• Changes At The Communications Network

    Message from: Rebecca Arno, chair emeritus, and Minna Jung, chair, Communications Network Board of Directors

    Last year, the Network announced at the end of our Fall Conference in Seattle that we were expanding.  Specifically, we said we wanted to take a run at being the place where smart communications ideas for great causes come to roost and then take off, and we wanted to find those ideas not just among foundation communications people (even though we still love ‘em), but also among the great nonprofit organizations many of us have worked with.

    This announcement made some people grouchy.  Let’s face it:  change is hard.  But then the year unfurled, and nothing bad happened.  In fact, it was kinda…great.  We recruited new members.  We had a banner year when it came to webinar and conference registrations.  We got a crazy number of crazy-good ideas for the 2013 Fall Conference.

    Thanks to Bruce Trachtenberg, the Communications Network’s executive director…we have more change to announce.

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    Put Yourself In A Sex Worker’s Shoes

    Post by: Paul VanDeCarr

    Your name is Naomi, you live in Cape Town, South Africa. Now age 35, you’ve been a sex worker for 6 years, ever since your husband left you with a young daughter to raise and all the bills to pay. You project a strong image, but you worry a lot about violent clients, dishonest cops and your health. You need to make $25 to pay for your daughter’s school fees. So you go out on the streets. But you face some tough choices between protecting your health and avoiding trouble with the police.

    You can play out this scenario in “Cops and Rubbers,” a table-top game funded by the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) at Open Society Foundations (OSF), and now available for free download. The goal is to put players in the shoes of sex workers in the many cities and countries worldwide—including OSF’s home base of New York City—where just having a condom is evidence enough of sex work to get you arrested or extorted by the police.

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    Meet the Fall 2013 Conference Blog Team

    The Communications Network and Philanthropy411 have recruited a stellar team of bloggers for the Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference. The group of bloggers will be posting from New Orleans starting with the pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 2 and through the close of the conference on Friday, Oct. 4.

    Follow along with the conference hashtag: #comnetwork13 and follow @Com_Network and @Philanthropy411 for tweets about the conference and blog posts.

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    Get Your Game On: Communications and the Art of Scaling

    Guest Post: Susan Promislo and Eric Antebi

    The year was 1995. Jill Vialet was sitting outside the principal’s office at Santa Fe Elementary School in Oakland, Calif. Vialet, then head of the local children’s museum, had come to talk about arts in school. The principal wanted to talk about something else.

    Outside the door was a line of kids who had gotten in trouble on the playground at recess. “Can you help me with THAT?” the principal asked Vialet.

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    How to Market Your Giving Day

    Guest Post: Kari Dunn Saratovsky/KDS Strategies

    (Knight Foundation recently published the Giving Day Playbook, a comprehensive, how-to guide geared toward putting on a 24-hour campaign.  Here, co-author Kari Dunn Saratovsky writes about getting the word out.)

    Once your foundation has decided to embark upon a Giving Day, it’s time to let the world (or at least your community) know!

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