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Jim Gilliam

commented on How do I stop activities from being displayed in the dashboard or a user profile? 2013-12-22 12:41:58 -0800 · Flag
Peter- Changing the Dashboard default activity settings does change it for everyone in the nation, not just for the current user.

'Have a real problem': Jim Gilliam on Silicon Valley culture

In this clip from Kevin Rose's Foundation video series, NationBuilder CEO Jim Gilliam answers a question from the audience about how to foster big world-changing ideas in Silicon Valley instead of Instagram and Pinterest clones.

Watch the full video of the interview at http://foundation.kr.



published Nonprofit organizers 2012-10-17 09:46:39 -0700

Nonprofit organizers

We are looking for organizers with at least two years of experience in the nonprofit world to help build the NationBuilder nonprofit community.

The primary qualities we are looking for in this new member of our growing team are:

  • You are happiest when interacting with people, and people love being around you.
  • You hate asking "quick questions" and would rather just figure things out yourself.
  • You are invigorated by technology, not afraid of it.
  • You think clearly under pressure and are comfortable talking on the phone or emailing all day.
  • You are fearless and ready to take on the establishment.
  • You are interesting -- maybe you know another language, have a crazy life story, or are a struggling comedian, just something different.
  • You live (or want to live) in Los Angeles.

You will be working with non-profits and advocacy groups from around the world, representing a range of causes. We are a well-funded startup, and the job includes stock options and health care benefits. Salary is $55k. If you're passionate about how organizing can change the world and want to do it on a massive scale, this is for you. 

To apply, send an email to the "jobs" address you see in the footer of this page. It should include:

  1. Tell us why we should talk to you in 140 characters or less. (like a tweet, but you don't have to actually tweet it)
  2. Your website or resume

published Data Organizer 2013-05-08 09:01:41 -0700

Data Organizer

We are looking for people who are passionate about open political data to help with acquiring and processing voter data from states and counties for the NationBuilder Election Center.

This NationBuilder National Voter File is the first and only fully open voter file -- available to anyone with a legitimate political use. Keeping this file fresh, complete, and accurate is a job for our data organizing team. The data organizer will be responsible for keeping in contact with county registrars, secretaries of state, and other election officials to help manage the our national data set. 

The primary qualities we are looking for in this new member of our growing team are:

  • You love politics and can handle government bureaucracy.
  • You find investigating and solving customer issues rewarding.
  • You hate asking "quick questions" and would rather just figure things out yourself.
  • You excel at time management skills, and have a fun time managing Excel.
  • You are invigorated by technology, not afraid of it.
  • You think clearly under pressure and are comfortable talking on the phone or emailing all day.
  • You are fearless and ready to take on the establishment.
  • You are interesting -- maybe you know another language, have a crazy life story, or are a struggling comedian, just something different.
  • You live (or want to live) in Los Angeles.

If you're passionate about how organizing can change the world and want to do it on a massive scale, this is for you. 

To apply, send an email to the "jobs" address you see in the footer of this page. It should include:

  1. Tell us why we should talk to you in 140 characters or less (like a tweet, but you don't have to actually tweet it)
  2. Your resume and references
  3. Link to your website or blog if you have one

commented on UTF-8 format: The secret to flawless imports in NationBuilder 2012-09-09 22:21:44 -0700 · Flag
FYI, NationBuilder will do automatic conversions to UTF-8 when it can. Many people import with Latin1, which NationBuilder converts seamlessly to UTF-8, and no one knows the difference. But sometimes NationBuilder can’t tell what encoding it’s actually in because the file reports itself one way, but there are characters in there that are not consistent with that format. That’s frequently where the [utf-8 error] messages come in.

By following the instructions in this post, and just always making sure your files are in UTF-8 format, you won’t ever have any of these problems.

commented on Blog Categories & Blog Navigation 2012-06-09 11:33:23 -0700 · Flag
Every tag gets its own page automatically. /tags/tag_slug

For example, here are all our pages tagged with “NationBuilder stories”: http://nationbuilder.com/tags/nationbuilder_stories

There is no overall listing of tags – but you can just link to those pages in your sidebar, or create a new Basic page and just link to your main tags.

tagged Jim Gilliam's Embed pages into other sites with Important 2013-12-18 14:28:42 -0800

Embed pages into other sites

This is probably the most requested featured at the moment to make it easy to integrate with existing WordPress/Drupal/Joomla CMSes.  We are working on it.


published New email notification settings in Blog 2012-04-30 10:28:00 -0700

New email notification settings

We've upgraded how email notifications work to provide more flexibility, and help you keep up to date with the people who matter most to you.  For instance, you now have the ability to get email notifications whenever someone assigned to you donates. 

Specifically, each control panel user can now specify whether they want email notifications for a particular activity (like donations or rsvps) for everyone, just people assigned to them, or just for people/pages they are following.  NationBuilder defaults to sending you email notifications just for people assigned to you or people/pages you are following. Your settings can be changed under Settings > Your Account > Email notifications.  And you can change the settings for someone else by going to their profile page and clicking on Notifications

On pages, we've removed the "Who to notify when someone does [x]" concept entirely.  Getting email notifications for a page is now based on whether you are following that page.  Anyone who was previously set to get email notifications on that page was automatically converted to be a follower so they would continue to receive the notifications.

Also, we've replaced the concept of event types with tags.  Event types were an old concept from before we had page tags, so this just makes it more consistent with how every other page type works.  All of the existing functionality with calendars being able to just show certain event types have been upgraded to just show certain tags, and any existing event types were automatically converted to page tags.


commented on Photo Gallery 2012-03-17 23:05:28 -0700 · Flag
Tsuyoshi – if you just click on the “template” tab on the page, you can add in any embeddable thing you want, including iframes. You just have to edit the template. The regular wysiwyg content areas are more limited, the templates are not.

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