There were some great discussions in the Effective Technology Advising workshop I facilitated on March 1, 2008 in Birmingham, UK sponsored by lasa. These ranged from contracting to insurance to getting clients. The attendees came from all over the UK from Edinburgh to Wales and Greater London.
It was exciting to hear about the different experiences of these consultants with nonprofit/charity organizations. As always when meeting with nonprofit consultants I am struck by the thread of commonality that connects us all. We all face similar challenges in communicating and marketing our services, creating work agreements, doing investigations, collecting data, determining the best intervention and helping organizations with managing change. Our clients also face similar challenges with internal capacity, improving their capabilities and especially in getting funding for technology initiatives.
I'll be hosting a dinner and participating in a panel about nonprofit technology consulting at NTEN's National Technology Conference in New Orleans March 19 - 21.