Saturday, August 16th, 2008
The national Connecting Up conference, May 19-20, at the Brisbane Hilton, brings all the latest technology, productivity and fundraising strategies to the nonprofit sector.

Following is a summary of international keynote speakers from India, China, the USA, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

  • Bill Strathmann, Network for Good (USA): Network for Good CEO Bill Strathmann will present the key ingredients that enable innovative nonprofits to use web 2.0 technology coupled with age-old fundraising and outreach to achieve their mission.
  • Aba Maison, London Advice Services Alliance (UK): Aba will show how the LASA, the UK's leading voluntary sector ICT champion, developed its knowledgebase and suppliers' directory by encouraging collaboration between the voluntary and community sector and suppliers of ICT products and services.
  • Dr Karen Fisher, Washington Information School, The University of Washington: Join Karen Fisher to hear how outcome evaluation conducted by faculty and students from the University of Washington's Information School, together with "stories from the trenches" told by ICT providers during legislative days, made a tremendous success.
  • Richard Neville, futurist: Join Richard Neville on a journey into the perils and the promise of tomorrow. All the flag waving in the world won't stop the food riots, or the sea rising or the icecaps melting. Happily, the wine still flows, carbon trading shows promise and we can watch disaster movies on laptops...
  • Beth Kanter (USA): Beth is a professional blogger, trainer, coach, consultant and all-round guru to nonprofits in the area of effective technology use. Her keynote will look at patterns of success as nonprofits deployed social media strategies. You can see Beth's extended biography, with links to her projects, articles, and blogs at
  • Stephen Blyth (NZ): Stephen's workshop will set criteria for choosing an online project management tool and provide an overview of some of the options available (eg Zoho Project, Basecamp, Sharepoint, Wikispaces). Stephen will also present a case study about the Wellington e-rider IT service Not content with being a computer repair business solely dealing with repairs and crises, the new IT support and advice service has a philosophy of promoting effective and safe technology use. for community groups was launched in October 2007.
  • Dr John Fung, Information Technology Resource Centre, Hong Kong Council of Social Service: Dr Fung will outline the change agents for ICT and Social Services in Hong Kong-China during a period of upheaval, and look at what's next.
  • Tina Reid, Executive Director, NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations (NZFVWO): In 2006 New Zealand adopted a Digital Strategy with a focus on three themes - connection confidence and connection. This strategy is now under revision, and creates an challenge and opportunity for the community sector to develop a clearer vision and understanding of our own needs. This presentation will explore several of the dots in this landscape.
  • Rufina Fernandes, NASSCOM Foundation, Mumbai, India: Rufina Fernandes is the founding CEO of NASSCOM Foundation in a sector that has traditionally been dominated by large NGOs and international bodies, the NASSCOM Foundation has been able to create platforms to give voice to the small and medium sized organisations in civil society in India and has a large and robust civil society network across the country. This includes `Building ICT Capacities @ the Grassroots' (BiG).
  • Vyria Paselk, TechSoup Global (USA): Vyria will talk about ways in which nonprofits can utilize social Web applications to extend their reach and impact.

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Also see to view breakout sessions and the conference program.

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Community Information Strategies Australia (CISA) is a nonprofit organisation that exists to make ICT infrastructure available and affordable for the nonprofit sector. Its aim is to help increase productivity in nonprofits across the nation by helping them keep pace with vital information and communication technology on very limited budgets and with scarce in-house IT skills.
Doug Jacquier
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