Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Net2 Camp 2015 Burkina Faso. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. I bet you made all sorts of grand New Year's resolutions for 2015. If you're like me, then you swore that this year, you're finally going to learn to use technology to make yourself more productive at work. Unless you're Superman, you're probably already struggling. Keeping resolutions is hard.

Keep your New Year's Resolution with NetSquared

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: LANCEMENT DES ACTIVITES NETSQUARED BURKINA FASO. Now I’m no Houdini, but I predict that your New Year’s resolutions are noble, high-minded stuff like “find a mentor” or “learn a new skill every month.” ” But following through on these plans can be difficult. We are, after all, in the second golden age of television ! Luckily for you NetSquared is here to keep you on track.

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One of GlobalGiving's "Mom Knows Best" projects like Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso or Fast Tracking Education for Women and Older Girls in Afghanistan. * If your mom is the kind of person who prefers a donation to a physical gift, below are a few ideas.

NetSquared: The Place for Free Nonprofit Tech Help

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to drink, laugh, and network with their peers? Well, there are! TechSoup's NetSquared is the world's largest volunteer-driven network of in-person nonprofit technology training and peer support events.

Events Roundup: NetSquared Loves You this February

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Social Media Surgery. Net2Local launches our first group in Burkina Faso with a NetSquared Camp. Every month NetSquared holds free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. With 50 groups in 20 countries there’s probably a Net2Local group near you (but if there isn’t we’d love to help you start a new meetup.) :-).

NetSquared's April Nonprofit Technology Meetups

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: April Meeting of local members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: May Meeting of local members. If you want to learn how nonprofits can use technology to advance their mission and generally be more effective and efficient TechSoup has got you covered with their blog and webinars. But many of us find that we learn better when we get into the same room with our peers to ask questions, gossip and build relationships.

April NetSquared Events in Your Community

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Meeting of local members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: April Meeting of local members. NetSquared’s global network of volunteers will be organizing more than 30 events this April in communities as diverse as Mukono, Uganda; Wellington, New Zealand; and Boston, USA.

Help a Friend Cross the Digital Divide

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of local members. You’re reading the TechSoup blog, so you’re probably already comfortable with using technology in your work. But there are millions of nonprofit staffers who aren't yet confident enough with digital tools and services to increase the impact of their work. In fact, you probably know a few of these beginners.

NetSquared Celebrates Progress and Looks Forward to 2015

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers connect nonprofits with local technology experts. Our volunteer-run events are live, free, and held monthly. The goal is to create strong, self-sufficient communities of nonprofit technology professionals (and accidental techies too!).

Nonprofit Technology Meetings In Your Community

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Second Meeting of local members. Every month NetSquared volunteers hold free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. With 50 groups in 20 countries there’s probably a Net2Local group near you (but if there isn’t we’d love to help you start a new meetup.) :-). Ever wanted to discover the art of transmedia? Or determine if Office 365 is right for your organization?

Help a Nonprofit Cross the Digital Divide This Summer

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. You're reading the TechSoup blog, so you're probably already comfortable with using technology in your work. But there are millions of nonprofit staffers who don't have the skills to use technology to do more good. In fact, you probably know a few of these beginners.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. Our mighty army of volunteers hosted over 500 free nonprofit technology trainings last year, and we're on track to reach even more organizers this year. You like numbers?

NetSquared Gets Down to Business This Summer

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of local members. Actually, that headline is a lie. NetSquared is taking it easy this summer! There are just twenty events scheduled for August, but we’re deep in planning mode for a HUGE fall. This September we’re holding our annual digital storytelling campaign (called Storymakers ) and in October we’ll be partnering with Microsoft on the Safer Internet data security and privacy project.

Is There a Community of #Tech4Good Activists Waiting for You?

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. TechSoup's NetSquared community of Tech4Good meetups is growing! As of January 25, there are 40,000 nonprofit members attending free tech networking events and workshops in 75 cities. So if you're looking to build your skills and find your fellow accidental techies, there's probably a group near you!

