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September 02 2011


Net2 Local Organizers Revisited - Vancouver

For this post, we’re checking up again on Elijah van der Giessen, Vancouver’s NetSquared local organizer who runs the Net Tuesday meetups. He was featured as a Net2 Local Organizer in a spotlight interview in 2009.

The Vancouver Net Tuesday group has been busy since that interview connecting nonprofits with tech and communications resources for the last two years. They’ve covered topics like Event-based Fundraising, Online Video for Nonprofits, Applications of Location-Based Services and Culture and Diversity in Social Media. If you want to keep up to date on the group, be sure to check out their Facebook Page and follow their Twitter stream.

Net Tuesday has scheduled two upcoming sessions. In September learn How nonprofits win with word of mouth marketing. The presenter, Darren Barefoot, is famous all over the web and is the author, most recently, of Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook. October’s session is Redesigning Your Website? What You Need to Know - with Lauren Bacon. Lauren Bacon is a veteran web designer who co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio. Raised Eyebrow also runs a series of free webinars for nonprofits. These are just some examples of the resources and connections that this Net2 Local group is bringing to the nonprofit field.

In addition to organizing Vancouver’s Net Tuesday meetups, he has been volunteering with OpenMedia.ca. OpenMedia.ca is an organization that works to further a media communications system in Canada that adheres to the principles of access, choice, diversity, innovation and openness. He recently assisted the Vancouver Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter by facilitating a session to focus their social media strategy.

As a Net2 Local organizer concerned with the intersection of the social web and social change, Eli’s active on the local social tech scene that includes:

  • Web of Change, a community that brings together the “foremost thinkers and do-ers in social media, technology and social change” for a series of conferences.
  • Van ChangeCamp, Vancouver’s version of a ChangeCamp, creative face-to-face gatherings that are citizen-led, non-partisan and social web enabled.
  • Third Tuesday, the meetup for social media and online community building.
  • Mental Health Camp, a conference about mental health and social media. It will unfortunately not be held in 2011, but the organizers hope to bring it back for 2012.

On his blog you can see that Elijah still works for the David Suzuki Foundation, a leading environmental protection and advocacy group. (They’re hiring if you’re interested) Elijah is also involved in a number of other nonprofit projects and events. He’s consulting for Constructive Public Engagement, who’ve been involved with the Greenest City Camp and the Design Thinking unconference.

Eli has shared his expertise at the Social Media Marketing Unplugged meeting in Vancouver and Calgary as well as guest lecturing for BCIT’s Essentials of Fundraising course. This September he’ll be leading a workshop on word-of-mouth marketing using social media at the IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership in Guelph, Ontario.

If you want to get in touch with Eli, check out his entry on the Net2 Local Organizers page.

January 28 2011


Net Tuesday Vancouver March 1: Location-Based Services

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com

Have you recently “checked-in” or fought for “mayorship” at your favourite restaurant or retail location? With Facebook recently launching its Facebook Places and Foursquare partnering with (RED), location-based services are definitely one of the trending topics in social media right now.

The topic for March is location-based services and how organizations can leverage the technology for social-change. We’re still in the process of curating speakers, so if you know anyone who is knowledgeable about these topics, please let us know at melody.yy.ma@gmail.com

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Doors: 5:30pm
Duration: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova. Vancouver, BC

Special thanks to Melody Ma for volunteering to be this month’s event producer

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November 24 2010


Vancouver Net Tuesday December – Group Buying And tracking conversions in Google Analytics

Hey Net Tuesday Vancouver,

I’m thrilled to announce that the December Net Tuesday will feature a panel on group buying sites (like Groupon) and a case study demonstrating the use of conversion tracking in Google Analytics. It’s gonna be awesome, so please RSVP.

Date: Tuesday, December 7
Doors: 5:30pm
Duration: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue:  W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup

More information at http://www.NetTuesday.ca

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September 11 2010


Vancouver Net Tuesday September 2010: Email isn't dead yet!


 TOPIC: Email communications – still alive and kicking

It’s easy to get distracted by that new-fangled social media stuff (so shiny!), but the folks on the ground in non-profits know that the real action’s in email. That’s where you raise the funds to advance your mission. That’s how you get people to show up to events. That’s how you get petitions signed.

There’s plenty of life left in email communications, and learning how to test, optimize, and integrate email campaigns is (I reckon) the best investment you can make in the online space.

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August 06 2010


NetSquared Camp Vancouver's Internet Help Desk is live

Tap the wisdom of Vancouver’s experts in nonprofit technology and marketing at NetSquared Camp Vancouver on August 14, 2010.

NetSquared volunteer consultants will be staffing a desk and are available to answer any question in their field. Don’t miss the opportunity to pick their brains for free.

Internet Help Desk Consultants:

Location: SFU Harbour Centre Atrium

Time: 10:00 am – noon:

  • Ben Johnson, Union Gospel Mission:  Visualizing data
  • Jenny Silver, David Suzuki Foundation –  Customizing Facebook
  • Kate Trgovac, LintBucket Media – Optimizing social media profiles

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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