Over the last year, I have been exploring a wide range of technological means by which arts associations can hold business meetings and deliver professional development at a good cost-to-benefits ratio. Beyond conducting some research and experimenting with online collaboration and communication technologies, I devoted significant time to sharing what I had learnt with others. This sums up my learning.
Online Meetings & Webinars
Web conferencing, webinars, webcasts, live streams, and what else?
Online Meetings with GoToMeeting - TechSoup Canada’s Story
As the Canadian partner in the global TechSoup network, meeting in person is rarely an option - we rely on online meetings for our communications. This is especially important for our current project to update our website. For this project, we’re working with the TechSoup Global development team in Poland, and in order to manage the project efficiently we need to have frequent online meetings to check in on the project status and make sure we are communicating clearly. In these meetings we need to be able to talk to each other for free (i.e. no long distance costs), chat (e.g.
Videoconferencing with Google+ Hangouts - Inspirit Foundation's Story
By: Bandana Singh, Office Manager & Executive Assistant, Inspirit Foundation
Hosting a Virtual AGM - CAPACOA's Story / Tenir une AGA virtuelle – l’expérience de CAPACOA
By: Frédéric Julien, Project manager / Gestionnaire de projets, Canadian Arts Presenting Organization / L’assemblée canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA)
Posting GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar recordings on YouTube
At TechSoup Canada we use GoToWebinar to run our webinars, and we've been very happy with the tool so far. When we ran our webinar last month (on technology planning for nonprofits) we recorded the session so we could post it and give others access. One small hitch - when we tried to upload the file to YouTube, it just wouldn't work quite right. Here's the story of how we fixed it, as we know that other nonprofits may well find themselves in a similar situation.
Collaboration & Productivity: Spend more time on what matters
April 7, 2011
10 Steps for Planning a Successful Webinar
Tips for organizing and producing online seminars for your nonprofit organization
January 27, 2009
Web Conferencing Tools: Right for You?
How to pick a package that meets your nonprofit's needs
February 12, 2010