Jobs and Training for Online Organizers

April 17, 2010

As part of our online organizing career event, we collected some fantastic resources – mostly free – that might serve online organizers looking for work or training opportunities.

Jobs listings:

Professional Associations and Community

Training

Additional Resources

Did we miss any? Add them below.


Online Organizing Skill Set

April 17, 2010

What does an online organizer need to know? Here’s a list we compiled as preparation for online organizer career night. Did we miss any? Add them below.

  • Community Organizing
  • Data Management
  • Use Constituent Relationship Manager
  • Web Content Management
  • Social Media Strategy (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace)
  • Web Development
  • Coding for Apps, API’s, integrations
  • Writing for Web/Email
  • Electoral Data/Mapping (VAN, Catalist)
  • Field Organizer (Electoral, Canvass)
  • Trainer
  • Video/Audio Production
  • SysAdmin/IT/Hardware+Software
  • Graphic Design
  • Campaign Strategist
  • Legislation Advocacy
  • Fundraiser
  • Blogging/Blogger Relations
  • Media Relations
  • Managing Consultants
  • Best Free Resources

Career Night: Online Organizing and Online Organizers – April 14

April 7, 2010

Online fundraising. Online organizing. Online politics. New Media. Who actually does this work? Many of us use the catch-all description ‘online organizer.’ And many of you would like to join our ranks, or learn more about advancing. This is your chance.

Our speakers, professional online organizers with from different parts of the nonprofit and political worlds, will talk about how they entered the field, recent and upcoming changes, advice for young ‘uns and aspiring career changers, and the sub-specialties you might want to become familiar with.

Featuring:
Daniel Atwood
, Director of Online Strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Elana Levin, Communications Director for the Writers Guild of America, East
Tate Hausman, Studio Guild and Dot Organize
Rebekah Spicuglia, Program Director for the Women’s Media Center
Errol King, Director of Web Services for SEIU 1199
Charles Lenchner, Program Manager – New Media/Labor, New Organizing Institute

Join Organizing 2.0 and GrassrootsCamp to hear senior online organizers in New York City discuss their career paths and offer advice. We will also hand out resources for free and low cost training and networks for job seekers.

We’ll start the event at 6:00pm promptly, with networking/shmoozing time after the formal panel.

This is a joint project of GrassrootsCamp and Organizing 2.0.
RSVP here:
https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1285/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=16506

When: April 14, 6-8pm
Where: Green Spaces NY, 394 Broadway, 5th floor
Cost: Free, donations will be solicited to pay to pay for expenses


April 7: PR Tech and Tips for Non-Profits and Causes

April 2, 2010

Join GrassrootsCamp and Organizing 2.0 for another amazing event this coming Wednesday (April 7): PR Tech and Tips for Non-Profits and Causes. But don’t forget to scroll down because we have another fantastic event scheduled on April 14 as well.

Where: Merc Bar, 151 Mercer Street, back room

When: Wednesday April 7th, 6:00pm (ish)

RSVP: http://www.grassrootscamp.org

Description:

PR is an essential tool for every nonprofit organization or political cause; it drives donations, it motivates volunteers, and it gets the message out. Traditional PR is only one aspect though, and these days there are many online resources that can leverage a PR campaign. Using viral video, working with bloggers, social network campaigns – all of them can generate huge amounts of attention for a cause.

Our speakers:

Pamela Workman-Hilton is the President of WE + PR. She has done extensive work with a variety of media companies and non-profit organizations including Vibe Media Group, CPX Interactive and Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. She has a specialty in working with musical artists and celebrity talent. Pam will share some of her case studies and talk about the tools she uses in her daily work.

Rachel Sterne is the founder of GroundReport, a distributed news sourcing platform, and she is a marketing and digital PR consultant for startups, nonprofit media and consumer brands through her firm Upward Strategy. She will talk about her experience using technology and social media to build media visibility for GroundReport, and other clients including WNET, Daylife, and How Democracy Works Now.

As usual the doors will open at 6:00pm for cocktails and networking, and the speakers will kick off promptly at 6:30. There will be time at the end for discussion, sharing, more networking and more cocktails. Please RSVP early, as space will be limited.


Save the Date!
Your Online Organizing Career – April 14

Online fundraising. Online organizing. Online politics. New Media. Who actually does this work? Many of us use the catch-all description ‘online organizer.’ And many of you would like to join our ranks, or learn more about advancing. This is your chance.

