About the Authors

Allyson Kapin

Allyson has been named one of Top Tech Titans” by the Washingtonian, one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company,  one of the top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter by Forbes and one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech on Huffington Post for her leadership role in technology and social media.

As Founding Partner of Rad Campaign she leads the firm’s client and online strategic services. For over a decade Allyson has helped non-profit organizations and political campaigns create dynamic and award-winning websites and online marketing and recruitment campaigns. She works side-by-side with her clients to meet their web needs and maximize their online effectiveness to create real world impact.

As part of the first generation of online advocacy experts, Allyson has a thorough understanding of the rapidly changing world of online activism. She is an expert in online trends in social networking, blogging, online video, and other online tools and strategies and advises her clients on how to cost effectively incorporate them into their Internet plans and online campaigns. Her campaigns have been recognized with several prestigious web awards and featured on several top media networks ranging from CNN to NPR and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Allyson has spearheaded websites and campaigns for organizations ranging from Hillel International to the National Breast Cancer Coalition and think tank the Hope Street Group . She has also been a featured speaker on web design, Internet marketing and social media at national conferences.

In 2007 Allyson founded Women Who Tech: A Telesummit for Women in Technology working in the non-profit and political campaign world featuring Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com and Joan Blades of Moveon.org. As the founder of Women Who Tech she champions women who are inspiring change and transforming technology. She also serves as an expert for news reporters ranging from CNN to the Nonprofit Times who are writing about technology, social media, and social change.

Allyson sits on several Advisory Boards including the New Organizing Institute, the Green It Consortium and the Planning Committee for NTEN’s NTC conference as well as O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Expo.  Allyson started the Radical Tech blog for Fast Company focusing on trends in technology and Web 2.0 and serves as the Blogger-In-Chief for one of the top-ranked nonprofit communications blog Care2’s Frogloop.

Amy Sample Ward

Valuable engagement and lasting impact are the driving values in my work with both geographic communities and communities of interest. Through strategy building, training, and facilitating, I have helped groups in the US, UK, and around the world use social and mobile technologies to start creating a better world. I work with organizations of all sizes and all kinds, and truly believe that by creating strong communities we can change our world.

In 2009, I co-authored Social by Social: A handbook in using social technologies for social impact. With Allyson Kapin, I co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community, available from Wiley/Jossy-Bass. I’ve also had the great opportunity to contribute to additional publications about social media and online engagement (for details, visit the Publications page.) Since 2008, I have contributed to the Stanford Social Innovation Review with monthly posts on the Opinion Blog.

I’m happy to have spoken at conferences, workshops, and training days in the US, the UK and beyond, including the Nonprofit Technology Conference and SXSW Interactive.  (Review presentations, speaking dates, and other information about my presentations here.)

In addition to my independent work with organizations and communities, in March 2011, I joined NTEN as the Membership Director. I previously served as the Community Development Manager for CDI (Community-Driven Innovation) at TechSoup Global, leading the strategy for the global NetSquared Community both on and offline, as well as steering the development of programs, services, and events that build community around the world.

I have worked in private philanthropy, advocacy nonprofit organizations, web design companies, and as a consultant.  Job responsibilities of mine have run the gamut from communications, technology, information and research, organizational learning, project management, strategy building, web design and creation, online strategy, and more.  My formal education focused on English & New Media Journalism, though my informal education is varied and, thankfully, an on-going, life-long journey.