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Join us at OSCON - and catch the session on Open SoSi!

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 01:46:25 +0000

Later this month, we're packing up the tents, band instruments and trapezes, and taking the show down south to Portland, Oregon for a week to attend OSCON 2010.

I'll be cartoon-blogging the event - and Alex and I will be presenting a session on our Open SoSi initiative, the ongoing process of open-sourcing our intellectual property. It's Wednesday, July 21 at 4:30 in the afternoon, and we'd love to see you there.

And if there's something in particular you'd like to hear about Open SoSi, then please let us know in the comments or via Twitter!

Here's the description:

Last fall, Social Signal principals Alexandra Samuel and Rob Cottingham took a hard look at our company, and realized something.

While we’d been telling clients for years to be as open and free with information as possible, we’d been doing the opposite with Social Signal’s intellectual property. Like any good consultant, we were keeping our tools and methodologies under lock and key – away from the eyes of competitors, but also away from people who could be putting those tools to good use.

So we began a process that turned the consulting model on its head. Instead of keeping our knowledge under wraps, we published it. We not only tolerated the idea that competitors might adopt our tools and potential clients might DIY instead of hiring us, but welcoming it. And we started with our flagship service, the workshop-centered Concept Jam.

Everything went online: templates, annotated PowerPoint decks, how-tos, scripts, reports and more.

Participants in this workshop will hear about what worked for us, and where we ran aground. They’ll learn the same hard lessons we learned about how much work it can be to document a resource to the point where it’s genuinely useful to others. And they’ll hear the surprising outcome: that far from wiping out demand for the Concept Jam, our initiative – dubbed Open SoSi – dramatically increased inquiries and leads, not to mention goodwill and our reputation.

We’ll work with the audience to draw out practical steps for any business hoping to harness open-sourced methodologies to their sales process. And we’ll hope to inspire others to free their internal IP, especially in emerging fields where sharing information can help all of us succeed.




Event - July 26, 2009: Alex speaks on leadership and dialogue through social media

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 23:45:18 +0000

This weekend, Alex will speak to the Whistler Forum for Leadership and Dialogue, a group that brings leaders from around the world together to promote civic engagement and collaborative leadership. She'll then be joined by a panel of respondents for an open conversation.

It all promises to be fascinating stuff, and if you happen to be in Whistler, do check it out - guests are welcome to attend for a small donation.

Here are the details:

The explosion of social networks, blogs and user-generated content has given governments, businesses and community organizations new and dynamic ways of engaging with the public. How can organizations make their online conversations meaningful, and how can they attract participation online? This dialogue will look at the best examples and best practices for meaningful and effective engagement online.

A panel of respondents including freelance Globe and Mail reporter Cathryn Atkinson, Forum Council of Advisors Chair Graham Fuller, and Whistler local Lauren Sampson will begin the open dialogue with Alexandra.

At Legends Whistler Creekside - map
$10 donation at the door
For further information contact
william@whistlerforum.com

 


Media Files:
http://www.socialsignal.com/image/view/30640/preview




An iTunes playlist for the Vancouver Folk Festival - see you there!

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 23:55:07 +0000

Every summer, Social Signal gathers at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. And this year's lineup looks especially promising... but you don't have to take our word for it.

We've (and by "we've", I mean "Alex has") assembled an iTunes playlist (or "iMix"): 34 songs by the artists who will be on the twilight and evening stages for this year's festival, running July 17-19 at Jericho Beach. From the Weakerthans to the Paperboys to Mavis Staples, you can get a taste of what to expect - or, if you can't make it, a taste of why you should come next year!

If you're coming, be sure to drop by our tarp (look for the Social Signal flag fluttering nearby) when we hold our annual picnic during Saturday night's performances. Say hi, meet the team... and enjoy the music!

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"Chicks Who Click" this Saturday in Vancouver

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 00:00:45 +0000

Here's an event that looks terrific: a one-day conference in downtown Vancouver for women in social media.

The details:

Chicks Who Click, a conference and networking event for women engaging in social media, is expanding internationally and will host its next conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Chicks Who Click is a community of like-minded women using social media to further collaborate, listen, learn and experiment with new media tools that will enhance their careers and personal networks. Conferences have sold out in Kansas City and Boulder, Colo., and are also planned for Dallas, Raleigh, N.C., and San Jose later in 2009.

The one-day conference will take place Saturday, June 26, at Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street. In addition, conference registration will also include a Friday night networking session, Chicks Who Mix, at the Alibi Room (157 Alexander Street) and a Saturday cocktail party.

