Jayne Cravens


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I need Info on how technology can be used to help prevent & address misinformation / misunderstandings in aid/development activities.
I am offering Advice on recruiting, involving/supporting volunteers, online or face-to-face; creating welcoming experiences for women and tech.
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Portland, OR
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A member since August, 2012
"Internationally-recognized trainer, researcher & consultant. Pioneer re: the research & practice of virtual volunteering."

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Community Organizing, Social Media, Web Development, Blogging, Writing, Online Engagement, Offline Engagement


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I need Info on how technology can be used to help prevent & address misinformation / misunderstandings in aid/development activities.
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1 year 35 weeks ago

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Community Organizing, Social Media, Web Development, Blogging, Writing, Online Engagement, Offline Engagement

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1 year 35 weeks ago

Expertise:

Community Organizing, Social Media, Web Development, Blogging, Writing, Online Engagement, Offline Engagement

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2 years 4 weeks ago

Some other places to recruit volunteers for this initiative:

VolunteerMatch
http://www.volunteermatch.org

The UN's Online Volunteering Service
http://www.onlinevolunteering.org

AllforGood
http://www.allforgood.org

And, of course, your own web site and all your various social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

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2 years 4 weeks ago

Another good place to recruit such highly-skilled online volunteers is the United Nations Online Volunteering Program:
http://www.onlinevolunteering.org

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2 years 4 weeks ago

My first question: what will your $500 budget pay for?

Second round of questions: how will you screen volunteers to make sure they have the skills and temperament necessary to work with children? How will you make sure they do not have a criminal record or arrest record that would make them inappropriate to work with children? How will you supervise volunteers to ensure the safety of both children and of volunteers themselves?

I think you might find this web page helpful:

Hosting International Volunteers:
A Where-To-Start Guide For Local Organizations
http://www.coyotecommunications.com/volunteer/hosting.html

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2 years 3 weeks ago

I find it interesting that the word "volunteer" is never used here. Everyone participating is unpaid - donating their time, expertise and energy. And that makes them volunteers!

It would be great if, after this event, someone could post here about what worked and what didn't as far as recruiting, tracking and supporting volunteers in this Hack4Good event, and/or how tech was used to recruit, track and support said volunteers. I'll make sure to post a link to such to the TechSoup Community Forum - the the "Tech4Good" branch in particular - because that kind of real-world experience re: tech volunteers, and tech for volunteers, is really highly desired among nonprofits, libraries, etc.

Sorry I can't be there!

mobile, apps, hackathons
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2 years 4 weeks ago

I think it's great you are going to explore social media as a tool to recruit volunteers. It sounds like you are on the right track. What will the project budget of $500 pay for?

I'd be curious to know how well the web site details all information any potential volunteer needs to know. I regularly research challenges to organizations in recruiting and keeping volunteers (and regularly train on how to address those challenges). I find that most organizations that are facing challenges don't have really detailed information on their web site about what exactly volunteers do, what a day-in-the-life of a volunteer is really like, what the time commitment really looks like, etc. I find that these organizations also rarely link to such detailed information on the home page and on any page of the web site dealing with "support us" - they provide lots of links to "donate to us", however! I also find that these organizations haven't trained all staff in how to talk about the volunteering program - because everyone at the organization, employee and volunteer alike, is a volunteer recruiter, whether they know it or not.

I have a very detailed web page, called:
Required Volunteer Information on Your Web Site
http://www.coyotecommunications.com/volunteer/volunteers_on_web.shtml
I think you will find it helpful.

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2 years 4 weeks ago

What will the $300 pay for?
How long do you intend for these podcasts to be?

Earlier this year, I asked via the TechSoup community forum, my Twitter feed, my blog and my Facebook page where & when people are listening to podcasts - most of that audience is made up of nonprofits - and found out that most of that audience *doesn't* listen to podcasts; I got more people telling me they prefer to read podcast transcripts than to actually listen to podcasts. So that leads to this question: do nonprofits need a podcast about free and donated software?

Final question: how will you measure the success of your podcasts?