At our Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Minna Jung, communications director for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, was elected chair of the Communications Network. Jung, who joined the board in 2005, had been serving as the Network’s vice chair since September 2011. In the following post, she shares her thoughts on why it matters to be passionate about doing great communications for good causes.
I’m back in the office after spending most of last week at the Communications Network conference, and the re-entry has been harder than usual, post-conference. I always think the Network conference is a success when I’ve carried away two or three good ideas with me to take to my home practice of strategic communications. But on top of getting those good ideas, this latest conference was one of the best times I can recall EVER having at a conference. The speakers were outstanding, everyone seemed especially energized and eager to connect with each other, and the surrounding atmosphere provided by NOLA was tasty and rich and giddy.
Guest Post: Beth Kanter
Our interactive session at the Fall 2013 Communications Network Conference in New Orleans was a blend of content delivery and peer learning – a conversation about the value, different approaches and models, and best practices. Betsey Russell captured the highlights of the content in this blog post, “Boosting Nonprofit Communication Capacity.” A copy of our presentation and some of the takeaways follow.
Regular Communications Network Contributor Paul VanDeCarr, Managing Director and co-founder of Working Narratives, was one of the members of the Philanthropy411 blogging team that covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. Follow Paul on Twitter – @wnstory.
I learned a few things at the Communications Network conference session on “Impact Litigation as a Tool for Social Change: Perry v. Hollingsworth and the National Conversation about Marriage Equality.”
One, the folks who waged the fight against Proposition 8—in the courts of law and of public opinion—are really smart. Seriously, they’ve got brains to spare. Presenters included Felix Schein, principal of Griffin|Schein, a public interest communications firm; and Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team is currently covering the Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Avalee Weir, Communications Manager at The Ian Potter Foundation. Follow along on Twitter – @AvWeir and @IanPotterFdn.
As an Aussie attending her first international philanthropy communications conference, I arrived in New Orleans with a few extra baggage items:
- A truckload of baseball caps, Gap kids gear, Nike shoes and other assorted ‘cheaper in America’ items picked up during my stopover in Los Angeles.
- Jet lag (and the need to keep on top of my job back home at night while you were all asleep).
- High expectations and hopes that the long journey to get here would be worth it.
- A little trepidation that the communications work we have been doing in the much smaller Australian philanthropic sector would seem a bit second rate.
Extra baggage can really weigh you down!
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team is currently covering the Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Erin M. Kelly, MA, Social Media Manager at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Follow Erin on Twitter – @erinmkelly.
I may be the only Communications Network member in New Orleans who has not seen an episode of “Treme” or “The Wire.” Sorry about that. You probably don’t want to learn what original HBO series I do watch, but what stood out about the first plenary speaker at the 2013 Communications Network Conference was how similar his family night dinners seemed to my own growing up.