Getting Social with Your Local Nonprofit Tech Community

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Webinars are awesome, and so are blog posts. But there's a special magic that happens when we get face to face. That's why each month NetSquared organizers in 60 cities across the globe host networking events for the nonprofit tech community.

Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Here at TechSoup, we're big on stories. Effective storytelling means nonprofits can reach more people, touch more hearts, and create bigger impact. TechSoup's NetSquared meetups will bring local nonprofits free digital storytelling workshops in more than 40 cities between August and October.

Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings. but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events.

NetSquared Events for September: Featuring #Storymakers2014

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Storymakers is live! TechSoup’s digital storytelling challenge is open between now and September 26, 2014. Submit your digital video, five photographs, or a super-short story. We have $13,000 in prizes available! Looking for inspiration for your digital story? Join your local NetSquared group. They are holding digital storytelling events all month! No local group?

Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches September 5. We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our free events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community.

Meet Your Local NetSquared Organizer at #17NTC

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Modern Nonprofits Use the Cloud. NetSquared believes in the power of meeting face to face in physical space. Online learning is awesome (and TechSoup has got you covered ), but a special magic is created when we get together in the same room and start building relationships. That's why we're thrilled that NetSquared is joining TechSoup in having a strong presence at this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, DC.

Become a Storymaker with NetSquared

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of local members. Every month TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to over 50 cities. If you want to network with your peers or love to learn at live, in-person events NetSquared is the place for you! Starting on August 26th NetSquared organizers are holding digital storytelling events as part of the Storymakers campaign.

Conquering a Cruel Continent for a Cause

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The Sahel Desert in Burkina Faso (a desert that is both hot and humid). What would motivate you to run 150 miles across hottest, driest, windiest, coldest, and sandiest places on Earth? At the end of every day, your legs would be like rubber, and you'd be completely and utterly exhausted. But then you'd have to get up the next day and run another 25 miles (or more). Would you do it for charity? TechSoup Global's vice president for Africa David Barnard did. Six times.

NetSquared in May: Get Face-to-Face with Your Nonprofit Peers

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: May Meeting of local members. NetSquared’s core objective is to get nonprofit techies and activists together in the same room. There’s a special magic that happens when we get face-to-face. Relationships are formed, projects are started, and we feel less alone in what can sometimes be a challenging job.

Net2Local November Event Preview

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? It’s time to get face-to-face with your nonprofit tech friends! Net2Local is a project of TechSoup Global that invites activists, techies, nonprofits and the social good community together to meet monthly in 50 cities around the world. Our goal is to help each other solve our tech challenges, find a tribe of people who share our passions, and have a ridiculously good time while we’re at it!

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season. More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of Giving Tuesday (on November 28 this year) makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared group is here to help with free, in-person events being held across the U.S. and the globe.

Together We're Stronger: NetSquared in June

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of local members. Webinars are awesome, and so are blog posts. But there’s a special magic that happens when we get face-to-face, which is why each month NetSquared organizers in 50 cities across the globe host workshops and socials for the nonprofit tech community.

Free In-Person Events for Nonprofit Techies

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who's interested in using technology for social change. Every month, our meetup leaders host free in-person events in 60 cities. Find your closest group or apply to start a new group.

Your NetSquared Holiday Gift!

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Deuxième Rencontre NetSquared Burkina. NetSquared holds free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to learn more about using technology for social good. Our events are powered by a global network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, self sufficient local communities of nonprofit technology practitioners.

Net2Local: Year-End Revelations

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In the new year we’re planning on supporting organizers in holding unconferences and workshops in Burkina Faso, Australia, Canada, Guatemala, the United Kingdom and the United States. Net2Local, TechSoup Global’s grassroots #nptech community-building initiative has almost reached the end of 2013. What did we do? Read on for our review of the last six months. There will be gossip, numbers and a few bad jokes along the way to keep you from getting drowsy.

Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. October is here, which means we can't ignore the fact that fall has arrived. The weather's getting cooler (except for our friends in Los Angeles!), and the leaves are starting to change color. But don't be afraid — huddle up for warmth and knowledge with your nonprofit tech friends at a local Tech4Good meetup. Our volunteer community leaders are holding free events across the US (and the globe).

