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.
Regular Communications Network Contributor Paul VanDeCarr, Managing Director and co-founder of Working Narratives, was one of the members of the Philanthropy411 blogging team that covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. Follow Paul on Twitter – @wnstory.
I learned a few things at the Communications Network conference session on “Impact Litigation as a Tool for Social Change: Perry v. Hollingsworth and the National Conversation about Marriage Equality.”
One, the folks who waged the fight against Proposition 8—in the courts of law and of public opinion—are really smart. Seriously, they’ve got brains to spare. Presenters included Felix Schein, principal of Griffin|Schein, a public interest communications firm; and Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Bill Wright, Vice President, Outreach and Advocacy at America’s Promise Alliance. Follow along on twitter – @americaspromise or @APA_wright.
How many people at your organization and your grantees would feel justified in saying, “I’m a communicator”?
The last two years of the Fall conference has made me think about that question a number of times. While I have no idea what the answer is, what’s encouraging is that more and more people are aiming to make that statement.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Dan Brady, Communications Manager at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Follow along on Twitter – @givingforum.
During his plenary, David Simon of “The Wire” and “Treme” told a story about working in the Baltimore Sun newsroom at the advent of the internet. He described an editor telling writers how kids would “surf the web” and upon finding the Baltimore Sun’s website, they’d discover that they loved newspapers and start buying them.
The assumptions behind that business model for newspapers in the digital age were, of course, hopelessly flawed. Ken Auletta of The New Yorker echoed Simon’s take on the collapse of the newspaper industry saying, “Traditional media didn’t confront the coming world.” It failed to invest in engineers, web developers, and others who could provide the underpinning platform for the news outlets of the Twenty-first century.