This past week's CollaborAction conference was the latest offering of Maytree Foundation's Building Blocks initiative and was an impressive opportunity to network and learn with organizers in Toronto and from across Canada. With so many meetings and conferences veering toward the snoozing-inspired where you attend for the networks amidst disappointingly substance-free content - I am happy to report that this was not the case on Wednesday!
Indeed, one of the most engaging and content-heavy parts of the day was the breakout session delivered by Chris Cowperthwaite & Adel Boulazreg on the potential for data and technology in organizing people, volunteers and campaigns of all sorts. Relevant to business, politics, marketing and community organizing alike - through real life, easy to understand stories and examples with NationBuilder, MailChimp and other tools, they clearly outlined how enterprise grade data, analytics and organizing applications are available at grassroots pricing for those interested in launching or scaling up a campaign for just about anything.
CLICK HERE for Chris & Adel's slide's from the session for your review. In future posts I will look to eventually compare and contrast tools like NationBuilder versus Blue State Digital and other applications with similar functionalities for use as a data-driven grassroots organizing platform.