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SaraJoy Pond

SaraJoy Pond

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Communicator, Collaborator, Catalyst

One of the co-founders of Conveners.org, SaraJoy Pond leverages her background in research, communications and experience design to help clients recognize and build on the bright spots of their convenings, then balance the pragmatism of quick wins with the support to authentically engage around big opportunities for change. As a facilitator, SaraJoy is deeply committed to the power of storytelling for social innovation and change processes and takes a capacity-building and strengths-based approach to all her interactions. She has a passion for, and deep experience in facilitating charged, intersectional conversations and helping disparate groups coalesce and move toward productive dialogue, understanding, and action.  

SaraJoy received a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Journalism from Colorado State University and did her doctoral work at Brigham Young University in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation. She has worked as an adjunct professor at universities across the country, instructing graduate and undergraduate students in quantitative and qualitative research methodology, measurement & evaluation, visual communications, human-centered experience design, and facilitation. 

She has presented research, facilitated trainings, and led workshops on four continents; from working with impact investors exploring alternative currencies for triple-bottom-line accounting in Paris, to training educators in participatory evaluation in Bolivia, to developing a capacity-building impact assessment framework with a 12-village collective in rural Mali. 

SaraJoy is the founder of TippingBucket.org, one of the world’s first purpose-based crowdfunding platforms, where she engaged a community of more than 10,000 donors to raise $1M toward 75+ successful projects around the world. She has also worked as a creative director, user-experience designer, usability specialist, curriculum consultant, professional evaluator, academic editor and newspaper reporter.  

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  • published Trailblazers in Our Community 2020-05-22 12:23:55 -0400

    A CAREFULLY CRAFTED COMMUNITY FOR HIGHLY-CURATED CONVENINGS

    As an influential member of the impact convening community, our Trailblazers receive a high level of dedicated support.

    Conveners.org provides these elevated leaders with more intensive resources. Our Trailblazers participate in exclusive networking events, join monthly peer-learning conversations, explore systems-level collective impact projects and access special benefits that add value to our sector as well as their organization’s convening goals.

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  • Conveners.org Certified Virtual Convener Resources

    This certification is a 3-part interactive workshop presented by Conveners.org and Story & Spirit. Our professional facilitators have decades of experience designing effective and engaging virtual convenings, holding dynamic and vulnerable space with groups from 6 to 6,000, and creating powerful collaborations even when you can't be face-to-face. 

    The resources below help you develop your convening strategy, enhance your facilitation skills, and unleash the power of virtual platforms to achieve your convening goals.


     

     

    Design & Implementation

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Presentation
    Recording (password: 9P%12v$=)
         
     

    Facilitation

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    Presentation
    Guide to Story Circles
    Recording (password: 4R!mR778)
         
     

    Purpose-First Framework

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Presentation
    12 Objectives Cards
    Convening Foundation Worksheet
    Recording (password: 6E+*V860)
         
     

    Office Hours

    One of the ways we're responding to support our community during this time of intense change and uncertainty is with office hours. Come chat with a virtual convening expert about anything from translating your in-person strategy to online interaction to designing for interactivity, to how to support virtual events behind the scenes.

    Schedule a call
         
     

    Virtual Convening Strategy

    Walking through the 12 convening objectives and how you can adjust your convening to better achieve these objectives online.

    VIDEO : Virtual Convening Strategy - Awareness (9 min)
    VIDEO : Virtual Convening Strategy - Alignment (10 min)
    VIDEO : Virtual Convening Strategy - Action (8 min)
    PDF : Your Convening Foundation Introduction
    PDF : Your Convening Foundation Worksheet
         
     

    Virtual Convening Facilitation

    A series of videos with Michael Kass and Avary Kent walk through how to make the most of your facilitation practices online. 

    VIDEO : Facilitation - Energy & Flow (15 min)
    VIDEO : Facilitation - Time Management (9 min)
    VIDEO : Facilitation - Engagement vs. Interaction (7 min)
    VIDEO : Facilitation - On Camera Presence (8 min)
         
     

    Virtual Convening Design & Implementation

    Join Michael Kass, Heather Mason, and Avary Kent with a walkthrough of the leading online conference platforms that go beyond Zoom video calls.  We review Airmeet, Hopin, Mozilla Hubs, Maestro Conference, Pathable, and Remo.

    VIDEO : Quick-Reference Guide - Conference Systems (21 min)
    PDF : Quick-Reference Guide - Conference Systems PDF
    PNG : Time-Zone Tool from Gerry Higgens of SEWF
    PDF : Conveners.org Tool Selection Matrix
    PDF : Hopin Sales PDF Deck

     

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  • Conveners.org Certified Virtual Convener Resources

    This certification is a 3-part interactive workshop presented by Conveners.org and Story & Spirit. Our professional facilitators have decades of experience designing effective and engaging virtual convenings, holding dynamic and vulnerable space with groups from 6 to 6,000, and creating powerful collaborations even when you can't be face-to-face. 

    The resources below help you develop your convening strategy, enhance your facilitation skills, and unleash the power of virtual platforms to achieve your convening goals.


