Posts by Sara Jensen


Tech Tip: Shortcut to your Action Group

As a Connector, you’re invited to create an Action Group to help anyone take action on a particular issue or cause with you.

If you’ve created an Action Group or are gearing up to create one, you can keep track of it on Idealist via your personal menu:

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Since Action Groups are for everyone, they can be found on Idealist.org and on the Connector Hub to make it easy for all the people in your community to participate—whether or not they’re Connectors.

Pro tip:

Want to invite your social networks to join your Idealist Action Group? Navigate to your Action Group, then scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll see a list of members.

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Click a button to “Invite” folks to join or “Share” this page. Then, personalize your message and click “Share On Your Timeline.”

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That’s it!

Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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Tech Tip: U.S. cities are now metro areas

If your Team is in the United States, you may have noticed your name is different today.

We just updated the Team pages so that many cities across the U.S. are now organized by metropolitan area, which includes surrounding suburbs.

Why did we do this?

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We noticed there were several one-member Teams close to cities with engaged Connectors, and we wanted to help those Teams of one connect with others nearby. This change most impacts suburban Teams who are now grouped into a single Metro Area Team.

We consolidated all existing Topics and Resources into the Area Teams, so anything you posted through the Idealist Network should still be available.

Note that when you search for a Team by location and it’s a part of a metro area, you’re directed to the Metro Area Team. For example: searching for Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, gets you to the Portland Area Team page:

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We excluded a few cities because they are seriously buzzing with Connectors! These include NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, L.A., the Bay Area, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.

Tech Tip:

If you’d prefer to continue having a Team for your specific town, you can propose it at the bottom of the Team page. To be created, a proposed Team must have three additional members join you.

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Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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Tech Tip: How to subscribe to Team discussions

It’s important to keep up with conversations on topics you’ve started or joined on your Team page, and many of you have asked for an easier way to do so. We heard you!

The next time you start a discussion or leave a comment on an existing one, you’ll receive an auto-email from Disqus, the company who hosts our discussion forums.

In this example, I started a discussion called “Testing topic subscriptions” on the Portland Team page.

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Within a few minutes, Disqus sent me an email asking me if I’d like to subscribe to discussions on Idealist. (Note: the subject line looks a little funky right now—we’re working on that!)

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The link in the email takes you to Disqus’ website where there’s a friendly subscription confirmation waiting for you:

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Now you’ll receive an email notification anytime someone comments on a discussion thread you’ve started or joined.

You can also turn on discussion subscriptions in your Settings. (When you’re logged into Idealist, you can find your Settings in the drop-down menu under your name in the top right corner of almost any page.) You’ll see the box below with the checked option “There are new comments in discussions I begin or participate in.” (Or you can uncheck that box to unsubscribe.)

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Now you’ll receive an email anytime someone comments on your discussions. That’s it!

Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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Tech Tip: How to discuss Tools and Tactics with your Team

We’ve been talking a lot lately about our Tools and Tactics—replicable templates for action that range from holding a 3Qs meeting to hosting a nonprofit career fair. Now it’s your turn!

If you’re feeling inspired by a particular Tool and Tactic and want to start a conversation about it on your Team page, here’s how to do it:

1. Start at the Connector Hub. In the top section, “Tools and Tactics for Connectors: More and Better,” click the “Learn more” button.

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2. Scroll down until you find one you want to discuss. In this example, I clicked “Host a civic write-a-thon.” Notice the message on the right that says, “Want to try this? Talk about it with your Team!” The big orange “Start a discussion” button is just begging me to share.

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3. So I clicked on the button and the discussion now lives on my Team’s page. Behold!

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4. At the same time, my Team page gets a Tools and Tactics section. Go multi-tasking! (Pro tip: Each Tool and Tactic has only one discussion per Team associated with it. So once someone in your Team has pulled a Tool and Tactic onto your page, you’ll be able to join the discussion and upvote comments.)

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That’s it. It’s a small thing, but we hope it makes connecting easier.

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Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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