The Communications Network has teamed up with David Brotherton and Cynthia Scheiderer, authors of the report, Come On In. The Water’s Fine. An Exploration of Web 2.0 Technology and Its Emerging Impact on Foundation Communications, on a separate blog exclusively devoted to how foundations are (or should be) embracing the new social networking technologies.
We harp a lot about jargon as the enemy of clear communication. Littering writing and speaking with annoying phrases should also be taboo. Below is a list of what a group of Oxford University researchers consider to be the “Top 10 Most Irritating Expressions in the English language.”
Judging from the results of a survey conducted after the event, a good time was had by just about every one who attended our Chicago conference, Sept. 24-26 at the Hard Rock Hotel. Some 112 people – or more than 50 percent of conference attendees — responded to our online questionnaire, and they gave the conference a combined “excellent/good” rating of 94 percent.
Last August the Communications Network asked several hundred people who work in communications for private and community foundations to tell us how they feel about their jobs, the contributions they think they are making, whether senior management appreciated the work they do, along with other questions about what’s likely to happen over the next few years.
At the Missouri Foundation for Health, they’ve started down a path that might be the end of business as usual for annual reports. Inspired by discussions at the 2007 Communications Network Fall conference about the need to rethink how foundations report on progress (a topic at the Chicago conference too), the foundation this year completely did away with its print annual report, says Bev Pfeifer-Harms, director of communications. Its fully online version takes viewers on a virtual journey around the state (via a virtual car) so they can hear from foundation grantees about their efforts to improve the health of Missouri’s citizens, especially those in vulnerable communities.
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