Category Archives: Communications Network

Reconnecting with my Relaxed Self

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Cindy Schulz, Director of Public Affairs and Strategy at The Cleveland Foundation. by:  Cynthia Schulz There’s nothing quite like being here in LA experiencing the conference versus reading about it on the blog.  It has been a rare treat to see, hear, and talk with James Surowiecki, Steve Lopez, Neal Baer, Tracy Gary, Lucy Bernholz, and Sendhil Mullainathan – up close – and absorb it all in a relaxed state of mind. Listening to Steve’s account of his life-altering friendship with … Continue reading Reconnecting with my Relaxed Self

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Upsetting the Foundation Apple Cart

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Larry Blumenthal, Web and Social Media Strategist at Open Road Advisors. Follow Larry on Twitter: @lblumenthal by:  Larry Blumenthal A member of the audience posed an interesting question to Lucy Bernholz near the end of a session at the Communications Network annual meeting. Will the use of crowd sourcing by foundations upset the existing power structure? The question referred to the earlier presentation by James Surowiecki. Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, argues that under the right conditions the intelligence … Continue reading Upsetting the Foundation Apple Cart

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How Do We Know What We Know – and Do We?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Sylvia Burgos Toftness,Communications Lead at the Northwest Area Foundation.  Follow the Foundation on Twitter:  @NWAFound by:  Sylvia Burgos Toftness I’m buzzing, and it’s not the coffee.  It’s Friday morning, 9:30, and my head is straining to hold onto the insights, questions and anxieties shared in just the last 90 minutes of this two-day conference. First, is was a breakfast roundtable during which Hewlett Foundation generously shared the findings to the question: is the communications training we provide to grantees really working? … Continue reading How Do We Know What We Know – and Do We?

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Tell Me a Story

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Lucas Held, Director of Communications at the Wallace Foundation.  Follow the foundation on Twitter:  @WallaceFdn by:  Lucas Held For decades, automakers and soft drink companies have known that getting their product onto a TV show or a movie could help build exposure and even interest in their product. The theory is that viewers pay more attention to a product when it is lodged in a story (remember Elliott, ET and Reese’s Pieces) than in a separate ad. But what would happen … Continue reading Tell Me a Story

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Can Philanthropy Truly Embrace the Wisdom of Crowds?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Adin Miller, owner of Adin Miller Consulting.  Follow him on Twitter:   @adincmiller by:  Adin Miller The Fall 2010 Communications Network  / CommA Conference (ComNet010) began this morning with a presentation by James Surowiecki, author of the Balance Sheet column for the New Yorker and the book The Wisdom of Crowds, on  finding better answer and solutions through a focused efforts to engage group intelligence. The session was an excellent way to engage the audience – mostly communication personnel in philanthropic institutions … Continue reading Can Philanthropy Truly Embrace the Wisdom of Crowds?

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Can Surowiecki Help Us Make Wiser Grantmaking Decisions?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Daniel Silverman, Director of Communications, The James Irvine Foundation. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @IrvineFdn by:  Daniel Silverman The Communications Network conference got rolling this morning with a plenary speech by James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds and New Yorker columnist. I won’t attempt to summarize the speech, which summarized the book. Instead, in a convenient bit of serendipity, I’ll point you to Wikipedia, perhaps the best known example of the wisdom of crowds being greater than the wisdom of … Continue reading Can Surowiecki Help Us Make Wiser Grantmaking Decisions?

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The Comm Network’s Gone Hollywood, Should Foundations?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Adam Coyne, Vice President, Director of Public Affairs at Mathematica Policy Research.  Follow Adam on Twitter:  @adamcoyne by:  Adam Coyne How can we be gathered in Los Angeles and NOT be talking about celebrities?  Even here at the hotel, folks have spotted Magic Johnson, Cheryl Hines, and our own Eric Brown – go ahead, ask him about his acting past! (Sorry Eric, but that episode of Remington Steele is a classic). But we’re not gathered together to gawk at famous folks, … Continue reading The Comm Network’s Gone Hollywood, Should Foundations?

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I Got out of Bed for This: Leaving Home for LA

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Sylvia Burgos Toftness,Communications Lead at the Northwest Area Foundation.  Follow the Foundation on Twitter:  @NWAFound by:  Sylvia Burgos Toftness It usually happens before a trip out of town: I toss for most of the night and then awake well ahead of the alarm. Today, I emerged from the fog to windows filled with stars and my head swirling with the “to-do’s” and “don’t forgets” of last minute packing, cryptic e-mails, and scribbled notes to husband and to myself. I threw a … Continue reading I Got out of Bed for This: Leaving Home for LA

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Flying into a Paradox

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Lucas Held, Director of Communications at the Wallace Foundation.  Follow the foundation on Twitter:  @WallaceFdn by:  Lucas Held So here’s a paradox. I’m on US Airways Flight 21, flying across the continent to attend the annual Communications Network conference to better understand … yes… the emerging social media landscape. That’s right. Not an online discussion group with threaded conversations. Not a webinar where you type in questions. Not a conference call. Not Skype, nor a Wiki. But an actual meeting with … Continue reading Flying into a Paradox

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