I love the collaborative, high-octane brainstorming you can only find at a conference. But, I have to admit, its hard to translate PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions, and a huge stack of business cards into an actionable plan once back in the office.

I think I speak for many of us when I say I’d prefer to get something meaningful done at my next conference, in real time, while I had the attention of a cross section of other nonprofit technology leaders.

And that’s exactly why I’m thrilled to be attending the Nonprofit Technology Network’s upcoming Leading Change Summit in a few weeks (September 3-6 in San Francisco). The agenda of the Leading Change Summit is different than anything I’ve seen in the nonprofit space, an interesting reboot and remix of the traditional conference.

The Conference Tracks:

You can find a complete overview of the LCS experience is here.

What I’m most looking forward to..

Each track is facilitated by experts in the field, but here’s the real kicker: the sessions are interactive and collaborative, with the goal of producing usable work products in session. Many of you know my deep love for PowerPoint, but I have to admit that I’m looking forward to switching it up a bit.

Blackbaud is a sponsor of the Summit, and I’ll be attending as a participant in the Future of Technology track.  In particular, I’m looking forward to downloading Peter Campbell‘s thoughts, and hearing Alexandra Samuel’s (@awsamuel) keynote on telling stories with big data, one of several plenary sessions.

The session concludes with an Idea Accelerator for those looking to develop new technology in service of their nonprofit’s mission. I have no idea where that session is going to go, but am definitely looking forward to the journey!

You can check out the Summit website for details,  view this webinar for info on the unique format, and follow #14LCS on Twitter.

For those who won’t be there, I’ll try to post a blog or two about the experience. But it looks like there are a few slots left for those who are interested—hope to see you there!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

One of the founding members of Blackbaud’s interactive services team, Bo Crader works in various capacities as a business architect, implementation advisor and strategist. Recent projects include developing a multi-site rollout approach for a large healthcare organization, advising on the launch of a rebranding effort for a national federated nonprofit, and leading enterprise-wide organizational and technical assessments. A Blackbaud veteran, Bo has held positions in communications, consulting and business solutions.  He worked previously in publishing and served in the military. Specific areas of expertise include interactive strategy, emerging technologies, solution architecture and design, and project planning. Bo has been published in a number of publications on topics related to technology and fundraising trends. Bo holds a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia.  Bo is a frequent volunteer in his local community of Clemson, South Carolina, where he recently led an effort to start a nonprofit, and now serves as the organization’s Board Chair.

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