“Chicks Who Click creates an opportunity for women to learn and collaborate in social media whether you’re just getting your toes in the water or run your own startup,” said Denise Smith, Chicks Who Click conference director.

Vancouver’s keynote speaker is Monica Guzman, the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s first online reporter and the main contributor to The Big Blog. In addition to Guzman, Chicks Who Click has 10 speakers including Rebecca Bollwitt, a renowned blogger and co-founder of sixty4media; Megan Cole and Victoria Revay, Co-Founders SPLRG; and Gillian Shaw, a journalist with The Vancouver Sun and Canwest. One of the goals of each of these conferences is to highlight local speakers along with national speakers.

Event sponsors include WalMart, Metzger Associates and Crocs.

The price for the entire conference weekend including all networking events and the Saturday evening cocktail party is $220. Attendees who may need an introduction may attend the 101 track on Friday afternoon for $59. Registration information may be found at http://www.chickswhoclick.net or by calling 720.833.5923.


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Rob's Northern Voice keynote now available online

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 02:59:16 +0000

Video genius Bruce Sharpe has just posted the video of my keynote from Feb. 21 at the Northern Voice blogging conference in Vancouver. It's my look at what makes the world of social media so damn funny. You'll laugh, you'll cry... and maybe you'll comment on it.

Graphic by Nancy White

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Bruce has a great post about how he captured and edited this beast together; it's a lot more complex than I'd appreciated at the time, and the audio in particular gave him some real headaches - so it's astonishing (and a tribute to his skill) that the final result is so polished.

One of the really cool things about the video is something called Profuzion, a plugin for Apple's Final Cut Pro video editing software. It allowed Bruce to synchronize video from several difference cameras, including cell phone cameras, with a single click.

That gets my attention because it opens up some intriguing collaboration possibilities. For example, you could get all the parents who are videotaping a school play to send you their footage, and easily sync up the footage and switch from camera angle to camera angle, closeup to wide to medium. Or crowdsource the video coverage of a public rally. You can probably think of even cooler applications.

Profuzion bears watching - and so does Bruce. (Podcasters will already know him as the guy behind The Levelator, a one-click utility that quickly and automatically adjusts the sound levels in a podcast.) Check out his blog, 25 Hour Day.

(And for a little more technical prestidigitation, check out how Alex managed to reverse the flow of time in this Twitter stream of comments from the keynote. As someone who was present, I can attest that it involved an Excel spreadsheet, NASA and three pints of salamander blood. I can also attest that that's a lot of salamanders.)


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2008 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 18:29:37 +0000

If you love to visit that exciting, magical place where technology meets social change, you won't want to miss the 2008 Nonprofit Software Development Summit, taking place in Oakland November 17-19.

Building on the success of innovative, engaging collaborative events like Advocacy Dev, the Summit gathers all sorts of people involved in developing world-changing software -- coders, technologists, integrators, nonprofit users, and others -- to network, share skills and hatch mad plans for the future.

Here's a snapshot of the confirmed sessions (expect this list to grow as the Summit draws nearer, and even as it unfolds):

  • Open Source CMS Mini-Summit
  • Assessing Security for Nonprofit Web Apps
  • Listening to Users and Designing Appropriate Tools
  • eAdvocacy Platform and API survey
  • Open Source Case Management
  • The State of Nonprofit CRM
  • API Review: Where Are We At With Tool and Platform Integration?
  • Business Models for Nonprofit Software Development
  • Building Usability into Nonprofit Tools
  • Software Project Management
  • Engineering for Accessibility and Inclusion
  • Helping Non-Techies and Techies Build Successful Software Projects
  • Going Green: Serving Sites on Less Carbon

If that list excites you, then go register already! And if you don't see what you want on there, you could always propose your own session.

Aspiration's events are famous for their participant-driven, hands-on approach. As they put it: "Panels and slideware will be in short supply, supplanted by participant-driven collaborations and small-group formats." So if you do go, leave your laser pointer and dry-erase markers at home. You won't need them.

Find more information at http://www.aspirationtech.org/events/devsummit08




Toronto workshop: Web 2.0 and Your Organization

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 05:03:02 +0000

Web 2.0 and Your Organization
July 24 & 25th, 2007
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

(image) How can your organization use social media tools to deepen your relationships with supporters, reach new audiences and raise more money? More than twenty people discovered the power of social media tools like blogs and wikis through a workshop I co-taught with Jason Mogus on Web 2.0 and Your Organization. Jason and I had so much fun teaching that March workshop in Vancouver, and got such a positive response from participants, that we will be offering the same workshop in Toronto this summer.

