Tuition discount for Friends of Groundswell Social Ventures

Here’s a special discount offer from our friends at Groundswell

Here is an opportunity to build a future for yourself that is aligned with your values and supported by an expanding community of social entrepreneurs: the Groundswell Social Venture program gives you practical business education, confidence, and tools you need to help you create a small business, non-profit or cooperative organization with an experienced team of mentors that have founded and helped establish 100+ social ventures.

As a friend of Groundswell, our community – that’s you! – is being offered a $200 discount on Groundswell’s Social Venture program. Use code FOG to redeem and apply at: www.groundswellcommunity.ca

The deadline to apply is July 30th.

Watch videos of current and past participants at: www.groundswellcommunity.ca/stories

Slides + Video from Full Spectrum Civic Engagement with Steve Anderson

40 people showed up for Steve Anderson’s talk on building campaigns – a record for a July event!

But if you couldn’t make it we’ve got the slides and video from what he calls “Full Spectrum Engagement”. Steve shared tangible case studies and essential best practices you can implement in your next campaign. Steve talked about how leading digital rights organization OpenMedia and others have used this sophisticated form of civic engagement to grow and deepen communities leading to tangible campaign victories.

Slides

Video

We also have the video in three different flavors. So pick your favourite!

Webinar-style for those who want to focus on the slides

Periscope video from Gillian Vrooman – static camera

Facebook Live video with a more dynamic camera, but sound might not be as good

Show and Tell – one minute community announcements from members

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9STmKblIY
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I6YhYl-_Eg&feature=youtu.be&t=33s
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWjqXS71rN0
  • http://www.b4stage4.ca/take_action
  • http://www.recognition2action.ca/letter

About our Presenter Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson is the Founder and Senior Advisor at award winning civic engagement digital rights organization OpenMedia.

He is a digital policy analyst and open Internet advocate. Steve is also considered a leader in strategies for civic engagement and crowdsourcing. He co-founded New/Mode as a means to distribute OpenMedia’s innovative strategies and tools to other civic organizations.

In 2011 OpenMedia.ca won the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) Impact Awards for its work on protecting the open Internet and promoting innovation and free expression online.

July Roundup of Nonprofit Tech Events

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook and follow us on twitter at #Net2van.

NETSQUARED VANCOUVER EVENTS

Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

Full Spectrum Civic Engagement

When: Tuesday, July 11
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/239111794/

In these turbulent times those of us working to make the world a better place need to ensure our civic engagement work is as effective and impactful as possible. We need to empower our supporters to make change like never before and in the process rejuvenate democracy.

In this session award winning civic engagement specialist Steve Anderson will go through what he calls “Full Spectrum Engagement” through tangible case studies and essential best practices you can implement in your next campaign. Steve will talk about how leading digital rights organization OpenMedia and others have used this sophisticated form of civic engagement to grow and deepen communities leading to tangible campaign victories.

Agile Practice for Nonprofits

When: Tuesday, September 12
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/239462366/

Agile coach Helga Breuer shows can nonprofits can be more effective by using agile planning and project management techniques.

EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at [email protected]

We also recommend you check out the workshops from our friends at Vantage Point and Ladies Learning Code, Camp Tech, Red Academy, Groundswell, and Spring.

Volunteer Futures Symposium

When: October 4 + 5
Registration: https://volunteerbc.silkstart.com/events/volunteer-futures-symposium-2017
Join BCACG & Volunteer BC – at VOLUNTEER FUTURES SYMPOSIUM 2017 – WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY. Annual Training Event for Volunteers, Non-Profits & Charities.

Cost-effective event known for its inspiring keynote addresses, practical workshops and relevant sessions with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and volunteers from across BC.

Anyone wanting to learn more about volunteerism and non-profit/charities sector can attend. Sign language interpreters are available making this event accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Topics: Technology for non-profits, engaging youth, volunteer management, diversity in leadership & more.

Keynotes: Bill Walters, DiverseCity onBoard & David Battey, Founder of Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)

Registration fees include: All sessions, breakfast, lunch, coffee & refreshments.

BOSS: BC’s Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference

When: October 13
RSVP: http://bossvancouver.com/

Vantage Point’s innovative one-day leadership conference will once again convene seasoned and emerging leaders, board members and volunteers in a shared space to develop competencies, skills and tools.

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Got a nonprofit tech event that should be in the next newsletter? Let us know! Tweet at us using the hashtag #net2van.

FREE TECH HELP

RED Academy Community Partner Projects

Are you involved in an organization that could use some tech help? Do you have a secret side-hustle, and it’s time to explore making it your full-time hustle? Do you have a great idea that could have a huge impact? Apply to RED Academy’s Community Partner Program to receive tech projects from their students. You get free, deserving work, and the students graduate with impactful portfolios. Ready?

