Presented by Open Gov Hub this fun lunch-and-learn workshop will teach you easy and effective ways to brainstorm, agree, and collaborate.
Check out this new Scaling Up Social Change course from Hub member organization, IMAGO Global Grassroots.
This two-day workshop, designed and led by Harvard and Georgetown faculty, is for organizations with social innovations that have shown initial success and are looking to take them to the next level.
Open Gov Hub is happy to announce Daily Workplace Hacks: A Productivity-Boosting Workshop Series
Did you know:
it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back to the task you were working on after each distraction
people spend an average of 28% of their work time on email (an average of 2.6 hrs and 120 messages per day.)
workers who are more stressed at work are also more likely to feel less productive and disengaged
Work overload decreases productivity by 68% in employees who feel they don’t have enough time to finish their work
98% of the population isn't very good at multitasking - in fact, multi-tasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%
The bottom line: no matter your title, your organization's mission, or where you work, we could all benefit from tips and tricks to enhance our daily workplace productivity.
That's why this summer, we're offering 4 workshop sessions, facilitated by our very own Bruce Teeter (Hub Operations Manager), to help do just that. In each, you’ll get an overview of top tools related to each topic, see examples and resources, and have the chance to share your own recommendations and learn from others.
About this Session
The title of this first session is, Own Your Machine: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Daily Communications & Organization
This goal is understand how all your workplace information is stored, how to access it efficiently, and how to optimize your workstation and daily communications habits so you can productivity access and share the files & programs you need.
We'll cover hacks on how to share and save files and passwords and use email, Slack, and other communications tools more effectively.
About the Series (Daily Productivity Hacks)
You will leave each of these 4 workshops (every other week this summer) with workplace hacks you can use as soon as you get back to your desk. Plus, a belly full of oreos!
Own Your Machine: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Daily Communications & Organization
Own Your Time: Task/Project Management and Work Planning
Leverage Your Tools: Web-based Databases, Spreadsheets, and CRMs
Get Fancy: Advanced Hacks, Shortcuts, and Formulas for databases, project management, emails, and other common tools
How do we make tackling the world's toughest problems more fun? More effective? More accessible?
Game Genius is a DC-based venture that leverages non-digital gamification (the process of building a game) as a tool for anybody to build empathy, improve dialogue, and drive social action.
Come play-test and discuss ways to infuse games into your own cause or venture.
Whether you seek team building challenges or marketing activations, our goal in this introductory workshop is to help identify creative ideas by demonstrating game development steps using as an example OpenGov Hub's 4 core values - transparency, accountability, civic participation, and innovation.
Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
Did you know that these days, just about anyone can be sued at any time for not having a website accessible to all?
With recent lawsuits against some nonprofits, Domino's Pizza and even Beyonce, people are starting to really pay attention to website accessibility.
In this workshop, learn accessibility grade your website currently gets, and what you need to do to avoid being at risk and follow best practices to ensure your website can reach all.
This blog gives more background: (https://www.taoti.com/blog/tech/the-qa-chronicles-what-you-need-to-know-about-online-accessibility/)
Do you blog regularly or use social media to boost your impact? Do you want to know how to write content that grabs people’s attention (is clicky) and then keeps it (is sticky)? Then this workshop is for you!
Participants will receive training from Dr. Jospeh Romm, author of How to Go Viral & Reach Millions. In 2006, Romm founded Climateprogress.org, which was named one of the “Best Blogs of 2010” by Time magazine.
Romm will explain 5 practical steps to sharply boost your readership and online presence. Please bring a copy of a blog or social media post you are working on and/or an idea for a headline of such a post.
This is the third in a series of Member-Only Workshops at the Open Gov Hub titled Educating and Storytelling for Impact. Non-hub members can request to attend any one of these workshops by firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it take to uncover an international corruption scandal?
Hear from Ivan Angelovski, an investigative journalist from the Balkans and current Open Gov Hub Community Catalyst, who will tell how he was part of a team that uncovered a $3.2 billion arms trade corruption story, which involved actors in the US, Central Europe and the Middle East.
Whistleblower Workshop Series (see other events in the series here).
This training workshop will offer insights to immigration justice activists on how to safely and effectively maximize the potential of two important tools for transparency: whistleblowers and FOIA.
In a political climate hostile to not only immigrant communities and human rights but truth and open government, whistleblowers inside immigration enforcement agencies or their contractors are essential to protecting the most vulnerable and demanding government accountability.
Whistleblower Workshop Series (see other events in the series here).
Information about government or corporate abuses or dangerous practices can catalyze accountability and reform on issues of critical importance to public interest activists. This training workshop will offer insights to public interest activists on how to work with the rights and vulnerabilities of employee sources while offering tactics to help leverage their information, including using FOIA, while minimizing their risk.
Open Gov Hub is pleased to announce a free website workshop designed to give attendees hands-on, expert advice to simplify, clarify, and boost website engagement and online conversion rates.