Here's the skinny:

Are you interested in how online communities like Flickr, MySpace, and YouTube can empower your members and customers to carry your message out into the world? Could your organization benefit from deeper collaboration among your team members, clients, partners or the public? Could better knowledge-sharing, stronger relationships and closer communications inside your organization and with your core supporters foster more efficiency, insight and effectiveness?

The latest generation of "Web 2.0" or social web strategies and tools offer powerful opportunities for organizations to improve the way they work, communicate their messages, empower others, and serve the public. In this workshop you will learn how the latest tools for online collaboration and community building can make your organization smarter and more effective.

This workshop is designed for communications strategists, marketing managers, and webmasters who are interested in how this evolution of the web can help evolve your organization's online strategy. We will give you the tools, knowledge, and most crucially, the vision for how your organization can use the web as a stronger agent of change. We’ll also cover the nuts-and-bolts, introducing the latest tools so that you know which options are most promising for your needs.

This workshop will take place from 6pm to 9pm on July 24th, and from 9am to 5pm (with lunch break) on July 25th.

Follow this link to register today -- space is limited.

For more information, please contact web2andyou@gmail.com. Or download our leaflet (PDF, 1 MB).

 




DrupalCamp Toronto: we were there in spirit

Thu, 17 May 2007 22:34:49 +0000

We wish we'd been able to make it to DrupalCamp Toronto, but client business kept us planted firmly on this side of the continent.

Still, we were able to attend in spirit: by reading Khalid's (and others') terrific blog coverage of the event, and by oohing and aahing over his photo of the T-shirt. The DrupalCamp logo is brilliant.

(What's that, you say? You see the Social Signal logo on the back of the T-shirt? Why, yes – we are proud sponsors of DrupalCamp Toronto!)

Now, if there are any of those T-shirts left over, I suppose receiving a few of them might take the sting out of having had to miss the camp itself...




Workshop: Web 2.0 and your organization

Mon, 01 Jan 2007 00:35:23 +0000

A Workshop sponsored by the Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Web of Change, IMPACS, Social Signal, Communicopia and Social Tech Brewing

Friday, March 16th: 6:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, March 17th: 9:30-4:30 pm

This workshop will be held in Vancouver. Location available upon registration.

Are you interested in how online communities like Flickr, MySpace, and YouTube can empower your members and customers to carry your message out into the world? Could your organization benefit from deeper collaboration among your team members, clients, partners or the public? Could better knowledge-sharing, stronger relationships and closer communications inside your organization and with your core supporters foster more efficiency, insight and effectiveness?

The latest generation of "Web 2.0" or social web strategies and tools offer powerful opportunities for organizations to improve the way they work, communicate their messages, empower others, and serve the public. In this workshop you will learn how the latest tools for online collaboration and community building can make your organization smarter and more effective.

This workshop is designed for communications strategists, marketing managers, and webmasters who are interested in how this evolution of the web can help evolve your organization's online strategy. We will give you the tools, knowledge, and most crucially, the vision for how your organization can use the web as a stronger agent of change. We’ll also cover the nuts-and-bolts, introducing the latest tools so that you know which options are most promising for your needs.

About the presenters: Jason Mogus is the CEO of Communicopia, which has helped progressive companies and non-profits communicate and collaborate via the web for 13 years. Jason is also the founder of Web of Change at Hollyhock. Alexandra Samuel, PhD , is CEO of Social Signal, and is helping some of the web's most ambitious community ecosystems use the social web to support dialogue and collaboration.

To register please call 800-933-6338 x232 or e-mail registration (at) hollyhock (dot) ca




Here and Now: supporting local communities through online activity

Thu, 05 Oct 2006 00:01:49 +0000

If you work at the intersection of technology and community-building, we hope you'll join us for the October gathering of Social Tech Brewing's Vancouver chapter. Social Tech Brewing brings together folks from nonprofit organizations, community service, social activism, social ventures and technology to share ideas -- and beer!

Our October event will explore online tools, campaigns & projects designed specifically to support communities in the Lower Mainland. A handful of charismatic guest speakers will give short presentations about their Vancouver-related projects, which will then be followed by a general discussion of strategies and tips for using online tools to support local initiatives.

