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Communities Can Do Anything

Ian Patrick Hines

People connected to one another in communities can be a powerful force for good.  We lift each other up, push each other forward, and -- together -- we are capable of achieving so much more than we ever could alone.  
Everyone knows that the internet is an amazing tool for connecting people, but what if we focused on building real communities of people — rather than just “converting” our “users.” What if we could use the internet to find people who share our goals, dreams, and passions and bring them together to achieve real, offline ends.
Thing is, we can do that. People are doing it every day using predictable, repeatable strategies.
In this talk, Ian digs into why you should be doing this and how to get started.

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Ian Patrick Hines

My name is Ian Patrick Hines, and I am a fourth-generation Marylander. I live and work in Anne Arundel County with my wife Christy and our three children.  From November 2012 – November 2013, I lived in Los Angeles, where I worked as a tech organizer at NationBuilder.  I wrote documentation, investigated bug reports, and became the company’s in-house product expert. It was an incredible, life-changing opportunity for which I am very grateful.

Now, I am freelancing on purpose as a certified, nonpartisan NationBuilder Expert & Architect. I have worked with political campaigns, nonprofits, and small businesses in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. And I take enormous pride in building reliable, flexible, beautiful website themes.
In my free time, I write at length on my blog, remark on Twitter, and play with my children.