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Graphic Design Toolbox: Designing the New Aspiration Shirt

Less than two weeks into my role at Aspiration, I was granted an enormous challenge: design the 2014 Aspiration t-shirt. From this high-profile task emerged a series of challenges. The first was simple: how could I support free and open software and produce the kind of visual graphics I’m used to getting with proprietary tools? […]

Twenty tactics for creating engaging online content

Do you ever find yourself asking “What’s the point of it all?” when creating content for the vast universe of the web? Don’t let your content fizzle out. Instead, consider using engagement asks to get your audience involved in the work you’re writing about. ‘Cause its not always about you. Organizing is about encouraging people […]

Developing New Tech Projects, Part 2: Test Pages

(Check out part one of this project here! ) We’re getting closer to launching our webpage for nonprofit learning resources, designed for anyone concerned with using and making decisions about technology for social change. We appreciate all who shared helpful feedback on our digital page mock-ups. Now, we’ve brought these mock-ups to life in a […]

Resources: How to Protect your Email

With great honor, Aspiration gets to join Jack and Jamila from Palante Technology Cooperative for a session on “PGP Encryption for Our Movements” at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit on June 19-22, 2014. The AMC is a “collaborative labratory” where activists, techies, artists, and educators create and share transformative media. We always have a […]

Developing New Tech Projects, Part I: User Testing

We’ve been working on something that we’re pretty excited about—a new part of our website that gathers all of our training resources in one place. It hasn’t gone live yet, but we’d love to share our progress and get your feedback on this page mock up as we move forward! For years, Aspiration has been […]

The Listening Cycle, Part I

Beyonce wants you to listen Image The listening cycle has been co-written by Dirk Slater from Fabriders. Dirk has two decades of experience supporting social justice movements and is a nice guy to boot. You can find him on Twitter @fabrider. You can also find the version of this article on the Fabriders site […]

Trust in the Cloud

Are you considering using the Cloud at your nonprofit organization? What are some implications of the use of the Cloud for nonprofits and social justice movements? (Hold up, if first you want to get caught up on “What is the Cloud?“? Read from Mashable or LearnFree.) Calling it “The Cloud” is misleading The Cloud is […]

Social Media Toolkit Released by Greenlining

We admire JC and Braelan, the good folks over at the Greenlining Institute in Berkeley. Today, we want to share out their newest publication, The Art of Listening: Social Media Toolkit for Nonprofits. The strategy guide is filled with social media strategies and tactics to really build a foundation for your social media presence as […]

Crash Course in Online Activism

Are you creating an online campaign with a group of young folks? Are you interested in becoming an activist? If you have an important story to share online, start here! Watch the video to get a 3 minute e-Advocacy crash course, What is e-Advocacy?, produced by Jennifer Dueñas from the Ryse Center’s Youth Organizing Team […]

Pain, Passion, Fame, and Fun

Have you been thinking about how to get people to care about the information you are putting online? As you begin the process to engage people in the offline or online world, you have to figure out how your messaging reaches the people you care about by tapping into what they actually really care about. […]

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