Links We Like:

As the recruitment season winds down, we want to keep sharing with you resources and cool links that are relevant to your own leadership development.  Here’s another installment of Links We Like.

I had the opportunity to connect with Chris Golden, a talented emerging leader who has helped develop, an online platform that allows volunteers to record, track and share their service experiences.   Read the rest of this entry »


On the Verge | Tascheena Kimberley Umanah, Arizona

During the short history of this blog, we’ve featured Allies, staff and Alumni.  However, today we’ve got another installment of On The Verge, featuring applicants who are on the verge of becoming Allies for 2010.  Our next profile is Tascheena Kimberley Umanah, who we met by her comments on this very blog, on the debut segment of OTV. We interviewed Tascheena via e-mail to learn about where she’s at with the process of applying to Public Allies Arizona.  Tascheena’s responses are in BOLD.

How did you first hear about Public Allies?

I first heard of Public Allies through the community service listserv that I had been receiving from, my Read the rest of this entry »

Video | Hanging up our capes … for now

Subtitled: Super-Heroes can’t do math

Ta-dah! Here’s the final Super-Heroes video. (Though honestly, since we paid good money for those costumes we can’t promise you won’t see a cape again somewhere.)

Episode 8 sees Dr. Apathy vanquished at last: He melts away as Captain Collaboration reports the results of our June fund-raising campaign. And now, you will see us demonstrate Integrity Man’s advice about being transparent and owning up to our mistakes. The Captain’s math is wrong! The preliminary number he announces in this video is actually off  by $340. Our final tally: $11,554 after the  match from a generous donor. We’re pretty happy with that.

In the continuous learning spirit of The Professor, there have been some lively discussions  at the national office about the pros and cons, opportunities and pitfalls of online fund-raising. (Aside to newbies: Public Allies operates in many different cities, but the “national staff” works out of an office in Milwaukee, Wisc.) The discussions tend to center around these kinds of questions:

What’s the appropriate amount to ask for given the kinds of people active in our social network community?

What results can we expect given the number of people who are members of the Public Allies page?

What do they want to hear from us when we ask them to become involved?

What might inspire someone to help recruit people to the cause?

When do we cross the line from enthusiastic to really annoying?

There are certainly a lot of resources out there to help us explore these questions. We also had the great fortune of a very supportive friend on the staff to help us navigate some areas. One thing’s for sure: We learned a lot from our month-long Super-Heroes journey. And in most cases, it was all about putting hunches to the test.

For instance, we knew that by launching this effort in an intensely busy month for our organization, we were effectively cutting off the amount of support we could expect from our own colleagues in the field. That eliminated one of our best assets, and the kind of networks-supporting-networks principle that drives an online campaign. But meet people where they are, and you can get still grab their attention — busy or not. When we announced that we’d match each graduation-congratulation message on Facebook with a $5 donation, people really came out. It was something they cared about, and it was easy. We also increased our Facebook membership by 20%. Next time, we’ll integrate that kind of idea into our plans more effectively.

Does anyone out there have experiences to share about building online networks, mobilizing volunteers through social media, raising money, what have you? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

To see all the Super-Heroes videos, visit our YouTube channel.

Opening | Eagle Rock Teaching Fellowship

We haven’t talked much about the Public Allies Fellowship at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center here on the blog. That’s mainly because they did the bulk of their selection before this blog was even born.

The Eagle Rock Fellowship is different from the Ally Apprenticeship experience, as it’s geared towards those Read the rest of this entry »

Video | The Five Values of Public Allies, Arizona Style

We may have to dub Arizona “Hollywood East.”  Ally Michael Soto produced this 4 minute video of the Allies talking about how they’ve practiced the Values of Public Allies this past year.

Get up on Friday Morning: PA AZ’s Jemia Cunningham

Public Allies Arizona’s Jemia Cunningham shares with us a highlight from her Presentation of Learning — her mashup of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” with her Public Allies experience.

“Old School!” — PA in NYC for NCVS

PA Alumni dining out at PA Happy Hour in NYC

Sorry for the scant updates lately.  Admittedly, we’re heading into the twilight of recruitment season.  Only New Mexico, Twin Cities, DC, and Orlando are accepting applications for Fall 2010 (you can still submit to be an alternate for the other sites, however).   So, I wanted to take a post to reflect on the recent National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), held June 28-30, 2010 in New York City.

I like to consider NCVS as “servicenerdpalooza” — it’s the largest gathering of national service folks, volunteer managers, civic Read the rest of this entry »

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