Taking a quick break from packing bags. In a matter of hours I’ll be on a plane with my family to LA and San Francisco – part work, part play, but all fun I’m sure.
The main reason why I’m going is to take part in NTEN‘s massive Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), representing Connecting Up along with work colleague Shai Coggins. There will also be four other Australians who work for not-for-profits heading across the ocean as part of a joint Connecting Up/NTEN scholarship and it will be good to compare notes with them.
While there’s a great line-up of speakers and topics, I’m more excited about meeting people doing similar work with not-for-profits organisations internationally.
One of the sessions I’m looking forward to is the “Local Community Organizers Affinity Group (12NTCLCO)” where I’ll be spending time with community organisers from around the world. It will be a chance for all of us to discover the challenges and successes we’ve had as community organisers and I’m sure we’ll discover plenty of overlap, despite our geographical and cultural differences. That’s worth exploring.
Many of the people at this session are also NetSquared community organisers. The NetSquared group here in Adelaide is fairly fresh and still developing, and I’m excited about seeing new communities popping up in other cities around Australia. I’m also hoping that I’ll have time to pick the brains of the other organisers face-to-face and bring back ideas for our community here.
While I’m typing away, I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who’s answered my Facebook questions about international travel. I’m thankful for all you jet-setters and your wealth of knowledge. There’s something to be said about hearing first-hand experiences and ‘inside’ knowledge rather than wading through websites trying to find information that isn’t out-dated. You’re all fantastic.
So, now time to get back to packing… I wonder how much room I should leave for a bit of retail therapy while I’m over there?
(Oh, and I’m just a little bit pumped about Disneyland too…)