Before the new year I was lucky enough to attend LaborTech, a conference organized by Steve Zeltzer, a long time labor activist in the Bay Area. It’s an important conference for many reasons; my favorite is that it asks everyone to imagine themselves as being in the driver’s seat. What are the big questions for labor when it comes to technology and media? How can you contribute? This is my answer to that question.
A Labor/New Media Conference to Unite Us All…
Imagine a conference called Labor Organizes Online. No, it doesn’t exist yet, don’t worry about when and where. But if it were to take place, who would show up to make it a success? [Read More...]
Last Friday our scrappy little team held the first ever ‘Congregations 2.0‘ training in New York City. It’s got me thinking about what exactly what the nptech community should saying when we advise congregations. Maybe this:
1. In many nonprofit settings, the person who knows the most about technology is often least able to drive technology related change. The gap between power and expertise can cost your congregation years of miss opportunities and hundreds of thousands of dollars in increased costs. This problem has a cure: treat your techie like an attorney or accountant, someone who owns specialized knowledge you can’t replicate by ‘paying attention.’ [Read More...]
Organizing 2.0 is an annual training event held in New York City. It is a volunteer run event offering training in online organizing, digital strategy and use of online tools.
Organizing 2.0 is a collective of communicators and online organizers working for unions and social justice activists. We run events, trainings, consult and promote uncommon interactions within and between our communities. We cross boundaries between labor, progressives, nonprofits, tech firms, faith communities and techies of all stripes.
Our next big training event will be on February 13 at the Murphy Institute. Register here.
Register For Organizing 2.0!
Training in Online Skills Training for Labor and Social Justice Activists
When: Sunday, February 13 • 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, 25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor
Registration: $100 (general) and $50 (student rate). Register here.
We can’t afford to do any less than our very best – online and off. Organizing 2.0 is a collaborative, volunteer effort to help unions, organizers and social justice activists get the most out of online tools and technologies.
- Small group training in using Salsa, Blue State Digital and Convio, the database software used by most unions.
- Step by step training in building your own campaign website for free or very little.
- Writing for emails, web and social media
- Online fundraising
- Community/Labor coalitions – online
- Congregation Based Community Organizing +social media
- How not to overpay for consulting services related to online organizing
- Free agent training: how individuals can harness the power of organizations
- Mobile activism for unions and campaigners
- Online advocacy: what works for city hall and state governments
- Basics of Facebook, Google and blog advertising
- Introduction to Netroots power: who has it and how you can get it
- How are community organizers using online tools to advance their agenda? [Read More...]