We created The Digital Nonprofit conference because after 10 years of meetups our members asked us for an event that was more “boss friendly”. A place where we could talk about digital strategy and transformation, not just practical hands-on technology implementation. But we didn’t anticipate the hunger for a community-driven #Tech4Good conference. Even as we grew from 80 attendees to 225 we’ve continued to sell out every year. So thank you for your support! It means so much because as volunteers your encouragement is what motivates us to keep going!
The expert presenters have generously allowed us to share their slides – and we professionally recorded half the sessions, with the other half available through recorded livestream video.
Conferences don’t happen without a crew. We are grateful to our volunteers for running the show. We are in debt to the presenters who contributed their expertise. And we can’t thank the sponsors who underwrote the event enough, since they enabled us to create an accessible event for you, our #Tech4Good community.
Our sponsors are investing in our community because they share our conviction that nonprofits need the power of technology to do more good. Give them your attention and $$!
See Jason Mogus at The Digital Nonprofit conference on June 11. Tix on sale now!
The state of digital teams inside our nonprofits often reflects deeper issues of culture and structure and how well adapted our institutions are to today’s communications landscape. So what’s going on with digital teams today? What team structures, roles, and behaviours are producing the best outcomes? Are we getting better at cross-silo and cross-channel communications? Are we set up to really deliver on the promise of digital engagement?
Jason Mogus has been a digital structure geek for two decades, and his firm recently released their 3rd report on Nonprofit Digital Teams. He will share highlights from the report, trends over time, and war stories working inside institutions of all shapes and sizes. Then you’ll get a chance to solve for digital structure issues at your organization in real time!
Key takeaways from the 2018 Digital Teams Report include:
When digital leads, we win. Having digital leaders on senior management teams and shaping new campaigns and initiatives is now proven to lead to more successful digital programs
Is engagement just a word? The vast majority of respondents don’t measure engagement and lack dedicated staff + budget to lead it, showing engagement is still more of a concept than a deeply valued reality
Distributed digital skills leads to better programs. We found teams with the highest performance digital programs are overwhelmingly using the hybrid team structure model
We still struggle with structure. Three-quarters of teams have been re-structured in the past 3 years, yet only 10% find their structure to be highly effective. That’s a lot of painful change leading to uncertain results
Covering topics ranging from where digital teams now live, today’s key roles, shifts in team structures, sources of cross-departmental tension, and how we develop digital leaders, we offer an insight for each data point, and include four recommendations for helping our organizations become more effective by building better digital teams.
Digital transformation is all fun and games… until it isn’t! Rob Cottingham, co-founder of the very first social media agency, shares lessons learned at The Digital Nonprofit conference.
… or “Sorry for breaking your nonprofit”
Digital transformation sure sounds like fun… the same way bathroom renovations do. Then you start finding black mold and structural damage, and before you know it your place is stripped down to the studs and you’re booking a three-month stay in a Motel 6. Rob kicks off the afternoon with a bracing look at what we’ve let ourselves in for — as well as the surprising upsides of disruption.
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Rob Cottingham is Canada’s leading progressive speechwriter, presentation coach and leadership communications strategist. He’s the cofounder of Social Signal, the world’s oldest social media agency, where he worked closely with a wide range of nonprofits. Rob draws the Noise to Signal cartoon on life, work and business in an online world, and performs as a standup comic wherever there’s a stage and a mic.
How do you attract tech-literate talent? The competition for talent continues to grow, and while some nonprofits only use dollars as their competitive advantage, savvy organizations are turning towards attraction and retention strategies that individuals really want: work autonomy, location-independence and mobility. But, it’s not as simple as unplugging. Learn the key elements (and debunk the myths) to creating a remote-friendly employee culture.
Crystal Henrickson, CPCC, ACC Career and Leadership Coach, Talent Collective
Certified leadership + career coach and culture engagement strategist, Crystal works with new and seasoned leaders to develop engaged employee experiences. Scaling teams, developing leadership communication skills, mapping out professional development plans, and designing distributed and remote workplace solutions, are supported by her professional experiences in community building, marketing, sales, social media engagement, recruitment, distributed + localized team management.
Crystal has had the opportunity to drive talent, culture, marketing and community strategies at over 30 technology-focused companies like Yelp, Chimp, Invoke and Spring. Crystal is a location independent business owner and when not working, can be found in her garden, surrounded by a family of ducks, hens and a goose named Veruca.