     

     

    Virtual Convening Strategy

    Walking through the 12 convening objectives and how you can adjust your convening to better achieve these objectives online.

    VIDEO : Virtual Convening Strategy - Awareness (9 min)
    VIDEO : Virtual Convening Strategy - Alignment (10 min)
    VIDEO : Virtual Convening Strategy - Action (8 min)
    PDF : Your Convening Foundation Introduction
    PDF : Your Convening Foundation Worksheet
         
     

    Virtual Convening Facilitation

    A series of videos with Michael Kass and Avary Kent walk through how to make the most of your facilitation practices online. 

    VIDEO : Facilitation - Energy & Flow (15 min)
    VIDEO : Facilitation - Time Management (9 min)
    VIDEO : Facilitation - Engagement vs. Interaction (7 min)
    VIDEO : Facilitation - On Camera Presence (8 min)
         
     

    Virtual Convening Design & Implementation

    Join Michael Kass, Heather Mason, and Avary Kent with a walkthrough of the leading online conference platforms that go beyond Zoom video calls.  We review Airmeet, Hopin, Mozilla Hubs, Maestro Conference, Pathable, and Remo.

    VIDEO : Quick-Reference Guide - Conference Systems (21 min)
    PDF : Quick-Reference Guide - Conference Systems PDF
    PNG : Time-Zone Tool from Gerry Higgens of SEWF
    PDF : Conveners.org Tool Selection Matrix
    PDF : Hopin Sales PDF Deck

     

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  • published Convening & Coronavirus in Resources 2020-04-21 16:58:22 -0400

    Convening & Coronavirus

    Resources to support conveners making the transition to digital convening due to COVID-19 disruptions.

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  • published Virtual Convening Skills Lab in Community Events 2020-03-20 17:21:49 -0400

    Virtual Convening Skills Lab

    The Virtual Convening Skills Lab is a 3-part interactive workshop presented by Conveners.org. Our professional facilitators have decades of experience designing effective and engaging virtual convenings, holding dynamic and vulnerable space with groups from 6 to 6,000; and creating powerful collaborations even when you can't be face-to-face. 

    Let us help you develop your Convening Strategy, select the right Tools and Platforms for your virtual convenings, and refine your Virtual Facilitation Skills.

    REGISTER HERE 

    VIRTUAL CONVENING STRATEGY : April 3rd 9-noon Pacific (noon-3pm Eastern, 5-8pm CET)

    • In this call, you will learn about the opportunities and limitations presented by virtual convening.
    • We will review the "convening power" framework co-developed with TCC Group so that you can understand how to best engage your community.
    • You will also gain an understanding of our "purpose-first" convening framework so that you can keep your impact and objective as a guide in determining the right virtual strategy to meet the needs of your community and organization.
    • You'll receive worksheets to help guide you and your team through the decision-making process and a road map of the tools that, cadence, and resources you'll need to build a robust virtual convening strategy.

    VIRTUAL FACILITATION : April 10th 9-noon Pacific (noon-3pm Eastern, 5-8pm CET)

    In this skills lab, you'll learn the techniques to improve virtual facilitation including:

    • Setting the right tone and unlocking energy from your community
    • Adapting agendas and face-to-face session formats for online participants
    • Technical tips and tricks so that you can always show up exactly as you want to
    • Keys to time management and avoiding 'chop'

    VIRTUAL CONVENING TOOLS & PLATFORMS : April 17th 9-noon Pacific (noon-3pm Eastern, 5-8pm CET)

    Let us do the research for you on which tools and platforms will be the best fit for your convening strategy.

    • In this Skills Lab, you'll gain an understanding of the landscape of virtual convening tools to support your convening strategy.
    • We will share quick decision cards to help you compare tools easily.
    • We will also share loom video demos of the top tools we recommend.
    • Learn tips and tricks to improve the quality of your virtual convenings.


    PRICING: 

    $100/session

    50% discount for current Conveners.org Members - please use the discount code provided by Sarah@conveners.org (you can click here to learn more about our community membership)

    *If you would like to participate, and the price is a barrier, please contact us at info@conveners.org.

     

    REGISTER HERE

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  • published Join Our Team in About 2020-01-23 21:16:18 -0500

    JOIN OUR TEAM

    We love our team and are so thrilled you think you might too! 

     

    We are currently recruiting for a Communications Director (job posting below.) We also sometimes augment our team with contractors for specific projects and programs, so feel free to drop us a line (hiring@conveners.org) about what you'd be particularly interested in helping out with and why you'd be a great fit for the Conveners.org team. 

     

    Job Description: Communications Director

    ABOUT CONVENERS.ORG  

    Conveners.org believes in the transformative power that convening, when done right, has to positively change the world. We are a nonprofit organization that helps get the right people in the right rooms having the right conversations to change the world. Our programs include:

    • Convening the Conveners is a peer-learning network for conference and event organizers in the social impact space. Our members come together to solve problems, share best practices, learn, experiment, and most importantly, connect.
    • Accelerating the Accelerators plays a similar role for social impact-focused incubators and accelerators.
    • Convening Circles is a training and support model for conveners to drive authentic action in their communities between convenings.
    • Advisory Services is how we support and build capacity for participant-driven experience design and facilitation for mission-aligned foundations and corporate partners around the world.