Deadline to apply for our Summer Cohort is June 2nd. Apply now at redacademy.com/community-projects. More information first? Email [email protected]

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to free online help from skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects. Volunteers can help with training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Free Geek Vancouver

Free Geek is a nonprofit community organization located in East Van that reduces the environmental impact of waste electronics by reusing and recycling donated technology. Through community engagement we provide education, job skills training, Internet access and free or low cost computers to the public. We’ve got electronics at the same price as Craigslist, but with a warranty. http://freegeekvancouver.org

AirBNB Social Impact Experiences

TechSoup has partnered with AirBNB to offer a new ways for nonprofits to build awareness and raise Funds. Social impact experiences give Airbnb guests a chance to learn more about your mission and causes — and have some fun along the way.

AirBNB is looking for Vancouver nonprofits to pilot their new experiences fundraising program. If you know a nonprofit that would be a good fit let me know and I’ll make an intro to the Vancouver AirBNB rep. Nonprofits can list social impact experiences and receive 100% of the funds.

Learn more about the opportunity here: http://info.techsoup.org/airbnb/

JOBS AND VOLUNTEER POSTINGS

Code for Canada Fellowship

The Code for Canada Fellowship supports digital professionals for ten month placements with hosting government teams. We match developers, designers, and product managers with government teams to rapidly deploy technology that is easy to use, grounded in user research, and refined through iterative prototyping.

  • Ten month, full-time fellowship located in Toronto starting in October 2017
  • Fellows earn a salary equivalent to $75,000 per year.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the fellowship.

Apply: http://codefor.ca/fellowship/apply/

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Volunteer Futures Symposium: October 4 + 5

Join BCACG & Volunteer BC – at VOLUNTEER FUTURES SYMPOSIUM 2017 – WORLD OPPORTUNITY. Annual Training Event for Volunteers, Non-Profits & Charities.

Cost-effective event known for its inspiring keynote addresses, practical workshops and relevant sessions with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and volunteers from across BC.

Anyone wanting to learn more about volunteerism and non-profit/charities sector can attend. Sign language interpreters are available making this event accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Topics: Technology for non-profits, engaging youth, volunteer management, diversity in leadership & more.

Keynotes: Bill Walters, DiverseCity onBoard  & David Battey, Founder of Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)

Date: October 4-5, 2017
Location: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond, BC
Fees: $200 for /2 day event

Registration fees include: All sessions, breakfast, lunch, coffee & refreshments.

For more info: Event Details

June Nonprofit Tech Events in Vancouver

There’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook and follow us on twitter at #Net2van.

NETSQUARED VANCOUVER EVENTS

Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

Changemakers Summer Potluck

When: Tuesday, June 20
RSVP: http://cmpotluck2.eventbrite.ca

Join us on June 20th (summer solstice) for our Changemakers Summer Potluck #CMPotluck in Stanley Park – we can eat, learn and play together. All are welcome, your colleagues, friends and family – let’s eat and find solidarity and strength in our numbers and diversity.

Full Spectrum Civic Engagement

When: Tuesday, July 11
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/239111794/

In these turbulent times those of us working to make the world a better place need to ensure our civic engagement work is as effective and impactful as possible. We need to empower our supporters to make change like never before and in the process rejuvenate democracy.

In this session award winning civic engagement specialist Steve Anderson will go through what he calls “Full Spectrum Engagement” through tangible case studies and essential best practices you can implement in your next campaign. Steve will talk about how leading digital rights organization OpenMedia and others have used this sophisticated form of civic engagement to grow and deepen communities leading to tangible campaign victories.

Agile Practice for Nonprofits

When: Tuesday, September 12
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/239462366/

Agile coach Helga Breuer shows can nonprofits can be more effective by using agile planning and project management techniques.

EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at [email protected]

We also recommend you check out the workshops from our friends at Vantage Point and Ladies Learning Code, Camp Tech, Red Academy, Groundswell, and Spring.

Thought Leadership Masterclass

When: Tuesday, June 6
RSVP: http://www.net2van.com/2017/05/thought-leadership-masterclass-june-6/

SPEAKERS

  • Almira Bardai, Jive PR + Digital – PR & Social Media 101
  • Najeed Kassam, Keela – Social storytelling to engage and influence
  • Manny Padda, New Avenue Capital – Millennials to Boomers: Expanding your donor base

The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – Vancouver

When: Wednesday, June 7
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-new-societies-act-what-you-need-to-know-vancouver-tickets-33914626561

This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act.

Kelowna: Societies Act Transition Workshop

When: Thursday, June 8
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/societies-act-transition-workshop-kelowna-tickets-34011086074

There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. All pre-existing BC societies need to transition to the new BC Societies Act. The Act includes many significant changes. There is a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to have filed a transition application. This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act. This workshop is organized for societies in the Central Okanagan who have registered with the Central Okanagan Transtion Hub. It is delivered by one of our trained mentors, and is free to registrants.