Erick Pfleiderer, Creative and User Experience (UX) Director at Taoti Creative, will be visiting Open Gov Hub, May 10, at 12pm in the Amenities Lounge. He’ll offer best practices for UX and effective research methods to equip you with tools you need to understand your users’ thinking and behavior – and lead them to take the actions you want. You’ll gain insight into what works and what doesn’t work. You’ll learn what steps you can take to make your website a more effective information and communications resource that people visit again and again.
Information that exposes serious abuses of public trust can catalyze accountability and reform. Whistleblowers—employees who discover and disclose significant wrongdoing—are some of the most valuable sources of such information, and as such can be critical to the work of public interest organizations across a wide range of issues. In a political climate hostile to truth and open government, whistleblowers provide transparency essential to a functional democracy.
Boxed lunches will be offered immediately following the training.
Tax season is here, so now is a great time to reflect on the state of your personal finances and gain tools and tips to help you set goals for your personal financial future. This workshop is specifically geared towards those who work in non-profits.
Join for this pro bono workshop (which typically costs $300) with Alvin Carlos of District Capital Management to:
Learn how to budget smartly, be debt-free, and increase your credit score.
Join the Sunlight Foundation's Open Cities team on Open Data Day 2018 to help assess open data in American cities. We'll give you an easy tutorial on how to search for open datasets and how to add that information to the Census. Then you'll pick a city to focus on and complete its entry on the Census. Once you’re done, stick around for food and drinks and to talk with some of DC’s open data experts.
Please join us to help map undermapped areas in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Côte d'Ivoire in support of World AIDS Day. For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to change the very course of a pandemic by controlling it without a vaccine or a cure.
Many organizations are partnering for this year’s World AIDs Day Mapathon, including the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the U.S. Department of State (MapGive), USAID (YouthMappers), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, andMissing Maps. Thank you to Open Gov Hub and ActioNet for being our sponsors.
Join us for mapping for a cause, food, and fun! All experience levels welcome.
This is a webinar hosted by Hub Member Forum One.
In this webinar, we will explore how the Atlassian suite of tools can be integrated into your organization's digital ecosystem to improve collaboration and help you work smarter. More specifically, we'll take a look a today's collaboration application landscape and provide you with an overview of:
- How Jira is used for project and process management by teams of all shapes and sizes
- How Confluence is integrated to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative documentation
- How Jira Service Desk can help you provide exceptional support and approval management
How To Uncover Your Own Data for Organizational and Network Learning and Impact: Info Session for Data, Methods and Complexity Workshop Series
Policy makers, managers and others who work in complex organizational settings, partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts, face the challenge of gathering, analyzing and communicating complicated evidence and information across multiple linkages. Born out of need, people are recognizing that new skills and tools are needed o effectively work with increasingly complicated information ecosystems.
OpenGov Hub is providing the space for this excellent workshop run by Iran Open Data.
Following our successful March 2017 data journalism workshop in London, this June Iran Open Data is hosting a free two-day data journalism workshop in Washington, DC. The workshop will be led by freelance journalist and data researcher George Arnett (formerly of The Guardian).
Click through for more information on how to apply.
Please join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a panel discussion on U.S. aid transparency with a focus on collective successes and addressing the challenges ahead.
In the spirit of data use and action, we’ll also ask you to roll up your sleeves and join one of several interactive breakout sessions, hosted by the Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Development Gateway, and the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Please plan to bring your laptop (or share with a partner) to get practice using some innovative new tools!
Your organization is at the forefront of social change — but are you building upon a solid legal foundation? Benjamin Overton of TrustLaw will be joining us to share more about how you can gain free legal assistance and multiply your impact through the pro bono legal resources of TrustLaw. Participants will learn about top legal issues and common pitfalls for social impact organizations, as well as tools and resources for gaining pro bono assistance to protect your organization and focus on your mission. We'll be sure to leave half of the session for question and answer.
Join us on April 26th for a co-created workshop on collaborative culture and non-hierarchical organizing. We combine storytelling and participation to learn together about democratic, bottom-up organizing at different scales: from co-ops, to networks, cities and nations. We'll offer some practices and tools that have helped us, and discover the intelligence in the room too.
The passion that people who work for nonprofits feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially in the early stages of their careers. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to refuel or smell the proverbial roses or even notice they are experiencing symptoms of burnout.
Based on her new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, Beth Kanter will present an interactive workshop where participants will:
- Take a self-assessment to determine burnout symptoms and opportunities to create self-care habits
- Share tips and methods for self-care activities that go beyond physical health
- Share strategies for bringing a culture of wellbeing into your nonprofit workplace
Read the takeaways from this event in our January ICYMI post.
Join us for a meeting of the DC Open Government Advisory Group, which advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The meeting is open to the public and will include a segment for public comment.
We invite you to join us from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday, November 16 at the OpenGovHub (location) to help map unmapped areas around Africa’s Lake Victoria and improve our ability to combat HIV/AIDS.
Via lightning talks, short presentations, and a mapathon, you will learn about and contribute to mapping areas around the world to assist ongoing humanitarian, development, and public health efforts, alongside other communities participating globally in OSM Geography Awareness Week 2016.