    We’re a small and mighty, completely distributed team currently living in DC, SF, Boulder and Guatemala City, and we truly live our values:

    • We put health and family first - With very rare exceptions, we work 40 hour weeks. Our schedules are flexible, we have systems in place to help each other cope with crises small and large; we choose the holidays that are meaningful to us and actually unplug when we take time off. 
    • We practice compassionate transparency - From company finances to family milestones, our team is exceptionally open. We have boundaries, but they are set very mindfully. 
    • Diversity makes us stronger - This is not lip service. We actively seek out and engage people with different experiences, perspectives, ideas, and backgrounds than our own. Our work, and our lives, are better for it. 
    • We don’t hand out fish -  We are committed to a capacity-building approach in all our work. Yes, it’s harder, more complex, and usually takes longer. It’s also worth it. 

     

    ABOUT THE POSITION

    Our Communications Director is the champion of Conveners.org’s voice, branding, and marketing to help us further our purpose-first work, grow our community, and deepen our presence in the impact ecosystem globally. The Communications Director unifies the voice of Conveners.org across channels and is an integral part of  the growth and sustainable future of the organization as a whole.  We seek a skilled and experienced writer with a growth mindset who will both focus and amplify the impact of the programs we run and the conveners we serve through them. 

    Our Communications Director will work closely with and report to the Chief of Staff (COS) to build our social media and communications strategy, drive our branding and marketing strategy, and help to create a solid online presence in the social impact space.   Our organization has a history of embracing co-leadership between our co-founders and we are looking for a candidate who is excited about the opportunity to work in deep collaboration with a small high-performing team.

    Attributes of an awesome Communications Director include:

    • Exceptional purpose-driven verbal/written communication and presentation skills
    • Passion for social impact and community building. Knowledge of, and a robust, network within, the social impact space and other initiatives committed to social and environmental good is a plus.
    • Experience, curiosity, and enjoyment around: 
      • Project management across multiple team members and timelines
      • Wordpress website design and management
      • Blog strategy, including cross and guest posting. Connections with publications in the social impact space a plus. 
      • Crafting and managing a social media strategy across multiple social media and communications networks (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Hootsuite, Twitter, Mailchimp, Google Ads, etc)
      • Mixed media design and editing (graphic, video, podcasting, etc)
      • Working remotely as part of a team or individually
    • A great self-starter and independent worker who manages their time and responsibilities
    • Working with remote team communication/collaboration platforms (Slack, GSuite, Pipedrive, and Zoom a plus)

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Champion of Conveners.org brand and messaging
    • Managing editorial calendar
    • Creating and managing the Conveners.org email marketing strategy (we use Mailchimp)
    • Creating and managing our social media strategy and promotion
    • Managing our blog and assisting with content and copyediting
    • Managing the Conveners.org website (via Wordpress)
    • Creating graphics for social media promotion and marketing for core projects
    • Managing our Global Calendar of Events (adding and editing events of our member and community throughout the year)
    • Managing internal and external resources to create marketing and communications assets (solutions overviews, case studies, brochures) to further member and partner goals 
    • Exploring and defining potential strategic media partnerships for Conveners.org - both to advance our own impact goals and as benefits to our members 
    • Leading thought leadership efforts of the organization through blog posts, guest posting, editorials, whitepapers, etc.

    COMPENSATION

    This is a remote, full-time exempt employee position with flexible hours. It includes a $450/month health care stipend, 12 paid holidays, and 2 weeks of vacation. Compensation is between $55,000-$65,000 commensurate with experience.

     

    TO APPLY

    • Please email hiring@conveners.org subject line: Communications Director - [Your Name]
    • Attach a recent resume in PDF format
    • Include a brief cover letter in PDF format. In your letter, please:
      • Share a story about a time where communications helped solve a problem for an organization you were working with.
      • What are three keys to creating a social media engagement strategy to build authentic community?
      • Describe your process for creating a communications asset
    • Mini Portfolio (include 1 sentence explaining the purpose and audience of each piece)
      • 1 blog post
      • 1 presentation
      • 1 social media graphic
      • 1 other piece of work (video, podcast, brochure, whitepaper)

     

    TIMELINE

    • We’ll be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis through Tuesday, June 23. 
    • Anticipated start date of Monday, July 13.

     

    Conveners.org is an equal opportunity employer striving to create a diverse workforce. We are seeking a diverse candidate pool and welcome candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

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  • published About 2019-11-15 13:14:27 -0500

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  • signed up on Tell Us About You 2019-10-31 19:06:00 -0400

    Tell Us About You...

    At the end of the day, Conveners.org is about you, our members. So, we'll start by learning a bit about you.

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  • published Accelerating the Accelerators in Our Community 2019-10-11 13:00:58 -0400

    ACCELERATING THE ACCELERATORS

    Impact Accelerator [ak-sel-uh-rey-ter] – A structured program designed to support impact entrepreneurs in launching and scaling social enterprises.

    Accelerating the Accelerators (AtA) is a network dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of impact accelerators, incubators, fellowships, and business plan competitions.

     

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