2010 Conferences You Should Check Out: A Roundup

Web of Change Convener David Averill put together this inspiring list of impactful conferences on the Groundwire website.  If you are looking to recharge and reconnect with like minded folk you have plenty to choose from!  The Web of Change Conference is in good company.


The True Spin Conference | Communications for Progressives Denver, CO

January 21-22
Some of America’s best progressive PR practitioners are gathering for two days of panels, practical workshops, networking and fun. Officials from giant corporations meet all the time to share their latest and greatest media relations strategies. This is your turn.

2010 Washington Nonprofit Conference | Direct Marketing Association

Washington, DC
January 28-29
The art of fundraising is changing rapidly. Email, social media, blogging, digital media, mobile and more are quickly becoming credible means of marketing to donors and prospects. But with various groups of constituents engaging through multiple channels, how does one integrate them all so that a consistent message across all channels is delivered?


TED2010 (Sold Out)

Feb 9-13
Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.
TED2010 in Long Beach, TEDActive in Palm Springs and the waitlist are completely subscribed. You can follow the conference proceedings and news here.
Registration for TEDGlobal 2011 is now open; registration for TED2011 and TEDActive 2011 will open shortly. Sign up for TED mailings to be notified of registration opening.

UnConference | NonProfit 2.0

Washington, DC
February 12
NonProfit 2.0 is more than just a conference on the next generation web. It’s a next generation conference in format. Ever attend a keynote but find the rest of the content to be wanting? NonProfit 2.0 delivers the best of both worlds, offering great keynote sessions led by Amanda Rose, Founder of Twestival, but in an unconference way with no PowerPoint, 15 minute leads, and open questions and dialogue for fantastic conversations.

Making Your Media Matter | The Center for Social Media

American University, Washington, DC
February 11-12
Join filmmakers, distributors, outreach specialists and an impressive cast of media pioneers for a series of panel discussions on the latest tools and trends in creating, distributing, and fundraising for social issue media.

RootsCampDC | New Organizing Institute

Washington, DC
February 20-21
After a year under the Obama administration, RootsCamp is a chance for the progressive movement to come together to share the lessons we've learned about working for progressive change in this new era, focusing on organizing around progressive issues and mobilizing volunteers.


We Media Miami

Miami, Fl
March 9-11
See the change. Be the change.The innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders shaping an enlightened age of media, technology, business, communications and connections are coming to We Media Miami. Join them in the Digital Renaissance.

South by Southwest Interactive | SXSW

Austin, TX
March 12-16
SXSW Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.


Nonprofit Technology Conference | NTEN

Atlanta, Georgia
April 8-10
Member $459, Non-Member $659
NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN is a community of peers who share technology solutions across the sector and support each other's work.

GoGreen Seattle

Seattle, WA
April 21
The GoGreen Conference is a unique opportunity to learn the latest in sustainable practices for your business. This one day conference is designed to educate, motivate and inspire you - the aspiring or established business owner or professional - to take your green quotient to the next level and to give you actionable next steps to make your business more sustainable.

Social Enterprise Alliance Summit

San Francisco, CA
April 28-30
A new sector is emerging with the primary purpose of addressing social, environmental and economic challenges of our time. The growth of social enterprise has the potential to be a defining innovation of this century. Join over 600 social entrepreneurs in San Francisco to learn, grow, be inspired, make new connections from around the globe and become part of this expanding movement.


BALLE Conference | Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Charleston, SC
May 21
Join hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners, BALLE network leaders, economic developers, local government representatives and community connectors and explore innovative best practices in growing community health and wealth.


Cause Marketing Forum

Chicago, IL
June 2-4 $725
Whether you work for a company, cause or agency, the 2010 gathering will provide you with a "Road Map to a Better Future." You'll be guided by field-tested experts.You'll travel through the days with colleagues who share your hunger for solutions. And the CMF team will make sure you're well outfitted for the journey.

Personal Democracy Forum

New York City, NY
June 3-4
Never underestimate the power of a group of thoughtful, committed people to change the world. Personal Democracy Forum explores and analyzes technology's impact on politics. Take part in the conversations that are driving real changes in technology, governance, and the nonprofit world.

Allied Media Conference

Detroit, MI
June 18-20
The Allied Media Conference is the central project of the Allied Media Projects (AMP) network, which emerges out of ten years of organic relationship-building. Since the first conference (then the Midwest Zine Conference) in 1999, people have been compelled by the concept of do-it-yourself media. With the shift towards Allied Media, the AMC has attracted more and more people who are interested in using participatory media as a strategy for social justice organizing.

US Social Forum

Detroit, MI
June 22-26
The US Social Forum is more than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression. The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other's experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and develop consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world.


Netroots Nation

Las Vegas, NV
July 22-25
As progressives, our next big battles include insuring we have a strong 21st century economy, getting employee free choice passed and organizing around comprehensive immigration reform.


Web of Change

Cortes Island, BC
September 22-26
This will be the 10th anniversary of the Web of Change conference at Hollyhock. It has grown from 35 to 90 participants over those 10 years! It has grown both in size and scope but always looking for ways to harness the power of the internet to effect social change.


Independent Sector

Atlanta, GA
October 20-22
Using their collective energy and expertise, members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community examine how to develop lasting solutions to current conditions and create brighter futures for organizations and the people they serve.