Introduction to Project Management for Nonprofits

When: Saturday, June 17
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-project-management-for-nonprofits-tickets-33514797662

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Non-Profit leaders to the practice of project management. You will learn how project management can assist you in successfully planning and completing initiatives through the use of basic project management tools and processes.

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Got a nonprofit tech event that should be in the next newsletter? Let us know! Tweet at us using the hashtag #net2van.

FREE TECH HELP

RED Academy Community Partner Projects

Are you involved in an organization that could use some tech help? Do you have a secret side-hustle, and it’s time to explore making it your full-time hustle? Do you have a great idea that could have a huge impact? Apply to RED Academy’s Community Partner Program to receive tech projects from their students. You get free, deserving work, and the students graduate with impactful portfolios. Ready?

Deadline to apply for our Summer Cohort is June 2nd. Apply now at redacademy.com/community-projects. More information first? Email [email protected]

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to free online help from skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects. Volunteers can help with training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Free Geek Vancouver

Free Geek is a nonprofit community organization located in East Van that reduces the environmental impact of waste electronics by reusing and recycling donated technology. Through community engagement we provide education, job skills training, Internet access and free or low cost computers to the public. We’ve got electronics at the same price as Craigslist, but with a warranty. http://freegeekvancouver.org

AirBNB Social Impact Experiences

TechSoup has partnered with AirBNB to offer a new ways for nonprofits to build awareness and raise Funds. Social impact experiences give Airbnb guests a chance to learn more about your mission and causes — and have some fun along the way.

AirBNB is looking for Vancouver nonprofits to pilot their new experiences fundraising program. If you know a nonprofit that would be a good fit let me know and I’ll make an intro to the Vancouver AirBNB rep. Nonprofits can list social impact experiences and receive 100% of the funds.

Learn more about the opportunity here: http://info.techsoup.org/airbnb/

JOBS AND VOLUNTEER POSTINGS

Code for Canada Fellowship

The Code for Canada Fellowship supports digital professionals for ten month placements with hosting government teams. We match developers, designers, and product managers with government teams to rapidly deploy technology that is easy to use, grounded in user research, and refined through iterative prototyping.

  • Ten month, full-time fellowship located in Toronto starting in October 2017
  • Fellows earn a salary equivalent to $75,000 per year.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the fellowship.

Apply: http://codefor.ca/fellowship/apply/

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Code for Canada Fellowship

Deadline: June 20, 2017
Applyhttp://codefor.ca/fellowship/apply/

What is the fellowship?

The Code for Canada Fellowship supports digital professionals for ten month placements with hosting government teams. We match developers, designers, and product managers with government teams to rapidly deploy technology that is easy to use, grounded in user research, and refined through iterative prototyping.

What do the fellows do?

Over the course of the project, fellows immerse themselves in the project, researching user needs, meeting with stakeholders, proposing solutions, and collaborating with the government to build technology using an iterative approach, centered around the needs of users.

  • For the pilot cohort beginning in 2017, one team of fellows will be based in Toronto working with Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).
  • Fellows spend four days a week inside government, and one day working offsite.
  • Fellowship teams will work closely with project owners inside the hosting ministry, as well as project champions in the Ontario Digital Service.
  • Fellows will have the ongoing support of Code for Canada staff, and their work will be featured in regular open houses and showcases.

Why become a fellow?

Being a Code for Canada fellow is a big job–and highly rewarding. Here’s what a successful applicant will look forward to:

  • Work that matters: Use your skills to make a significant impact on people’s lives. We work closely with our government partners to identify projects that will enable you to make your mark.
  • Connections and leadership: As part of Code for Canada’s pilot cohort, you will be at the leading edge of learning and showing what’s possible. You’ll make connections with leaders in the civic tech sector in Canada, and will play a part in shaping the Code for Canada Fellowship program into the future.
  • Professional development: You will develop lasting relationships and learn new skills in a creative and fast-paced atmosphere.
  • Exercise creativity: Working in small teams with your government partners, you will decide what you build and how you build it based on user research.
  • A labour of love: You’ll accomplish a lot while working with other passionate people.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Highly collaborative: You are able to actively work with their teammates as a partner, motivator and teacher. You openly and directly provide and ask for feedback, and you want to work with their governments as partners.
  • Comfortable wearing many hats: In small teams, it’s vital to the success of team that teammates are able to jump in and out of roles and tasks to push their product forward. You are a scrappy, resourceful and creative problem solver.
  • Adaptable: There is no real “typical day” as a Fellow. While teams will define some sprint plans and decision making processes, things can change on the fly. The Fellowship requires occasional evening or weekend work, and may include travel.
  • Able to work independently:  You are self-motivated and know to ask for help when you need it.
  • Skilled communicators: Our fellows are highly skilled at communicating about their work to non-experts, with empathy and clarity.

