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Wednesday, March 4 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Effective Distance Collaboration (Hint: It's More Complicated Than Vendors Like to Admit) - #15NTCdistance

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The story that vendors, service providers, and the business press like to tell goes like this: All you need is a high-speed connection; some cloud-based communications, collaboration, and file storage tools; and a little bit of magic pixie dust in the form of trust exercises at an annual retreat, and—poof!—you’ll have a distributed team that functions just like a workgroup in a single office. But as anyone who has ever actually worked on a distributed team knows, this story isn’t true.

Collaborating across distance—whether one coworker telecommutes two days a week, or you’ve got offices scattered across multiple time zones—is anything but simple. Making it work requires the right tools, because you can’t afford to get your information systems wrong when you rely on them to hold your team together. But more important, it demands new work habits and organizational practices. If either is missing, your organization and its effectiveness will suffer.

This session will explore best practices for both of these aspects of distance collaboration through a panel discussion that includes concrete tips for correctly setting up and effectively using videoconferencing tools, intranet software selection and design, setting organizational habits for communications availability, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Aguilar

Alice Aguilar

Executive Director, Progressive Technology Project
Alice Aguilar, Progressive Technology Project's Executive Eirector, has worn many hats while working with and within social justice community organizing groups for over 20 years. Alice is deeply committed to helping groups working in people of color and low-income communities integrate their organizing, fundraising, communications work and leveraging appropriate uses of technology to maximize their efforts to WIN.
avatar for Dutch Embree

Dutch Embree

Associate Digital Director, Free Press
Dutch joined Free Press eight years ago as office manager. After wearing many hats, they now oversee Web development, online advocacy and outreach, data analysis and content creation for freepress.net and savetheinternet.com. Dutch also manages the organization's social media outreach. Perhaps, one of the most helpful cynics you'll meet, they can also be found hiking around Western Massachusetts, enjoying delicious IPAs, rooting for the... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Jervis

Lisa Jervis

Principal Consultant, Information Ecology
Lisa Jervis is a movement-building technology strategist with more than 20 years' experience building organizational infrastructure. She holds a Masters in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley, where she nerded out big time on topics in information organization, work practice studies, computer-supported cooperative work, and user-centered design methods.
avatar for Jeanine Shimatsu

Jeanine Shimatsu

IT Specialist, Forward Together
Jeanine joined Forward Together in 2011 as the Executive Assistant and is now the organization's IT Specialist. Jeanine is FT's go-to person for IT support and project management, and over the past couple years has focused on creating and streamlining systems that allow the organization to collaborate across the country.


Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
MR 10B

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