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Foundations Course on Scaling Up for Social Impact
Jun
13
to Jun 14

Foundations Course on Scaling Up for Social Impact

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. 

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Own Your Machine: Productivity Hacks Workshop (1 of 4)
May
23
12:30 PM12:30

Own Your Machine: Productivity Hacks Workshop (1 of 4)

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

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Gamification Workshop & Happy Hour
May
14
4:30 PM16:30

Gamification Workshop & Happy Hour

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.

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Beyonce and You: A Website Accessibility Workshop
May
8
4:30 PM16:30

Beyonce and You: A Website Accessibility Workshop

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/)



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How to Go Viral Online: A Workshop on the Secrets to Blogging and Using Social Media Effectively
Nov
15
4:30 PM16:30

How to Go Viral Online: A Workshop on the Secrets to Blogging and Using Social Media Effectively

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 emailingyeukai.mukorombindo@globalintegrity.org

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How a Corrupt $3.2 Billion International Arms Scandal was Uncovered
Oct
18
12:30 PM12:30

How a Corrupt $3.2 Billion International Arms Scandal was Uncovered

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.

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Transparency Tools for Immigration Justice Activists
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Transparency Tools for Immigration Justice Activists

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.

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Transparency Tools for Public Interest Activists
Jul
17
3:00 PM15:00

Transparency Tools for Public Interest Activists

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. 

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How You Can Improve Your Digital Presence
May
10
12:30 PM12:30

How You Can Improve Your Digital Presence

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.

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Working with Whistleblowers: A Sunshine Week Training for Public Interest Advocates
Mar
15
11:00 AM11:00

Working with Whistleblowers: A Sunshine Week Training for Public Interest Advocates

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.

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Taking Control of Your Personal Finances
Mar
6
12:30 PM12:30

Taking Control of Your Personal Finances

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. 

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Open Data Day 2018: Help complete the 2018 U.S. City Open Data Census
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Open Data Day 2018: Help complete the 2018 U.S. City Open Data Census

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.

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World AIDS Day Mapathon
Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

World AIDS Day Mapathon

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. 

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[Webinar] Atlassian for Nonprofits: Connecting Your Digital Ecosystem
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

[Webinar] Atlassian for Nonprofits: Connecting Your Digital Ecosystem

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

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How To Uncover Your Own Data for Organizational and Network Learning and Impact: Info Session for Data, Methods and Complexity Workshop Series
Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

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.

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Data Journalism Workshop
Jun
20
to Jun 21

Data Journalism Workshop

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.

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Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data

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! 

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Intro to Social Impact Legal Issues with TrustLaw
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Social Impact Legal Issues with TrustLaw

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.

RSVP HERE.

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Participatory Organizing: From Co-Op to Network to Mass Movement
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Participatory Organizing: From Co-Op to Network to Mass Movement

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.

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The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders
Apr
5
12:30 PM12:30

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders

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.

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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

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Partnering for Humanitarian Good Mapathon - OpenStreetMap GeoWeek 2016 Main Event
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Partnering for Humanitarian Good Mapathon - OpenStreetMap GeoWeek 2016 Main Event

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.

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Creative+Data: Increase the Impact of Your Data Sets
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Creative+Data: Increase the Impact of Your Data Sets

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.

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Beauty & Experience: How to Have Your UX Cake and Design It, Too
Jun
22
8:00 AM08:00

Beauty & Experience: How to Have Your UX Cake and Design It, Too

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.

Workshop Agenda

  • 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

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Audio Matters: An Intro to Podcast Technology & Creative Storytelling
Jun
16
12:30 PM12:30

Audio Matters: An Intro to Podcast Technology & Creative Storytelling

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.

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Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement with Open Data
Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement with Open Data

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.

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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. 

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Mapping Collaborations Demo
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Mapping Collaborations Demo

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.

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Creative + Content Workshop
Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Creative + Content Workshop

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!

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How Exactly has Tech Contributed to Impact in my Social Change Project?
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

How Exactly has Tech Contributed to Impact in my Social Change Project?

How Exactly has Tech Contributed to Impact in my Social Change Project? Happy Hour Workshop and Framework Launch

Laura Walker McDonald, CEO, SIMLab
Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant
Amy O’Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, Oxfam GB

SIMLab helps to build accessible, responsive and resilient systems using inclusive technologies, helping people and organizations solve both the technological and human obstacles along the way. We’ve found, over ten years of working with organizations testing inclusive technology approaches all over the world, that there isn’t enough evidence of the contribution technology makes to social change work; that where there is, we don’t share it; and that often it doesn’t get to the really knotty issues.

This isn’t about how to use technology for M&E - this is about how to do M&E on technology projects. These interventions succeed or fail based on their sustainability, business models, data practices, choice of communications channel and technology platform; organizational change, risk models, and user support - among many other factors. Yet there is so little evidence that examines these issues, or which tells us what has been successful - even less about what has failed, and why.

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We are publishing our internal Monitoring and Evaluation Framework next Monday, 4th April, under an open license. We’ll be launching it with a Happy Hour, discussion and workshop featuring two of the authors (Linda and Laura) and Amy O’Donnell, visiting from Oxfam GB. Laura and Linda will (briefly!) share the challenges that lead SIMLab to develop and share such a Framework, and the criteria they’ve developed (based on the OECD-DAC principles) to evaluate projects. Amy will  offer her perspective around some of the opportunities and challenges from within a large development organization. And we’ll hear from you in a discussion session, and then get to work helping us to make the Framework better. This will be a hands on event with plenty of time for networking as you contribute ideas. And we will have wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles.

We’ll be sharing the Framework as an open document for anyone to contribute to, and hope the discussion continues well beyond this workshop. Catch the beginning by signing up, coming along, and pitching in!

This workshop was made possible with the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation.

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