Archive for the ‘11:30 am – 12:30 pm’ Category

The Art of Building Consensus in Groups

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Sam Kaner, executive director, Community at Work

We know it is good to involve diverse stakeholders and make decisions with high levels of participation. However, these groups can be awfully tough to work with—and knowledge about dealing effectively with difficult group dynamics can be hard to come by. This engaging presentation will deepen your understanding of participatory decision making in the real world. Sam Kaner is a leading expert on collaboration and the author of one of the all-time bestselling books on group facilitation.

Using Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy to Strengthen Neighborhoods

Posted by | March 30, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 2 Comments

Caterina Rindi, board president, Homeless Children’s Network | Barbara Pantuso, founder and CEO, Hey Neighbor! | Micki Krimmel, founder, | Shelby Clark, founder, RelayRides

The growing Collaborative Consumption movement is helping people cut costs, reduce their environmental impact, connect with their neighbors, and change their relationship with possessions. Hear how you can strengthen your neighborhood by joining the community of sharing, swapping, renting, bartering, trading and collaborating. Participants will discover opportunities in their communities for connecting, sharing, and collaborating and will find new ways to cut back on their spending and reduce their environmental impact by utilizing shared resources.

Know Your Community: Tools for Harnessing the Diversity in America’s Changing Communities

Posted by | March 30, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Rubén Lizardo, associate director, PolicyLink

Participants will learn where to find useful information about a neighborhood, a community, a city, a region, a state. Come to know more clearly who actually lives where, their socio-economic and demographic characteristics, and how these data sets can be instructive to thinking about and planning for community development, jobs, services, civic engagement, and more.


Storytelling Skills

Posted by | March 30, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Joe Lambert, founder & director, Center for Digital Storytelling

Joe Lambert will discuss why discovering your storytelling voice is a cornerstone of your professional and personal development. Discussing the lessons of three decades of community-based storywork, he will demonstrate the power of story through prompts, exchanges, and powerful digital stories.

Learning What Works

Posted by | March 17, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist | Lucy Bernholz, founder and president, Blueprint Research & Design Inc. | Perla Ni, founder & CEO, GreatNonprofits

We have more options than ever about how to give our money, our time, and our wisdom. How can we make more informed decisions about the organizations that work on the issues we care about. How can we learn from experts and crowds and use both data and relationships to improve our own work and our communities? How can each of us take you from “success to significance” and make a greater contribution to the public good?

LikeMinded: Transforming Local Knowledge Sharing into Action

Posted by | March 11, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Arthur Coddington, director of online programs, Craigslist Foundation | Mat Dryhurst, community manager, Craigslist Foundation

LikeMinded is an online tool for offline action that helps people build on one another’s community projects, no matter where they are. This hands-on workshop will explore how LikeMinded can help us inspire and inform one another by sharing stories of our local projects.

Virtually Seamless: Online Networks to Offline Gatherings

Posted by | March 11, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Peggy Duvette, CEO, WiserEarth | Beth Kanter, principal & co-founder, Zoetica

The days of posting a paper notice on a bulletin board somewhere are mostly over; the days of virtual hubs as a jump-off point for in-person gatherings are here! With the rise of sites like, NetTuesday, and more, grassroots organizers are stepping up and the web is bringing visibility to local community meetups as never before. The masses are clearly hungry for connection! What is the potential for this new form of outreach — can it bring greater social good than before? Has the game changed in organizing, or are many of the rules still the same? Participants will leave with an understanding of the difference between organizing today and organizing pre-web 2.0 and will learn tips for organizing your own successful community gathering.