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Using Video to Tell Your Stories

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When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Where: HiVE Vancouver, #210 – 128 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC.

Video is taking over the internet. Fast. Nonprofits need to get in front of this trend now. Video can be complicated and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.

Join Net Tuesday this May for a licorice allsorts bag of video treats.

  1. Top three nonprofit videos – what makes them awesome?Siobhan Aspinall will share the sweetest nonprofit videos and lead a discussion of why they’re successful. This is video that will melt your face with its philanthropic awesomeness.
  2. Popcorn Maker – annotating your videosDo you remember Pop Up Video, the snarky series that overlayed commentary on top of your favorite music videos? Well Mozilla has created a free tool that allows you to remix any video on the internet. Join Eli van der Giessen for a live demo.
  3. Animoto – turning your photos into videosSo your project or event is over – now it’s time to report back to your sponsors and supporters. Now you could send them to a photo gallery, but what if we told you that you could easily create a mind-blowing event video from your photos or slides automagically? Tiva Quinn will show you how – in real-time!

RSVP on Meetup.com

When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Where: HiVE Vancouver, #210 – 128 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC.


Source: getelastic.com via Juan Carlos on Pinterest

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm: schmoozing and snacks
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Demos from presenters
  • 7:00 – 7:30 pm: Q&A

Our presenters

Siobhan Aspinall

Siobhan Aspinall 200x200Siobhan has been fundraising for over 12 years for non-profit organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the David Suzuki Foundation and Junior Achievement. She teaches fundraising at BCIT and is the coordinator of their two non-profit programs. She volunteers as a board member for Options for Sexual Health and in her spare time, likes to blog about fundraising and hit the surf in Tofino.

You can follow her on Twitter at @SiobhanAspinall or connect with her on LinkedIn.




Tiva Quinn

2013-Tiva-thumb2Tiva makes “explainer videos” – short animated videos that use visual metaphors to help people see the benefits of a complex product or service. Tiva has over 10 years experience as a storyteller for social change, and has written proposals that raised over $20 million for non-profits in Canada and the US.

Find her at Onwords Consulting or on Twitter at @TivaWrites




Elijah van der Giessen

Eli with hat 200x200Eli strives to be a connector – the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.

Currently he’s the NetSquared Local Community Curator supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year. He blogs infrequently at vandergiessen.ca and tweets at @elijah

Our sponsor

Net Tuesday is thrilled to have HiVE Vancouver as our venue sponsor.

HiVe Vancouver is a shared workspace with a dynamic cafe-like studio culture. They are home to artists, designers, small social enterprises, mid-size NGOs, green businesses, IT experts, self employed, start ups, independent contractors… and you?


Net Tuesday

  • #ntvan
  • @NetTuesday


  • #Net2
  • @NetSquared


  • @TivaWrites
  • @Siobhan Aspinall
  • @elijah

[meetup] My digital toolkit with Ben Johnson – November 6 2012

How do you launch half a dozen corporate websites, send dozens of eblasts, direct mailings and newsletters to raise millions without an office (or employees). Ben Johnson goes through his favourite tools for project management, testing, databases, email service providers to show how you can scale your work to be a digital-first organization.

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When: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM
Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC

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ABOUT BEN JOHNSON Benjamin Johnson Ben is the Managing Director of Frontier Consulting. His background includes founding a startup to promote micro-volunteering to altruistic tech-savvy Millenials right out of university, later holding marketing positions with Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver and Island Savings in Victoria, picking up his CMA designation on the way. Ben lives in Victoria and has been tackling the responsibilities of fatherhood for over three years now. You can find Ben on Twitter at @mrbenjohnson.

Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2012-2013 season.

They do cool things. Check them out!

Net Tuesday: Flexing Facebook’s Civic Muscles with Susanna Haas Lyons


Meetup.com OR Facebook


W2 Media Cafe

111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

  • Doors at 5:30 PM
  • Starts at 6:00 PM
  • Wraps at 7:30 PM (but stay for drinks!)

Suggested donation
$5.00 at the door

Governments around the world are experimenting with social media as a site of civic engagement. Online public participation is a young field however, and little is known about the benefits or limitations of these projects. Key issues that must be considered include anonymity, privacy, government activity in privately operated spaces, demographic diversity, delineating between crowd-appropriate and expert-appropriate tasks, community building and more.

Vancouver was recently the home of an innovative Facebook based public conversation. Hundreds of Vancouver residents and commuters participated in a July 2011 Facebook conversation about the City of Vancouver’ Transportation Plan. Using a uniquely developed Facebook app, this ground breaking social media conversation asked Vancouverites to share their own commuting stories, learn about key issues, propose transportation recommendations to the City. This project was both an innovative engagement exercise in partnership with the City of Vancouver and it was the focus of Susanna Haas Lyons’s masters thesis research with the University of British Columbia.

The City has already written a response to recommendations resulting from the conversation, and these ideas will be considered for integration into the City’s draft transportation plan. Results of the research are emerging.


Susanna Haas Lyons is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, Susanna has worked on some of North America’s largest and most complex citizen engagement projects. Currently, Susanna is researching collaborative policy development, with a focus in digital engagement practices, at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability. She is also a senior network associate with AmericaSpeaks, a global leader in large-scale public participation. Previously, Susanna was project coordinator with the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Mohn Prize. She holds a certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation, and is an advisor to the Alberta Climate Dialogue project.


Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2011-12 season. They do cool things. Check them out!


How nonprofits win with word of mouth marketing with Darren Barefoot

Photo: "Scott Beale / Laughing Squid"

How nonprofits win with word of mouth marketing with Darren Barefoot

with Darren Barefoot


Meetup.com or Facebook

If you only engage in ordinary outreach activities – petition asks,
email marketing and Google AdWord buys – you won’t get noticed in a busy landscape where every nonprofit is vying for attention and support. Why? When everyone does the same thing, no one organization shines.

