World Affairs Conference

March 11, 2010 - March 12, 2010
San Francisco, CA

WorldAffairs 2010, the annual community-based experience presented by the World Affairs Council, blends penetrating analysis of key international issues from leading global experts with activities and opportunities to explore the diverse international landscape of San Francisco. The world that the Obama administration inherited a year ago is already a very different place. From global economic crisis to climate change, from international security dilemmas to development challenges, new policy prescriptions abound. At the same time, social media and new technologies have catapulted the international conversation into a new context. The path forward will require innovation from all sectors. Government, non-governmental organizations, private sector initiatives and individual actors must all contribute.


February 9, 2010 - February 13, 2010
Palm Springs, CA

TEDActive is designed for the curious, creative, passionate – for those who want to go beyond just watching TEDTalks to sharing experiences and participating in projects that might impact the world beyond. TEDActive provides a platform for energetic people to self-organize groups, to connect with each other and to start rewarding conversations around common interests. It’s a model that, in 2008 and 2009, generated powerful friendships and important collaborations that are still continuing today.

Washington Nonprofit Conference

January 28, 2010 - January 29, 2010
Washington DC

The art of fundraising is changing rapidly – new methods of communicating and engaging with donors are rapidly increasing. Email, social media, blogging, digital media, mobile and more are quickly becoming credible means of marketing to donors and prospects. But with various groups of constituents engaging through multiple channels, how does one integrate them all so that a consistent message across all channels is delivered?

State Of The Net

January 27, 2010
Washington DC

The State of the Net Conference is the largest information technology policy conference in the US, attracting over 550 attendees in 2009. The conference framed the policy debates facing the new Administration and the new Congress. The State of the Net Conference is the only tech policy conference routinely recognized for its balanced blend of academics, consumer groups, industry and government (over 50% of 2009 attendees were government policy staff).

Re-Imagining News & Community in the Pacific Northwest

January 7, 2010 - January 10, 2010
Seattle, WA

The DIGITAL AGE and a depressed economy have changed the landscape in which journalism operates. Engage others who are actively involved in addressing the vital question of how the press and community members can help each other define and embrace our evolving Pacific NW news ecology. Our Seattle program “catalysts” - Norman Rice, Tracy Record, and Chris Jordan - will be part of the conversation joining other Pacific NW journalists, civic voices, broadcasters, educators, ethnic media, students, emergent voices, digital entrepreneurs and business people.

Organizing 2.0

December 5, 2009
Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, New York City

Is online organizing really ‘organizing’? That’s a challenging question for those of us from a labor or community organizing background. That said, online organizing has received a lot of positive attention recently in connection with the presidential elections. What does this mean for our organizations? What skills do we need to share to make the most of no-longer-new online tools for our campaigns in New York?

Registration is now open. Tickets are $15.

Registration on the day of the event will be $20.

Organizing 2.0 is a grassroots led conference of social justice organizers primarily from labor and the community organizing world. Participants range from those new to online organizing as well as experienced professionals.

National Conference on Volunteering and Service, 2010

June 28, 2010 - June 30, 2010
New York City

The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors. Convened by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the annual event provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect and shape the future of service and volunteering through a wide range of sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, panels, and special dialogues. More than 4,000 attendees are expected to attend the 2010 conference, June 28-30 in New York City.

NTIA Broadband Proposal Application Data Spreadsheet

Broadband Applications Word Cloud offers a searchable database of BTOP and BIP applications that have been made for broadband funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. But if spreadsheets are more your speed, you can download one below (sorted by date):

BroadbandUSA_Apps_11-10-09.xls1.31 MB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_11-30-09.xls1.43 MB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_1-27-10.xls1.85 MB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_2-1-10.xls1.85 MB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_2-22-10.xls1.84 MB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_3-7-10.xls1.89 MB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_7-6-10.xls.zip778.56 KB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_9-20-10.xls.zip790.67 KB
BroadbandUSA_Apps_1-28-11.xls.zip792.16 KB

Telling compelling stories with Data

Data Visualization

I am blown away by the data visualizations created by VISTA Billy Brown serving at the Community Center of St. Bernard. The image above is part of a data report that his supervisor found so compelling she took it to a funder.

As a grantwriter, I have to balance storytelling with data. Usually, this means mixing anecdotes with statistics: a quote here, a pie chart there. What comes out is compelling but disjointed.

By creating a beautiful, accessible, yet information rich series of charts and visuals, this graphic tells a powerful story with data.

A picture can tell a 1000 words; it can also tell a 1000 numbers…. and amazingly have them make sense.

The Message is in the Music: Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More

March 5, 2010 - March 6, 2010
Bronxville, NY

Twelfth Annual Women’s History Month Conference
at Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, New York

Friday & Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2010

Keynote speaker: Carmen Ashhurst, former president of Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications, and author of the forthcoming book, Selling My Brothers: The Movement, The Media and Me

Music has long served social movements as a sound track, as a means of communication, and as its own arena for activism. While multiple generations of feminists have used music in these ways, it has played especially vital roles for those born since the 1970s. This conference will explore the ways in which young feminists have defined and expressed politics through music and musical cultures and communities. Among the questions we will ponder are: How does music reflect sites of agreement and conflict among different groups of feminists? How have movements like Riot Grrrl and Hip Hop feminism attracted young women to feminist activism? How do young feminists’ uses of music compare with those of earlier generations?

We invite activists, scholars and artists in all fields to propose papers, panels, workshops, performances, and exhibits.

Specific topics may include, but are not limited to

* Hip Hop Feminism
* Feminism in Latin Music
* Body Politics in the Music Industry
* Feminist Messages in World Music
* Young Feminists’ Musical Icons
* Women-owned Record Labels
* Zines in Feminist Culture
* The Riot Grrrl Movement Lesbian Music
* The Politics of Race in Feminist Music
* Misogyny in Contemporary Music
* Feminist Music Festivals
* Women in Music Videos
* Feminist Songwriters
* Legacies of Women in Blues, Jazz, Rock, and Folk

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