Some Reflections About Civil Society 2.0 and Why I’m Not On A Plane To Tunisia Right Now

Beth Kanter

The post I had originally planned to publish before leaving on a plane for Tunis, Tunisia was going to be all The Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) , funded through the U.S. Many of you know that I have had the honor of working with IIE on some amazing Networked NGO and social media skills capacity building and train the trainer projects in the Middle East over the last 2-3 years.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. Training is only valuable if participants apply what they learn.


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E-Mediat: Social Media Capacity Building for NGOs in the Arab World

Beth Kanter

That’s one of my favorite photos from Beirut, taken in March, 2011 during E-Mediat Train-the-Trainers intensive workshop that kicked off the 18-month capacity building project for NGOs in the Arab World about using social media to realize civil society goals. I’m sitting next to my colleague, Lena, a master trainer from Yemen – engaging in a some shoulder to shoulder learning. The bootcamps will be an opportunity for the ngos they trained to meet and share knowledge.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Beth Kanter

” I first used this exercise in 2011 in Lebanon to kick off E-Mediat project that brought trainers and capacity builders from 5 countries in the Middle East to be trained on curriculum based on my book, the Networked Nonprofit , and interactive training techniques. In this case, I used the exercise to help the teams from Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan see a visualization of their collective expertise. Network Map Networks Training Design

Trainer’s Notebook: The Art of Good Openings and Closings

Beth Kanter

One thing I have learned working mostly outside of the US is to start a training by honoring a local tradition. I used it for my master class at Connecting Up in Australia as I have used it for almost every training I’ve done over the past twenty years. Here’s how it works. Effective training is not about stuffing content down people’s throats, but giving them an opportunity to digest it. This is an exercise I used in Tunisia. Training Design

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter

After facilitating the two-day E-mediat Networking Conference, “New Media for the Networked NGO” in Jordan at the Dead Sea last week, I flew 2,000 miles west to Fez, Morocco to facilitate and keynote a second two-day conference for NGOs from Tunisia and Morocco that had successfully completed the e-mediat program in their countries, Morocco and Tunsia. See the above video, created by team in Tunisia, which summarizes the program.) Group Photo with Certificates.

E-Mediat: Day 2 – The Networked NGO in the Arab World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m the lead for Zoetica where my role is to deliver training, advise on the curriculum and coaching methods, model transparency, and serve as meta network weaver. I have the honor of co-training with some of the best folks doing work in this part of the world. We spent Day 2 of the E-Mediat Train the Trainer sessions on “ Translating The Networked NGO in the Arab World.&#

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What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m leaving on Friday to travel to Beirut as part of the eight-day Train the Trainers component of the E-Mediat project. The first day of training is this Sunday and we’ll be covering networked approaches for NGOs and social media trainers. The participants include in-country teams from six different countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Beth Kanter

Al-Mallahi, Training Coordinator, @dalmallahi. Mona Messlmany, Training Coordinator, Lebanon, @MonaSul. Chema Gargouri, Country Director, Tunisia, @chemagarcat. March 8, International Women’s Day , marks an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Participants at FFL Training Doing Content Strategy Brainstorm. Note from Beth: By the time you read this post, I will be in the USA from doing a training in Tunisia for NGOs and trainers who will deliver training to women entrepreneurs as part of the WES program and also improve their NGO’s use of social media.

International Human Rights Day 2011

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We have witnessed thousands of people taking to the streets to demand fundamental human rights and social justice; ordinary citizens turning into activists by using social media to mobilize protest movements that brought repressive governments to an end; and dramatic changes transpiring – like Tunisia’s first elections, or the encouraging signs of progress in Burma.

E-Mediat Networking Conference at the Dead Sea, Jordan

Beth Kanter

” The conference marked the end of an 18-month capacity building program that trained more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on how to use social media effectively to advance civil society. 12 training centers have been established. ” I told her that I was honored to meet her, to be in her country at the Dead Sea, and train NGOs to use social media to make the world a better place.

E-Mediat Day 4: What does it mean to be a social media trainer?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m the lead for Zoetica where my role is to deliver training, advise on the curriculum and coaching methods, model transparency, and serve as meta network weaver. I have the honor of co-training with some of the best folks doing work in this part of the world. (Here’s the posts from Day 1 and Day 2 ). Day 4 of the Train the Trainers E-Mediat was designed and facilitated by the capable SMEXbeirut Team – including Jessica Dheere , Mohamad Najem , and Naeema Zarif.

E-Mediat Day 1: A Networked Mindset To Capacity Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m the lead for Zoetica where my role is to deliver training, advise on the curriculum and coaching methods, model transparency, and serve as meta network weaver. I have the honor of co-training with some of the best folks doing work in this part of the world. Today in Beirut there were peaceful protests , but in another part of the city the E-Mediat project participants gathered for the first day of the Train the Trainers eight-day workshop. Photo by @sdarine.

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Getting Started Again (After A Break)

Beth Kanter

And, by the time this post is published, I will be on a plane somewhere between Paris and Tunis. This first week of the new year, I will doing a week of training for NGOs and trainers in Tunisia for the Women’s Economic Sustainability Tunisia project with colleague Stephanie Rudat. That’s Hank, a dog that belongs to Ryann Miller from Care2 Network. He’s one of many four-legged and fine feathered fans of ” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.”

Women Who Tech Around the World

Beth Kanter

” Using a webinar and conference call platform, we were able to bring in participants from San Francisco, Rwanda, Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. Heather gave an overview of the different types of programs that she managed – that help women who don’t have computer skills to gain them to run home-based businesses to supporting highly skilled technical women and social media training to support civil society goals. Women Who Tech Around the World.

My Themes for 2013

Beth Kanter

I’m writing this post from Tunisia. I’m here working on an amazing training project for the Women’s Economic Sustainability program where I will train trainers to deliver a curriculum for Women entrepreneurs to use social media as well as deliver a workshop to the partners on the “Networked NGO” based on my book the Networked Nonprofit. The photo above is the view from my hotel room.

The 5 Best Social Impact Games of 2010


People Power is a great training ground for anyone interested in mobilizing a social movement, but not sure of where to start. And even though this game was released a few months ago, the relevance of promoting non-violent revolution is more apparent than ever with the events in Tunisia, Egypt or Libya. #

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Meeting the Geeks of Arabia at N2Vlabs Talks in Amman, Jordan

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’m in Jordan and Morocco this week for the culmination of the E-Mediat program, a dynamic technology training and capacity building program developed to help grassroots organizations around the world use digital technology to tell their stories, build membership and support, and connect to their community of peers around the world. E-Mediat is working with more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen. Rami Al-Karmi, N2V Lab.