Is Michael in the audience today?

I’m sitting in the audience at the National Technology Conference being held in San Francisco. The presentation I’m attending is on “Why the donate button isn’t enough: designing program-centric appeals online”.

When I say I’m in the audience, I’m not actually there. Instead I’m part of the global audience viewing the workshop online. With a limit of 1,400 people (wow!!), not everyone who wanted to attend the conference actually could. So NTEN, the event’s organisers, have provided plenty of ways for people to see at least a few sessions.

The session I’ve joined is the last of the live webcasts: live video with shots of the presenters and questions from other attendees.

There are about six sessions available free as webinars (a audio presentation with slideshow). These are covering topics such as open source constituent relationship management software, integrated mobile advocacy and online fundraising, program-centric appeals online and cloud computing. An archive means these are available after the event is long over. Plus there is live blogging – a bit like hand-written scrawls on your notepad, but shared online.

On a more face-to-face level I’ll catch up with Michael Woodcock, Marketing Manager at NZFVWO, when he gets back from the Conference. Over the past 18 months I’ve been intermittently sitting next to Michael and having many conversations about ecological sustainability, peak oil and the like. I’m wondering if he’s in the audience today – I’m waiting to hear a kiwi accent chime in during the Q&A session.

Michael’s been promoting the TechSoup program since it launched in Aotearoa last June with a positive response. He’s in San Francisco to meet with others running TechSoup programmes around the planet – in 23 countries and more coming.

Here’s a short interview with Michael the day before he headed over to San Francisco (apologies for the sound quality). I asked him buy a me copy of the recently released book “Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders”.

Michael Woodcock interview, 23 April 2009 from Stephen on Vimeo.

After he gets back I’ll do a longer interview and post it here as an audio file. Back to the session about “Why the donate button isn’t enough”……

Update 29 April: I forgot the mention that fellow kiwi and another greenie Peter Davis is also at the NTEN conference. He’s blogged about the conference on the webguide blog.

Update 30 April: Michael has emailed saying he’s got a copy of the book I mentioned above and is hunting down an autograph for me. Feedback from the conference floor: a presentation by Eben Moglen, a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center was fantastic. Moglen received a standing ovation.