eAdvocacy Jamboree July 17-20 Oakland, California

Aspiration invites you to join us July 17-20 for this year’s eAdvocacy Jamboree, taking place at Preservation Park in Oakland, California.  The Jamboree will be a creative, interactive opportunity to discuss and learn about what others are doing with online campaigning and advocacy tools. We’ll bring online campaigners and organizers together with developers of eAdvocacy tools and platforms for a fast-paced and far-reaching peer-to-peer skillsharing event. The participant-driven agenda will feature rich dialog and fun learning sessions.

The main event will run July 18-20, with a pre-day of eAdvocacy trainings on July 17 for those wanting to ramp up their eAdvocacy skills.

You can Register Now! And please let others know about the Jamboree! Complete details are at http://aspirationtech.org/events/eadvocacyjamboree.

The current agenda is online, and we welcome feedback and additions! We’re continuing to expand the format this year, and will have several interleaved tracks:
Training Fest: A full day of in-depth trainings will be offered on Tuesday the 17th, before the main Jamboree, on a range of topics including eAdvocacy 101, Web 2.0 Tools and Tactics, eAdvocacy Best Practices, Strategic Blogging, Intro and Advanced Sessions on Democracy in Action, Drupal, CiviCRM, Non-Profit Soapbox, and Joomla.

Interactive Track: participants will be able to workshop their current campaigns with facilitators and other participants, participate in peer web site reviews, brainstorm new campaign ideas, and engage in skillshares on any topic they want to discuss. Spectators will be few and far between!

Strategy Track – Tools, Tactics and Best Practices: eOrganizers and eAdvocacy practitioners from a broad base of causes and sectors will talk about what they’ve got in their toolboxes and the tactics and strategies they’re currently employing. Sessions will consider the challenges of messaging and maintaining supporter bases across campaigns. A particular focus will be on developing best practices in eCampaiging process and engagement models. Participants will also how they’re using emerging web 2.0 and other technologies to augment their eAdvocacy efforts. User/Developer sessions will allow stakeholders across the eAdvocacy landscape to discuss how we can all work together more effectively.

Developer Track – Open Source eAdvocacy Platforms: Where are we, what’s new, and how will it all interoperate? We’ll continue the dialog from past AdvocacyDev convergences and look for more opportunities to write tools that make life easier for campaigners and organizers. Latest releases of all relevant platforms will be demo’d and compared, and participants will be invited to drink from the fountain of cool technology Koolaid.

eAdvocacy Capacity Track – Addressing the Challenge: The most consistently vexing problem in the eAdvocacy space is how to develop more capacity. Campaigns and causes go wanting for able staff and consultants who could help them craft and execute appropriate online campaigns and strategies. This track will map what’s already being done in terms of training and documentation, while opening up the floor for discussion on how better to scale eAdvocacy communities of practice and pool various documentation resources.

As always, your input will dramatically shape what happens at the event, and we actively encourage you to let us know about sessions you’d like to see on the agenda.

For more information, contact eadvocacy@aspirationtech.org or call 1.415.839.6456.

Event partners working with Aspiration to design the agenda and sessions include Blue Oxen Associates, Caltha.pl (Warsaw, Poland), Change.org, CiviCRM, CivicSpace, DemocracyInAction, Drupal, Joomla!, MobileVoter, New Organizing Institute, Non-Profit Soapbox/PICnet, Protest.net, and Radical Designs. More partners are being added, and we welcome more involvement!

Please let us know of questions, and we hope to see you there!

Allen Gunn
Executive Director, Aspiration

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