9:00 - 10:00 am
Aimee Allison, former host of KPFA Morning Program and founder of OaklandSeen will share her thoughts on how the “normal” way of life has been forever shifted due to three global problems swirling around us – economic inequality and decline, global warming, and the mounting costs of war and militarism. Come hear her inspiring thoughts on how the new normal doesn’t have to be a time of decay and decline but instead how we can work through the storm to transform our communities, our work and ourselves. Learn how the new normal demands we work locally, and reach across the fence to get things done.
10:15 - 11:15 am
You dream of a strong, vibrant community and have a sense of how to make it real. But how can you rally the funds you need to connect your vision to action? Join us as we move past conceptual theories and concepts into the practical, tactical solutions that can and will help you get dollars in the door. We’ll share concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, earned income, and online and peer-to-peer campaigns, plus point you in the right direction for more information.
We want to get the job done right now. Immediately. Now as in last week. But what if someone already figured out a great roadmap for success? This interactive session will explore resources for discovering and sharing best practices. We’ll chat about the politics of hoarding or sharing best practices. And, participants will share best practice war stories, good and bad.
In today’s environment the public and government most often are at odds with each other. However, the current economic realities combined with the complex problems we face means separation between citizens, business and local government is a major liability for all players. Partnering between the public, business and local government is not an “interesting concept” or “nice vision,” but rather an essential reality we must achieve. In this session you will learn:
* Why this separation between citizens and local government exits
* How the public and government contribute to this separation
* A different model for partnering
* What true civic engagement really means
* Why community building is more important now than ever
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.
What does it mean to be an active, effective, responsible citizen in your community today? Social media has fundamentally changed the relationship between citizens and their leaders, how they receive and make sense of information, and how decisions are made. These significant shifts have triggered a “civic moment” in which the rules, norms, and tools of good citizenship and democracy are being reinvented. Chris Gates, a leader in the fields of civic engagement and democratic renewal, will lead a provocative conversation on the evolving nature of democratic practice and personal responsibility at local levels across America – and share illustrations of how politics and social change activism are adapting to new rules for engaging with one another in public life.
Participants will learn what great boards focus on most, the differentiation between board and staff leadership roles, the partnerships they form with their chief executives around strategy formation, balancing internal and external issues, and the relentless attention to organizational impacts and audiences served.
Throughout his life, Hanmin Liu has gravitated toward understanding how communities really work and how change occurs. Participants will learn about an innate resource (informal capital) that has proved essential for harnessing the strength of communities. They will learn how to identify and map the informal capital of communities. Participants will also learn about a framework for the functioning of communities in contemporary times.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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 Meetup.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Based on his highly acclaimed new book “Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future,” David Kirp provides participants with practical insights into what’s worked in other locales and the essential roles governments, businesses, nonprofits, parents, citizens, and residents can play in preparing the next generation for life in America.
Digital storytelling and social media have taken the communications world by storm. Bay Area nonprofit EARN, has harnessed these innovative tools to transform and bolster their communications and outreach efforts. In this interactive session, EARN leaders will walk you through their best practices, powering your communications strategy and building your network in the process. Participants will learn to articulate the importance of storytelling and social media to key organizational decision-makers, begin building a story database and social media presence for their nonprofit organization and create a strategic communications timeline around an upcoming moment of opportunism.
Code for America has found success in connecting organizations from different sectors and aligning them on a common mission. We’ve learned how to bring together governments, large corporations, foundations, and passionate individuals to work together for the public good. Key lessons learned have been flexibility, agility, and effective networking — among others. This session will be a useful tutorial in taking an idea into a growing organization through cross-sector collaboration.
Organizers recognized for creating lasting change in their communities share their distinct experiences in this interactive session designed to help you 1) use neighborhood assets inclusively, 2) add organizing techniques to your toolkit, 3) choose good partners, 4) strengthen your diverse neighborhood, and more.
Marsha Murrington, senior program officer, Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation | Roque Barros, director of community building, Jacobs Family Foundation | David Kakishiba, executive director, East Bay Asian Youth Center
To create a vision for the future and long-term change in a community, it’s essential to have a strong, well-conceived community engagement plan and process that allows the voices within the community to be heard. Having outsiders and experts apply their values and preconceived notions of what a community needs is a recipe for failure. This session is led by three skilled change agents, with experiences working across boundaries in a variety of communities. They will share their insights, stories, and approaches for bringing people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and generations together to envision what they want their neighborhoods and communities to become, determine priorities, address problems and issues, and take greater responsibility for where they live, work, and play.
In our businesses and communities, we are being called to engage in deeper conversation, cultivate space for new leadership and bring greater meaning and purpose to our individual and collective actions and activities. In this session, through deep listening practices and storytelling, we invite you to step into a learning conversation to inform our emergent collective leadership. David Whyte says “a conversational leader is one who emphasizes keen attention, self-discipline and a certain kind of artistry in engaging and communicating with others.” Why are you called to be a leader at this moment in time? How does your personal leadership experience inform what it means to be a conversational leader? What are you learning now that we can all apply? Where can we go together that we cannot go alone?
2:45 - 3:45 pm
A key role of a leader is to create an environment that is inspiring for everyone in it. What if you were able to interact with your employees, colleagues, clients, funders, volunteers and other important relationships in a way that brought out their best? Encouraged them to take ownership of their challenges? Invited transformation in them? Dramatically enhanced your relationships with them? In this interactive session, you’ll watch a coaching demonstration, learn how to use a Co-Active “coach approach” and come away with new skills and ideas you can put into practice right away. (Free sample coaching sessions with certified CTI coaches are also available at Boot Camp by reservation.)
Darian Rodriguez Heyman, author, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals | Jacob Harold, program officer, Hewlett Foundation | Jennie Winton, co-founder, Mission Minded | Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Numi Tea | Holly Minch, consultant, LightBox Collaborative
Cocktail parties and elevator rides will never be the same after you join us for this insightful, dynamic workshop. Learn from your peers as we listen to a variety of pitches, after which an expert panel of judges — including real-life philanthropists and grantmakers — will provide candid feedback on what’s hitting home, what needs tweaking, why, and even how. You may even witness a few pitch remixes, where our seasoned message mavens rework and recite a tightened up version of spiels in real time, just before they award an exciting prize to two top finishers.
Interested in competing in the pitchathon? Here’s how to apply.
Children hardly play outside on their own in their neighborhoods. Most parents lament this fact, but feel powerless to change it. This session will give parents and neighborhood activists the tools they need to give children a life of neighborhood play, every day. Participants will learn about six innovative communities in the US that have successfully addressed this problem, and then get a comprehensive set of step-by-step solutions.
The editors of online news portals scour the web seeking leads and stories to publish every day. Victoria Fine, Causecast managing editor, will discuss how editors look for content and how you can increase the chances of your story getting their attention. Participants will learn what types of content and media they should have publicly available, will be able to outline concrete next steps to make their content easier to find and generally more appealing to editors of cause-based news outlets, and will understand of how publishers choose stories and news.
You’ve heard it again and again: You should make a fill in the blank (video, blog, slideshow) about your event! But it seems like you’re the only person on earth who can’t figure it out. What video equipment do I need? What if I don’t have editing software? What sort of photo camera works best? Do I need to hire somebody to do this? In this workshop, we’ll teach you the art of “Fast Media” or the art of telling your story quickly using basic consumer gear (i.e. cell phones’ video cams, your sister’s digital camera), software and enlisting the help of regular folks in your organization. The emphasis will be on raw video or making videos that need little editing. You’ll also learn easy ways to use photos to tell a story if video isn’t available. The session will address ways to make media that will resonate beyond your interest group. In other words, how do you make a video that a blogger might post? How do you take pictures that might get a journalist interested? Attendees must have a digital camera or video camera to participate in this lecture (cell phones are fine!)
All too often we rush into communities and neighborhoods with pre-conceived notions of people’s problems and needs and provide them with ready-to-wear programs and solutions. The world of one-size-fits-all is over, and we need to learn how to engage with and understand a community or neighborhood and its inhabitants before rushing to fix the situation. Participants will learn about approaches for working in and engaging with people in their locales, the importance of facilitating and listening rather than assuming and fixing, and be oriented to a few of the new and emerging tools and skills useful to your role as a change agent.
4:00 - 4:45 pm
Action labs are group activities designed to help you take your Boot Camp experience and apply it in your world after June 2. Action lab participants will include boot campers, presenters and workshop leaders, closing panelists, and the Boot Camp team.
Through structured discussions and exercises, we’ll consider questions such as: what has inspired you, what holds you back, what opportunities for collaboration have you discovered, and what do you want to explore more.
Together we’ll capture ideas for future learning, inform the closing panel’s discussion and leave Boot Camp with a strong sense of what can be accomplished beyond the day itself.
Action Labs are a great chance to:
* share your experience and expertise with one another and meet likeminded participants
* reflect on what you are learning and experiencing at Boot Camp
* deepen connections with one another
* leave Boot Camp with a personal action plan for applying what you learn and leveraging the connections you make
* interact with Boot Camp presenters and workshop leaders, including closing panelists
* uncover stories of community transformation
* identify the community challenges that need to be explored more deeply, and those that have solutions among us
4:55 - 5:30 pm
Aimee Allison, former host & producer, KPFA Morning Show | Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist | Ed Everett, community engagement coach, Ed Everett Consulting | Chris Gates, executive director, PACE | Lucy Bernholz, founder and president, Blueprint Research & Design Inc.
Keynote Aimee Allison will facilitate a discussion with Craig Newmark and fellow panelists about the trends, issues, emerging opportunities and challenges of being a community leader. Each will address two key questions:
* What’s the one most significant thing you have come away with from today?
* What’s your advice to boot campers going forward?