featured projects for September are the Patch Adams Free Clinic of Philadelphia and Generocity.

Additionally, every person who attends will have the chance to win a free pass to SocialMediaPlus, a business summit for social media.

Learn more and get directions to the event, or view the event on Facebook or on Meetup. For those who can’t make it in person, as always, we’ll begin broadcasting the event live on the web at 6:30 PM.

Join us tonight, Jan. 4, online and in person in Philadelphia, for a panel discussion on community media and nonprofits!

Local community media experts will discuss how nonprofits can make and distribute their own videos, audio, and photography. Participants will have a chance to see examples of media created by nonprofits and other community groups and have the opportunity to ask the experts questions about creating community media content for their own causes.

Presenters: Philly Community Access Media (PhillyCAM) and WHYY’s Public Media Commons and new Newsworks journalism portal.

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