• Meredith Klein Elected to The Communications Network Board

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    Meredith Klein, Communications Officer in Public Affairs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been elected to the Board of The Communications Network.

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  • Webinar: Lessons from the Front Lines of the LGBT Movement Oct. 29th at 2pm EST


    Next Wednesday, October 29th at 2pm EST, Doug Hattaway and Alex Cole of Hattaway Communications will join The Communications Network for a WEBINAR on the impact of strategic communications on one of our country’s most successful social change struggles – the fight for marriage equality for LGBT Americans – and how to apply the lessons learned to other social change movements.

    What: Webinar: Lessons from the Front Lines of the LGBT Movement
    When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2pm EST
    Register: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=82i8jw2cna9f
    Note: This exclusive online event is open to Communications Network members only


    From The Atlantic: “On May 9, 2012, President Obama sat for an interview in the White House with the ABC News anchor Robin Roberts. Both of them knew what she’d been summoned there to discuss, and Roberts didn’t waste any time. “So, Mr. President,” she said, “are you still opposed to same-sex marriage?”

    Obama was ready for the question. A few days before, Vice President Biden had said on Meet the Press that he was “comfortable” with men marrying men and women marrying women. The surprise statement went against the president’s own ambiguous stance, which was that he was against gay marriage but in the process of “evolving.” At the same time, evidence of the political risk inherent in the issue was abundant. The day before, May 8, voters in North Carolina — a key swing state Obama narrowly won in 2008 — had overwhelmingly voted to ban gay unions, making it the 31st state to take such a step.

    Obama sat back in his leather chair, his legs crossed, his hands in his lap, composed and a bit detached. “Well, you know, I have to tell you, as I’ve said, I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue,” he began, in his usual roundabout way. “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally.” He pointed to his administration’s repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and its refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. He’d hesitated to embrace gay marriage, he said, out of respect for tradition and a belief that civil unions offered enough protection to same-sex partnerships.

    But now the president had changed his mind. “I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” he said.

    The reasons for Obama’s about-face, as he explained them, seemed perfectly normal. His thoughts, he said, had gone to his own staffers “who are in incredibly committed, monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together.” He’d thought about the troops, fighting on his behalf, yet still facing the constraint of not being “able to commit themselves in a marriage.” He talked about the values he wanted to pass on to his own children and the emphasis his own faith placed on the Golden Rule.

    As natural as Obama’s statement may have sounded, his words were as carefully chosen as the interview. The testimonial to the gay men and women in his life; the discussion of values and the Golden Rule; the remarkable fact that America’s first black president, discussing an issue many see as a modern civil-rights struggle (with a black interviewer, no less), made no reference to civil rights — these were all talking points straight out of the new playbook of the gay-rights movement.”

  • Terry Gross

    The Would-Be Lyricist: In conversation with NPR’s Terry Gross

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  • California Dreamin’

    skyline-sandiegocomnThank you again for being with us in Philadelphia for #ComNet14!

    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.

  • Ssir Wide

    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.

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