Grassroots Use of Technology Conference

October 16, 2009 - October 17, 2009
Boston, MA

Have you ever wanted to get your organization online right away with a website or blog? Did you ever wonder how Facebook or Twitter can be made useful for your outreach? How about using free and easy tech tools to schedule meetings, conference online or over the telephone?
What about those “webinars” and other tools to train your members? How about using online surveys to collect feedback or make decisions? And what about working with members across several different languages?

If any of these questions apply to you, the Grassroots Use of Technology Conference ( is for you!
Bring your laptop to the workshops and we’ll help you jumpstart your online presence before you leave!

$75 - Registration (includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Oct. 17th) 
$35 - Low income, student, or unemployed rate  (A limited number of scholarships are available, see website for details.

Here’s what’s going on:

The 10th Annual Grassroots Use of Technology Conference (GUT-C X)
takes place in just under 4 weeks!  - -
GUT-C X brings together hundreds of grassroots and social change organizers with media activists, writers, and techies from all over New England.

This year, we have an array of workshops that focus on social media and organizing work –geared towards both beginners and experts. Topics branch out into: creating websites, building rapid response networks, using databases and e-mail lists, fundraising and “micro” donations, community art, virtual worlds, and more. Rather than offering a blind “techno-lust,” the conference engages in levelheaded thinking about using the latest technologies towards the strategic objectives of an organization for both problem solving and

Organized in tandem with the National Writers Union’s Digital Media Conference, it will feature programming that looks at the implications of digital tech for content creation.  GUT-C X is looking forward to a diverse turnout from immigrants, communities of color, labor organizations, and peace movement groups and will also act as a platform for regional work on the Detroit 2010 US Social Forum! Conference highlights will include a keynote address, “Connecting the Disconnected,” by Professor Richard O’Bryant (Northeastern University) and a lunchtime dialogue between techies and organizers coordinated by smartMEME.

The primary conference organizers are the Organizers’ Collaborative, the John O’Bryant African American Institute, Boston Neighborhood Network TV, the National Writers Union, and Massachusetts Global Action. 

Boston Email Fundraising Bootcamp

October 7, 2009
Boston, MA

Idealware and Third Sector New England are thrilled to host the Boston Email Fundraising Bootcamp! The Bootcamp will be an intensive, activity-packed day to help you jumpstart your email fundraising efforts. Whether you are new to the world of email fundraising or just need a refresher, join us to hear from experts from Idealware, Firefly Partners, and Database Design Associates and get hands-on help from peers and consultants in designing your own email fundraising strategy. With a cap of 45 participants, everyone will benefit from individual advice tailored to their own organization.

You will learn how to:

* * Develop the appropriate strategy for your email campaign
* * Target the right audience and build your email list
* * Craft the right messaging to inspire people to take action
* * Write effective emails
* * Avoid spam filters
* * Choose broadcast email and online donations vendors
* * Develop an online donation landing page
* * Track your success

By the end of the day, you will be prepped with everything you need to know to launch your own email fundraising campaign in time for year-end appeals!

Bioneers Conference

October 15, 2009 - October 19, 2009
San Rafael, CA

The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum—join us in San Rafael, California, October 16-18 (with intensives October 15 and 19). At this premiere environmental conference, social and scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity.

The 2009 Bioneers Conference includes plenary speeches from: Amazonian Chief Almir, Brock Dolman, Kari Fulton, Jack Hidary, Sarah James, Jensine Larsen, Joanna Macy, Mari Margil, Jason McClennan, Michael Pollan, Jerome Ringo, Arturo Sandoval, Dr. Andrew Weil, Lily Yeh and more!

These visionaries are already creating the healthy, diverse, and more equitable world we want to live in—our legacy for future generations. Connect with engaged bioneers, who are making a real difference.

Alliance for Community Media Southeast Regional Conference

October 19, 2009 - October 21, 2009
Clemson, SC

FCC Broadband Workshop: Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabilities

October 20, 2009
Washington, DC and ONLINE

Barriers, Opportunities, and Policy Recommendations will continue the open discussion among the FCC and all who have a stake in the future of broadband and its accessibility for people with disabilities, including the disability community, network and service providers, equipment manufacturers, and software producers, technologists, economists, academics, representatives from trade associations and non-profits, and representatives from tribal, local, state, and federal governments.

The goal of this follow-up workshop is to clearly identify (i) accessibility and affordability barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing broadband capabilities; (ii) opportunities that broadband can present for people with disabilities; and (iii) policy recommendations that will address the barriers to broadband for people with disabilities and maximize the opportunities related to broadband for people with disabilities.

In conjunction with the panels, there will be exhibits of assistive technologies that are used by people with disabilities to access broadband technologies as well as universally designed mass market broadband technologies that can be used by people with disabilities.

Idealware Software Tip of the Month - Creating Online Charts

There’s a reason they say pictures are worth a thousand words. Graphical depictions of data on your website can help your audience understand complex information and move them to take action. Thanks to a set of newer, mostly free, online tools such as Google Docs Spreadsheet, ManyEyes, and Swivel Business, creating online charts has never been easier.

2009 National Arts Marketing Project Conference

October 30, 2009 - November 2, 2009
Providence, RI

The National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts, is offering a conference for individual artists and the organizations that serve them. With a superhero theme, the conference offers:

Release your inner superhero and learn how you can save the day when it comes to marketing, sponsorship, and fundraising!

Leaping tall buildings in a single bound may take superpowers, but reaching patrons, sponsors, and funders just takes hard work and collaborAction— working jointly with others to increase visitors, audiences, and revenue.

The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture

September 30, 2009
New York, NY

The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1982 to recognize Parker’s pioneering work as an advocate for the public’s rights in broadcasting. It is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications and the digital age from an ethical perspective.

Parker speakers include network presidents, Congressional leaders, FCC chairs and commissioners, as well as academics, cable and telephone executives, and journalists. It is funded by the communications industry, particularly broadcasters, along with the communications offices of major faith groups.

Web of Change

September 23, 2009 - September 27, 2009
Cortes Island, BC

Hosted on BC’s remote Cortes Island, in the intimate setting of Hollyhock, Web of Change provides senior technology and social media leaders with the opportunity to share their world-class work, ideas, and inspiration with a powerful community of deeply committed peers. This is a transformative event that:

* pushes the edges of technical and campaign innovation
* models a culture of deep collaboration already present in our sector
* shares leading organizational change and leadership frameworks
* all in service to the transformative change our world and our communities so desperately need

With the continued boom in the social tech space across nearly every organization, this year promises to be another incredible experience and community gathering point that you won’t find anywhere else.

Workshop - “Can News Media Survive the Internet Age? Competition, Consumer Protection, and First Amendment Perspectives.”

September 15, 2009
Washington, DC

The news industry is in transition. Newspapers have lost much of their classified advertising revenues to online services, and some question how they will weather the development of targeted behavioral and other online advertising, online news aggregators, and other factors. How cable, broadcast, and other news organizations will respond to similar challenges is under discussion. Some predict that in a few years, television and radio will find themselves in situations similar to those facing newspapers.

“Many industries have experienced transitions to new business models in response to new forms of competition on the Internet, and consumers generally have benefitted in the process,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz explained. “But the news business may be different because of the First Amendment values at stake. Whether we get our news from ink on paper, TV, radio, laptops, or mobile devices, we need a strong news industry for our democracy to thrive. Bringing together competition, consumer protection, and First Amendment perspectives can help all of us understand how best to serve Americans’ interests given the new realities affecting news organizations.”

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