Presentations & discussion will start at 7:00 and wrap by 7:45. At about 8:00 we'll move across the street to 6 Acres Pub for another hour of libations, gossip exchange, and general consipracy-hatching.

Please RSVP (http://upcoming.org/event/113144) and let us know you're coming. We hope to see you there!

Details
Date: October 25, 2006
Venue: WorkSpace, 21 Water St. (http://abetterplacetowork.com/)
Time: 7-8 @ WorkSpace; 8-?? @ 6 Acres (across the street).

PS: We're still looking for a few more guest speakers to do 5 minute presentations of their Vancouver-centric projects. If you're interested in presenting, please add a comment on upcoming or send an email to aaron@socialsignal.com. Thanks!




Speaking of dialogue...

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 16:18:25 +0000

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a production of Palestine, Israel & Me: A power play by Headlines Theatre, presented as part of the WUF's Earth festival. And while I don't usually go in for 'participatory theatre' (too often it feels cheap and gimmicky), this was different. Headlines doesn't make you participate, they invite you to participate in creating a compelling and thoughtful real-world dialogue through the art of 'forum theatre'. Forum theatre (as I saw it) works like this: The actors play out a single scene involving an emotionally and politically charged inter-personal conflict. Just as the conflict comes to a boil, the scene ends, and the audience is left in the incredible, uncomfortable, unresolved tension of that moment. Then the actors do the show again, only this time audience members can 'freeze' the scene any time they see fit, and come onstage to take the place of one of the characters (called an intervention) and try to steer the situation toward safety and resolution. Neat, huh? Only it's really hard! The actors (actually non-actors, in this case) did a wonderful job of staying true to their characters' motivations and beliefs, which made interventions very difficult... just like they would be in real life. In fact, the sense you come away with after the show is that this is a kind of rehearsal for real life, to help us get the tough things right. David Diamond, director of Headlines theatre drives home the importance of these rehearsals: If a person in a workshop creates a moment, once, I do not believe it has anything to do with "acting". When that person takes on a role, though, and must do the same thing over and over again - hit a mark, get a cue, reach a rehearsed emotional place - this is a performance. In this moment, the citizen becomes an actor, and becoming an actor on the community stage leads to acting in a different way in the community. It leads to a different kind of self- and world-analysis, a more informed internal and external set of actions. For me, this is the essence of community development, and community development is the core of a healthy response to the negative impacts of globalization. Despite a little difficulty getting started, the audience contribution was amazing. It's rare to see people modeling thoughtful conflict-resolution tactics in real-time, especially when the issues run so deep, especially when the topic is Palestine and Israel. After each intervention, our facilitator, David, would gather the cast together and question them about the relative success of their interventions, whether they created safety for the characters in the scene, and if so, whether that safety came at the expense of other characters. It was fascinating to see what worked and what didn't, and I learned a lot from watching other audience members translate their strategies into action. Forum theatre is a unique type of dialogue because it's part conversation, part entertainment: it's exactly as engaging as it is meaningful. Throughout the show, David was constantly re-inforcing the idea that it's interventions that contribute to this form, not statements or debate. He wouldn't let audience members participate at all unless they were willing to come up on stage. And you know, at the time, I felt like he was completely ignoring the potential contributions of most of the room. But as the evening unfolded, what emerged was infinitely more valuable than an argument or debate precisely because we didn't get off track. We stayed focused on the characters, and through the characters we explored the issues. And when we were done, then we talked about it (just like in real life!) The whole event was so refreshing, I can't ev[...]



Social Tech Brewing Vancouver

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 16:56:11 +0000

Border-Busting: a conversation with Katrin Verclas

July 17th, Radha Eatery

If you work at the intersection of technology and community-building, we hope you'll join us for a July 17th gathering of Social Tech Brewing's Vancouver chapter. Social Tech Brewing brings together folks from nonprofit organizations, community service, social activism, social ventures and technology to share ideas -- and beer!

Our July 17th event will feature a conversation with Katrin Verclas, the incoming director of The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (N-TEN), an American group that works to support the diverse people and organizations who help nonprofits employ technology effectively. We've booked a great quiet space in which to have this conversation, conveniently located above a great spot to drink beer.

Katrin will lead an informal discussion about whether/how US npos can work more effectively here in Canada. She'll also introduce us to a new project from the N-TEN Technobabes Community: "BraCamp," which we're hoping will lead to a broader conversation about gender issues in nonprofit technology.

