There is nothing better than sitting down, face-to-face to enthuse with other community organisers about things like nonprofit technology, running dynamic meetups and the state of the world.
Add to this a beach vista, ocean breeze and warm temperatures. Then throw in Australia’s largest nonprofit technology conference.
This is what NetSquared co-organisers in Australia and New Zealand will be doing next week.
Fresh air and walking workshops are the order of the day as co-organisers meet to learn from each other about how to run thriving NetSquared networks in their respective cities.
We’re meeting at the northern end of the 57 kilometre beach which runs past the Gold Coast in Queensland. We’ll join over 300 participants at the annual Connecting Up conference.
A highlight of the two day event is a keynote by former #net2 Portland (OR), London, and NYC organiser, and now CEO of NTEN.org, Amy Sample Ward.
Attending the conference will be an opportunity to tell many people about what NetSquared is all about. As well as promoting participation in the active networks, another aim is to encourage co-organises in other cities to step forward.
The co-organisers participating are:
- Ben Teoh, NetSquared Adelaide
- Rachel Kurzyp and Christie Long, NetSquared Melbourne
- Anne-Maree Kerr, NetSquared Sydney
- Stephen Blyth, NetSquared Wellington & Regional Ambassador.
The meet-up is one of other similar upcoming events aimed at strengthening the NetSquared movement. These are happening in:
- Latin America with Maria Zaghi of NetSquaredGT
- Pacific Northwest with Elijah van der Giessen of Net2Van
- UK and Europe with Mel Findlater of Net2Camb Cambridge Net Squared, TBD
- East Coast USA with Judy Huntress Hallman of NCTech4Good
You can expect to hear back from us not only about the invigorating strolls, but also about how NetSquared will continue to grow and evolve in our part of the world.
Three cheers for support for NetSquared from the awesome folk at TechSoup and Connecting Up!
Photo credit: paul bica