Here's what's wowing me lately. 

Pete Seeger didn't sing. He got OTHER people to sing.

Pete Seeger didn't sing. He got OTHER people to sing.

Pete Seeger didn't sing. He got other people to sing. He got his audiences to sing with him. 

I've been listening to bits and pieces of the Pete Seeger tributes over the last 10 days (Check out KPFK's Ballad of Pete Seeger and the NPR Fresh Air interview) and realizing that Seeger's gift was, perhaps more than anything else, about engaging other people in singing. 

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The "B Word." Why everyone is talking branding

The "B Word." Why everyone is talking branding

A couple of years ago, I was advised to be careful who I said the "B Word" to. Branding. Among nonprofits, people still thought it smacked of commercialism.

The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy and Affinity is an indication of a big shift in nonprofit attitudes. The book is an expanded version of a terrific article that appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review last year. 

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Interesting and long overdue! An analysis of foundation media funding!

Interesting and long overdue! An analysis of foundation media funding!

The last couple weeks I've been talking and talking about Media Impact Funders' new studyGrowth in Foundation Support for Media Funding that looks at trends in the last five years of foundation funding for media. They developed five "buckets" of funding and looked at the trends in it. 

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What Do I Believe In?

What Do I Believe In?

Thanks to Nancy Duarte for putting together this beautiful online book that articulates the new science and the new understandings about persuasion. These are all the things I'm bringing to Wow The Crowd. Authenticity. Personality. Visual storytelling. Heart! 

As I am leaving my staff job at Liberty Hill, I'm recognizing how profoundly the world of communications has changed in the last 15 years. It's not just the sweeping transformation from print to web-based multimedia, it's a growing recognition about the need for story, heart and visuals as well as data and words to make our case. 

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What's Research Got to Do With It?

What's Research Got to Do With It?

Eight years ago I was asked to develop a course that would demonstrate to USC Annenberg doctoral students that there was “life after a PhD” even if students didn’t end up with tenure track employment in the university. I was living proof. I had a Ph.D. (Communications, UCSD 2006) but I was working at one of the nation’s leading social justice foundations, Liberty Hill helping communicate the extraordinary work of grassroots community leaders and their campaigns for justice.

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