Is data a critical piece of content for your organization? Are you presenting it and sharing it, but thinking you could do better? Data visualization is an important part of many communications strategies, and we will show you how to mix necessary data rigor with a creative approach to achieve engaging end products.
As a follow-up to our webinar, Data and Design: Learning the D’s of Visualization, this workshop will explore the ways that creative frameworks and techniques can increase the impact of your data visualizations and infographics. At the same time, we’ll explore ways that existing data practices and conventions provide structure to guide your work.
This event is being presented by OpenGov Hub member Forum One.
What’s more important: beauty or experience? It’s a trick question! You don’t have to sacrifice experience for design or vice versa, you can have it all. How, you ask? We can show you how impactful organizations always ensure that creative design and user experience are working in concert, making sure that your audiences have delightful experiences from start to finish.
During this workshop we’ll cover:
- How to create a stunning experience that considers all the angles
- Practical ways for UX and creative to collaborate to create a cohesive audience journey
- Real-life examples, along with some lessons learned
- How to get started (hint: a clearly-defined brand experience is a big deal)
By the end of our time together, you’ll have some clear next steps to take back to your team and begin designing exceptional user journeys that are both stunning and usable, including a workbook you can share with your colleagues. We will also be joined by the Peace Corps team for a conversation about UX and design.
- 8:00AM - Breakfast and Networking
- 8:30AM - Intro and Panel Discussion
- 9:30AM - Session #1: Collaborating for the Ultimate User Experience
- 10:30AM - Expert Breakout and Coffee
- 11:15AM - Session #2: Considering Audiences to Strengthen Your Brand
- 12:15PM - Conversation with Peace Corps
- 1:00PM - Workshop Ends
This event is being presented by OpenGov Hub member Forum One.
Audio is increasingly becoming the most cost-effective and efficient media platform for in-depth content. Year after year, the market share for audio content is growing. In fact, the podcasting industry has seen double digit growth for the past three consecutive years. Despite being widely underutilized, audio content is finding new, organic audiences in unprecedented ways. Because of this growth, podcasting and other audio content serves as a strategic access point for your organization and campaigns.
Whether you are brand new to the field, or an expert looking to take your content to the next level, Audio Matters will enhance your abilities and utilize your skills in podcast storytelling. From finding the right story to understanding audio technology to making content resonate with your audience - this special lunchtime session will provide you with the tools and knowledge to help you leverage the power of audio and create authentic and engaging content.
This session promises:
- A detailed description and discussion of why audio content should replace your current marketing or media campaign
- A hands-on introduction of the best audio equipment to fit your organization's needs
- Strategies and resources for producing great interviews, creating strong narratives, and editing your audio content
We hope you'll join us for Audio Matters! A light lunch will also be provided.
USAID Anti-Corruption Community of Practice Meeting - Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement with Open Data
Join us to explore how open procurement data can be used in the fight against corruption in public contracting.
"Open data is publicly available data that can be universally and readily accessed, used and redistributed free of charge. It is structured for usability and computability." - GovLab: Open Data Impact: When Demand and Supply Meet.
Open data creates new opportunities for cross-border collaboration, in-depth fact-finding and the analysis of relationships across large quantities of data: from red-flag analysis to linking up contracting, company records and beneficial ownership information.
This participatory session will:
Critically introduce the growing landscape of open data available to address corruption - with a focus on anti-corruption in procurement.
Present case studies on the use of open data to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute corruption in public procurement across the world;
Discuss the opportunities and challenges for increased use of open data and procurement for anti-corruption.
Discussions from the session will feed into the final draft of the International Open Data Charter Anti-Corruption Sector Package, to be launched at the UK Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016.
The session will be facilitated by Kathrin Frauscher from the Open Contracting Partnership, Rafael Garcia Aceves from Transparencia Mexicana, and Tim Davies from Practical Participation, an independent researcher on the civic role of open data.
The session will be hosted by USAID, Global Integrity, and the OpenGov Hub.
The OpenGov Hub is excited to host Thicket Labs visiting DC from New York City to offer a special Mapping Collaborations Demo. Thicket Labs has created an innovative tool that takes qualitative survey data and translates it into visual quantitative insights, helping users learn about and strengthen their collaborative intelligence.
OpenGov Hub members, friends of the Hub and other interested individuals are invited to participate. During the demo, all participants will be briefly surveyed and then receive real-time mapping and analysis of how their work relates to the work of others in the room and beyond. This will help participants contextualize their work in their broader field and identify valuable collaboration opportunities.
Refreshments will be provided.
Creative + Content Workshop (Presented by Forum One and General Assembly)
Back by popular demand! Think of the most iconic brands you know: what makes them so memorable? Is it the colors, the words, or a combination of both? The story a company tells about itself is the foundation upon which successful brand recognition is built, and the words and visuals are what tell this story. Join Forum One branding experts to learn the essential content and design elements for building a brand.
During this workshop, you will learn how to develop brand attributes, how to create a voice and tone, how to map design elements to brand, and why messaging is important to consider.
This workshop first ran March 31st. Due to an overwhelming demand, we are running this workshop again!