communication

Dear Think Tanks: No One is Reading Your PDF Report

"What if someone had already figured out the answers to the world's most pressing policy problems, but those solutions were buried deep in a PDF, somewhere nobody will ever read them?"
Earlier this month, Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post's WonkBlog posed this troubling question while 

Relaunching GlobalChange.gov

Last Tuesday, 240 of the country’s top climate scientists and experts released the third National Climate Assessment (NCA). The report details the current and best understanding of how climate change is already impacting Americans’ health and livelihoods in every region of the country.

ComNetwork Gumbo

Recently I attended the Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans, and had the opportunity to cover the event as a guest blogger with Philanthropy411.

White Paper: Top 10 Best Practices for State Health Reform Websites

Explaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to consumers outside the beltway can sometimes be like translating a foreign language. Health reform and health insurance exchanges can be tricky. An authoritative, credible online resource for this information is vital for state governments to provide their populations.

5 Qualities that Make a Good Leader in the Social Media Age

The book Humanize makes the case for innovating the way we lead and manage our organizations.

Brainstorming Tactics: How to Get Unstuck

We've all been there. Your boss walks up to your desk and has a great vision for what the team needs to accomplish, and it’s up to you to make it happen, and you don’t know where to start. Maybe it’s not your boss, maybe it’s a client, or maybe it’s your idea, but you just don’t know how to bring this vision into reality.

Brainstorming Tactics: How to Get Unstuck

We've all been there. Your boss walks up to your desk and has a great vision for what the team needs to accomplish, and it’s up to you to make it happen, and you don’t know where to start. Maybe it’s not your boss, maybe it’s a client, or maybe it’s your idea, but you just don’t know how to bring this vision into reality.

Islam Goes Mobile

 May you enjoy a blessed festivalRamadan is traditionally a time for Muslim families to come together, enjoy one another's company, and reconnect.

The Web (Barely) Speaks Arabic

English has become the world’s dominant language in media, diplomacy, tourism, technology, and a host of other spheres. When a group of multilingual, international folks is in the room (or on the net), chances are the communal language will be English.

Qatar Interview Series: Learn How Mada is Leading the Way in Global Web Accessibility Standards

Welcome to the first of our ongoing interview series on organizations in Qatar that are doing great things in the online space. Qatar is deeply invested in the innovation of information technology, and eager to see its citizens adopt new tools and resources as they become available in the global arena.

Room for Progress in Online Participation for Open Government: Tim Bonnemann at SXSWi

I had a chance to catch up with Tim Bonnemann of Intellitics.com. During our conversation, he mentioned how much of the recent focus of "open government" has been on transparency and open data, and he sees less attention to online consultations and online participation. And some of the high-profile consultation experiments that have been tried have not gone so well.

Sharing Storytelling in San Antonio

Photo of a neon sign reading Merry Christmas Ya'llLast week I was invited to give a keynote plenary session at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs AFL Care Grantee

Launching a Collaboration or Content Management System: 8 Tricks for Adoption

So, you have decided you need a tool for collaboration or content management. Great. And you are ready to invest the money in selecting and developing the greatest system ever. Even better.

But what good is your investment if noone takes advantage of it?

Reflections from the Communications Network Conference: Wisdom of Crowds – Succeeding in Practice?

I recently attended the Communications Network 2010 Conference. The event was very interesting, and I particularly enjoyed the discussion on crowdsourcing. Following the event, I posted my thoughts about crowdsourcing, an increasingly popular and effective practice for spurring new ideas and innovation, on the Communications Network blog. I am now cross-posting it here to share with our readers.
I would love to hear your own thoughts on crowdsourcing, especially as it relates to the work of foundations and nonprofits. Please share your ideas in the comments section below!

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