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.

Measuring Engagement

Every organization has a different method for engaging their constituents, measuring that engagement and developing new leaders. This training covers the organizing principles and tools available to help with the process.

Discussion: 15 minutes

Question: What are your criteria for determining if someone is ready to take on a leadership role? Open a riseup pad, ask people to type them in.

Add two categories to the top of the list:

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Description

With the economy in shambles, now is an important time to tighten our fundraising strategies and reinforce our networks of support and mutual aid. Raising Money while Capitalism Collapses focuses on building financial support using contribution pages, peer-to-peer giving campaigns, $X in X weeks sprint-style campaigns and integrating these campaigns into our organizing work so we can build holistic campaigns that support our communities.

Prerequisite: Comfortable creating and using groups.

Presented at Stories+Money=Change Conference, September 24, 2021

This presentation developed by Gordon Mayer (Gordon Mayer Communications) and Alice Aguilar (PTP) helps groups explore how infrastructure, technology, organizational culture, skills, and communications are key to fundraising.

Agenda:

  • Intro & Logistics
  • What we mean by infrastructure
  • Infrastructure: Technology/Data & Organizational Culture
  • Relational infrastructure - communicating with your audiences
  • Q&A

Description

Don't let social distancing stop organizing! From the very basics of creating a meeting activity through the intricacies of organizing a team to do phone outreach and generating reports of attendance, Building Community through Participation 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.

Description

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.

Description

Intended for beginners but open to all, Introduction to Powerbase lays the foundation for using the database. In addition to receiving an overview of everything Powerbase can do, you will learn basic skills including how to login, change their password, enter new contacts, organize data, and conduct simple searches. It concludes with the concept of groups and the all important "smart" group.

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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

Description

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

Description

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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