Katrin's presentation and Q&A will start at 7:15 and wrap by 8, so please plan to arrive on time. If you're early, folks will gather underneath Radha at the Brickhouse for a brew or two. And if you're still hot to talk after we wrap, we'll be moving back down to the Brickhouse again for another hour of libations, gossip exchange, and general consipracy-hatching.

Please RSVP on Upcoming.org.We hope to see you there!

Details:
Date: July 17, 2006 7-9pm
Venue: Radha Eatery, 730 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free!

 

Plus...

Participants in Social Tech Brewing are specially invited to an Open Space for Identity in Vancouver, July 20-21 at the Sutton Place Hotel. This is a unique opportunity for the Vancouver nptech community to participate in the development of open identity standards that will solve the Internet’s ‘identity crisis’. Don't miss it!

Free and low cost passes are available. For more information, please visit Identity Woman & the Planetwork Blog, or contact the Open Space facilitator Kaliya Hamlin directly: kaliya (at) mac (dot) com.  




Now en route to NetSquared

Mon, 29 May 2006 04:28:29 +0000

Rob and Aaron are both heading down to San Jose this week for the NetSquared conference. For the past eight months, we've been working with the CompuMentor/Techsoup team that is behind this event. 

The conference aims at pushing nonprofit engagement with the "social web" (aka "web 2.0") to the next level. The web site (which we helped develop) has built an online community around the same agenda, and will now link the online community to the San Jose conference through a two-day remote conference.

I'm holding down the virtual fort from here in Vancouver, but look forward to hearing updates from Rob & Aaron. And if you're going to be at NetSquared yourself, be sure to say hello.




May 30 & 31: NetSquared's online conference with nonprofit leaders

Sat, 27 May 2006 04:43:06 +0000

as posted on Corante's Civic Minded blog

Where can you find inspiration for online advocacy, guidance for online faclitation, and gossip about online politics? On Tuesday May 30th and Wednesday May 31st, NetSquared is hosting a remote conference featuring live chats and Q&A sessions with leaders from across the nonprofit web.
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The remote conference is happening at the same time as a two-day confab in San Jose. After eight months of work on the NetSquared project, I'm heartbroken that I won't be there in person (something about not travelling in the ninth month of pregnancy, mutter mutter grumble) -- and absolutely determined that the online event will be so fabulous that when my colleagues return from San Jose, they're going to be jealous that I was the one who got to hang out in the chat room.

And what better way to get over that morning-after-the-Memorial-Day-before feeling than to spend the day chatting with leaders in nonprofit technology -- leaders like:

  • Judith Feder on "Health care and web 2.0 patient communities"
  • Rolf Kleef of Greenpeace
  • Micki Krimmel of Participant Productions on "Media that Mobilizes: An Inconvenient Truth, ClimateCrisis and more tales from Participate.net"
  • Beth Kanter on "Tagging in the Nonprofit World"
  • Robyn Deupree of Bloglines Lisa Stone of BlogHer
  • Alexandra Samuel of Social Signal on "Building Online Community: Behind the Scenes at NetSquared"
  • Mike Linksvayer of Creative Commons on "Leveraging Technology for Free Culture and Your Nonprofit's Mission"
  • Enoch Choi of Palo Alto Medical Foundation on "Tech Tools in Medicine: Personal Health Records, Mobile Devices, Blogging,Podcasting, Health Search & Tagging @ Google Co-op"
  • Boris Mann from Bryght on "Open Source and your non-profit"
  • Scott Heiferman from Meetup.com
  • Nancy White of Full Circle on "Online Facilitation Open Discussion"
  • Edward Vielmetti from the University of Michigan School of Information on "Superpatron: viewing libraries from a patron's point of view"
The remote conference is open to anyone with an Internet connection. And feel free to drop by the conference hallway for even more remote conference-y goodness.



Online community camp, May 25th in San Francisco

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:56:09 +0000

Forum One is hosting a one-day Online Community Camp in San Francisco on May 25th. According to the preliminary schedule, planned topics include:

 * Community management issues;
* Online community business models and ROI; * Online community marketing;
* Online community performance metrics;
* Review of community tools;
* Tactics for smoothly changing community platforms;
* Online communities and advertising;
* Technical standards to allow communities to share members;
* Effective use of volunteers;
* Reputation and ranking strategies
* Legal issues
* Using online communities to enhance interaction within physical communities like neighborhoods, towns, and cities. 

While registration is almost full, there are some spaces yet (and some scholarships still available), so if you're interested contact Jim Cashel asap.