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San Francisco
Friday, 21 January 2011


The mission of the Society for Technical Communication is to advance the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media.

The mission of the San Francisco chapter is to:

- Promote the arts and sciences of technical communication in the San Francisco Bay Area

- Promote career development in the technical communication profession for our members, other colleagues, and students of technical communication

- Promote respect, increased public awareness, and appreciation of the technical communication profession


Sunday, 03 August 2014 by Leah Scampoli

Note: The location is to be determined, but will be in downtown San Francisco. Please visit for the latest information. Once we confirm the new location, we will send an email with all the details.


Do you ever wonder what you can do to help shift the world toward more sustainable outcomes? Come join a conversation related to"sustainability thinking," facilitated by Linda Urban.

We face a lot of problems in the world today--economically, environmentally, and socially. One way to tackle them is for organizations to broaden their focus from one that is primarily on economic outcomes, to one that includes a"triple bottom line" in their strategy and thinking (planet, people, and profit).

Shifting the focus of an organization requires a change in culture, throughout. Sometimes the change starts at the top, but sometimes the changes start on the inside, with grassroots efforts by individuals.

In this evening discussion, we'll talk about things like:

- What is sustainability?
- How might sustainable practices benefit our organizations?
- How does our work fit into larger systems--both within our organization, and beyond? And how does that relate to"sustainability"?
- What kinds of changes could be made within our workplaces to facilitate sustainable practices?
- What steps can we take, to support and encourage sustainability within our workplaces?


Linda Urban, a long-time technical communication consultant and instructor, is now focusing on organizational performance and workplace learning. Her current focus is on change management, workplace research, program evaluation, and sustainability. She works with teams to help them develop skills, knowledge, and expertise as they transition to new ways of working.

Linda teaches in the Technical Communication program at UC Berkeley Extension, and this fall she will be an Adjunct Graduate Faculty member in the online Masters' program Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State University.

Note: There will NOT be a live Webinar this month, but the meeting will be recorded.

Visit to purchase tickets.


TPW Instructor opening at SFSU The Technical & Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University invites interested professionals to share their expertise with our students. We are recruiting a Lecturer to teach an upper-division course, TPW 555: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design, during fall semester 2014. The course introduces students to document design principles and processes, with a focus on strategies for integrating text and graphics. Workshop instruction teaches publication design software, with an emphasis on Adobe InDesign. Students are assigned exercises and projects to do during lab, in addition to receiving classroom instruction. TPW will provide the new instructor with a tested course plan and associated teaching materials, including use of an online course management system. The course is progressively designed to combine research-based theory with current practice. Instructor will be hired to teach the course for fall semester 2014 only, although repeat employment is a possibility. Qualifications: - Expertise using Adobe InDesign - Master’s degree - Relevant work experience - Teaching, training, or tutoring experience - Education or training in design theory and practices Schedule: - Mondays, Aug 25 - Dec 15 (except 9/1 and 11/24) - 6 – 7 pm: ​Office hour in the computer lab - 7 – 9:45 pm:​ Classroom teaching Applications: To apply, please email resume or CV to Neil Lindeman Director, Technical & Professional Writing Program, SF State email: phone: 650/866.5364 Benefits of working for TPW:
Last replied by Leah Scampoli on Thursday, 17 July 2014
That's very nice, but we have our own local competition, Touchstone, which is jointly sponsored by the 6 northern California chapters, including San Francisco. Why don't you encourage local technical communicators to enter Touchstone? The website has not yet been updated for this year, but our deadline for entries is Saturday, Oct 5th. I hope local tech communicators will send us their entries. If you want to be a judge in this year's competition, please send email to, and I'll explain the process. Touchstone accepts entries from anywhere, but we encourage potential entrants to enter their own local competition instead if they have one. We would not publicize Touchstone in the Chicago group, and I for one don't appreciate their publicizing their competition here.
Last replied by Richard Mateosian on Monday, 12 August 2013

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