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What I learned at NPDev Summit 2014

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Just back from Oakland, California feeling nourished and re-energised after attending the annual Nonprofit Development Software Summit (#NPDev). This is Aspiration’s signature event, bringing together a collection of radical techies, graphic designers, campaigners and non-profit staffers for three days of organised chaos that is unbelievably productive. We were honored to have FabRiders named as a partner…

What I’ve Learned about Maps

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Why maps? Because maps can take data about what has happened to individuals and instantly transform it into data about what is happening to a community. In our media-rich world, visual representations of data are well understood by most audiences. Maps are accessible. In today’s world of online services that are ready to use and…

Data Strategies Resources

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This is a list of resources prepared for Effective Data Strategies for Activist and Advocacy Campaigns workshop Resources from the workshop:  Presentation on Data: Effective Data Strategies for Activist and Advocacy Campaigns Exercise: Using the Spectrogram for Stakeholder Mapping and Power Analysis On Data Use in Advocacy: FabRiders’ What I’ve Learned about Data Advocacy:  http://www.fabriders.net/data-advocacy/…

The ‘Fundamentals’ that Deliver Impact and Save Money

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Cross posted form the TABridge Network. Visit tech.transparency-initiative.org to learn more.  Special thanks to Jed Miller for the post and for all his efforts in publicising our new guide. The Transparency and Accountability Initiative is proud to launch a practical new guide for transparency campaigners planning and executing technology projects. ‘Fundamentals for Using Technology in…

What I’ve Learned about The Cloud

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Like most people who have been using computers and the internet, I’ve had a gradual creep of having more and more of my data in the cloud. I’m a long-term (aging?) Apple fan boy and have succumbed willingly to the ease of having my data accessible on any device anywhere. When learning about the Snowden…

What I learned at Open Cambodia

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I had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia last week to work closely with Allen Gunn (Gunner) and Misty Avila from Aspiration, running an event for the Open Institute called ‘Open Cambodia.’  We had over 100 participants from all over Cambodia, who were largely interested in using technology to support their advocacy efforts.  What was…

What I’ve Learned About Mapping Violence

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Grateful thanks to Heather Leson (@HeatherLeson) and Maya Ganesh (@mayameme) from Tactical Tech for their valuable insights and input into this blog post. I’m working with Eurasian Harm Reduction Network on a project addressing police violence against women who use drugs in Eastern Europe. The overall goal of this project is to empower an extremely…

The Listening Cycle, Part II

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The listening cycle series has been co-written by Jessica Steimer, who has been helping non-profits use social media more effectively as part of her work with Aspiration. Jess rocks! Find her on twitter @JSteim. You can also find a version of this article on the Aspiration Social Source Commons Blog. As we outlined in Part…

The Listening Cycle, Part I

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The listening cycle has been co-written by Jessica Steimer, who has been helping non-profits use social media more effectively as part of her work with Aspiration. Jess rocks! Find her on twitter @JSteim. You can also find a version of this article on the Aspiration Social Source Commons Blog. Social media has completely altered the…

Just Say ‘No’

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Last week I had the pleasure of facilitating the Open Knowledge Foundation‘s Staff Retreat. Marieke Guy has blogged about the retreat here. I was extremely impressed with the number of passionate, committed and talented people working for this organisation.  During the retreat, it emerged that many of the staff feel over-committed and were expressing a…

Working Together in 2014

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2013 was a great year for Fabriders, and how we are really looking forward to some great work in 2014. Fabriders opened it’s doors in mid 2012 and at the beginning of 2013 we were just starting to get rolling.  Looking back at this past year, we couldn’t have predicted that we would have the…

What I Learned at NPDev Summit 2013

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Aspiration’s NPDev Summit was remarkable this year on a number of fronts: most notably the participants were ready to share and absorb knowledge on equal measure, resulting in a dynamic agenda packed full of a wide range of topics and facilitators.  Also notable how the Aspiration team, Gunner, Jess, Jordan, Josh and Misty, were acting…