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Using Social Media to Connect and Strengthen Local Communities

Tuesday, September 3, 2013: 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Friends Center

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA

While national issues can dominate the airwaves, it’s dialog at the grassroots level that impacts you and your local communities the most. All politics might be local, but what tools can you use to change your community and communicate more effectively with your neighbors? How can we use social media to strengthen a community and effect change? Our next Philly Net Tuesday will feature organizations that use social media to do just that.

We’re pleased to announce our panelists for the evening:

(Bios below)

We’ll gather at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, on Net Tuesday, September 3. Join us for light refreshments and networking at 6:00PM, and the program will begin by 6:30. Can’t make it to Center City? Watch the live Internet stream at, and share your comments and questions via Twitter with the hashtag #phlnet2.

Who should attend this meeting?

  • Nonprofit staff and activists who want to connect or engage neighborhoods or larger communities to further their causes.

  • Techies who want to learn about (or share) ways and reasons that nonprofits are leveraging the power of their communities.

  • Government employees and community organizers who are striving to build their local communities.

  • Anybody that uses or wants to use social media to better connect with their neighbors or learn more about ongoing changes in their community.

So, come and join us — and bring a neighbor! RSVPs via Meetup or Facebook are appreciated for planning purposes, though not required.

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.

Panelist Bios:

Brian Loughnane


Brian Loughnane is a Field Organizer for Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. Prior to Nextdoor, Brian engaged local communities on multiple issue advocacy campaigns, local and national political campaigns, and community development initiatives in Ecuador and Trinidad. Brian is also a digital communications consultant for various civic and non-profit organizations, and has been community organizing in North Philadelphia for two years, where he currently lives.

Bob Seeley

Living in Germantown Facebook Group

Robert A. Seeley is a long-time resident of Germantown. He graduated from Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., with a BA in philosophy. From 1966-1968 he performed two years of community service with the American Friends Service Committee in Sumter, SC. He then joined the staff of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, a small non-profit group in Philadelphia. From 1984-1994, he was responsible for all publications and newsletters published by the organization. Since 1994 he has worked as a freelance editor and web designer.

Robert Seeley has published four books and numerous articles on peace and military issues. He has traveled to England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Soviet Union, and most of the Southern United States. His wife, Ruth Seeley, is a native of Barrow-in-Furness, England. She is President of Friends of Vernon Park in Germantown. They have a daughter, Laura, who graduated from Swarthmore College in 2001. Laura has recently bought a house in Germantown.

Kim Massare

Lower Moyamensing Civic Association

Kim Massare has served as president of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association since 2009. She has lived in South Philadelphia for most of her life, where she perfected her parallel parking skills. Kim is a graduate of Central High School and Williams College, and is also a new mom who enjoys referring to herself in the third-person. When she’s not civic association president, she is the Communications Manager at Bartram’s Garden.

Mike Lyons

West Philly Local

Mike worked for more than a decade as a journalist, most recently for the Associated Press in Eastern Europe. He also worked for newspapers in Alaska, the British Virgin Islands and Pennsylvania. A graduate of Temple University, Mike returned to Philadelphia because he just couldn’t stand to be away from SEPTA any longer.

Sarah Glover


Sarah Glover is the social media editor at NBC10. Sarah manages NBC10’s social media portals, writes stories and shoots photographs for Prior to joining NBC10’s digital team last year, she worked as a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News. Follow @skyphoto.

Tim Wisniewski

Director of Civic Technology, City of Philadelphia

Tim Wisniewski is the Director of Civic Technology for the City of Philadelphia. In addition, he currently serves as Vice-President of the 24th Police District Advisory Council, an organizer of Somerset Neighbors, and Board Member of Northeast Victim Service & Nonprofit Technology Resources. With a BA in Political Science from Richmond, the American International University in London, and a background in computer programming, Tim has a strong passion for leveraging technology to enhance civic engagement and empower communities – particularly among underserved neighborhoods.

Tivoni Devor

Newbold Neighbors Association

Tivoni Devor has spent his entire career working with various Non-profits and often helping them generate earned revenue. When Tivoni Devor moved to Philadelphia he began working at the Associated Services for the Blind, he developed the organization’s first ecommerce project, an online braille bookstore that quickly became one of the largest in the country. While completing his MBA from Drexel, Tivoni transitioned to the Director of Partnerships at Next American City Magazine, a non-profit print quarterly about urban development where he tripled print sales, doubled circulation, and quintupled the magazine’s online presence through a smart social media campaign. Tivoni Devor is currently the Manager of Partnerships and Outreach at the Urban Affairs Coalition where he works with new and existing nonprofits that want to take advantage of UAC’s fiscal sponsorship and shared services to reduce their administrative costs and burdens. He lives in Newbold with his wife Jen and daughter Ava, is the Vice President of the Newbold Neighbors Association. He is also certified in braille transcription and BBQ judging.

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Amy Sample Ward: Social Change Anytime Everywhere

Tuesday, April 2, 2013: 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Friends Center

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA



On April 2, Philly Net Tuesday is thrilled to welcome Amy Sample Ward, coauthor of the just-published book Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money and engage your community.  Drawing from her deep experience working with technology for nonprofits, Amy will show how organizations are successfully integrating online multichannel efforts into their work, and how you can craft an “Anytime Everywhere” campaign to achieve your nonprofit or social change goals and objectives.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, and the program will begin promptly by 6:30.  Can’t make it to downtown Philly?  Go to to watch the live Internet stream, and share your comments or questions via the Twitter backchannel (hashtag #phlnet2).

Amy Sample Ward is an author and speaker, and works with nonprofits of all sizes around the world to use technology to enhance their community impact. Amy is a former community organizer for NetSquared, having supported local NetSquared groups around the world, and currently serves as co-organizer of 501 Tech NYC (the NetSquared affiliate in New York).  She is the author of a highly respected blog on nonprofit technology, and somehow finds time for her day job as membership director at NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network)

Published just last month, Social Change Anytime Everywhere has received rave reviews from media and readers alike.  Coauthors Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward describe in a readable and highly practical style how organizations can effectively plan and implement online multichannel strategies of “Anytime Everywhere” to advocate for their causes, raise money and engage more deeply with their communities.  Try to get the book from Amazon (or elsewhere) and start reading it before April 2, or buy a copy that evening.

RSVP’s via Meetup or Facebook are requested for planning purposes, but not required.  This Net Tuesday promises to be fun and very useful.  Lite fare will be available. 

Thanks once again 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

Friends Center

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA



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 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.