I was fortunate enough to have traveled to Australia last May to speak at CISA's nonprofit technology conference. I also conducted a series of workshops in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney on technology planning and budgeting for nonprofits, thanks to CISA's Doug Jaquier and support from the Australian Government. (This years conference is May 19-20 in Brisbane).
On April 19 and 20, 2008 the Australian government is holding the Australia 2020 Summit, described on their website as "an important initiative to harness the best ideas for building a modern Australia that is ready for the challenges of the 21 st century."
I am pleased and excited that one of the stars in the nonprofit technology world in Australia - Lisa Harvey - has been invited to participate in the summit. Lisa is the founder of Energetica, a Sydney-based, not-for-profit focused consulting firm that offers services in the areas of IT Strategic Consulting, Technical IT Consulting and Managed Services as well as Internet Strategy and Website Development. She and her team are a bright, dedicated group doing all the right things to help nonprofits with technology.
Lisa's participation in the summit is an important opportunity to raise issues about ICT* capacity in the Community Sector. To help her form her views she has started a blog to facilitate communication.
See it here and participate in the debate: www.lisaharvey.com.au
* In the USA the term I.T. or IT (Information Technology) has generally been used, but the term ICT (Information & Communications Technology) is gaining popularity as it is used by the UN and in much of the rest of the English-speaking world)
In the spirit of full disclosure, Lisa was the local partner and a terrific host for the workshops I delivered in Sydney and she did arrange for a wonderful tour of Sydney Harbour (where she took this picture of me having a great time).