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Sunday, March 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World

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This interactive session is based on a key theme in the book, The Networked Nonprofit (http://www.bethkanter.org/the-networked-nonprofit/), co-authored by Beth Kanter. We will explore how nonprofits can unleash the power of social good by transitioning from stand-alone institutions to networks energized by abundant resources in their ecosystem. In order to do this, they need to work with free agents, hyper-connected individuals who are passionate about social change, but don't work within institutional walls. Free agents use social-media channels like Facebook and Twitter and can create social movements in the palms of their hands. They organize supporters, raise attention to important social and political issues, seek donations, and organize supporters to walk, run, shout, protest, and vote, things that were once done mostly by nonprofit organizations. The free agents do it when and how they please, making them distinct from and more powerful than traditional volunteers. But free agents are smashing headfirst into nonprofit fortresses—organizations with high walls and wide moats that work very hard to keep insiders in and outsiders out. Our session will explore how and why this needs to change. Kanter will bring together a group of highly visible free agents working on important social change causes, including those in Middle East, and representatives from different nonprofits for a lively discussion with the audience.

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Danielle Brigida

Sr. Mgr of Social Strategy & IntegrationNational Wildlife FederationDanielle Brigida is a wildlife geek and works as the Sr. Manager of Social Strategy and Integration for the National Wildlife Federation. She actively engages a wide range of constituents using a mixture of online... Read More →
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Jessica Dheere

Founder/DirSocial Media ExchangeI'm a former magazine editor and journalist who cofounded Social Media Exchange with my husband Mohamad in 2008. We've been working with civil society in Lebanon and throughout the region over the past three years by offering training and coaching in... Read More →
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Mark Horvath

FounderInvisible PeopleEveryone talks about social media's potential to democratize and empower those less fortunate. Mark actually makes that happen. Mark, or @hardlynormal as the Internet knows him, is an internationally recognized activist who tells the story of the countless individuals... Read More →
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Beth Kanter

Visiting ScholarN/ABeth Kanter is a well-established international leader in nonprofits’ use of social media. Her first book “The Networked Nonprofit,” introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world. Her second book, “Measuring the Networked... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB

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