Archive Tips

Archived tips provide helpful pointers for grassroots organizers on using technology. These tips were written many years ago and may be outdated. All PowerBase releated tips can be found on the PowerBase Tips Page.

Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

A few excellent online tutorials already exist, so we've provided a link to them for you.

A tutorial from the makers of Audacity.



I'm working with a bunch of new organizations that are growing out of the collapse of ACORN. As new organizations concentrating on organizing low and moderate income families they recognize the need to utilize new media and the internet to help them organize well, but they face challenges related to skill sets and cost.


Thanks in advance for reading my LOOOOONG question :)

Basically, I am trying to figure out a simpler way to get and share information with people. Different people would need access to different sets of information.


Starting from the assessment, the plan focuses on organizing goals, and answers training, cost and technical assistance questions for your group.

See the Technology Planning Guide here:


This guide focuses on the work you are doing today, and how technology is being used. It takes stock of your organization's programmatic and technical status.

See the Technology Assessment Guide here:


Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

Are you trying to be budget conscious and still have a business continuity plan in place to ready your business for an unexpected event?

Well - this is the workshop for you! Whether it is a technical issue, severe weather, power failure or an economic crisis, all businesses should be proactive and start planning.


Below you will find a list of general technology resources of key portals used for non-profits and links to sites used effectively for organizing.

  • General Technology Resources - Here's a list of organizations that help you increase your access and ability to use technology.

What are the best practices that organizing groups are using via internet?


I heard about Mind Manager,
back in January, and am just looking it up now.

Has anyone used it before?
heard any reviews or other user experiences?

For a webcast about the product, go to


I have had my Mac for close to a year, and until recently I have not have any problems with pop up windows like I did when it came to my PC. Now that has changed. While there are not a lot of them, I still have to close out of at least 5 a night when I shut down my computer at night. Is there any spyware or any action I can take to stop this. What is most strange about this is I have my pop up blockers up when using firefox. At the same time, I still use safari at times because sometimes either one of these browsers in some way misbehaves.