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WordCamp for Social Change: 02.02.13

Want to leverage digital communications to make a difference in the world?

On February 2nd, The Lang Center for Civic and Social Repsonsibility at Swarthmore College, in collaboration with Swarthmore Information Technology Services, will lead our first WordCamp for Social Change, for Swarthmore students.

WordCamp 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria

WordCamp 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Whether you need to start a blog for your cause, build a digital community for your organization, or take your existing digital presence to the next level, our team of seasoned WordPress publishers will be ready to instruct, assist and support you.

RSVP by 5 p.m., January 30th via our Facebook Event page. Participation is limited to the first 20 applicants, and we will confirm your registration. Student organizations are encouraged to register a pair or participants.

What’s WordPress?

WordPress has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. (Read more.)

What’s a WordCamp?

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web. (Read more.)

Why is this a WordCamp for Social Change?

In 2001, Eugene Lang ’38 created the endowment to establish the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Ever since, members of the Lang Center’s staff, interested faculty, engaged community partners, and many, many students have continued to create, sustain, and learn from activities, events, and organizations in ways that fulfill the mission of the College and the Lang Center to provide an environment that supports academic excellence in the context of social responsibility. (Read more.)


Tentative schedule: WordCamp for social change

wordcampWe have updated the schedule for Saturday’s WordCamp for Social Change:

9:30 a.m.: Doors open.

10: Welcome to WordCamp for Social Change. Let’s introduce ourselves and outline a plan for the day. We’ll have coffee and snacks.

10:30: What can we do with WordPress? Intro to design possibilities, branding and community building. Let’s look at some sites, and discuss using WordPress as a social hub.

11: Logging in to WordPress.com and setting some goals; a discussion of student communities, organizations and passions.

Noon: Lunch hour keynoter Mike Kaiser of Generocity.org discusses their program for building communities around organizations for social good, why they use WordPress, and how it has helped them grow. Lunch will be provided.

1 p.m.: Publishing on WordPress; step-by-step instruction on making posts and pages, and controlling WordPress settings.

2 – 3 p.m.: Workshopping staff with support.

WordCamp keynoter: Mike Kaiser of Generocity.org

Last year, Generocity.org migrated their operations to a WordPress site, which Community Outreach Director Mike Kaiser says “allowed us to do be flexible and really helped us expand our reach.”

Mike Kaiser

Mike Kaiser

Mike Kaiser will present our lunchtime keynote at the Lang Center WordCamp for Social Change on February 2nd, and will discuss Generocity’s program for building communities around organizations for social good, why they use WordPress at Generocity.org, and how it has helped them grow.

Mike oversees the content and social media strategy and assists on community outreach efforts at Generocity.org, to connect nonprofit and community based organizations to businesses and the broader Philadelphia community.

Prior to joining Generocity.org, Mike was the Communications Liaison at Gift of Life Donor Program where his work was featured by Facebook for Nonprofits and PRSA Philadelphia. Mike holds a B.A. in media studies from Penn State University.

Tentative Schedule: WordCamp for Social Change

10 a.m. – noon: The morning session will include an introduction to WordPress, including a look at how some local organizations are using WordPress to make a difference.
- Welcome and introductions
- Social change and digital communications
- Showcase of local groups using WordPress
- Small group discussions

Noon – 1 p.m.: Lunch will be provided during a keynote presentation. Check back soon for excitng information on our lunch guest.

1 – 3 p.m.: We will break into groups based on interests and skill levels for an afternoon workshop.
- Technical instruction
- Hands-on workshopping with faculty support
- Integrating WordPress with multimedia content and social media tools
- Developing your digital identity and strategy
- Coming together for a brief closing plenary
- Introduction to upcoming Unconference

Additional topics for consideration:
- Design basics
- Plugins
- Monetization, E-commerce

* Let us know what you’re interested in via the comments space below.