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Every keynote and learning session from V+ is now available online for free replays. Learn from, (among others): 

THE NETWORK WILL GATHER IN 2021! 
Save the dates: The Network's annual conference will occur October 6-8, 2021. Stay tuned for details.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Submit a nomination for the 2021 Clarence B. Jones Impact Award by April 30 and help our field learn from and honor those who have used strategic communications to change the world. 

CIRCLES: Our Circles pilot program is growing! In 2021 we'll introduce new Circles and focus on opportunities to connect with colleagues who share a role, identity, or issue area in real time (yes, over Zoom). Learn more + register here (members only).

SHARED VALUES BUILD BRIDGES: Connecting stubborn issues to a set of shared values and aspirations is key to charting a new path. ICYMI, our recent webinar explores how to bring values-based approaches into your comms work.

ACCESS MATTERS: Planning a virtual conference or gathering this year? Use these resources to create and maintain an inclusive environment accessible to those with disabilities.

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron talks with Michele Norris about the foundation’s long-standing commitment to addressing disparities, why they began to explicitly focus on racism, and the role of local conversations in true transformation.

A LITTLE HELP?: The Walton Family Foundation is hoping to learn more about  building grantee communications capacity. Click here to share your experience. We'll report back what they learn.

GET CONNECTED: Got a question? The Network always has an answer. Join The Network's free listserv and connect with your comms colleagues (open to members and non-members).

It takes courage and vulnerability to talk about race and racism honestly. Let’s keep pushing each other to do better in our work of doing good. ComNetworkDEI.org features: 

What We're Reading

2021 Edelman Trust Barometer

We're experiencing an epidemic of misinformation and mistrust of institutions and leaders around the world. 
 
If we advance the narratives of shared fate and solidarity that we have seen glimmers of, we can avoid falling back into the familiar two-Americas trope.
Why Ben and Jerry's Speaks Out
 
How does a large company with a diverse customer base choose when and how to take a prominent stand on highly politicized current events? 
News Use Across Social Media Platforms in 2020

As social media companies struggle to deal with misleading information on their platforms about the election, and the COVID-19 pandemic, a large portion of Americans continue to rely on these sites for news.
W. E. B. Du Bois' Visionary Infographics
 
A pioneering team of black sociologists created data visualizations that explained institutionalized racism to the world 

Communications Network Events

Find the complete list of all of our previous and upcoming Network events here.
 

Surveying the Field

Is Your Website ADA Compliant? + The new Biden administration revamped the WhiteHouse.gov website to make it more inclusive and accessible. Here’s how.

FrameWorks Institute: Keep the ideas behind 'defund the police,' but forget the slogan.

Six steps for nonprofits to combat disinformation, defend democracy, and build narrative power.

Internal comms is essential. Especially now. The Managing Organizational Communication toolkit offers the basics on effective organizational communication. 

The biggest trends in graphic design for 2021.

The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, launched a first-of-its-kind Universal Code of Conduct for addressing negative behavior on the site. 

The plain language movement continues: Words to Avoid—2021 Edition.

How we use Google slides to facilitate collaborative workshop exercises.

How to make science communication more inclusive.  

Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams + Six Ways to Communicate Better in 2021 + How to Combat Zoom Fatigue.

How to tell compelling stories while avoiding exploitation.

From The Management Center: How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been For Centuries).

How Great Donors Invest in Grantee Success

Good Job + Good Jobs

Comms leaders = future org leaders: Kimberly A.C. Wilson, former comms lead at Meyer Memorial Trust, has been named Executive Director of Hedgebrook.

Melissa Daar Carvajal joins the Schott Foundation as Communications Director. 

Looking to do some good by doing communications for good? Check out The Network's job board (which is updated regularly). Here's a sample of gigs available now:

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