From The Network (or: Shameless Plugs)
There's less than a month left to submit your breakout session proposals for ComNet16. In 2015, Science Friday, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Duke Endowment, and others led breakouts in San Diego. We're stronger when we learn from each other. The deadline is three weeks away: April 22.
The Network Board gathered in Austin, Texas last week to review our plans for 2016. Expect more community, learning and leadership from The Network. What does that mean in practical terms? You'll see more ComNetworkLOCALs around the country (ComNetworkBoston is coming soon), a State of the Field Survey (more on this soon), an amazing annual conference to gather the field in Detroit in September, a new ComNetwork.org, and more partnerships to help us build the field and our community. Have a look at a few photos from the gathering.
Speaking of partnerships, The Case for Communications, our series with Stanford Social Innovation Review, is officially underway! Our first case study, from the Skoll Foundation, explores the power and impact of convening. The Annie E. Casey Foundation followed last week, explaining how building strategic communications into their KIDS COUNT project resulted in huge returns: 33 policy wins and $8.3 billion in public investments in 2014 alone. Stay tuned for pieces from the Heinz Endowments, World Wildlife Fund, the Clinton Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, NRDC, and others.
- How to use the series: these case studies are meant to serve as evidence to help you secure new resources, take new approaches, and encourage CEOs, board members, program staff, and others to embrace the impact of modern strategic communications.
- You can help: please promote the series on social media and encourage your colleagues (program staff, senior leadership, board members) and peers to take a look (#Case4Comm).
SXSW isn't just for musicians and filmmakers anymore. The Network co-hosted an event with AMS during the festival and Network members Alejandro De Onis of the Knight Foundation, Jade Floyd of the Case Foundation, LaMonte Guillory of the LOR Foundation, Mary Duggan of the Barr Foundation, and Keith Mays of the Kauffman Foundation were on hand. They share ideas that stood out to them in Austin.
What is a social media persona? Watch the replay of our recent webinar with Science Friday, Be Human: Breathing Life Into Your Social Media, and learn how to take your organization's social media presence to the next level.
Join Alfred Ironside, Vice President, Global Communications at the Ford Foundation (and the Chair of The Communications Network Board), when ComNetworkDC gathers at New America during the Council on Foundations meeting April 11 at 6pm. RSVP here.
ComNetworkMichigan kicks off April 22 outside Detroit at the Kresge Foundation with a breakfast and media panel with local journalists.
Stanford Social Innovation Review's Frontiers of Social Innovation conference will feature Darren Walker and leaders from around the globe to discuss the role of foundations in creating a more inclusive and equal society May 3-5.