Ana is an information technologist who specializes in creating and integrating websites, databases and software flows for small businesses and non-profits. She has a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design, and has been working with non-profits around technology for the last 10 years.
As well as contracting for Alternate ROOTS, Ana owns and operates jellobrain (
) which aids non-profits in tightening and integrating their information flows and systems. Among other organizations, Ana has worked with: Bioneers, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the southern Center for Human Rights, the United States Social Forum, and the Metro Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless.
United States Social Forum 2007: Technology Team
The United States Social Forum was the first event of the World Social Forum family to occur in the United States. There were 10,000 people in attendance, and over 800 workshops (not including plenary speakers) that occurred over 5 days in Atlanta, GA. I was involved on the Information and Communications Committee as one of the project managers on the team. I helped configure the website, managed and helped design the registration systems, and generally participated on the Tech Team for technical issues resolution.
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Bioneers Website and Conference Management Database Systems
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Southern Center for Human Rights Website and Intranet Remote Office Management System
One strategy to connect a diverse and busy office is to develop a tool that is easily accessible, and where stakeholders can work together to develop ideas and projects.
The Internet, particularly in the last 5-6 years, has become much easier for non-experienced users to post pages to - thanks in large part to database driven Content Management Systems (CMS).
An Intranet (not IntERnet) is basically a website that is easily modified by inexperienced users, and that is secure and for members only.
It is a virtual space (much like Facebook or other social networking sites) in which members can discuss and present ideas, post events or schedules, exchange files, share agendas and meeting minutes, and collaborate on wiki-style project documents.
Because of the underlying content management framework, an Intranet can be customized to fit the exact needs of the organization, and have tools and functions that can easily be plugged in to suit any variety of needs in the future.
But the key is knowing those needs.
This is where technological systems meet human systems. Organizational Mapping creates a tangible representation of the organization that uncovers known and unknown needs in order to create the communications infrastructure that will meet those needs.
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An organization is a collection of people and resources whose common goals create an interdependence between them.
The methods used to achieve these goals create flows of information, services, people and resources that mirror exchanges between organisms within an ecosystem.
These infrastructures become more efficient the more they mirror one another.
Because of the centrality of information in organizations today, an information infrastructure that mirrors natural human processes and flows of services and resources has the potential to create rippling effects of order and efficiency in the organizations they support.
Changing the way you do work, can make an enormous difference both in cash flow and in the sustainability of the operation.
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