#NPTechChat: How Data Is Fueling Social Change

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#nptechchat Data graphic Join @TechSoup, @Datakind and @plus_socialgood for the June #NPTechChat chat on how data is fueling social change. A TechSoup Global project, #NPTechChat is a new monthly Twitter-chat series for social change activists that’s focused on reducing barriers and increasing impact using technology around the globe. Thanks to our marketing sponsor, +Social Good.


Data is a tremendously powerful resource with the potential to move the needle on tough humanitarian challenges. The same algorithms and techniques that help companies boost profits can help social change organizations increase their impact. However, many organizations aren’t taking full advantage. Go beyond using data for simple counting and reporting – use it to change the world!

Learn how data science can help your organization improve its decision-making and advance your mission. Come ready to ask questions and share how you’re using data to make an impact!

Join us for this live Twitter chat on June 30, 2015 at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST.

Tune in by following along at #NPTechChat.

Join the conversation on:

  • What is the #Data4Good movement all about?
    • What are the best examples? What is working and where are there opportunities?
  • What does data mean to you? Let’s de-mystify some terms – data, data science, #BigData oh my!
    • What is data science exactly?
  • Why is data such a powerful resource for social change organizations?
  • What are your favorite stories of organizations using #data4good to maximize their impact?
  • What are the obstacles and challenges of applying to data science to social issues in the real world?
    • Let’s discuss a data headache you’re currently facing!
    • Privacy, data ethics, access to open data.
  • What resources exist to help organizations get started on their data journey?
    • Tools, resources, other data communities

  Participants will include:

  • Serving 127 countries, TechSoup Global is an international network of 62 NGOs that leverages technology to build nonprofit capacity and help solve social problems locally and globally. @TechSoup
    • Chris Worman, Senior Director, Global Media, TechSoup @ChrisWorman
    • Sheila Warren, VP Strategic Alliances, General Counsel, NGOsource/Techsoup Global. @sheila_warren
    • Dara Westling, VP, Alliances and Global Media, TechSoup, @darawestling
    • Paul van Haver, VP, Global Data Services, TechSoup, @pvanhaver
    • Lewis Haidt, Senior Online Community and Social Media Manager, @lewisha
  • DataKind is a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity by engaging social change organizations and data scientists on projects designed to address critical social issues. Launched in 2011, DataKind is headquartered in New York City and has Chapters in Bangalore, Dublin, San Francisco, Singapore, the UK and Washington DC.
    • Jake Porway, Executive Director and Founder @JakePorway
    • Jeanne Brooks, Director of Global Communities @jmfbrooks
  • +SocialGood has over 40,000 fans, followers, and members, representing over 140 countries. It’s an international community where digital innovators, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, change makers, and global citizens come together to share world-changing ideas and catalyze action. The online community platform empowers the new, connected generation to work together to find, develop, share, and advocate for solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. @plus_socialgood

Twitter: @TechSoup @DataKind @plus_socialgood. Facebook: TechSoup, DataKind, +SocialGood.

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