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We’re already drawing a large crowd to our New Orleans conference, Oct. 2-4. No surprise considering our jam-packed line-up that features outstanding plenary speakers, a dynamic mix of breakout sessions–hand-picked by you–and a terrific selection of pre-conference training workshops.
Check the list to see who’s coming. If yours isn’t on it, add it today.
Registration is open for our Fall Conference in New Orleans
Our Fall 2013 conference will be held in New Orleans, Oct. 2-4. Our event kicks off with a reception Wednesday and concludes at noon on Friday. As you’ll see, once again we’ve put together a packed program that features a group of stellar speakers, a collection of breakout sessions that you and the “crowd” picked, and for those of you who want to go deep on some topics, a selection of optional four-hour training workshops.
The fee for the conference is $550 for members and $625 for non-members. Our early registration rates go up to $600 and $700, respectively, after July 15.
This link will take you to the conference registration page. Because of our record of selling out our annual conferences, we urge you to sign up as soon as possible.
Here’s more on what we have planned for you this year:
A stellar line up of plenary speakers for Thursday and Friday.
David Simon is the executive producer, writer and creator of the HBO series “Treme,” which is set in New Orleans, and previously he was the creator, show runner, executive producer and head writer of the other HBO hit series, “The Wire.”
Maria Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. In April 2010, she launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism.
Andrew Sullivan, a Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor, was one of the first journalists to experiment with blogging. He now writes 250 to 300 posts per week for The Dish.
Junot Diaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.
A dozen crowd-sourced breakout sessions.
Breakouts cover a range of topics–everything from how to work effectively with your program colleagues, to tips on making better use of video, to advice on building a winning communications strategy, to new insights on branding
A series of pre-conference training workshops, taught by experts in the Communications Network.
The sessions listed below are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2. There is an additional $100 fee for members and $150 for non-members.
- Brains, Behavior Change, and Social Good: A Practitioner’s Guide
- Data-Driven Communications: Analytics/Tools for Strategic Planning, Message Development & Evaluation
- Visual Storytelling
- Getting Going with Mobile (aka What Your Users Really Want!)
- Keeping it Fresh: A Baker’s Dozen Tips for Today’s Media Relations
In addition to all that, there will be plenty of time to meet and network with friends and colleagues throughout the event, starting with our traditional opening night reception.
The conference will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. which is offering us rooms at $235 a night, plus tax. Once you fill out and submit your conference registration online, you’ll be taken to a confirmation page that will have a link for the hotel’s reservation system. Use it to book your rooms. We also have a backup–the nearby Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans. To book rooms there, or to inquire about rates and availability, call: (888) 421-1442 or (402) 592-6464. Make sure to request the Communications Network conference rate.
So, with a set of crowd-sourced breakout sessions, excellent training workshops, a terrific lineup of plenary speakers, the perfect city to hold a conference in October and some great people to spend a few days with, New Orleans is the place to be in the Fall. If the past is a reliable predictor of the future, we’ll have another great turnout and probably sell out like we always do. So, sign up today.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 731-2268.
See you in New Orleans in October.
Junot Diaz Photo: Nina Subin
It’s Sandria Clark who holds your interest from the very first minute of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s video, “Community Works: The NOVA Model of Workforce Development.“ It’s not just Clark’s deeply contented smile that hooks you, it’s the joy in her voice. “I’ll tell it from the rooftops” she says, “this is the place to start.” She’s talking about the employment program that is the nominal topic of the video, and it’s an interesting program demonstrating impressive success, but it’s Clark’s emotions that stay with you. The video is storytelling done beautifully, evoking empathy that inspires action. Whether the video will be used to convey MRBF’s mission, to pitch to a corporation, or as a marketing piece that increases a grantee program’s visibility, it will deliver a powerfully emotional message.
“Community Works” is one of several that comprise the foundation’s Story Bank, which MRBF created in 2012 to share grantee successes. The Story Bank’s design and implementation is itself a foundation success story, but of another kind: a first-rate program and communications collaboration.
Guest Post: Rebecca Arno
This time of year in Denver, gardeners know that deep freezes and spring snow are behind us and it’s finally safe to plant. It’s also when the residents of the Whittier neighborhood will begin putting in their community garden – on a site formerly used by gangs to hide drugs and guns. They’ll need to recruit volunteers, but that shouldn’t be a problem, because they’ve already started telling their story and connecting their neighbors to the vision, through a new tool called Floodlight.
Floodlight is a partnership of The Piton Foundation, a private operating foundation created by energy entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Gary, and The Denver Foundation, the oldest and largest community foundation in the Rockies, with generous support through the Knight Community Information Challenge. Both Piton and The Denver Foundation have longstanding commitments to helping people in low-income communities make change by using the power of data and storytelling.