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#13ntc Nonprofit Technology Conference: Plenary Session on Failing Informatively


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The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference takes place in Minneapolis next week.  It is the largest gathering of people who work in the nonprofit sector and technology.   This conference will be my 13th one – and every year it is a like a family reunion.    Registration is still available, but you can’t make it register for the online NTC and catch a few sessions.

I have the honor of designing and facilitating three sessions, including a plenary on my favorite topic – learning from failure.

April 13, 2013 – 8:30-10:00

Plenary: Placing Little Bets: Failing Informatively for NPTECH Innovation: Beth Kanter, Erin Shy, Megan Kashner, Brian Reich, Allison Burns

Join us for a discussion about the value of failure in the nonprofit technology sector.  You’ll hear a lot of F words flailing in this highly interactive plenary session – fearless, frameworks, fundamentals, forgiveness, forward-looking, and most importantly FUN!  Through lively sharing and discussion we will dive into the art of placing small bets or affordable losses that can lead to innovation.  This highly interactive and engaging community conversation will look at how nonprofits can create a culture of experimenting, testing, learning and correcting.   Beth Kanter will facilitate this session with a panel of nonprofit tech leaders and the community – and special surprise guests who will join us via video.

I had a blast designing this session to make interactive and invite lots of audience participation on the back channel.     The speakers bring great perspective to the topic and we will have a lot of fun with this topic.

April 12, 2013 – 1:30-3:00 PM

Mindful or Mindfull Social Media? Visual Strategies for Focus In Age of Distraction

This session will explore ways that we can maintain our focus by using visualization techniques such as mindmapping, sketchnoting, and others.    I’ll be joined by Jana Byington-Smith and Rob Cottingham (who draws those awesome Social Signal cartoons) for this fun, interactive, and hands-on session.     And to prove the point that you don’t have to be a Picasso to use visual note taking techniques,  I’ve brought my markers and sketchbooks out of the closet.    We’ve designed this session to be hands-on and will have available lots of magic markers as prizes.

The Benefits of Content Curation

April 13, 2013 10:30-Noon

This session will be brains on and hands on and cover the best practices of content curation for nonprofit.   I had the pleasure of designing this session with Will Coley – who interviewed the best content curators in the world and get them share their best practices.

I’m especially looking forward to learning from these sessions by colleagues:

April 11, 2011 – 10:30 – Noon
Building Movements – with Ivan Boothe and Rachel Weidinger

April 12 at 8:30-10
Keynote by Dan Pallotta

April 12 – 10:30 – Noon
Using Data to Measure Your Mission – Laura Quinn

April 12- 3:30-5:00 pm
How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns – Amy Sample Ward and Allyson Kapin

Two very good sessions scheduled at the same time 🙁

April 13 – 1:30-3:00
NpTech Fail

April 13 – 1:30-3:00
Organizational Leadership and Social Media Insights

And, of course, a couple of opportunities to connect with long-time colleagues and friends

April 10th – #ntcbeer – 7 PM

April 11th – Day of Service (8-11 am)

April 11th – Tech For Good Happy Hour – 5-7 PM

Teresa Crawford and I hope to meet up with folks doing International training after the Friday evening happy hour and will also host a “Birds of a Feather” table at one of the lunches.   Leave a comment if you do training internationally and want to do a “trade craft” informal session.

Will I see you at the 13NTC?


4 Responses

  1. Annaliese says:

    Failing Informatively is one of my all-time favorite topics in nptech — we are so excited for your plenary on this at #13ntc!

    One correction note — registration is NOT CLOSED! You are still welcome to register and attend in person in Minneapolis at the end of next week: http://nten.org/ntc.

    But the Online NTC is also a fabulous option for folks far and wide to join in without having to travel: http://www.nten.org/ntc/online

    Thanks for the post, Beth!

  2. Beth Kanter says:

    Annaliese – I’ve corrected that!

  3. AJ says:

    Really excited about your plenary session, and a few of the others you’re looking forward to as well, particularly Allyson Kapin’s and the NPTechFail session. See you at NTEN!

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