Oakland, California, US
17-20 July, 2007
Aspiration invites you to mark your calendars on July
17-20 for our annual eAdvocacy shindig, which we’re lovingly naming the “eAdvocacy
Jamboree ”.The Jamboree will be hosted at Preservation Park in Oakland, California.
The main event will run July 18-20, with a pre-day of
eAdvocacy trainings on July 17 for those wanting to ramp up their
eAdvocacy skills. See
“Online advocacy”, sometimes called “eAdvocacy”,
refers to the use of email, web and other internet communication
tools to advocate, organize and mobilize support for causes and
is a rapidly evolving field in which practitioners rarely find adequate
time to meet and compare notes on what they're doing, what applications
are available, and how to better coordinate and pool efforts and
A primary focus of this non-partisan event is to strengthen and broaden
the social network of people who are using, visioning and implementing
applications to support their advocacy and social change efforts. Participants
from North America, Europe and Asia will have opportunity to compare approaches,
explore tools and tactics, and build the foundation for ongoing collaboration.
While much of the agenda will be designed dynamically as participants weigh
in on what they want to share and do, the following areas will be addressed:
- Mapping the State of F/OSS eAdvocacy Software: Finding
the right tools to do online campaigning and organizing is still
quite a challenge. Working
as a group, we will map what is available in the space and then
work to design roadmaps and selection criteria to assist non-technical
and campaigners in finding and applying the appropriate eAdvocacy
technologies. Central to this process will be listening to campaigners
they need and how they currently use their toolsets.
- F/OSS Database Tools for NPOs and NGOs: An
ongoing source of pain for non-profit and non-governmental organizations
(NPOs/NGOs) is the search for appropriate
and affordable software tools to handle the various data sets
and tasks associated with tracking supporters, volunteers, activists
and other allies.
Discussion will explore what's real and consider what's missing
with current database tools, then seek to define what makes sense moving
for integration with eAdvocacy tools as well as in the broader
- Introducing an eAdvocacy Training Curriculum: Aspiration
received a planning grant from the Community Technology Foundation
of California (CTFC) to
develop an eAdvocacy Training Curriculum for CTFC grantees. Working
with expert campaigners from Scout Seven and Radical Designs, an initial
has been completed. The curriculum, published under Creative
Commons, will be presented and participants will be invited to review,
critique and improve
- Peer-to-peer skillshares: Much innovation
has occurred since AdvocacyDev I -- platform evolutions, new tools,
creative campaigns, SMS (cell phone
text messaging) and VOIP (internet telephony) inventions, culture
jams and more. Blogging and podcasting continue to change the way first-person
narratives are published. Substantial time will be blocked out
in the schedule
to allow participants to catch each other up and share the latest
learnings as we all strive to stay connected in spite of our overflowing
and ambitious technology projects.
More than anything, the organizers want to get practitioners in the same
location and continue to celebrate all the hard work and leadership being
provided by so many. We hope to see you at the event; please share with
us your ideas and suggestions as we strive to refine the focus and broaden
the appeal of this unique convergence.
For more information or to inquire about participation,
please contact Aspiration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This web site
exists as an outcome of an Advocacy Developers
Convergence which took place in San Francisco at the end of June 2004.
Our goal in creating
this web site is to continue the discussion, collaboration, and visioning
among the community of people working to design, build, deploy and leverage
Online Advocacy tools.
In particular, we're
working to create a comprehensive list of Advocacy
Technologies and Services. Feel free to join the mailing list, or
review the blog aggregator. And if you've got a
question, there's almost always someone logged in to the AdvocacyDev
The motivation for gathering: "Online
Advocacy" is a fast-growing technology arena. Development is being done
on dozens of platforms, systems and services to enable campaigns,
issue advocacy, "get out the vote" (GOTV) projects and
other communications, organizing, and mobilization efforts. Themes that
consistently emerge in
discussions among developers of such technologies include
the difficulty of tracking other projects in the space, the desire to build
dialog between the various initiatives, and the need to grow
the circle of knowledge around online advocacy platforms and tactics.
The primary goal for
the gathering was to allow advocacy developers to meet, share and compare
projects, and take time from development efforts to celebrate each other,
to grow community around the work that is being done, and envision future
collaborations and directions.
All sessions were logged
live to a wiki, and we encourage
visitors to this site to view and add to what's been started.