Thanks to these two prolific — and terrific — bloggers for their posts on Ira Glass’s plenary session on storytelling:
Denise Graveline: Ira Glass pitch advice: surprise me
I think one of the downsides of getting older, on top of creaky joints and other minor ailments, is meeting fatigue. Meaning, if you have the sort of job that requires you to attend lots and lots of meetings, both at your organization and out and about in your respective field of interest, you’ve probably attended your share of bad meetings. Meetings where you see panel after panel of boring speakers. Meetings where you play hooky from the afternoon sessions to shopping in whatever town you happen to be in.
In his closing remarks at the Fall Conference, Network Chair Bud Meyer made reference to the many new people coming into foundation communications and the enormous opportunities that await them. Bud, who recently announced his plans to retire from Knight Foundation early next year and (gulp!) try his hand at consulting, is too modest to say that he was one of the pioneers of foundation communications.
Just got out of the session The Heart of the Story with Larry Blumenthal, Marc Fest, and Victor d’Allant. What a perfect bookend to this conference. Ira Glass inspired and entertained us; these guys helped bring it home to the foundation world.
One of the questions in the opening plenary on Web 2.0 was “what is the prerequisite for getting started?” Larry, Marc, and Victor had the answer: you need a story to tell. Once you have a story to tell, you’ll discover the opportunities these tools open up for telling it.
A report produced for the Communications Network urges foundations to make more use of Web 2.0 technologies in order to more effectively engage the public in their work and to have greater programmatic impact.
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