Is 2015 a Year of Change in Canada?

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At cStreet Campaigns we work with progressive campaigns around the world.  We’ve helped bring a major Australian union to NationBuilder, revamped the UK-based digital campaign to ban unpaid internships, and worked with a wide spectrum of US progressives.

That international work will never stop, it’s essential to our organization; but I wanted to take a moment and put something in writing about the importance of 2015 for Canadian progressives.  

This year we’ll have a federal election that will act as a referendum on 9 years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party rule. Either Canada will embrace more of the same or opt for something new. The stakes are clear; this is an administration that’s ignored climate changedeepened income inequalityfeuded with First Nations and spied on Canadians coast to coast to coast. 

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Making the Difference Launches as Fight Over Role of Nurses Intensifies in Saskatchewan

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On behalf of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), we were approached by Savaria PR with the idea of designing and developing a digital engagement program for an escalating fight over the role of registered nurses in the Saskatchewan healthcare system.

At stake is a risky plan being considered by the Saskatchewan government that would result in Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) being required to provide patient care in situations and settings that their post-secondary school education has not prepared them for.

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Job: Digital Project Manager

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At cStreet we combine design & strategy with the web’s most effective organizing tools to win progressive campaigns.

The job:  

We’re looking for a motivated project manager that can oversee the planning, implementation, and tracking of multiple projects and drive them through the entire life cycle. We’re a small shop of experienced people who need a capable and organised person (that’s you!) to oversee what we do and make sure we’re not dropping any balls. This is a new position so your voice and experience will be an important part of shaping the position and the firm! 

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Announcing: Quebec-French Translated Aware Theme

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We are excited to launch the first fully translated Quebec-French version of NationBuilder’s Aware Theme.

The translation was undertaken by a professional, native Quebec-French speaking translator. This ensures that the linguistic and idiomatic uniqueness of the Quebecois language are included in the theme’s translations.

All 240 files in NationBuilder’s classic Aware theme were translated line-by-line, as were the autoresponses of pages that have them. This ensures that, out-of-the-box, the theme is ready to go, whatever your organization’s needs. Simply either create a subsite or signup for a separate Nation, choose the Quebecois French Aware Theme, and you’re ready to go.

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Contract: Production Designer

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About the Contract Position (this position has been filled)

cStreet Campaigns is seeking a Production Designer to help create digital and print content for an advertising campaign being undertaken by one of our clients. The Production Designer will work with CEO, Junior Designer and other members of the team to produce and adapt visual assets to a variety of media (print, display, billboard) based on pre-defined concept and copy. The ideal candidate will have a strong portfolio and experience working in both digital and print.

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From #Roots14: 10 Things Progressives Can Learn from Rob Ford

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4 Traits of a Successful NationBuilder Powered Campaign

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When I joined cStreet Campaigns back in 2013, I had only a vague knowledge of what NationBuilder was. Working a few hours a week, I initially learned the ropes by migrating content, doing data imports, and cleaning up tagging systems. Flash forward to over a year and a half later, and having worked on dozens of projects, I’ve developed a much deeper understanding of not only the NationBuilder platform, but also how to get the most out of it.

Through this work, I’ve noticed a pattern of general practices and thought processes that are common to successful campaigns. I’m not referring to the intangible, high-level strategies or tactics that campaigns employ; rather, I’m talking about fairly simple NationBuilder practices and mindsets that can help to achieve organizational or campaign goals. These are the kinds of things that should help guide one’s thinking when running a campaign.

In no particular order, what follows is a list of 4 things that successful NationBuilder-powered campaigns do:

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Nerd out! Advanced Twitter Card Customization in NationBuilder

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At cStreet we often implement Wwitter cards for clients. Using liquid you can implement twitter cards pretty basically but the magic is how to really customise your twitter cards using liquid if statements. We're launching a project this week that relies heavily on user submitted content so we though it would be a great opportunity to show off this customization.

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