From The Network (or: Shameless Plugs)
Tickets to ComNet16 in Detroit are going three times as quickly as last year. Book your spot now to connect and learn alongside your colleagues and hear from our incredible keynote speakers, including Charles Blow, Michele Norris, George Packer, La June Montgomery Tabron, and Aaron Belkin. Curious who's already signed up to come to the D? Have a look.
Gotten your issue of Change Agent? If not, it's in the mail now (to Network members). Check out the RISK issue's online "worksheets" to help you think through your vision, your audience, your brand, and how to measure your work.
How do you develop a nonprofit brand in the digital age? Watch the replay of our recent webinar with Constructive.
Our newest ComNetworkLOCAL group — ComNetworkNY — gathered for its inaugural event on the stunning, sun-dappled deck of The Atlantic Philanthropies last week. A hat tip to the leadership team: Maureen Cozine of the NY State Health Foundation, Erica Pelletreau of Ford Foundation, Laura Washington of the Mellon Foundation, Craig Minassian of the Clinton Foundation, Ken Weine of the New York Public Library, and Michael Remaley of Philanthropy New York. Sign up here to be alerted to their next event.
Communication Matters Fact: Openness drives mission. Social change organizations that operate transparently build trust with their stakeholders, which helps advance their causes. See more from our research on what it takes to excel at communications at Com-Matters.org
A new ComNetwork.org is coming soon. Here's a sneak peek:
In the latest installment of The Case for Communications, our series with Stanford Social Innovation Review, Gill Foundation CEO Courtney Cuff and former VP of Communications Bobby Clark explain how disciplined research messaging turned the tide for marriage equality in Funding Research for Advocacy.
Surveying the Field
The MacArthur Foundation announced 100 & Change, a competition for a single, $100 million grant to support an idea that solves a critical problem of our time. The contest is open to all sectors and ideas.
Philanthropy Northwest has launched the Momentum Fellowship, which aims to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in the philanthropic sector.
Take a look at how Haas played an integral role in reshaping the debate around marriage equality.
The D5 Coalition's five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy has concluded. See their Final State of Work report, and visit D5's Medium page for a dynamic experience and join in the conversation.
Judith Rodin is leaving The Rockefeller Foundation after nearly 12 years as President. Revisit her essay for The Network on why communication matters, Greater Influence, More Impact, with Neill Coleman.
Good Work + Good Jobs
Get jaded. Work with the inimitable Jade Floyd as The Case Foundation's next Senior Vice President of Communications.
Or, lead editorial and digital efforts at Walton Family Foundation as their next Communications Officer.
See more from the Network's job bank here.
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What We're Reading (So You Can Use It)
10 Hours, 39 Minutes a Day | Ad Week
U.S. adults now consume an entire hour more of media per day than they did just last year. The trends suggest we're all becoming information omnivores. Is your org focused on creating effective communications to be part of their diet?
3 Things Great Data Storytellers Do Differently | Stanford Social Innovation Review
Help your audience understand the “so what,” not the numbers. Ask: Why should someone care about your findings? How does this information impact them?
6/10 of You Will Share This Without Reading It | The Washington Post
59 percent of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked...Worse, the study finds that these sort of blind peer-to-peer shares are really important in determining what news gets circulated and what just fades off the public radar.
Rethinking How We Conference | Psychology Today
In the brain, information is (somewhat) like food. It needs to be digested, before you can add more. And big ideas, especially new ideas, are like a lot of food - they really need time to be integrated, or you quickly become mentally ‘full'.
The Pitch is Dead. Long Live the Conversation. | Stanford Social Innovation Review
A pitch is a really weird way to communicate. Its basic premise is that time is scarce and power is unequal. Even if concise and well-organized, the information comes in a one-way rush that forces the listener into an uncomfortable, passive role.
Networks Matter. Lessons From a Laid Off Met Executive. | Quartz
“You have to be willing to be vulnerable. And you have to trust your friends.” The benefits of sharing—and thereby controlling—one’s own story far outweigh the risks.
7 Strategies Communications Execs Use to Polish Their Writing | Forbes
Seven execs from the Forbes Communications Council offer their writing tips to help you inspire your audience and stay true to your brand.
The Period is Going Out of Style | The New York Times
The conspicuous omission of the period in text messages and in instant messaging on social media, is a product of the punctuation-free staccato sentences favored by millennials — and increasingly their elders — a trend fueled by the freewheeling style of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.
How to Brainstorm Like a Googler | Fast Company
Just about everyone can learn to brainstorm better. After all, it's a process like any other. And the beauty of a process is that it can be taught, learned, and shared.
The Key to Great Communication: Authenticity | Fast Company
If you communicate candor in your own personal way, you'll provide the model your organization needs to follow.
5 Public Speaking Tips TED Gives Its Speakers | Forbes
Nearly every great TED talk begins with a story, and there’s a good reason why they do. Stories are irresistible.
17 Graphic Design Tips All Non-Designers Need to Know | Snappa
Icons are like black pepper. They can be sprinkled on top of whatever design you’re cooking up. And the icons will add extra spice to your design, ensuring that it “tastes” great.
How to Harness the Brain Chemical That Makes You Trust Someone | Fast Company
Have you ever stayed late at work to finish a project and in the process gotten to know your coworker better? At the end of it, you don't just feel accomplished for pulling off that project—you feel a sense of affiliation with them; you trust them more.
Guidelines To A Successful Content Marketing Strategy for Social Good | Georgetown University
You need viewers to empathize with your cause. And telling a story that readers will relate to can inspire them and engage them in the conversation. Create a connection between readers and the community.
800 Free Fonts | Google
A slick new homepage allows you to search fonts by style, thickness, and slant, all while previewing your options in a grid of text fields that you can actually type inside to try out fonts instantly.
You Spend 60% of Your Time Talking About Yourself | Scientific American
Why, in a world full of ideas to discover, develop, and discuss, do people spend the majority of their time talking about themselves? Recent research suggests a simple explanation — because it feels good.
3 Reasons Why I Hate the Nonprofit Sector | Nonprofit Hub
I’m not much of one for routine – honestly, that ends up being both a good and a bad thing – but I think the nonprofit sector has gotten itself into a bit more of a rut rather than a routine.
Tristan's Three Things for Fun
- You love Target because of its logo shape.
- This grandma thought Google was a person.
- "If you can't handle me at my worst, then we should probably go to couples counseling," and other reimagined adages.
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