Our speakers, professional online organizers with from different parts of the nonprofit and political worlds, will talk about how they entered the field, recent and upcoming changes, advice for young ‘uns and aspiring career changers, and the sub-specialties you might want to become familiar with.

Featuring:

Elana Levin, Communications Director for the Writers Guild of America, East
Rebekah Spicuglia, Program Director for the Women’s Media Center
Errol King, Director of Web Services for SEIU 1199
Charles Lenchner, Program Manager – New Media/Labor, New Organizing Institute

Join Organizing 2.0 and GrassrootsCamp to hear senior online organizers in New York City discuss their career paths so far. We will also hand out resources for free and low cost training resources and networks for job seekers.

Where: Green Spaces NY, 394 Broadway, 5th floor
When: Wednesday April 14th, 6:00pm sharp
RSVP: Required. An announcement with RSVP link will be sent out soon. Want to make sure you’re on this list? Sign up here.


Ten Tactics Film Event and Giveaway

February 12, 2010

The Tactical Tech Collective is working with us to promote their new film, Ten Tactics for Turning Information into Action. The New York premiere is this coming Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7pm. Get your advance tickets here.

In addition, they sent us copies of their droolworthy toolkits. You can probably get one…. Just comment below explaining why you or your organization deserve a copy and how you might put it to good use. Then come to the film, and you stand a good chance of going home with a toolkit! We have twenty of these suckers, so your chances are not bad.

[Note: we aren’t giving away all of them at this event. The more great requests below, the more we’ll hand out. Just comment below and show up at the film!] Read the rest of this entry »


Grassroots Media networking and Crisis Camp

January 29, 2010

The New York Grassroots Media Conference folks are holding a networking event Saturday evening (1/30), 6-7 pm. These folks hold an annual conference focused on media democracy for New York.  
The Open Planning Project

148 Lafayette Street, NYC

There are Crisis Camps around the world where technologists meet to create, improvise and implement collaborative tech efforts to assist with humanitarian needs in Haiti. Check out this amazing global phenomenon at www.crisiscommons.org.
One of them is taking place this weekend in our fair city:

Crisis Camp Haiti NYC- New York technologists helping the Haiti relief effort
January 30 & 31
Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (10-5)
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/543649069


Ten Tactics Film on Feb. 17 and more

January 25, 2010

So much going on these days in the world of online organizing. I’d love to chat with you about it all! And we will, if you make it to our next event.

ten tactics image10 Tactics for Turning Information Into Action is a film by the Tactical Technology Collective that includes stories from activists around the world who have successfully used digital technologies to change the world. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. We’re proud to host the New York premiere with our partners, Grassroots Camp.

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:00 PM
Where: The Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts – 45th St. and 9th Ave.
Tickets are $5.00 in advance: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/96989


Elana Levin and I wrote a post about the best organizing lessons from the Organizing 2.0 Conference. We’re super happy that Allyson, the editor at Frogloop, asked us to write it. Frogloop, btw, is an excellent resource for students of online advocacy. Excerpt:

What made Organizing 2.0 unique was the emphasis on organizational change, in contrast to tech tips and tricks that other conferences already explore. While participants got a healthy dose of standard fare (writing for emails, CRM fun, how to prep for a web redesign, social media 101, etc.) they also heard from multiple speakers about the challenges that online work faces within our organizations – and how to overcome them.

Read more.


Ari MelberAri Melber (our morning session keynote speaker) has published his report on Organizing for America’s first year. It’s an analysis of arguably the most important organization within the Democratic Party. Catch it here: http://techpresident.com/ofayear1. It’s a serious read for serious online organizers.


Paid Summer Program for Young Leaders
Do you know a passionate young leader who would be interested in being a part of progressive change this summer in Washington DC?

The Center for Progressive Leadership’s New Leaders Internship Program is a paid ten-week summer program in Washington D.C. for young people from underrepresented communities across the country who are committed to developing their leadership skills. Each New Leader is matched with a paid internship in a leading progressive organization in DC, including policy and research work, advocacy, organizing, media relations, and on-line communications. This is a fantastic opportunity.


The Brecht Forum is holding its annual Grassroots Fundraising Conference on February 19-20. I was there last year – it’s well worth it. Details here.


Rootscamp DC – Feb. 20-21. Sponsored by the New Organizing Institute. This is THE unconference on online organizing for community organizers, labor, and folks outside the beltway. We encourage you to attend! Let us know if you’re going as well. Register here.