Fellowship teams are composed of three people, with primary skills in web development, user experience design, and product management. Additional experience in GIS, data science, community organizing, non-profit, government, and policy work is highly desired. Experience in government is not expected or required.

We recognize that many applicants have multidisciplinary skillsets. We ask that applicants identify their strongest skillset when applying; we’ll provide opportunities to showcase additional experience throughout the application processes. Here are some of the core competencies we’ve identified for each primary skillset.

Thought Leadership Masterclass: June 6

Net2van friend and presenter Najeed Kassam at presenting at a workshop this June.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP MASTERCLASS

WHEN: Tuesday June 6, 2017

WHERE: Suite 100, 138 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver

RSVP:  [email protected]

SPEAKERS

Almira Bardai, Jive PR + Digital – PR & Social Media 101

Najeed Kassam, Keela – Social storytelling to engage and influence

Manny Padda, New Avenue Capital – Millennials to Boomers: Expanding your donor base

The Spring Showcase

The Spring Showcase celebrates Spring’s impact-driven community of entrepreneurs and the startups they’ve built. This is an interactive event where we open our doors to showcase the startups through storytelling, demo tables, food, drinks, and more! Come out and mingle with our alumni and hear what they have to say about their purposeful businesses!

Spring Showcase #2: Startup Stories & Demos

When: Wednesday, June 7th from 6-9PM

Where: CodeCore Bootcamp – 142 W Hastings

Cost: Free with registration

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-spring-showcase-2-startup-stories-demos-tickets-34262055731

The Spring Showcase is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs to network and learn more about how Spring can help you
  • People with a wide range of skills to find a company you’re passionate to work with
    Investors to find a new rising star to invest in
  • Entrepreneurs to meet each other and share best practices and learnings over their journey of starting a business
  • Entrepreneurs looking to meet Spring partners who can help you grow your business

PeaceTalk May 18: Reconciliation through Indigenous Innovation

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST

HiVE Vancouver, 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

FREE event, refreshments provided. (Donations go towards a stairlift for the HiVE!)

RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook

DESCRIPTION

Canada has not yet come to understand the powerful contribution Indigenous people have, and will continue to make, once access to digital and connected technologies is made possible and equitable. As the original innovators and technological experts on these territories since the time of our indigenous ancestors, we can only imagine what advancements will be designed and implemented by our nations best and brightest minds. How may we understand reconciliation in this context? What initiatives are already on this sharp edge of social change? How can we deepen our commitment to fair access, reconciliation and reconciliation through innovation?


PANELISTS

DENISE WILLIAMS (technologycouncil.ca), Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council, is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty. She is known for her early involvement and leadership in new and innovative initiatives addressing reconciliation and economic development leveraging technology and within the technology space. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities and leadership in British Columbia to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology. She has worked federally, provincially and locally with a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development that builds strong networks capable of moving critical initiatives to the forefront. Denise has an MBA from Simon Fraser University and specializes in social enterprise business development.

ALEXANDER DIRKSEN (alexanderdirksen.com): A proud Métis policy wonk, Alexander is passionate about helping to craft an inclusive and equitable future for our country through the meaningful advancement of reconciliation. Currently based at Reconciliation Canada (Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement) and the Banff Forum (Operations Manager), Alexander has also served as a nonprofit consultant on projects for SFU RADIUS and as a researcher at the Centre for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Alexander holds an M.A. in Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a B.A. (with Honours) in International Studies from Simon Fraser University.

JEFF WARD (animikii.com) is the founder and CEO of the technology company, Animikii Indigenous Technology (Animikii). Jeff is a proud Manitoban – Métis and Ojibwe on his father’s side and European on his mother’s side – but now resides in Victoria, BC and works on the traditional territory of the Songhees People. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur; he’s launched a variety of businesses and his track record as an entrepreneur reaches back to his high school years. Jeff first launched Animikii in 2003 and has orchestrated and managed its growth ever since. He is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and building mutually-beneficial partnerships. Everything he does in business is geared towards supporting and uplifting his family, his communities and the Indigenous population of Canada overall.

Please RSVP for this event at: peacetalks.eventbrite.com.

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Get Free Tech Help with the RED Academy Community Partner Program

Are you involved in an organization that could use some tech help? Do you have a secret side-hustle, and it’s time to explore making it your full-time hustle? Do you have a great idea that could have a huge impact? Apply to RED Academy’s Community Partner Program to receive tech projects from their students. You get free, deserving work, and the students graduate with impactful portfolios. Ready? Deadline to apply for our Summer Cohort is June 2nd.

Apply now at redacademy.com/community-projects. More information first? Email [email protected]