April 17, 2018
Sunset over Nashville, mountains in distance, looking out 20th floor past Sheraton hotel

DrupalCon Nonprofit Summit, Nashville Edition

By Johanna Bates

I just got back from a double-conference trip, first to DrupalCon Nashville, followed mid-week by the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference (18NTC) in New Orleans. So here's a recap of the DrupalCon part.

DrupalCon Nashville Nonprofit Summit

In 2017, I helped co-organize the first ever DrupalCon Nonprofit Summit in Baltimore. Molly Byrnes, Anne Stefanyk and I did it again this year in Nashville. We got feedback from the first summit that what people loved the most was breakout discussions, so we focused on making space for those in the Summit agenda.

Keynote panel on cat herding, I mean stakeholder management.

We kicked off with a keynote panel on "stakeholder management", featuring DevCollab team member and content strategist Eileen Webb, Candice Stennett of SCORE.org, and Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Gold nuggets of wisdom were shared.

How do you help an organization to not make a clickable org chart as their website?

Push people to consider their users first

“Root all decisions in data” -@CandiceStennett

— Johanna Bates (@hanabel) April 9, 2018

Thank you to all the breakout discussion leaders!

I tried to eavesdrop on breakouts when I could. They were rich, informal discussions, where org staff could ask experts and peers how they approach everything from Drupal 8 planning to security, from content strategy to putting out RFPs. My favorite was the accessibility breakout discussion led by Rachel Olivero from National Federation of the Blind. I learned why <main role="main"> is a more helpful element than <article> for many screen reader users. Gold, I tell you. 

Thanks to Summit sponsors, and everyone who came!

This kind of event is my jam, because it's the connections between nonprofit peers and colleagues that have helped me the most in my own work. I hope org staff felt the day was helpful, and that they made connections at the Summit that prove helpful for years to come. Thanks again to Aten, Message Agency, ThinkShout, and Kanopi for sponsoring. Thanks to Mike Gifford for posting his Summit pics on Flickr!

Next, a recap of my trip to the 18NTC in New Orleans, where I co-presented a session called "Website Accessibility Is A Social Justice Issue". Because it so is.