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.
It was the description that got me to the session. This conference is great, and there’s so much to learn, but there’s also only so many PowerPoint presentations I can sit through. So when I read Scott Ward’s session description, I had to go. I knew it was either going to be great or it was going to bomb. I wasn’t sure if enough people were ready to put themselves out there and participate.
Zoologists have captured the first photos of the Okapi in the wild, saying that the animal once mistaken for a unicorn has managed to survive war and poaching in Congo. The doe-eyed animal is a relative of the giraffe but has zebra-like stripes on its legs and rear.
For the past nine years, I’ve attended the Communications Network conference, and I, too, have been on a mission to take a picture of another rare species: the elusive program officer. (Disclosure: I’m a program officer at The California Wellness Foundation, so I don’t count!)
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