The Communications Network Newsletter, Volume 1.5

From The Network (or: Shameless Plugs)
ComNet15 is a wrap. Relive the action (or the sunset) on our Flickr page. You can also watch free replays of our 5 keynote sessions.

ComNetworkLOCAL is getting off the ground: ComNetworkDENVER kicks off today at 5 PM MT, and ComNetworkLA launches  November 10 at 3PM PT. ComNetworkDC will be gathering for a holiday event in December, stay tuned...

Excited for Detroit in 2016? Learn more and sign up for the latest news on ComNet16

Not sure how much to share or what to send to your board? Eric Brown presents on how to engage your board November 4, produced in partnership with Philanthropy New York.

Our next Network webinar, focused on learning how to engage social media influencers, happens November 18 with

ICYMI: The Network Board has new leadership: Alfred Ironside of the Ford Foundation succeeds Minna Jung as chair, Jesse Salazar of the Council on Foundations succeeds Joanne Krell as vice chair, and Maureen Cozine of the New York State Health Foundation succeeds Charity Perkins as secretary. Eric Brown and Joanne Flores Moses have also joined the board.

Thank you to our breakout presenters, keynoters, sponsors, Host Committee, the Network Board, the Loews staff, and of course, YOU for making ComNet15 a smashing success. Stanford Social Innovation Review, our media partner at ComNet15, is offering you an exclusive discount on a print and digital subscription — grab it here.

Surveying the Field
The James Irvine Foundation released an online tool that shares learning about engaging new and diverse populations in the arts.

At ComNet15, The LOR Foundation announced its new website and Twitter handle, @LORfoundation.

The Heising-Simons Foundation is also on Twitter. Follow its work on education, science, and the environment at @HSFdn.

FrameWorks Institute provides a practical, actionable communications strategy for building public understanding of climate change and its impact on ocean ecosystems.

Barr Foundation's Jim Canales on strategic planning: ...we don't think [it] requires going quiet until the work is done.

The Bridgespan Group and Pritzker Children's Initiative released a new guide outlining proven early childhood investment strategies for the public and private sector. 

On November 5, Nonprofit Quarterly is hosting a webinar featuring Beth Kanter and others on nonprofit technology trends.

And Now, a Word from Our SponsorA message from Hager Sharp

What We're Reading (So You Can Use It)

6 Rules for Great Storytelling from a Moth Champion| Fast Company
...the way to get ahead is often to get people to root for storytelling, people want to root for an underdog. Storytelling is not pitching.

Get Your Letter to the Editor Published | The Op-Ed Project
Guidelines covering word counts, formatting, and more, plus contact information for 126 major U.S. online and print publications.

How 7 Organizations Use Slack to Work Better | Nieman Lab
Slack is finally breaking down the boundaries between people who need to be working together closely but, in formal meetings, might feel as if they speak different languages.

There's a New Model for Social Change | Stanford Social Innovation Review
Transformational social change must be the work of many: sustained, authentic relationships are the foundation on which all successful collaborative efforts thrive.

How Top Publishers Optimize Their Headlines/Images | Contently
...a good headline can be the difference between 1,000 or 1,000,000 people reading your story...The best headlines often make the best tweets or Facebook posts, driving the ultimate volume of engagement.

Maslow's Hierarchy Should Guide Your Engagement Strategy | Forbes
Human psychology and how it affects consumer behavior is the foundation of brand building. What do consumers need? What drives them to actually take action once a real or perceived need is identified?

Don't Forget to Build Time into Your Budget | Harvard Business Review
...[Forward-thinking organizations] treat time as a scarce resource and invest it prudently. They bring as much discipline to their time budgets as to their capital budgets. 

Culture Report
All-Male Panels Are No Accident | The Atlantic
Unless we consciously try to observe the gender composition at conferences, the same biases cause us not to even notice that there are far too few women to be the result of a fair process; and so the injustice is perpetuated.

There's a Riot Going On: Malcolm Gladwell on School Shootings | The New Yorker
What if the way to explain the school-shooting epidemic think of it as a slow-motion, ever-evolving riot, in which each new participant’s action makes sense in reaction to and in combination with those who came before?

Messing With Your Brain to Reduce Prejudice | Pacific Standard
Our usual ideological responses to "double down on your group values" by denigrating a critical outsider—were far less pronounced when one specific region of the brain was largely de-activated.

Tristan's Three Things for Fun 

  1. Ira Glass on making your work match your ambition: "Fight."
  2. Drake Vader? Lightsabers and Hotline Bling mix surprisingly well.
  3. Don't know what you're going to be for Halloween? We've got you covered. (Sexy pizza rat is not an option.)

Tune Up 
The leaves are dropping, and so is the temperature. Here's Ode to Autumn to keep you warm.

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