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Video for Nonprofits Workshop: The Essential Elements of Storytelling

Whether you’re making a fundraising video or a video for your website, you have a story to tell. And with most people turning to the web for their news, information and entertainment needs, great video content is key to getting your message out. So how can you make the most of it?

The web loves comedy, brevity and surprise. It also thrives on originality, featuring stories that are often counter-intuitive.

This workshop will look at the essential elements of storytelling including three act structure, character, tone, and plot development. Participants will learn about specific approaches to capturing the emotional, human angle of their story, and how to inspire and engage their audience with a call to action.

Format: This event will include a lecture portion and an interactive portion to practice and implement your skills.

NOTE: this workshop is limited to 40 participants.

Steve Rosenberg is the Executive Director of Pull Focus Film School. He has produced over 50 videos for non-profits and charities.

RSVP on Meetup.com

When: Tuesday, February 11, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Pull Focus Film School, 306 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC.
Fee: Suggested donation of $10 collected at the door

Snacks and beverages will be provided.

RSVP on Meetup.com


  • Event hashtag: #Net2van
  • Host: @Net2van
  • Presenter: @pullfocusfilms


  • Mobility Access: This venue is NOT wheelchair accessible.
  • Hearing Access: Speakers at this event will NOT use microphones.
  • Sight Access: Contact the organizers if you need an advance copy of the presentation.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the Net2Van community and events. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.

Net Tuesday November 2 – Online video for nonprofits

My grandpappy always used to tell me to “go where the audience is.” (Well, not really, but he should have! Because it’s great advice.) That’s why most nonprofits joined Myspace, and then abandoned Myspace for Facebook when their supporters made the same move.

TV gets smashed by the internet

So, we use paper mailings, email, webpages, social media, public events…. we go where the people are. And increasingly nonprofits’ current and potential supporters are watching video online. So let’s go there too, because the latest research suggests that 50% of internet users are watching online video at least once a week and 32% of all internet traffic is already video (with that figure expected to double by 2013.)

Net Tuesday November 2010: online video for non-profits

Date: Tuesday, November 2
Time: doors at 5:30pm, Starts at 6:00pm, and finishes at 7:30pm
Location: W2 Storyeum, 151 west Cordova
Special features: amplified audio and adequate seating for all!

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup


  1. A 30-minute overview of the Youtube grants for nonprofits program, plus a demonstration of some fun features like captioning and translationannotations and call-to-action overlays.
  2. A 1-hour panel with seasoned experts working in the field who will address the hows and whys of video for nonprofit. How can video help advance your mission? Is it worth your time? Where can you find help in creating a video? How do you promote your video? What makes a “viral video”?

Panelists include:

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More stuff you should know:

  • The David Suzuki Foundation is hiring a Senior Marketing Coordinator to lead our direct mail and online fundraising. If you or someone you know would be a good fit please apply ASAP.
  • Jason Mogus and Lauren Bacon are presenting “Are you web ready?” for nonprofit leaders on November 9. It promises to be fabulous. I’ll be there, and you should too. RSVP now.
  • FreshMedia is hosting Remixology 3 on November 6. The Topic is “The future of media”
  • Communicopia is looking for a new office-mate. Looking for a new office? Check it out.


NetSquared Camp Vancouver

Register for NetSquared Camp Vancouver in Vancouver, British   Columbia  on EventbriteDate: Saturday, August 14
9:00 am – 4:00pm
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street
By donation!

Attention Social Change geeks! You are invited to join us at Vancouver’s first NetSquared Camp.

What’s that? It’s an unconference bringing together nonprofits, activists and social entrepreneurs with their friends and allies in the world of technology and communications (social media folk, developers, designers, writers, marketers….)

NetSquared Camp Vancouver will focus on practical skill development and peer learning, so come with your questions and experiences.

Example topics:

  • how do I grow and manage my email list?
  • What fundraising strategies work best online?
  • Facebook Groups vs. Pages – which is right for me?
  • What’s CRM and why should I care?
  • How do I make a blog work for my organization?
  • How do I create a social media strategy?
  • What are best practices for Google Adwords?
  • How do I make an awesome Youtube video that converts to web traffic?
  • What’s the point of your website?
  • What is Drupal and why should you care?

Got a great topic you’d love to share? Add it to our wiki.

Internet Help Desk:

Are you new to this newfangled internet stuff? Why not join us at the Internet Help Desk?

Get one-on-one help from local experts who can answer your questions about such topics as:

  • How to create an email campaign
  • How to use Google Analytics
  • How to setup  Google Adwords
  • How to create a free site using WordPress.com

It’ll be awesome fun. See you there! RSVP now.

NetSquared Camp Vancouver: not an announcement

Hi everybody!

My name’s Eli and you may know me from Net Tuesday Vancouver.

Today I don’t have an announcement. Announcements have details, and I don’t have details yet.

But I do have a statement of intent. And an invitation.

This summer I will be hosting a NetSquared Camp in Vancouver. And I want you to be part of it.

I’ve had the great pleasure of organizing the local Net Tuesday group in Vancouver for the last year. By throwing together people from charities and community organizations, techies (consultants, programmers, designers etc.), government folks, marketers and assorted other allies I hope I’ve been able create opportunities for people to learn from each other. At the very least I’ve sure learned a lot! 🙂

So, why is a NetSquared Camp needed?

Net Tuesday meetups are over too quickly! I have to cut off fascinating conversations all the time. And what about those times when a presenter shows you something incredible, but you want to have the chance to try it out yourself with a bit of instruction? Sorry, there’s no time!

That’s why NetSquared Camp will be an all-day unconference-style event with a focus on hands-on learning from Vancouver’s generous and ridiculously talented nonprofit sector and its allies.

How do I get involved?

  • Join the organizing committee. Email Eli to join the team.
  • Prepare a skill to share at the Camp
  • Bring your trickiest nonprofit problem and challenge our experts to solve it!
  • Suggest a sponsor or venue

Can’t you tell me ANYTHING? Surely you have some details…

  • The event will be held summer 2010
  • Saturday is my preferred day of the week to hold the event
  • There will be ~100 participants
  • It will be pretty cheap to attend. Probably $20 for the day


Why “NetSquared” rather than “Net Tuesday”?

Net Tuesday Vancouver has always been an offshoot of NetSquared.org, which supports a global network of meetups. And calling an event held on Saturday “Net Tuesday” would be confusing.


Feeling so keen that you’re willing to buy a ticket for the event even without a date or location? Bless ya! http://NetSquaredVancouver.eventbrite.com/