In late April of 2016, I attended the Aspiration California Nonprofit Technology Festival in Watsonville, gathering with other technologists, nonprofit workers, organizers and activists to exchange ideas on how to better work for social justice through technology. I lead a session about alternative careers in tech after hearing that students from the Everett Program at nearby UC Santa Cruz were keen to hear about possibilities for making a decent living in tech while still being grounded in social and economic justice. Since that’s a pretty good description of my fourteen years in nonprofit technology, I was excited to share my experiences and advice.
Palante Tech Blog
Update on November 25, 2020: Our tech support team will not be scheduling non-urgent site visits between December 11, 2020 and January 4, 2021 in a precaution against rising Covid-19 cases around the nation, and to allow our workers to safely travel during the holidays.
As of version 5.23, CiviCRM has supported utf8mb4, the text encoding required to use emoji. There is now a simple API command to convert your entire database.
We maintain a wide variety of hardware and systems not only for our nonprofit clients, but also for ourselves. One challenge of that is connecting unique systems into one platform for monitoring.
Almost a year before I helped start Palante in 2010, I attended my first Fighting Burnout Retreat, a yearly event held by the Audre Lorde Project to help people involved in movement organizing identify how our work might be leading to burnout and how we might be able to counter that, both for our own individual health and for the collective health of our movements. I remember discussing our levels of burnout and describing myself as "crispy." That was eleven long and eventful years ago.
At our most recent retreat we had a generative discussion on our shared values as an organization. We've been working to develop a more formal statement of our principles, which we're excited to share here and on our new Values page! Palante Technology Cooperative and its members uphold and demonstrate the following values and principles in our work: