Last night, Tomilyn and I attended the NetSquared Greater Seattle (N2GS) 2012 Big Wins. We were excited to hear about some of the most exciting nonprofit technology moments of last year from an equally exciting panel: Joe Mirabella from allout.org, Kevin Espirito from Microsoft and Susan Elderkin from Washington Trails Association.
– Discussed how the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship works to serve communities and help people. Microsoft encourages their employees to engage in their communities by volunteering their time or donating their money. We love any company that encourages community engagement – woo hoo!
– Introduced the Local Impact Map – a great way to explore the positive impacts of local programs promoted and supported by Microsoft around the world. People can access this map to view impact stories through videos and pictures, instead of just text. We thought this was a fantastic way to get people connected worldwide.
– WTA dreams of a community of hikers (and all trail lovers) that want to contribute to the current body of information and connect with others in the community. Their way of keeping people connected is by encouraging hikers to upload photos, blogs, comments, etc.
– Mentioned a struggle of how to get people living outside of the Seattle/Puget Sound area to interact. Susan mentioned such great success in email open rates and membership, we’re confident WTA will have no problem finding a solution!
– One of his best words of advice: elevate individual stories to the spotlight and hearts and minds will start to change.
– allout.org mobilizes support of gay rights globally, and Joe discussed how there is a need to be able to work with people that may not have a phone, as well as have the option to be able to text to sign a petition. Working internationally can be difficult – but it sure is worth it.
Needless to say, we had a blast learning about how different technologies helped these 3 organizations in 2012. Interested in learning more about how N2GS can help – or just a do-gooder techie? Join N2GS for their next Meetup on March 6. Details to follow on their Facebook!
Also, big thank you to Fremont Brewing Company, who graciously donated tasty Universal Pale Ale!