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Category Archives: Toolboxes

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 [...]

Text Messaging for Grassroots Community Organizing

Text messaging is more accessible than ever and can be a powerful tool in direct community organizing. Is Text Messaging Right for Your Work? Short Message Service (SMS) can be an effective method for communicating and interacting with a relatively large audience of supporters in a direct and engaging way. Despite their reputation for being [...]

Preparing Your Computer for Translation Purposes

Here at Aspiration, we love to use free open source software, so our go to office suite is LibreOffice. For those of you who do not know what LibreOffice is, it is basically the equivalent to Microsoft Office suite, but better because it is free! I was recently doing some work in Spanish. If you [...]

How Can We Make SSC Toolboxes More Valuable for You?

Toolboxes on Social Source Commons are great. We love them. Users love them. They’re selling out shows on Wednesday nights. Amazing right? Well, I know that I’ve always had tweaks and changes that I’d like to make to the toolbox interface and I’m thinking that beautiful users like yourself might as well. We love SSC [...]

Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend Tools

Recently, a group of coders gathered together in Greenwich Village to put together tools to promote privacy, security and data transparency. This was the The Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend. Aspiration was excited to be involved in such an important movement happening in tool development. You can see photos from the weekend on Flickr [...]

Matt’s Tools for Putting Together an HTML Email Newsletter

Continuing the email newsletter support that started with Why HTML Email Newsletter Editors Suck, I put together a toolbox on Social Source Commons of tools that I use at Aspiration to create our HTML email newsletters. The Custom Description Text of each tool tells you a little bit about why I use the tool and [...]

How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Javascript is disabled. To see the toolbox, please enable Javascript or see the toolbox page. One issue that organizations often ask us about with exasperation is passwords. That necessary headache that everyone has a different way of managing badly. How do you manage them? Do you have a text document where they’re all listed? Do [...]

Tools for Nonprofit Volunteer Management

Javascript is disabled. To see the toolbox, please enable Javascript or see the toolbox page. When nonprofits talk to us about taking on volunteers for major projects, Aspiration often plays the negative Nelly of the group. We believe that when considering a volunteer: Expect Nothing. Be Happy with Anything. Volunteers can be the mirage in [...]

Hooray! Let’s talk Administration Tools

Matt asked me to take a few lines and discuss the tools I use in my role in Operations here at Aspiration. We agreed the best way to get that ball rolling was to build out a toolbox in SSC highlighting them. And not surprisingly to those that read this Blog regularly, he thought there [...]

Ramping up a New Hire with Our Nonprofit Tech

New Hire = Unicorns & Technological Infrastructure Aspiration recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new employee, Misty Avila! This is awesome, we love her and everyone is holding hands in the unicorn and rainbow fields. Flash to the next day when Matt has to ramp her up to Aspiration’s technology practices. As you may [...]

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