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Change Happened: Big Data for a Better World 2017

25 Nov

Northeastern Ohio nonprofit innovators met for first annual Big Data for a Better World Conference on November 16 at Hyland Software’s sprawling Westlake, Ohio campus. Leading Hands Through Technology (LHTT) and Workman’s Circle teamed up to offer the event for local nonprofits to discuss how analytics could be used to help their organization’s stay profitable and sustainable. The conference, sponsored by Hyland Software and Kent Displays, captivated the attendees offering participants the chance to ask the panelists and keynote speaker questions.

Panelists included Leon Wilson from the Cleveland Foundation, David M. Holmes from the Foundation Center and Jason Therrien from Thunder::Tech. Moderated by Marc Majers, the founder of LHTT, the session focused on questions ranging from where a nonprofit should start with analytics to how an organization should continue to grow their metrics. Mr. Wilson focused on planning funding for nonprofits so they can ultimately gain traction with their mission. Leon stated that in order to start and grow metrics, organization’s need to carefully plan how they are going to generate donations and funding. Mr Holmes, a veteran of the Foundation Center, highlighted that there is a plethora of free resources to help organizations understand how to increase their reach. David gave examples of groups that walked into his center wondering how to strengthen their efforts and left with a solid game plan. The key to strengthening their efforts was first determining what they wanted to achieve. Jason spoke about using analytics as a bargaining chip to negotiate with other groups; it is amazing how most groups do not understand the value of their data and how they can use it. An organization must harness the power of their own information to effectively change minds.

The panelists stressed that nonprofits conduct an information audit and realize the what they are first own. Once organizations determine the information they have, then they must figure out what to focus on. Start with a goal and then map out a plan to accomplish it – a goal without a plan is just a wish. Find low hanging fruit and get small wins. One of these starting points is website analytics. Mr. Therrien specifically cited an organization that used Google Analytics in conjunction with Google Maps to pinpoint where donations are coming from. After doing the geographical overlay exercise, the organization identified that a high target donor area was not giving because they never canvassed the area. The group also stated that “Big Data” and “Data Scientists” are buzz words and each organization needs to define what these words need. “Big Data” from one organization to another can mean something totally different – do not get lost in the tech jargon.

Todd Packer, co-creator of the event and volunteer from Workman’s Circle, introduced the keynote speaker Kambiz Ghazinour, PhD from Kent State University who lead an intriguing session on how organizations should pay attention to how they encrypt their data. The keynote started by defining how “Big Data” was introduced during the dawn of the Internet and then moved to how it has evolved today.

Kambiz lectured that companies have time and time again run contests to challenge the world to crack their data and the Internet easily figured it out. The professor stressed that with just a few pieces of information like a date of birth, gender or ZIP, a person can be quickly identified. He referenced two examples from NetFlix and Yahoo; the two tech giants thought they had done enough to protect their customer’s identity, but that was far from the truth. Dr. Ghazinour stressed that nonprofit organizations must protect their constituents data at all costs and follow strong tactics to reduce risk of breech. He said, “Anonymization is difficult so any privacy guarantee must be proven and established formally, minimally.” If you would like review the presentation, please continue on SlideShare.

On behalf of Workman’s Circle, Leading Hands Through Technology would like to thank the speakers, sponsors, volunteers and the attendees of the first annual Big Data for a Better World Conference. If you would like to sign up for upcoming LHTT events or donate to the cause, please contact us.

 

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Happy 8th Birthday to Leading Hands Through Technology

21 Jun

Thanks for reading Leading Hands!

Here are some of my favorite posts over the years:

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Leading Hands is 7

21 Jun

The number 7 is celebrated in many cultures and considered a positive spirit. Today Leading Hands turns 7 and continues to strive to make a difference. This site was born back in 2005 with one mission to lead by example. I am grateful to all the contributors over the years including: Todd Bertsch, Scott Billy, David Bardwell, Stephen Herron, Mike Kimmel, Matthew Minnich, Josh Gordon, John Pearson, and Cathy Zapata. Thank you for your support.

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Leading Hands Turns 6

21 Jun

Happy 6th Birthday to Leading Hands today! This site was started in the efforts to continually education and inspire others about everything online. We hope to keep the flame burning as we cross over from wired web to mobile web.

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Like Us on Facebook

29 Sep

If you like Leading Hands' technology, social media, Internet Safety and web based posts, then support us on to our Facebook Fan Page.

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5 Years of Leading Hands

21 Jun

Today marks the 5th Anniversary of Leading Hands, can you believe it? In the last five years social networking went from “What is it?” to “How are you not on it?” and mobile phones went from flip phones to smart phones. Are you now managing most of your life online? As a matter of fact, now more than ever, you need to pay attention to your online safety. Leading Hands is here to continually open your mind to new online trends and give you tips along the internet avenue.

Save the date for September 24, 2010; an online self defense series is coming to Cleveland, Ohio. To celebrate Internet Safety Day, Leading Hands will join forces with local web experts to give you the tools to safely manage your family and professional digital life. Sign-up here if you would like to be notified of the event.

Read the story how Leading Hands began.

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Happy 4th Anniversary Leading Hands

21 Jun

Today, four years ago I started Leading Hands because of an incident that seemed so innocent, but scary. In the years that the blog has been around, I have never truly shared the story of how Leading Hands came to life. No, I wasn’t down below in some laboratory shouting, “It’s Alive!”. I was actually talking with Todd Bertsch one night about what I should blog about and he bluntly said, “You need to write about your passions!”. One of my passions is technology, especially the Internet and how it impacts society.

Years ago, a friend of mine told me about how his little boy was instant messaged by Santa Clause for credit card information. The instant messenger ID said “Santa Clause” and he wanted mommy and daddies credit card, so his son gave up the information. The family was hit with identity theft. At the time, my friend didn’t know what instant messaging was or what his son was doing online. This blog is dedicated to breaking down the latest online trends so you can make informed decisions.

I totally believe in the saying “If you stop learning, you stop leading.” I live to continually educate myself about online technology and how we can use it to improve our lives. I know that if this blog can inform one person to make a technology decision to improve their lives, we’ve done our job. Internet Safety isn’t the most glamorous topic, but it’s time to face the music and be S.M.A.R.T. about your kids day to day online activities. And the beat goes on…

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Listen to Leading Hands Podcast

13 Sep

ave you heard of Podcasting? Well if you haven’t, here is your chance to get the first edition of Leading Hands podcast.

Leading Hands – Volume 1 Edition 1 Podcast
• Cool website’s billyharvey.com & googlefight.com
• Exclusive interview with Todd Bertsch from Designfor24.com
• Review of The March of the Penguins
• Discover Thomas L. Friedman’s book “The World Is Flat”

According to Wikipedia, Podcasting is a method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s). I consider them little radio shows that I can play on my portable digital music player (iPod). You can either save it to your hard drive or carry it around with you wherever you go. The portability is the sheer beauty of it.

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