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The Leading Edge

Innovative IT that will change the way you work

Ten years ago only a handful of people in the community sector used email in their day-to-day work. Now it’s hard to imagine life without it. The pace of technological change is relentless and community organisations often lag behind, slow to adopt new technologies and unable to imagine how imminent techno-social change will transform the way they work.

In this seminar Nicole Aebi-Moyo (Non-profit Consultant with QVR Global) and Karalee Evans (Communications and Partnerships Manager for Headspace) described and discussed a couple of social and technological transformations that are only in their infancy now, but will have a huge impact on the way we live and work in the very near future.

Nicole discussed the concept of Cloud Computing — software and processes located online and accessed from a web browser. She gave examples of non-profits around the world using the web to help run their organisations and reduce costs, admin time and infrastructure needs.

Karalee is very active in the social media space and showed us how social networking can extend organisational capacity in a range of areas including fundraising, awareness-raising, stakeholder engagement and internal communications. She also discussed important considerations organisations need to explore before embracing social media, and presented some thoughts on how the growth of social networking will change the way we communicate during the next decade.

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Victoria: The Place To Be

Doing IT Better is a social justice initiative of the Centre for Community Networking Research (Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University) and the Victorian Council of Social Service, generously funded by a foundation.
The 2009 Seminar Series is generously sponsored by Multimedia Victoria.