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PdF Network Calls Now Open to GovLoop Community

This spring PdF is excited to open its doors to the GovLoop community.

So come on in, make yourself comfortable, and gain access to the leading government innovators, political practitioners, and so many more that we count among the PdF community.

Every other Thursday from now through May, at 1pm EST, techPresident.com‘s Editor, Micah Sifry, will interview each guest about their recent accomplishments and meta perspectives, then open it up to call participants (this is where you come in), inviting everyone to join the conversation. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with the very people helping to redefine the status quo.

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Several of the calls are tailor made for the GovLoop community. Bryan Sivak, DC’s former CTO will be on to discuss: How to Create a New Culture of Digital Government, and Boston’s Science and Technology in Public Policy Advisor, Nigel Jacob, will dive deep into how How Boston is Linking Citizens to Government.

Participating is easy. Check out the full call schedule below and then use the sign up form to indicate which calls you’d like to join. Dial in information will be sent out the day before each call, to all registered participants.

The PdF Network is PdF’s premium membership service, designed to give those working in government, politics, advocacy, and many more sectors, unparalleled access to industry experts and resources. As we work to upgrade the network, its website, and its premium content offerings, all to launch at the end of spring, we’re excited to invite the GovLoop to experience just one of the PdF Network’s premium offerings, our bi-monthly call series, at no cost. So be sure to tell your colleagues and friends too!

You can also check out and join the PdF GovLoop group!

Full Call Schedule

February 3, 1pm-2pm EST The Future of Social Networking for Non-Profits

What should tech-savvy non-profits expect as they look to social networking sites to find supporters, drive action, and raise funds? Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, an online social networking platform for change, political campaigns, and engaged citizens around the world.

February 17, 1pm-2pm EST Maptivism: How to Crowdsource Political Action

Web and mobile technology are enabling activists and organizers to use free, open-source platforms to crowdsource action and respond to political and humanitarian crises in new ways. Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers.

March 3, 1pm-2pm EST Using Social Media for Non-Profit Fundraising: charity: water’s Success

What lessons can your non-profit learn from a start-up whose 1.3 million Twitter followers have helped bring clean drinking water to over a million people? charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Paull Young, Director of New Media, leads the organization’s online presence.

March 17, 1pm-2pm EST Digital DC: How to Create a New Culture of Digital Government

Changing government through technology is possible — but it will require a total cultural reorientation, away from old ways of running and thinking about government. Bryan Sivak, former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia (2009-2010), discusses how the nation’s capital is taking steps to create a new culture of digital governance from the inside out.

March 31, 1pm-2pm EST Anatomy of a Social Media Success: “It Gets Better” Project

How did a single uplifting online video, inspired by a horrific news story, turn into a worldwide movement that produced over 5000 user-created videos and over 15 million views? The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach. Scott Zumwalt is Project Manager for the campaign, overseeing online, grassroots and volunteer strategy.

April 28, 1pm-2pm EST Connected Cities: How Boston is Linking Citizens to Government

From mobile apps that tell you when the bus is coming or report a pothole, to online maps that match information about government programs (like stimulus funding) to locations in your neighborhood, Boston is leading the way for cities using technology to connect citizens with local governments. Nigel Jacob is a software architect and a science and technology public policy advisor working for the City Of Boston Mayor’s Office as part of the New Urban Mechanic Fellowship.

May 12, 1pm-2pm EST Beyond TXT – Mobile Campaigning for 2012

Mobile strategy is about more than texting — it’s about rethinking and reshaping how your supporters interact with your campaign when they’re on the go, whether they’re visiting your site, using an app, or looking at mobile search ads. Katie Harbath most recently served as the Chief Digital Strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2010 election cycle where she was in charge of all the committee’s online efforts, including analysis of mobile usage.

May 26, 1pm-2pm EST The Internet’s Future: Will it be Free?

That the Internet will remain as free and open as it was designed to be looks less sure than ever. With on-going battles over net neutrality, broadband access, and online speech, what does the future look like, and how can it be changed? Nancy Scola, techPresident.com‘s Associate Editor, will deep dive into the issues at hand and the future at stake.

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