Guest Post: Rebecca Arno, Vice President of Communications, The Denver Foundation and Chair, Communications Network
(Rebecca Arno started her two-year term as the Network’s chair at the Fall 2011 Conference.)
With annual memberships at 400-plus, an active listserv, dynamic on-line content, and nearly 300 attendees at our Boston conference, the Communications Network is stronger than ever.
An article in the Oct. 1, 2011, Sunday’s New York Times raised an important concern that undoubtedly creeps into the thinking of foundation and nonprofit communicators every so often: Why do people care about some issues and not others? And more so, how do you overcome the likelihood of “psychic numbing” – people turning off their feelings rather than rallying to action because they feel some problems are too big to help solve?
We raised similar questions ourselves two years ago in a webinar that featured a discussion with with Paul Slovic, a psychologist at the University of Oregon, and one of the experts featured in the recent Times article.
Guest Post: Susan Herr, PhilanthroMedia
Thanks to each member of the Gorilla Engagement Squad — our roving band of volunteers — we collectively cajoled more than 100 of you to offer your thoughts on video camera. Video summaries will be rolling out over the next week.
To give you a preview of our Group Therapy,” breakouts at our Fall 2011 Communications Network Conference, we’ve asked leaders of the individual sessions to say a few words about what they have planned and what you’ll get out of attending. Here is Part 1 of our video promos. For Part 2, click here.
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