Be the Change 2.0

13 08 2009

I was recently on a social media panel with some pretty amazing nonprofiteers (Neff, Turner, Davenport & Adams) at the 501 Tech Club. We discussed how we use social media (FB, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, etc.) to engage our volunteers, donors and peeps.  I was amazed by the turnout. There are lots of people utilzing these new tools and even more wanting to know how to best use them. I am a big fan of social media so I’ll be the first one to tell you to start picking it up!  Interested in learning more about it?  Here’s an article I wrote for GivingCity Magazine – The Guide to Doing Good in Austin.

Any nonprofits using social media out there already? How do you use it? How does it help your nonprofit?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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White House official to speak at ACC

14 07 2009

I just received an invitation to the White House Initiative Community Conversation featuring Juan Sepulveda, E.D. of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. whitehouseIn collaboration with Austin Community College, they are hosting a community conversation to discuss the following items…

1) How Latino education attainment can and should be improved; and

2) what the White House Initiative should be doing.

The information gleaned from these sessions will be recorded and/or collected and will serve as the foundation for the new presidential executive order that will govern the White House Initiative and will be signed by President Barack Obama.

White House Community Conversation

Wednesday, July 15

Session I 11:30 – 12:20pm

Session II 12:30 – 2:00pm

ACC South – 1830 W. Stassney Lane, Room 1130

Please RSVP to Linda Young, Special Assistant to the President for External Affairs, Austin Community College District, 512 223-7070 or  For more information about the event, contact Glorimar Nosal, marketing-communications manager, White House Initiative, at 202-401-0078 or

Community Engagement Toolbox at the National Conference for Service & Volunteering

16 06 2009

The newest buzz words/phrases around the world of service and volunteerism is Community Engagement. So what is Community Engagement? Well, this is one of those terms each community defines for themselves. It’s volunteering, community involvement, giving back, capacity building, asset mapping, all of it put together. It’s a way to engage the new volunteer or public citizen in civic action!

I’ve been working on a Community Engagement framework for the last 2-3 years.  I define Community Engagement as a set of tools we use to open doors for people to become engaged in communities from volunteering and leading to organizing block parties to advocating for community issues.

I’ve been working on these tools, concepts and the framework for the last 6 months with the help of six amazing Public Innovators, and now I have the opportunity to present it as a workshop at the National Conference for Volunteering & Service in San Francisco!


I’m really excited about presenting the Community Engagement Toolbox at the conference and hope it helps Hands On Network affiliates and nonprofits working to engage communities in creating change.  Check out the workshop description and if you’re going the conference, come check it out!

Community Engagement Toolbox

Community engagement is the process of building partnerships and working collaboratively with diverse groups of people to create change in communities. The Community Engagement Toolbox is a set of resources that can help you get started on the road to engaging communities in creating change. Learn the guiding principles (authenticity, innovation & collaboration) & key concepts (volunteerism, advocacy, dialogue, education & leadership) & programming that can be implemented in all communities.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

1:30 – 3:00pm

Mascone West, Room 3001

You can find the workshop in the Nonprofit Workshop Track.


Muchisimas gracias to my public innovators for all their help!

Paula Vaughan

Diane Miller

Jose Martinez

Rod Reyna

Tommy Darwin

Steven Fearing