NetSquared Camps in Canada are moving east... first in Vancouver, now in Toronto!

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You can’t change the world alone - you need to work with donors, funders, volunteers, advocates, media and many others to achieve your cause. So how can you best use technology to manage, collaborate with and engage these networks?

This year Toronto Net Tuesday is doing something new... we're hosting our first ever NetSquared Camp Toronto on Friday October 12, 2012. The Camp will be an opportunity to gain valuable insights and connect with experts and peers. Keep reading to find out more about what we're doing with this camp. If you're in the area and would like to attend, learn more and RSVP!


What’s it about?

Technology is always changing and as a nonprofit, you may find that it’s hard to stay up to date and find the best ways to use technology in your work. The good news is, you’re not alone! NetSquared Camp is an opportunity to learn from experts in the field and your peers - and to share your own experience and insights.

Our theme for this event is “Building & Engaging our Networks” - because it’s only by working with supporters and other nonprofits that we will get the momentum and knowledge needed to succeed. We’ll focus on how technology such as CRM (Constituent Relationship Management - i.e. a database for tracking your supporters), social media, email and cloud collaboration tools can help our organizations to achieve these goals.

NetSquared Camp is a full day of design-your-own sessions and expert sessions on topics related to the theme. Our goal is to create a space for honest, practical discussions around how nonprofits can use technology. We have designed the camp to provide lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and networking, so you’ll walk away with new ideas and new contacts.

Like  Toronto Net Tuesday, our monthly event, this camp is for nonprofits, charities, social enterprises, communications specialists, designers, developers, nonprofit consultants, advocacy groups, and anyone else who wants to contribute to the discussion on using technology for social good.


How does it work?

NetSquared Camp Toronto isn’t your average conference. You’ll see a mix of:

Design-your-own sessions - these sessions will be determined on the day of the event, and anyone (including you!) can host or co-host a session. It could be:

  • a discussion on a topic you want to learn about
  • a demo of a tool you’ve found helpful and how you used it
  • an informal presentation on a topic you are knowledgeable about
  • a debate on a contentious issue

Expert sessions - learn new tactics and strategies and see demos from experts in the field, and ask questions. There will be sessions on topics such as:

  • How to identify your CRM needs
  • Dealing with negativity in online communities
  • Lessons learned from CRM implementations
  • Using Twitter to build relationships
  • Finding online tools that fit your needs

Once you’ve registered, you can share your ideas for sessions you’d like to host or topics you’d like to learn about. See the list of session proposals  so you can find out what’s in the works, collaborate with other participants and add your own.

If you can't make it, you can still see what comes out of this event by checking back in on the NetSquared Camp Toronto wiki