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January 23 2012

2012 Conferences: Social Change, Technology, Nonprofit

Nothing like a good conference to connect with peers, boost creativity, recharge those batteries, and if you're lucky, get a couple nights of acting like you're 19 again. (What happens at the Personal Democracy Forum, stays at the Personal Democracy Forum.)
2012 Conferences: Social Change, Technology, Nonprofit

Web of Change

Nothing like a good conference to connect with peers, boost creativity, recharge those batteries, and if you're lucky, get a couple nights of acting like you're 19 again. (What happens at the Personal Democracy Forum, stays at the Personal Democracy Forum.)

*Early Bird rates for 2012 all over the place!  Make sure you take advantage of the better rates!

**More excellent conferences calendars at CivicActions and Socialbrite.



Feb 27-March 2, 2012 in Long Beach, CA is SOLD OUT. But, you can follow the conference here.

TEDActive in Palm Springs is still open but you better hurry up.  

There's a lot of other stuff going over there, check it out.

MediaThat Matters | Center for Social Media

Washington, DC
Feb 10-11, 2012
This year's theme, "Change for Good," features conversations about how independent social change filmmakers can execute integrated campaigns that are strategic, action-oriented, and have enduring impact.

RootsCampDC | New Organizing Institute

Washington, DC
Feb 18-19, 2012
This year marks the 6th anniversary of Rootscamp “Unconference” where organizers set the agenda, share lessons learned and drive the conversation about best practices in organizing.


2012 Washington Nonprofit Conference

Washington, DC
March 1-2, 2012
Learn innovative strategies and creative approaches to fundraising that will help you identify and develop new initiatives for your programs, as well as increase donations.

South by Southwest Interactive | SXSW 2012

Austin, TX
March 9-13, 2012
SXSW Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events... whatever. Dwight from The Office will be there.


Innovative Giving Conference

San Francisco, CA
April 2, 2012 8am-5pm
Communicate, evaluate and fundraise your way to mobile giving success.

Nonprofit Technology Conference | NTEN 12

San Francisco, CA
April 3-5, 2012
Register by Feb 17 and get $100 dollars off!
This popular three-day gathering brings together nonprofit professionals from around the world to collaborate, innovate, and maximize effectiveness. With a wide mix of social events, seminars, trainings, and resources, the 2012 NTC will help you put technology to work to further your cause..

GoGreen Seattle

Seattle, WA
April 25, 2012
The GoGreen Conference is a unique opportunity to learn the latest in sustainable practices for your business. This one day conference is designed to educate, motivate and inspire you - the aspiring or established business owner or professional - to take your green quotient to the next level and to give you actionable next steps to make your business more sustainable.

LCV State Capacity Building Annual Conference

Dates and Location for 2012 TBA


Scrum Alliance

Atlanta, GA
May 7-9, 2012
You'll find plenty of ways to participate as you share experiences, exchange information and collaborate with fellow Scrum users.

Media that Matters

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
May 16-20, 2012
Media that Matters is a retreat and collaboratory for digital visionaries who are building bridges to broader audiences and new possibilities.

BALLE Business Conference (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)

Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 15-18, 2012
Join hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners, BALLE network leaders, economic developers, local government representatives and community connectors and explore innovative best practices to increase community health and wealth.


Association of Fundraising Professionals
Rewire to Inspire TechKnow Conference

Orlando, FL
June 4-5, 2012
Fundraisers and nonprofit professionals need to stay up to speed with today's technology and techniques, plain and simple. New web tools, apps and social networks can bring you up close and personal to your supporters in ways we never thought possible.

Social Change Institute

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
June 6-12, 2012

Netroots Nation

Providence, RI
June 7-10, 2012
Win the internet people. Also, a training track on new media and organizing that's 30 sessions over the conference.

Personal Democracy Forum

New York, NY
June 11-12, 2012
Never underestimate the power of a group of thoughtful, committed people to change the world. Personal Democracy Forum explores and analyzes technology's impact on politics. Take part in the conversations that are driving real changes in technology, governance, and the nonprofit world.


Open Source Bridge

Portland, OR
June 26-29
Open Source Bridge is a conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way.

Allied Media Conference

Detroit, MI
June 28-July 1, 2012
The Allied Media Conference is the central project of the Allied Media Projects (AMP) network, which emerged out of ten years of organic relationship-building. Since the first conference (then the Midwest Zine Conference) in 1999, people have been compelled by the concept of do-it-yourself media. With the shift toward Allied Media, the AMC has attracted more and more people who are interested in using participatory media as a strategy for social justice organizing.


OSCON 2012
Open Source Convention

Portland, OR
July 16-20, 2012
There is big change in technology and society, and open source is making it happen.




New York, NY
August 2-4, 2012
BlogHer '12 will bring over 3,000 attendees together from all over the world to share hands-on learning, rich discussions, opportunities to meet with the brands that support them and plentiful networking opportunities.


Dreamforce 2012

Sept 18-21, 2012
San Francisco, CA
All things Salesforce.

Web of Change

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
Sept 5-9, 2012
This will be the 12th year of the Web of Change conference at Hollyhock. It has grown both in size and scope but always looking for ways to harness the power of the internet to effect social change.



San Francisco, CA
Oct 1-4, 2012


Independent Sector Annual Conference: Game Changers

San Francisco, CA
Nov 11-12, 2012
Using their collective energy and expertise, members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community examine how to develop lasting solutions to current conditions and create brighter futures for organizations and the people they serve.

Other conferences to keep an eye on

Plone Conference 2012

All things Plone.

Social Venture Network (Fall and Spring Conferences 2012)


Bioneers 2012





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