Hundreds of you are featured in the photos we captured at #ComNet14: see if you’re among the many faces featured on our official Flickr page. Have a picture on your phone you’d like to share? You can add it to our #ComNet14 Flickr group.
Looking for highlights? See a Storify of our events in Philly. And we’ve been steadily adding posts and reflections from our #ComNet14 blog team:
The Presentation Whisperer from Najaf Ahmad of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shares the key takeaways from our speech prep breakout session led by Shaun Adamec and Steve Rabin.
ComNet Crosses the Ocean by Avalee Weir of Australia’s Ian Potter Foundation reveals how an insight and a connection at a ComNet conference can lead to inspiration and impact.
A Sense of Urgency by ComNetwork Board member Maureen Cozine of The New York State Health Foundation offers an interview with our conference kickoff speaker, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
#ComNet14: Downloads about Digital Mathias Black of Ford Foundation contributes insights from the conference on how to best utilize digital content in today’s ever-changing online landscape.
Top 10 Guiding Principles for Change Communications from Marc Moorghen, Communications Director at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, explains key points from his breakout session on navigating organizational change.
Before we move on to California Dreams of #ComNet15 in San Diego, please complete the #ComNet14 post-conference survey. 153 of you have already participated, besting our feedback from New Orleans. We’d like to have 75% of our 425+ conference participants weigh in, so if you can, please take a moment and share your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about what worked and what didn’t so we can improve #ComNet15 and make The Communications Network even better. The survey will close on Wednesday, October 22.
If you’re interested in helping with 2015 conference planning by standing with us as a sponsor or serving on our San Diego Host Committee, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please email Info@ComNetwork.org. To begin to whet your appetite for SoCal, we did it again, we made you a playlist…
The record crowd at the conference was a clear signal that The Communications Network is strong! Great things lie ahead!
Thank you again!
PS: Wednesday, October 29 at 2 PM Eastern, The Communications Network will partner with Hattaway Communications to host our Lessons from the Frontline of the LGBT Movement WEBINAR. We’ll explore the impact of strategic communications on one of our country’s most successful social change movements, and how to apply the lessons learned to other social change movements. We hope you’ll join us. This event is only open to members of The Communications Network.
The Future of The Stanford Social Innovation Review: Catching up with SSIR Managing Editor Eric Nee at #ComNet14
- Foundations that fund journalists to cover an issue may get good traction over the long term—but it’s different than PR.
- Foundations and non-profits are realizing more and more that they need to let go of some control in order to be effective online.
- A growing international audience of people interested in innovation in philanthropy and non-profit social change work means there’s an opportunity for US organizations, which are seen as leaders.
- Authenticity is the mark of a great story.
- Audio is an intimate medium, perfectly suited for emotional stories
- Good listening is essential for an interviewer—and it allows us to find beauty in the people around us.
- The Internet poses challenges and opportunities for journalism.
- The Internet is breaking down local media monopolies, and upstart news aggregators are beating the big papers at search engine optimization.
- The characteristics that make media shareable are the same ones that indicate a return to quality journalism.
- In times of change, tailor your communications to your audience. Be clear, concise, and as transparent as possible.
- Listen to your stakeholders, and invest in media outreach and public relations. You’ll want to get your message out quickly and make sure it reaches those directly affected first.
- Exercise your network of friends and colleagues to learn how others have dealt and are dealing with the same change issues you are.