The Deep Learning When Nonprofit Techies Get Together

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. (Please visit the site to view this video). NetSquared DC's Roshani Kothari on why she loves NetSquared. I've just returned from the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin and I'm pumped! I had the chance to connect with more than 25 NetSquared organizers during the week, and that face-to-face time was a powerful reminder of the deep learning that happens when nonprofit techies get together in a room.

NetSquared Events to Cure Your Social Media Ailments

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. NetSquared events come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all! The exact format isn't important, as long as we are consistently gathering the nonprofit and tech communities together so that they can learn from each other. However, our organizers are currently very keen on social media surgeries.

Your Local Tech4Good Club Is Ready to Help

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Every month I bring you a roundup of free technology training events that will help nonprofit staffers like you build their skills. But maybe you're skeptical and you're wondering: "How can a free event organized by a volunteer be any good?" " That's why TechSoup invests in developing the best practices of our NetSquared network.

Green Technology Summit Heads to Europe (and It's Kind Of a Big Deal)

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Since 2005, the organization has sent more than 17,000 computers and mobile phones to schools, small businesses, and NGOs in Burkina Faso, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Madagascar, and Niger. It's been 12 years since our own Jim Lynch teamed up with Willie Cade at PC Refurbishers and Recyclers to start the very first International Computer Refurbishers Summit (ICRS).

Learn Nonprofit Tech Skills at a NetSquared Meetup

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Tics et Violences. Every month NetSquared volunteers hold free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good. With 50 groups in 20 countries, there's probably a NetSquared group near you (but if there isn't, we'd love to help you start a new meetup ). :-). Ever wanted to use open data in support of your advocacy campaigns? Or learn how to use Excel better?

Supporting Nonprofit Tech Educators Across the Globe

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Here's your monthly roundup of free in-person #Tech4Good events. But first I'm going to show off on behalf of our NetSquared organizers. I have the very best job at TechSoup — I get to support our network of nonprofit technology event organizers.

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What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably encountered one of my twice-monthly roundups of nonprofit tech meetups. But perhaps you're leery about attending an event because you're not quite sure what it will be like. Describing NetSquared events is difficult, because each one focuses on a different topic and has a unique flavor set by the organizing team.

Your #NPtech Community Calendar for July

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Have you ever thought about hosting nonprofit technology events in your community? You should, because it's awesome fun. Not only will you be contributing your skills to local nonprofits, you'll also be building your reputation and connecting with your tribe. NetSquared is here to help you along the way with everything from slide templates to planning checklists. Not sure if hosting a NetSquared group is for you?

Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. TechSoup's NetSquared community is hosting free monthly technology meetups in 74 cities globally, but with more than 39,000 members, it can be hard to get a sense of the community's needs. That's why we do an annual survey of our members — because our local volunteers are always striving to figure out how they can help your nonprofit use technology to do more good. Why Are You a NetSquared Member?

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Keeping Your 2016 Resolutions with NetSquared's Free Workshops

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Now, I'm no Houdini, but I predict that your New Year's resolutions are noble, high-minded stuff like "find a mentor" or "learn a new skill every month." " But following through on these plans can be difficult because life is unpredictable and complicated. Luckily for you, NetSquared is here to keep you on track.

A NetSquared Happy Holidays

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. NetSquared holds free or low-cost educational events for people and organizations who want to learn more about using technology for social good. Our events are powered by a global network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, self-sufficient, local communities of nonprofit technology practitioners.

TechSoup French Partner Leads the Way to Sustainable Tech

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In partnership with Orange France and Emmaus International, Clic Vert has developed electronics recycling and refurbishment workshops in Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Madagascar, and Togo to organize the collection and repair of used mobile phones. There are very few charities I've come across that are as wide-ranging in their tech-for-good work as our French TechSoup Global partner, Ateliers du Bocage (ADB).

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Technology helps nonprofits deliver on our missions more effectively, but it can also be fiendishly complicated. Sometimes the best way to get started with a new tool is to have a guide sitting next to you giving directions. That's why TechSoup supports a global network of tech trainers called NetSquared. Each month, more than 70 groups hold free events in 24 countries.