What We're Reading (So You Can Use It)
From Davos: 6 Themes for Communicators In an Unruly World | The Holmes Report
"Communicators need to truly understand what people are feeling and why. I think to the extent that there is and was a disconnect between mass sentiment and opinion leaders — maybe it speaks to a fundamental lack of empathy."
5 Steps to Building & Leveraging Influence | Stanford Social Innovation Review
Deployed strategically, influence can be one of the most important tools for impact, ranked right up there with the more traditional grant-based interventions philanthropy is best known for. The two work hand-in-hand: An influence approach allows foundations to both magnify the impact of their grants and use other assets (such as the expertise of staff) to advance programmatic goals...
The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship | The New York Times
Partisan bias fuels fake news because people of all partisan stripes are generally quite bad at figuring out what news stories to believe. Instead, they use trust as a shortcut. Rather than evaluate a story directly, people look to see if someone credible believes it, and rely on that person’s judgment to fill in the gaps in their knowledge.
How to Create a Profile Picture Frame for Your Org on Facebook | Facebook
Frames are a creative way for people to have fun or show their support. Now you can create frames people can add to photos and videos on Facebook.
If You're Not at the Table, You're On the Menu | National Council of Nonprofits
Advocacy at the national level gets a lot of attention, especially under a new administration. Local policy, however, has the potential to impact nonprofits significantly and the time to start paying attention is now.
A 2017 Guide to Getting Out of the Echo Chamber | Greenlight Fund
Echo chambers make it hard to communicate. Either you are talking to people who already agree with you, or yelling at people who can’t hear you at all. If we want to move our organization’s mission forward, it’s critical that we learn how to communicate effectively with all different kinds of people, regardless of the echo chamber where they spend most of their time.
How We Use Data to Inspire Design | IDEO
When most people imagine good design, numbers probably don’t come to mind. In fact, anything quantitative might feel completely at odds with the concept of beautiful design. But at IDEO...designers use quantitative data as a tool to gain empathy and inspiration. We learn from numbers the same way we learn from people, because we see numbers as a representation of people.
5 Factors that Make a Communications Team Great | Big Duck
Speak with ten different communications directors and you’ll hear ten different ways to describe the job. The roles and responsibilities of communications staff people can be extremely diverse, and it’s common for nonprofits to keep adding new communications activities to the to-do list without removing anything.
How Publishers Squeeze New Traffic Out of Their Old Content | Digiday
The Atlantic, which uses archival material on both the print and digital sides of its business, now generates more than a quarter of its traffic every month from older content.
NPR and the Word 'Liar" | NPR
"Our job as journalists is to report, to find facts, and establish their authenticity and share them with everybody... and I think the minute you start branding things with a word like 'lie,' you push people away from you." Other news organizations have made a different decision, most notably The New York Times. The Times uses the word "lie" in this headline about Trump's repeated claim that millions of votes cast by immigrants who are in this country illegally prevented him from winning the popular vote.
How to Respond to Donald Trump's Betrayal of American Values | The Atlantic
An influential conservative voice weighs in: "There was nothing unanticipated in this first disturbing week of the Trump administration. It will not get better. Americans should therefore steel themselves, and hold their representatives to account. Those in a position to take a stand should do so, and those who are not should lay the groundwork for a better day. There is nothing great about the America that Trump thinks he is going to make; but in the end, it is the greatness of America that will stop him."
No, Trump, Not on Our Watch | The New York Times
Trump’s America is brutal, perverse, regressive, insular and afraid. There is no hope in it; there is no light in it. It is a vast expanse of darkness and desolation.
Tristan's Three Things for Fun
- I <3 naps but I stay woke (and other kids exercising their rights).
- Look up! Your guide to the best meteor showers in 2017.
- Human-pig hybrid created in a lab. There's a joke here...
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