In a year that has seen more than its share of tragedy and violence: Charleston, Paris, Syria, Mali, the list, sadly, goes on...we've also seen reasons for optimism and joy. Marriage for LGBT couples has become the law of the land in the United States. Global poverty numbers are experiencing a stark decline. And the world has become remarkably more transparent and somehow smaller. One BILLION people were online on Facebook in September, and many more have moved to embrace communications and new technological tools that are enabling us to connect, witness, learn, and share across the globe. These are good things.
From The Network (or: Shameless Plugs)
We deeply appreciate that we get to do work that we love every day, helping people who are doing good do better.
We are thankful. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday.
-Sean, Tristan, and Maggie
On your way to grandmother's house? Pull out your phone and pull down our CommsCast podcasts to hear Dr. Clarence B. Jones reflect on risk and race, social sector CEOs share why communication matters, Soledad O'Brien offer storytelling tips, and Elliott Kalan on how Jon Stewart, Spiderman, and Abraham Lincoln can help you improve your writing.
Need a quote for that year end memo? Check out our Making Ideas Move series from earlier this year with Stanford Social Innovation Review for gems like this: "Smart communications strategies make foundations relevant. If we are relevant, we create opportunities to influence others and build new partnerships. And by attracting new partnerships, we are more likely to contribute to pragmatic, powerful problem-solving across sectors."
— Darren Walker & Alfred Ironside, Ford Foundation
Webinar: How to Be Good at Medium: December 15th at 2pm. President Obama is on Medium. So is the Ford Foundation. Are you? Learn why everyone is high on Medium.