Trainings

Please find below a list of many of the trainings that the Progressive Technology Project has conducted over the years. Each training contains links to materials used in the trainings.

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Don't let social distancing stop organizing! From the very basics of creating an event and an online registration page through the intricacies of organizing a team to do phone outreach and generating reports of attendance, Building Community through Virtual Events will cover everything you need to know about event organizing. The course combines the technical with political analysis, facilitation tips and discussion around building an inclusive and respectful meeting culture both online and in-person.

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Now more then ever we are fighting over the story that will shape our understanding of the current crisis and what comes next. In Controlling the Narrative we will learn the mechanics of building email templates, composing beautiful and responsive messages, segmenting your lists, sending mass SMS messages, measuring and understanding our click through rates, as well as strategies around messaging and integrating these efforts across your campaign.

Prerequisite: Comfortable creating and using groups.

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Intended for beginners but open to all, Introduction to Powerbase lays the foundation for using the database. In addition to providing an overview of everything Powerbase can do, students learn the basics such as how to: login, change your password, enter new contacts, and conduct simple searches. It concludes with the concept of groups and the all important "smart" group.

Agenda

Training materials, including login information on the training database will be sent to everyone who is registered.

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The Progressive Technology Project offers the following online training courses.

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Materials

Materials will not be printed for you at the training. If you want a paper copy, please download and print before you come.

For all days, please review the Starter Ground Rules

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Back to Fundamentals

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Explain that we teach in the context of organizing so today is going to be organized along the lines of a campaign.

Show info graphic.

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Back to Fundamentals

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Where does your web site live?

Ask the group: Where does your web site live?

Drill down on the answers until you get:

  1. On a hard drive
  2. On a server
  3. In a cabinet
  4. In a colocation center
  5. In a city

Who owns the hard drive? Who can get that data on the hard drive? How?

Where does your powerbase live?

Break it down.

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Back to Fundamentals

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Explain that we are going to break into small groups for people who want to practice contribution pages and those who want to practice events.

Remind people of the ground rules, especially: encourage those with more knowledge to teach and let those with less experience do the creating

As for show of hands: * Who wants to practice Contribution Pages? Break into groups of 2 - 3 people * Who wants to practice Events? Break into groups of 2 - 3 people

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Back to Advanced

Overview

Online organizing means collecting information from people and disseminating information to people via the Internet, as opposed to via the phone, door knocking, conferences etc. This lesson covers collecting information from interested people.

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Familiarize ourselves with the various ways to collect data online: Web forms, contribution pages, event pages, membership pages, petitions. Also cover: Social Media integration.

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Back to Advanced

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Sometimes you want to collect data and there is no place to put it in your database. Custom fields allow you to add those fields. Profiles, on the other hand, are a collection of existing fields.

Objectives

Think through how to collect data, how to organize data and how to engage your comrades in figuring it all out.

Understand the difference between profiles and custom data.

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1 hour

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