Over the course of many moves, I sadly misplaced my copy of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. Hands down, it’s the best guide to writing ever written. In a nod to White, blogger Dean Rieck has developed an equally useful and incredibly concise one-page writing guide that you should print out and paste to your computer.
My friend Rick Cohen sent me a collection of his recent articles on the economic meltdown and what’s ahead for charities and foundations. Toward the bottom of his extensive list was a link to a sobering piece he did titled Lessons for Charities and Foundations from Bernie Madoff.
The Minnesota Council of Foundations has just started an important and timely conversation on its blog, Philanthropy Potluck. Bill King, president, writes about the rumblings in Washington from a few lawmakers that government can only do so much and it’s up to philanthropy to “fill the gap” in services.
We started the Communications Network blog last fall as a way to report on and give people a chance to comment on discussion topics and sessions at our 2008 Chicago conference. We let anyone at the conference submit a post. Based on the success we had last fall, we decided to keep this blog going as a way to keep people talking about communications practices — everything from “big ideas” about how to excel at being a communicator to the routine things that are worth reminding ourselves about.
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