Archive for April, 2011

Leo Romero

Posted by | April 28, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, R, Speakers | 0 Comments

Leo Romero was an organizer in the Philippines, where he worked with students, tribal minorities, miners, retail workers, businesses, and NGOs. His day job is in affordable housing, as Regional Manager at The John Stewart Company, where he oversees apartment communities that provide housing and services to working families, seniors, people with disabilities, and the formerly homeless. JSCo houses over a hundred thousand people in California, and has begun to experiment with new ways to use existing resources to do a little more for their neighborhoods. Over the past year, Leo worked with other JSCo staff and community partners to organize a statewide National Night Out, get-togethers for leaders of CBOs and nonprofits, and a playground built by local residents.


As a hobby, Leo co-edits Our Blocks, an all-volunteer project that collects stories, scholarly articles, and videos about building community in neighborhoods. To prepare for his Boot Camp presentation on the “Best Practice of Using Best Practices,” Leo asked some friends about their own favorite resources, and has started posting their responses here.

Someone’s Done That Already: the Best Practice of Using Best Practices

Mat Dryhurst

Posted by | April 28, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, D, Speakers | 0 Comments

Mat Dryhurst is the Community Manager at Craigslist Foundation, and is one half of the team that has researched and launched LikeMinded in the last year. In a previous life he represented independent record labels in Berlin and London and curated programs in the contemporary arts. He is currently interested and invested in technology for the public good, and spends the rest of his time playing with synthesizers and thinking about the conundrum of sustainable arts practice.

LikeMinded: Transforming Local Knowledge Sharing into Action

Beth Kanter

Posted by | April 26, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, Featured Speaker, K, Speakers | 0 Comments

Beth is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits and is also the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Networked Nonprofit. Beth is the CEO of Zoetica, a company that serves nonprofits and socially conscious companies with top-tier, online marketing services. In 2009 she was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company Magazine and one of Business Week’s Voices of Innovation for Social Media. She is the visiting scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the Packard Foundation.

Measurement is not Counting: Social Media & Return on Investment | Virtually Seamless: Online Networks to Offline Gatherings

Measurement is not Counting: Social Media & Return on Investment

Posted by | April 26, 2011 | 10:15 - 11:15 am, Sessions | 0 Comments

Beth Kanter, principal & co-founder, Zoetica

You are actively using Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or a blog as part of your organization’s marketing or fundraising strategy. But do you know what your audience wants from you? Are you measuring how effective you are with these tools? Can you answer your boss’s or board’s questions about the value of spending time on social media? How do you know social media is a good investment and that you are getting strong results? Beth’s session will address how to measure social media return on investment. She’ll provide a strong framework and practical tips to measure and refine your social media tactics.

Come for the community, stay for the food!

Posted by | April 26, 2011 | Blog | 0 Comments

I’ve come to the last three Boot Camps and I’m coming again this year not because I’ll meet lots of interesting people who are doing all sorts of magnanimous things in our community. Not because I’ll pick up some new ideas and strategies from the numerous of workshops packed with information. Certainly not because it helps me keep track of other projects going on locally or because it helps me connect my non-profit to the bigger picture. While the event is consistently well-organized and the many of the speakers have driven me to persist even when the going gets tough, that’s not why I’ll be there. I’m not attending to tell people about the work I’m doing, get feedback, recruit colleagues for my cause and to join theirs.

I’m going for the lunch, which is always good. And I’m going for all the other reasons I said I wasn’t going for.

The Generosity of Those Who Have Less

Posted by | April 25, 2011 | Blog, Community | 1 Comment

Pop quiz: Who gives away more of a percentage of their income – the wealthy or the working class?

If you said the working class, you win! Are you surprised? Studies have shown that people with less give a higher allocation of their household income to charity than those with more. I just read an article that explores why this may be true.

Frank Flynn, professor of organizational behavior, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, writes on the Center for Social Innovation blog about four related studies on the correlations between feelings of altruism, compassion, and concern for others’ welfare and socioeconomic status and class. The column explores what motivates people to make charitable donations, volunteer their time, give gifts – part of what is called “prosocial behavior” by psychologists.

In each study, participants from more affluent backgrounds were less likely to give to others – sometimes points or “play money,” or a share of work that needed to be done – than participants who had less themselves or were asked to imagine in the study that they had less than someone else.

Here’s what I found most interesting:

“When experimentally induced to feel compassion by watching a clip about child poverty, upper-class participants behaves just as prosocially toward their partners as did lower-class participants. These findings are consistent with prior work showing that feelings of compassion and empathy attune people to the needs of others and prompt behavior to improve others’ welfare.”

And Professor Flynn notes that “those in lower socioeconomic classes may be higher in baseline levels of compassion than their upper-class counterparts – probably because they have seen more suffering. And it may be this differential that – unless moderated – drives class-based differences in prosociality.”

These studies show that there’s a lot of opportunity for community and nonprofit leaders to consider how they craft messages that inspire and educate donors about worthy causes – and to remember that those who may only be able to give a little can still make a huge difference!

Fascinated by this subject and want to read more? Subscribe to Professor Frank’s prosocial column.

Jeffrey Betcher

Posted by | April 22, 2011 | B, Current Boot Camp Presenters, Speakers | 0 Comments

Jeffrey lives and works in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. He is a community organizer and writer who emerged from national violence prevention policy and social marketing work to develop place- and people-based approaches to strengthening the social environment alongside the physical one, the surest path toward a sustainable and just world. He co-founded and leads the award-winning Quesada Gardens Initiative and organizes Bayview Footprints, a network of community-building groups creating social cohesion and telling a positive story about a maligned neighborhood. Jeffrey brings the same commitment to local systems and community values as owner of YamStreet, a values-driven apparel business, and as co-founding president of PeopleWearSF.
Creating Change in Your Community

Tanya Jo Miller

Posted by | April 22, 2011 | Blog, Current Boot Camp Presenters, M | 0 Comments

Tanya Jo Miller is the co-host of CyberFrequencies a pop+tech+science podcast that airs on LA’s NPR-affiliate KPCCSirius XM Channel 136 and is available as a podcast on iTunes. Her audio work has aired on KPCC’s Off-RampPacific DriftNPR’s Weekend Edition and a piece (co-produced) for NPR’s Day-to-Day, won second place for “Best Feature Story” in the 2009 LA Press Club awards. She’s also an award-winning film/video producer. She’s made over 80 short videos for KPCC’s Off-Ramp, UC Berkeley’s Mission Local, and the Bay Citizen. Her short films have screened in festivals around the world including alongside work by Jane Campion, Julie Delpy, and Chantal Akerman. She’s a multimedia instructor at UCLA Extension and blogs for the Huffington Post.

Fast Media – Harnessing the Power of Citizen Journalists to Get Your Story Out

EARN Will Help You Leverage Storytelling

Posted by | April 21, 2011 | Blog | 0 Comments

I’ve got a story to tell you…

Building community online for your work is much like building a network of friends at a party. It all starts
with sharing personal stories that help people connect to you. Storytelling and social media are the tools
that will help you do just that!

It’s About So Much More than Just Telling a Good Story

Posted by | April 18, 2011 | Announcements, Blog, Events | 0 Comments

storytelling workshop at Boot Camp 2010

Innovative leaders and thinkers across all sectors are buzzing about “storytelling” and “digital storytelling” skills. What do these words mean? Is this just a new way of saying, “teach me how to market my organization or cause?”