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2011 Conferences You Should Check Out: A Roundup

Posted by Sara Freedman at Oct 25, 2010 |

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.)

2011 Conferences You Should Check Out: A Roundup

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 2011 all over the place!  Make sure you take advantage of the cheaper rates!

**Continuing to update, check back.

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2011 Washington Nonprofit Conference | Direct Marketing Association

Washington, DC
Feb 17-18, 2011
$529-$879 depending on time of registration and member status.
The art of fundraising is changing rapidly. Email, social media, blogging, digital media, mobile and more are quickly becoming credible means of marketing to donors and prospects. But with various groups of constituents engaging through multiple channels, how does one integrate them all so that a consistent message across all channels is delivered?


The Rediscovery of Wonder

Feb 28-March 4, 2011 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.

Making Your Media Matter | The Center for Social Media

American University, Washington, DC
Dates TBD
Join filmmakers, distributors, outreach specialists and an impressive cast of media pioneers for a series of panel discussions on the latest tools and trends in creating, distributing, and fundraising for social issue media.

RootsCampDC | New Organizing Institute

Washington, DC
2011 Dates TBD
RootsCamp is a chance for the progressive movement to come together to share the lessons we've learned about working for progressive change in this new era, focusing on organizing around progressive issues and mobilizing volunteers. The 2010 camp is coming up in December and there's still time to register:


South by Southwest Interactive | SXSW 2011

Austin, TX
March 11-15, 2011
SXSW Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.

Nonprofit Technology Conference | NTEN 11

Washington DC
March 17-19, 2011
$359-$759 depending on membership status and registration date.
NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN is a community of peers who share technology solutions across the sector and support each other's work.


We Media

New York City
April 6, 2011  9am-5pm
Early Bird pricing till Jan. 31
See the change. Be the change.The innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders shaping an enlightened age of media, technology, business, communications and connections are coming to We Media. Join them in the Digital Renaissance.

2011 National Conference for Media Reform

Boston, MA
April 8-10, 2011
Registration is open now. Early bird rates apply until January.
Join thousands of activists, media makers, educators, academics, journalists, policymakers and people who want better media at the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform, presented by Free Press. This three-day conference will include speeches, panels, hands-on workshops, meetings, film screenings, live entertainment, parties and more.
Event Contact: Mary Alice Crim, Outreach Manager, at

GoGreen Seattle

Seattle, WA
April 20, 2011
$125 Early Bird! $175 Later
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 2011 TBD


Brain Traffic Content Strategy Conference

Minneapolis, MN
May 9-10, 2011
First ever from the Brain Traffic crew! Perfect for your staff writer or the writer on your staff. These guys are good and will help you with your content. You’ll hear from passionate, pragmatic speakers who are recognized for their expertise in the fields of user experience, CMS, marketing, media/publishing, social media, and SEO.

Media that Matters

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
May 18-22, 2011
Media that Matters is a retreat and collaboratory for digital visionaries who are building bridges to broader audiences and new possibilities.


BALLE Conference | Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Bellingham, WA
June 15-17, 2011
Join hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners, BALLE network leaders, economic developers, local government representatives and community connectors and explore innovative best practices in growing community health and wealth.

Netroots Nation

Minneapolis, MN
June 16-19, 2011
$250 Standard, $450 Professional
As progressives, our next big battles include ensuring we have a strong 21st century economy, getting employee free choice passed and organizing around comprehensive immigration reform.

Personal Democracy Forum

2011 Date and Location TBD

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 21-24

Allied Media Conference

Detroit, MI
June 23-26, 2011
The Allied Media Conference is the central project of the Allied Media Projects (AMP) network, which emerges 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 2011

Portland, OR
July 25-29, 2011
There is big change in technology and society, and open source is making it happen.

Young Democrats of America
National Convention

Louisville, Kentucky
July 27-31, 2011
This convention is a chance for young activists around the country to learn, exchange ideas, and get energized for the upcoming elections.



San Diego, CA
August 5 and August 6, 2011
$75-$598 (Student rates, blogger rates, professional rates, One-day rates, two-day rates, etc.)
BlogHer '11 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.


Web of Change

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
September 18-22, 2011
This will be the 11th 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.


Independent Sector

Date and Location TBD
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.

Social Change Institute

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
October, Exact dates TBD


Exact date TBD

Other conferences to keep an eye on

Dreamforce 2011

August 30 - September 2, 2011
San Francisco, CA
$99-$199 for nonprofits, depending on registration date

Plone Conference 2011

Date and location TBD.

Social Venture Network (Fall and Spring Conferences)

Bioneers 2011

The CORE Conference (Community Organizing Resource Exchange)

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