We have another batch of videos to share from our LA 2010 Fall Conference. For those of you who were there, this collection will be a helpful reminder of the issues for communicators our first two speakers — James Surowiecki and Steve Lopez — raised during their presentations about crowdsourcing and the power of storytelling. For the rest of you, it’ll be a way to listen in on what was said and how you, too, can benefit from some of takeaways.
One of the goals we set for last week’s Communication’s Network and CommA conference in Los Angeles was that whatever happened there didn’t stay there. Thanks to the efforts of our 40+ strong Gorilla Engagement Squad — tweeters, bloggers, and flip camera operators — we made sure that everyone at the conference and anywhere else in the world had a way to stay on top of all that was going on in LA.
So far, this blog and the tweets during and since the conference have given lots of helpful insights into the conversations and presentations that took place in LA. Now it’s time to begin showing you more of the people who were there and what they had to say about communications practices in foundations and how the conference affected their thinking.
Guest Post: Michael Hamill Remaley
There was a time when almost all foundations primarily made grants to social services, the arts and other community improvement efforts and avoided direct involvement in public policy. Those days are long gone.
Many of the most well-known foundations are flexing their muscles and attempting to influence policy in myriad ways – from producing health news that increases understanding of necessary system reforms tosupporting cross-agency communication and coordination to improve metropolitan land-use policies and practice. Aggressive and innovative communications are central to the strategies employed by these increasingly influential foundations.