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April 30 2012


NetSquared Camp 2012: The Story

The Net Tuesday Vancouver team got bored.

To keep from getting into trouble with the cops we've had to find ourselves a hobby.

After examining our options (rollerblading! stamp collecting! cricket!) we decided that our new hobby should be hosting unconferences, because what's more fun than gathering 75 of our best friends together to chat about how we can use this new-fangled internet thing to do good in the world?

And so NetSquared Camp 2012 was born!

Click here to read the story.

(Pictures! Videos! Links! Tweets! Gossip!)


January 20 2012


Vancouver meetup: Network organizations create better online campaigns

Net Tuesday is proud to have Communicopia's Jason Mogus presenting at our February 7 meetup. NOTE: We expect this event to be very popular, so registration is capped. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

RSVP on Meetup.com

There has been a sea change recently creating new models for how social change organizations (or start up businesses) structure themselves to accomplish a social good. Network organizations, typically those "born after the Internet", are smaller, nimble, less hierarchical, highly collaborative and deeply social by nature. Their leadership, culture, structure, programs, and outcomes are often quite different from those of traditionally structured NGO's.

As these structures are more aligned with the fundamental organizing principles of the web, done right this enables these organizations to punch far above their weight online. In this session we will discuss:

  • the differences between network orgs and more traditional NGO's
  • why network orgs are an adaptation to the unique challenges and opportunities of our times
  • why traditional NGO's struggle with managing digital innovation
  • why network orgs create better online campaigns - including many examples!
  • some fundamental principles of network centric campaigns

Come with your own examples and expect a fulsome discussion on the benefits and limitations of this controversial hypothesis.

RSVP on Meetup.com

W2 Media Cafe
111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Doors at 5:30 PM
Starts at 6:00 PM
Wraps at 7:30 PM

Jason Mogus is the principal strategist of Communicopia, a Gastown based firm that has been leading transformative digital projects for social change institutions since 1993. Jason has worked with some highly successful network orgs, including the TckTckTck climate coalition, Nothing But Nets campaign, and Web of Change, as well as for many large NGO's, governments, and sustainable businesses both locally and globally. For a full bio: http://communicopia.com/company/jason-mogus

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Learn more about Net Tuesday Vancouver meetups on our blog.

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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.

September 18 2010


Net Tuesday Vancouver - September event notes on email service providers

 Thanks to everyone who came out to the Net Tuesday September event focusing on email marketing and fundraising. Your insightful questions were what made it all possible.

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