Social Media for NonProfits Full Day Workshop: September 29th

Posted on August 24, 2010


Social Media for everyone!

Social Media for all!

Get ready for a full day of social media demystification with Lorraine Murphy, President of the Social Media Club of Vancouver and principal of raincoaster media and Wesley Regan, Communications Liason with Building Opportunities With Business and blogger at Thirdi and

To register, see our secure Eventbrite page. Our full-day courses are $350 per participant; if your organization wants to register five or more participants, we can arrange a private session customized for you.

When it comes to social media no one is an expert, and everyone is an expert. The effectiveness of social media tools to create lasting social change has become the gorilla in the room to social media advocates eager to pronounce a new age in communications. The jury is still out. In fact, the jury is also the defendant, judge, media, lawyers and plaintiff. But there have been some proven benefits and some tricks discovered in the brief time social media has been adopted into mainstream communications strategies. Wes aims to bring the mystique and hyperbole of social media down to earth, exploring its practical uses for environmental, political and social activism, and recounts some of his personal experiences on the social media frontier.

After lunch, Lorraine Murphy takes over with a hands-on walk-through of Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, LinkedIn, and other useful social media platforms. Through examples, anecdotes and demonstrations she shows you what you need to know and how to use your new knowledge effectively to help your organization accomplish its mission while saving time and money.

Wesley Regan has worked in marketing and communications since 2004, primarily in health and wellness and community economic development. He is currently the Communications Liaison at Building Opportunities with Business, a community economic development non-profit group active in Vancouver’s inner-city since 2005, and is the Industry Trends Blogger for Thirdi Software, a Yaletown based internet marketing and eCommerce firm. His commentary on technology, social media and economic development in Vancouver has also been featured in Techvibes.

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy is the President of Social Media Club of Vancouver and has been a professional blogger and social media trainer since 2002. She specializes in teaching beginners and those with barriers to internet use, and in social media for social change. Her flagship blog,, has been studied as part of the New Media curriculum in three universities, and the comments thread on her Mummified Fairy post has been called “one of the most beautiful things on the internet.” She once got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and won. She conducts workshops in the transformative use of social media on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and blogs regularly to seven different sites.

Social Media for Non-Profits will run all day Wednesday, September 29th, from 9am through to 4:30pm with a break for lunch (the lunch is on us, so please let us know if you are vegetarian or vegan). Class size is limited to 10 to ensure personal attention. This is a hands-on workshop, so please bring a laptop, preferably the one on which you do your work.