February 25, 2019

BRIDGES 2019 Collaboration Forum

I had a great time presenting at the 7th annual BRIDGES 2018 Collaboration Forum held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Centennial College Event Centre. This Forum is organized by the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership in collaboration with all Toronto Quadrant LIPs and the Toronto Newcomer Office.

The focus of my workshop was:

Technology can make our work easier and more efficient. However, picking the right tool for the purpose at hand can be a challenge. This workshop will present an in-depth look at selected technology tools that can assist organizations to work together, and that can be helpful in facilitating shared activities. One of these includes EPOCH, a new online platform that aims to connect volunteers from the private sector with volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations. The workshop will include strategies for assessing and tracking the effectiveness of such tools.

Workshop resources

Here are a number of workshop resources from the session, including slides, documents and links to additional reading and resources.

Presentation outline:

  • What are you doing now?
  • What’s working? What’s not?
  • What areas do you want to discuss/focus on (project management, Outreach/marketing (including social media), Sharing client info/referrals, Shared document/content creation, shared communication/group communication, others
  • POST approach (People, Objectives, Strategy, Technology –
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid themEPOCH overview as an example of a collaborative tool for nonprofits and business volunteers
  • Presentation and discussion of specific tools (partially based on earlier question of areas they want to discuss, including reference to Idealware’s Project Management tool report
  • How to take your next steps

Download the slides in PDF format.