This webinar will:
- Explain how networks can enable public, private, and social sector leaders to achieve impact with greater agility while utilizing existing resources
- Provide practical techniques, exercises, and convening designs that enable groups to rapidly build a capacity for finding common ground
- Introduce paths for identifying shared values and a shared purpose across diverse actors
- Set forth a clear roadmap for launching and sustaining networks that can drive innovation and impact both within organizations and across systems
In communications, strategy is essential to your organization’s success. A strong communications strategy starts by identifying clearly defined goals and the decision makers you are attempting to persuade. After that, you create messages that speak to your decision makers’ values, and then you outline a set of tactics for delivering those messages. Effective communications strategies require a constant reassessment of tactics and a willingness to try new approaches in service of the larger strategic priorities. This webinar is for staff members at nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations who are interested in approaching communications with a strategic mindset.
Eric Nee is the managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and co-host of the Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, most of it covering the high-tech industry. Before joining Stanford, Nee was a senior writer for Fortune magazine in the Palo Alto, Calif., bureau. He also helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now (where he was executive editor), which later merged with Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Nee launched Forbes magazine’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside magazine for close to five years.
Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Kavitha Mediratta is chief strategy advisor for equity initiatives and human capital development at The Atlantic Philanthropies. She served previously as head of Atlantic’s racial equity programs, and led its strategic grantmaking to address the racially-biased effects of zero tolerance school disciplinary policies on children’s educational attainment. Prior to Atlantic, Mediratta was a program officer at the New York Community Trust. Before joining The Trust, she directed youth organizing and community organizing research programs at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform and New York University. She has authored numerous publications, including Community Organizing for Stronger Schools: Strategies and Successes by Harvard Education Press. Mediratta has received several awards for her work, including the prestigious Warren Weaver fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation and the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit research fellowship. She has taught in elementary and middle public and private schools in the US and India. Mediratta has a bachelor’s degree. from Amherst College, a master’s of education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a doctorate in urban education from New York University.
Chief Strategy Advisor for Equity Initiatives and Human Capital Development, The Atlantic Philanthropies
Eric Brown is the principal of Brownbridge Strategies, a consulting firm that provides services on strategy and communications to nonprofits and foundations. Prior to that, for almost eleven years Brown was the communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, Calif. He has also had leadership roles on a number of nonprofit organizations. He has been a member of the board of the Communications Network since 2005, and he served as Board Chair from 2009-2011. Before working at the Hewlett Foundation, he served as communications director at the Center for a New American Dream, as a press secretary and speechwriter for Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, and as a political media consultant at Murphy Putnam Media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and recently earned a master’s degree in liberal from Stanford University, where his thesis research examined the presidency of Rwandan leader Paul Kagame.
Principal, Brownbridge Strategies