Date(s) - 11/10/2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Super Roundtable session about using some recent breakthroughs in data to create new nonprofit capacity. Our featured guest will be Quintus Jett, director of the Citizen Alum project of Rutgers University.
This session will have three segments:
The doors will open at 8:00 am. We invite all attendees to join us for informal professional working, a complimentary breakfast, and a short overview about our work with nonprofit organizations.
At 9:00 am, the segment on breakthroughs in geographic data for nonprofits will begin:
- What nonprofit organizations need to know about operating capacity
- Why nonprofits need geography-based data and reporting to assess what strategic capacity they require to fulfill their missions
- When and how to use census geography to invite and assign capacity (e.g., volunteers)
At 10:30 am, the segment on nonprofit operational capacity analysis will begin:
- How to measure capacity within your nonprofit right now
- How to isolate a process within your nonprofit and increase its capacity
- How to increase capacity in your nonprofit without more money
Please note that this session will be tailored to the needs of any nonprofit professional who is tasked with making strategic decisions for a mission-based organization! No expertise in operations research, statistics, database development, systems administration, geographic information systems, or any other information technology specialty is needed in order to benefit from participation.
Here’s a little more about Quintus:
Quintus Jett creates capacity for public and nonprofit causes. His mission is to develop and restore local community resilience, in preparation for catastrophic risks (such as those arising due to climate change) and to marshal whole community responses to natural disasters and other extreme events.
Quintus has a doctorate in Organizations from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, specializing in the management of innovation and the strategies of high-tech firms. He has held faculty appointments across disciplinary fields in the most elite institutions: Rice University (business), Dartmouth College (engineering; liberal studies), and Rutgers University (public administration; business). His most public work is his translation of academic knowledge into a neighborhood-mapping method and project in New Orleans, which organized residents and other volunteers to participate in collection and reporting of local damage and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.
Quintus’s particular expertise is ‘organizing from the bottom up’, which has growing potential in networked societies where there is extensive adoption and use of smart devices and the internet; and ‘enterprising nonprofits,’ specifically, how mission-based organizations use data and technology use to achieve breakthroughs in their strategies and operations.
He teaches his students to meet the growing complex demands of being a citizen in this rapidly changing and interconnected world. His courses include: social entrepreneurship, public service organizations, volunteerism and philanthropy, service learning internships, operations management, operations research, and statistics.
Quintus lives in the city of Newark, New Jersey, where he is the director of a special project at Rutgers University called Citizen Alum. Since 2016, Dr. Jett has been an invited member of Resilience America: a roundtable of experts from public, academic, and private sectors, convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the aim to help communities and the nation build resilience to extreme events, save lives, and reduce the physical and economic costs of disasters.
He is currently completing a book that tells the story of when he learned to map entire neighborhoods in New Orleans at great speed and scale without a budget, relying on borrowed resources and volunteers.
Please also note:
1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.
2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants, job-seekers, and others.
3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, need a confirmed reservation in order to attend.
5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.
We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation, in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with your peers!