In this installment of The Communications Network's Zero to Ninety, Stefan Lanfer, knowledge officer, The Barr Foundation, uses his 90 seconds to discuss two different approaches to building the communications capacity for foundation grantees: "Rent or Buy?"
In this replay of a Communications Network webinar, Paul VanDeCarr, author of "Storytelling and Social Change: A Strategy Guide for Grantmakers," discusses where the practice of stories-for-change stands, and where it’s heading.
In a perfect world we wouldn't have to plan for crises. However, as we all know too well, most crises--financial mismanagement, executive misconduct, sexual discrimination or government investigations—strike without warning. The difference between heading off disaster or watching your organization drown in bad media and messaging is having a solid crisis communication plan that is ready to go in a moment’s notice.
Recently, we asked Ashley McCown, president of Solomon McCown & Co., to share her expertise in crisis management. McCown directs the firm's Crisis Response Team and has developed dozens of crisis plans for non-profit organizations, corporations and institutions.
During our webinar, she shared tips on creating a plan, avoiding common pitfalls and using social media to your organization's advantage.
Many of us find it difficult — even intimidating — to keep up with all the fast-changing digital tools available to do our jobs. It often seems that new ones pop up every day. With many of them available for free, the choices can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, there are organizations out there like the Sunlight Foundation who make it their business to stay on the bleeding edge of web/mobile tools that help them do their work better. That’s why we recently invited Liz Bartolomeo, the foundation’s media director, to have a conversation online with our regular webinar host, Andy Goodman, about the best tools for outreach, engagement, productivity and research. During the course of their 60-minute conversation, Liz and Andy discussed the tools and described how they can be mixed and matched for unique purposes.
You’ve probably heard countless times that a picture is worth a thousand words. But how often have you actually heeded that advice and opted for a picture instead of a paragraph to create powerful messages for your organization? By choosing words over images are you creating an unintentional blind spot in your messaging? What can communicators – usually hired for our excellent writing skills – learn about using visuals?
To answer these questions we recently held a webinar, Avoiding the Blind Spot: Telling Your Story With Pictures. During the webinar Liz Banse and Scott Miller of Resource Media shared the neuroscience behind image processing, strategies for effectively communicating using photos and video, examples of extraordinary visual storytelling and practical, low-cost tips for better visual communications.
In the mysterious inner world of the brain, visuals take primacy over words each and every time. To learn more, watch the video replay of our webinar.