Truly remarkable organizations get their marketing done for them – for free – by their most excited, committed, passionate and devoted fans. They earn it by providing exceptional member experiences, by being unique, bold and creative. Word-of-mouth isn’t just about one-off gimmicks or “viral” campaigns. It’s an overall approach to movement building based on a new online reality where everyday people have become the most powerful marketing department on the planet.

In this session, we’ll discuss how nonprofits and charities are creating
remarkable online campaigns based on the theory and philosophy of
movement marketing. You’ll learn from experienced practitioners how to augment limited budgets with creativity and technology that will help your nonprofit get talked about.

DATE: Tuesday, September 6
W2 Woodwards
#250 – 111 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC


Meetup.com or Facebook

Darren Barefoot is internet famous. He has an honest-to-goodness wikipedia page.

He likes to play on the internet. He’s tweeted more than 17,444 times and it has been suggested that he’s Reddit’s biggest booster. Plus he’s co-written several books, the latest of which is Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook.

For the official bio: http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/about.php


The venue is generously provided by W2 Community Media Arts. They’re lovely!

Net Tuesday July 5 – Managing volunteers with software and soft skills

Volunteers are awesome. So the July 5 Net Tuesday is gonna focus on volunteer coordination.

Volunteers are awesome, but the relationship between a nonprofit and a volunteer can be tricky.

VOLUNTEERS: Maybe the nonprofit never got back to you? Maybe the job they offered kinda sucked?

VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS: Are your volunteers creating a ridiculous pile of administrative paperwork and overhead? Can you find volunteers with the right skills? Why is this so hard?

Net Tuesday can’t solve all your volunteer-related challenges. We aren’t MAGIC.
But we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves that might help. Check this out:

DATE: Tuesday, July 5
TIME: Doors and (cash bar) booze at 5:30pm, Speakers at 6:00pm, Ends at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Pull Focus film school. 306 Abbott St (upstairs)

On Meetup or Facebook


ITEM: Volunteers for Salesforce

Elijah van der Giessen (Net Tuesday and David Suzuki Foundation) gives a demo of a free (for charities) application that helps manage volunteers and their hours, and creates forms to allow volunteer and job signup on your website.

Learn more:
An overview of the software: http://groundwire.org/labs/volunteers-for-salesforce
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZm7osRj3lY
21 volunteer management systems compared: http://www.idealware.org/volunteer_management
Do you need an integrated database? http://www.idealware.org/tips/tracking_volunteers

But technology can’t solve your problems. It just makes you more efficient!

The secret to a strong relationship is a hot three-way. Sweet love betwen you, the volunteer AND the organization. Sound tricky? Sometimes it can be. That’s why Net Tuesday is bringing in Trina Isakson, a consultant with both professional and academic expertise in volunteers.

ITEM: Trina Isakson on how technology can help or hinder effective volunteer engagement

Trina Isakson recently completed masters research that examines effective leadership of volunteers, and is excited to discuss how technology can help or hinder good volunteer engagement. She is passionate about non-profit capacity, engaged citizenship, community development and education. Through volunteer activities and consulting and training work with 27 Shift, she helps non-profit organizations and universities strategically engage their next generation of employees, volunteers and donors.

Says Trina:

For the research, I interviewed a series of nonprofit staff/board members who had been identified as effectively engaging volunteers. None of the orgs had any problems (or even made much effort) recruiting volunteers, and more likely had to restrict the number of volunteers.

While the final results of my paper focused on leadership, the themes that arose from analyzing the interview transcripts I think are most interesting. Examples include:

  • volunteers were seen as peers and professionals, not subordinates
  • volunteer engagement was seen as everyone’s role in the organiztion (i.e. not just for a ‘volunteer coordinator’)
  • the organizations and individuals had a strong culture of learning and change
  • while they had volunteers that had to leave their roles/didn’t show to meetings etc., interviewees accepted this as a reality of the volunteers’ busy lives and adapted their volunteer engagement practices/scheduling to plan for this


They’re giving the event a home, and allow the meetup to be free. Plus they make awesome videos.
Pull Focus Film School
On Facebook and Twitter!

306 Abbott St (near Cordova)
Vancouver, BC V6B 2K9

See you on Tuesday!

Net Tuesday Vancouver

Net Tuesday April 5: Tips in Social Media Outreach in Culturally Diverse Communities

Social media has opened up an entirely new way for various ethno-cultural communities to connect and share their experiences that affect them. Through a panel discussion, we’ll hear relevant success stories from social media experts and also explore the commonalities and differences among the various communities using social media. We’ll also look at the way diverse communities consume social media (online vs mobile, for example) and what that means for the future. Come learn and share your experiences with us in this very unique session.

Tentative Schedule
630-7pm – people start coming to event
705-715pm – introductions
715-815pm – panel discussion
8-845pm – open dialogue (unconference format)
845-9pm – networking

Vancouver Public Library

Image via Wikipedia

Date: Tuesday, April 5
Location: Vancouver Public Library downtown branch


Background via @KetyE / Huffington Post

Special thanks to Ajay Puri and the Vancouver Public Library for producing this event with Net Tuesday.

Net Tuesday September 2010 – email communication isn’t dead yet

TOPIC: Email communications – not dead yet!

Join a panel of  experts from Vancouver’s nonprofit community as they discuss the value of email to their organizations, how they manage and grow their lists, and how they test and measure their campaigns so that they’re constantly improving.

DATE: Tuesday, September 14
TIME: 5:30 – 8:00pm
LOCATION: W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova, Vancouver, BC

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