A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Chris Wolz, president/CEO, Forum One Communications. Follow Chris on Twitter – @cwolz.
“So, what’s gumbo?” Nam-ho Park asked when the steaming bowl was put in front of him the night before the conference. I was a little stunned that my colleague, a certified world traveler, was a gumbo newbie! So I gave him my best explanation of the good things that can go into a gumbo, the importance of okra, how to make a roux, etc. He ate it and really enjoyed it. (We then moved on to the crawfish etouffee, which required another explanation.)
I’ve been thinking about what went into the “gumbo” that was the Communications Network conference this year? What were the juicy morsels that I’ll remember, and tell others about?
Guest Post: Beth Kanter
Our interactive session at the Fall 2013 Communications Network Conference in New Orleans was a blend of content delivery and peer learning – a conversation about the value, different approaches and models, and best practices. Betsey Russell captured the highlights of the content in this blog post, “Boosting Nonprofit Communication Capacity.” A copy of our presentation and some of the takeaways follow.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Maryland M. Grier, Senior Communications Officer at the Connecticut Health Foundation. Follow Maryland on Twitter – @marylandgrier.
When plenary speaker Maria Hinojosa said, “make the invisible visible,” in talking about underserved communities, I heard the word, “aha!” in my head. For me, a lifelong priority has been to support folks who are often referred to as ‘the underdog.’ Often, we in foundations identify the exemplary or popular grantees for media interviews, videos, or features, when in fact, we have hidden jewels whose stories will resonate as more human, real stories for reporters as well as their audiences.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Akilah Williams, Communications Officer at Crown Family Philanthropies.
“Until we resolve or build some other kind of America, this is just triage,” said David Simon of “Treme” and “The Wire.” As the first plenary speaker he gave us a wakeup call and emphasized that we simply need to do more – and we must do it with utter credibility. He encouraged us to look beyond the typical motivation of social change, and realize there is no way to deal with everything. However, we must unveil and validate issues with authenticity.
As a four-time Communication Network conference attendee, this year felt the most provocative. It all came down to communications as a movement. How can we propel this even further? Several speakers inspired me to percolate this a bit.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Jorge Cino, Creative Writer & Nonprofit Communications Specialist. Follow Jorge on Twitter – @jorgecino.
From the struggle many nonprofits face in engaging elusive millenials to the complexities of navigating the fragmented media landscape, much (good stuff) has been written by my peers about last week’s 2013 Communications Network Conference.
But the more I reflect on it, the more I return not to the “latest lessons and best practices,” not to the “new tools and resources,” but to a desire to reflect on us, communications folks.