Friendly Code Grand Rapids
Friendly Code combines developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers who are interested in volunteering to help Grand Rapids’ government and civic organizations adopt open web technologies. With casual meetups and online collaboration, Friendly Code has created a way for creative minds to come together and improve the way our local governments and community organizations use the web.
Grand Rapids GiveCamp
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. Some organizations may need a new website or a renewal of an old one. For others, GiveCamp helps them make the leap from Excel spreadsheets to true donor databases. And for still others, this is an opportunity to think strategically, with the help of a consultant, about their social media presence or e-mail marketing. This is about matching the needs of non-profits with the talent of our local technology-loving community.
Design For Good sponsor, Ambrose, is a social enterprise aimed at helping students explore and fulfill their creative potential. By day they function as a collaborative design and print lab. By night they teach processes and skills via hands on workshops. Every Thursday they host a free after school art & design club program for high school students. More things are always in the works.
The Talent Development Platform
Tera Wozniak Qualls, MPA is founder of Grand Rapids based company, Momentum, where she confidently guides social change organizations to impact. Through her experience at Momentum and previously, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, Tera addresses common challenges within organizations, helping them stay on track and aligned with their missions while understanding and adapting to changes around them.
This work has inspired the book, The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations, where Tera Qualls is co-author. The book provides a holistic process for creating an in-house training and talent development program. The Talent Development Platform offers organizations the tools for ensuring their professional development systems are successful through regular feedback loops, tailored for learning styles, and specific to their organization.