2008 Grantee Convening
Activism 2.0: Tools for Grassroots Environmental Activists
November 14, 2008
On November 14, 2008, the Grassroots Fund hosted its third annual convening of grantees, which included more than 80 representatives of 50 grantee organizations from throughout Northern California. The convening was again co-sponsored with the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund of Tides Foundation. The full-day event focused on how to use the Internet in grassroots advocacy work. Workshops were conducted on the topics of databases, creating websites, and tools for effective e-communications. The conference was free, and travel scholarships were provided to attendees traveling over 75 miles. The entire meeting was also made carbon-neutral by purchasing energy credits from NativeEnergy to offset any greenhouse gases created during travel to the convening.
The main feature of the successful Convening was a two-hour presentation on the essential tools needed successful online engagement. John Kenyon of Kenyon Consulting led the presentation and answered many questions from the audience members about how to create a web presence for their organizations. Feedback from attendees was very positive for this convening. One grantee sent us this message after her return home:
You truly were able to perceive just what tools were necessary to allow us to move ourselves forward with our web site re-design, newsletter and emailing in an accessible way that allows us to realistically utilize the information we assimilated.
Photos from 2008 Convening: Upper left John Kenyon, upper right “ask the expert” plenary, lower left Machelle Hunter of Committee for a Better Alpaugh, lower right Susan JunFish of Parents for a Safer Environment.