Post by: Sean Gibbons, Executive Director
Dear Network Colleagues,
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Sean Gibbons and today is my first day as the Executive Director of the Communications Network.
Sharing stories and ideas has been my work and my passion for most of my adult life. First through journalism, and over the past decade, in the public policy world. My experiences have made this truth plain: quality communications are a difference maker. They can spark debate, elevate new ideas, and in very real ways, improve lives. Over my career, I’ve spent more time than I should admit trying to discover and understand the latest innovations, data, trends, and tools to inform and inspire. I am, at heart, a geek. A communications geek. And if I had to guess, I am not very different than you in that way.
So you can imagine how lucky and honored I feel to be stepping into my new role at The Communications Network.
Right now we are in a new epoch of information. There are a number of big, thorny questions facing the social sector and its communicators. Questions like: How do you measure impact? How do make sure your organization’s voice is heard? There are quiet, crucial concerns as well, like: How do you do more with less? How do you ensure communications are an organizational priority?
My experiences have made this truth plain: quality communications are a difference maker. They can spark debate, elevate new ideas, and in very real ways, improve lives.
I don’t pretend to have the answers, but I am delighted to have the chance to work with you to try to ask the right questions, and to share our learning widely so that we can all work smarter and better.
Since my hiring was announced last month, so many of you have been extraordinarily warm and generous with notes of welcome and offers of help. Thank you. I deeply appreciate the reception I’ve received. And I will need the help.
I’m looking forward to getting acquainted and working with each of you in the days, weeks and months ahead. I hope to see many of you at The Communications Network Conference in Philadelphia in October.
Please feel free to reach out: I’m on LinkedIn here. If you tweet, I’m over here. And as of today, I am proud to say, I am reachable via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Great things are ahead! Let’s get started.