Increase number of survey participants by 20% from 2013 baseline of 411
Increase number of active groups by 10% over last year’s baseline of 50
Increase number of events by 10% over last year’s baseline of 450
But how are we gonna do all that? Here’s the plan!
What We Have Planned
NetSquared will focus on a few signature programs this year to provide support for the community events produced by our local organizers.
Last year’s major new initiative was the NetSquared Regional Ambassador pilot. The project has been a success and we will make this an ongoing program of NetSquared.
Expand the number of Ambassadors to five, bringing in one new region
Bringing together the NetSquared Ambassadors for a training at 15NTC in Austin, TX
Empower Ambassadors to better recruit and support NetSquared organizers in their region.
Hold face-to-face gatherings of NetSquared organizers
NetSquared Regional Gatherings
We have learned that the best way we can keep NetSquared organizers engaged is to bring them together for face-to-face meetings. We will do this in two ways in FY15.
Nonprofit Technology Conference
We will leverage the 15NTC in March 2015 to bring together Net2 organizers. 10+ Net2 organizers are already attending NTC each year, so we don’t have to pay to bring them together! The training will be held before NTC.
We will also bring NetSquared organizers together for face-to-face meetings at regional nonprofit technology events. Each Regional Ambassador will host one event per year. In areas where we don’t have an active Ambassador we will assist Net2 organizers by creating a regional gathering event planning guide and offering grants. We will distribute an RFP for grants that will be used to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the participants.
Build connections between TechSoup and NetSquared organizers
Strengthen TechSoup’s educational campaigns with the additional of grassroots events
Give focus to new NetSquared organizers looking for event ideas and support
Demonstrates the collective power of the NetSquared global network
We intend to hold three theme months in FY15 supported by the creation of “event-in-a-box” packages that offer planning “recipes”. We have already scheduled Storymakers (September) and the Safer Internet (October) privacy and security theme months, with more to come.
Annual Community Survey
Who is part of the NetSquared network? What are they interested in? We plan to distribute an annual survey to all NetSquared group members during fall 2014. This will help NetSquared organizers serve their members better and allow TechSoup to identify emerging community technology needs.
We will model this on the FY14 survey that went to the USA and Canada - but will distribute the survey globally this year.
A Monthly Roadmap
This is a snapshot of the next 10 months. Expect lots to change. For the most current information check out the Organizers’s Handbook.
August 26: Storymakers launch
Create regional gathering guides
Survey of Net2 Organizers
CALL: Net2 Community Call
Regional Ambassador Gatherings: call for proposals 1
Survey of Net2 participants
Safer Internet campaign
CALL: Regional Ambassadors
Net2 Regional Ambassador recruitment for 2015
Survey of Net2 participants, con’t.
Analyze and publish global survey results
Theme Month: Social Media Surgery (TBC)
Regional Ambassador Gatherings: call for proposals 2
CALL: Regional Ambassadors (new members!)
CALL: Net2 community
CALL: Regional Ambassadors (to be held before 15NTC in Austin, TX)
March 3–6: 15NTC
March 7 (Saturday): Post-NTC training in Austin for Net2 and NTEN community leaders (Net2 organizers, NTEN Tech Clubs, NTEN communities of practice)