Donnie Maclurcan: Speaker Spotlight - The Big Picture, Online and on the Ground

Connecting Up 2011: Reboot Your Nonprofit is only a couple of days away. With over 40 guest speakers coming along, and over 400 delegates from nonprofits around Australia, it's going to be a fantastic event.

Donnie Maclurcan is one of our speakers and will be running a breakout session named "The Big Picture, Online and on the Ground." During his session, he'll be looking at his 25 favourite online tools and also address how they'll be used for economic change. Donnie is the Founder and CEO of the community development oragnisation, Project Australia. He is also the Co-founder of the Post Growth Institute - an international group inspiring and equipping people to explore path sot global prosperity that don't rely on economic growth.

To learn more about Donnie and what he'll be addressing, check out his answers to a short interview we did with him.

Connecting Up 2011: Reboot Your Nonprofit is only a couple of days away. With over 40 guest speakers coming along, and over 400 delegates from nonprofits around Australia, it's going to be a fantastic event.

Donnie Maclurcan is one of our speakers and will be running a breakout session named "The Big Picture, Online and on the Ground." During his session, he'll be looking at his 25 favourite online tools and also address how they'll be used for economic change. Donnie is the Founder and CEO of the community development oragnisation, Project Australia. He is also the Co-founder of the Post Growth Institute - an international group inspiring and equipping people to explore path sot global prosperity that don't rely on economic growth.

To learn more about Donnie and what he'll be addressing, check out his answers to a short interview we did with him.

What are you looking forward to most at CU11?
The atmosphere and learning more about how to best use CiviCRM. I rarely get down to Melbourne, but it seems it's just such a hub for all things 'social innovation'!

What role does technology play in your everyday work?
Digital technology is the platform for about 70% of my communications. I'm using VOIP technologies more and more as a cost-effective (and efficient) way of communicating with colleagues. Technology, in this sense, can also play a detrimental role for my wellbeing - sometimes I just need to unplug (luckily for me I still have an old school, non web-enabled phone!)

What are some of your favourite tech resources (e.g. blogs, news sites, forums, discussion groups)?
I don't subscribe to any particular blogs, etc. (rather, I like to pick things up via #socent #npau and other streams on Twitter using Tweetdeck) but there do seem to be a lot of gems that come through via Mashable and Socialedge. I'll be sharing my favourite 25 resources in my Connectingup session!

What is one of the most pressing tech issues facing nonprofits?
How to ensure we don't become overwhelmed by the pace of information and valuable resources.

What is one area that you believe technology can help nonprofits work significantly better?
Communication via online meetings. One of my current nonprofit projects involves working with nine others from around the world on creating a movement towards post growth futures (postgrowth.org). We are all in different timezones and some of us have limited bandwidths. So, we use Skype but have our two-hour-long meetings in silence, i.e. just typed! It's been an incredible learning experience and, seemingly, a really valuable way to do things more democratically (people don't talk over each other, everyone waits until the last person has finished typing, etc.).

If there’s one thing you would like people to take away from your session, what would it be?
'Not for profit' may well be the dominant paradigm for sustainable futures. If so, we need to think more critically about how technologies can enable such futures.

View Donnie Maclurcan's speaker profile for Connecting Up 2011: Reboot You Nonprofit