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We’re thrilled to partner with the Communications Network for a webinar on how we can all use the power of smart communications to empower lives. Please join us for a webinar, Smart Tech for Smart Communicators, and consider submitting a proposal to lead a breakout session at our 2013 conference in New Orleans.  All of the details are below.  We hope you’ll join us!

Smart Tech for Smart Communicators
Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 am PDT/2:30 pm EDT

Do you find it hard — even intimidating — to keep up with all the fast-changing digital tools available to do your jobs? If so, you’re not alone. It often seems that new ones pop up every day. With many of them available for free, the choices can be overwhelming.

But, 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 for this webinar, we’ve invited Liz Bartolomeo, the foundation’s media director, to give us an overview of what she calls “Smart Tech for Smart Communicators.”

In a conversation with the Network’s regular webinar host, Andy Goodman, Liz will talk about tools you can use for outreach, engagement, productivity and research, describing how they can be mixed and matched for an endless number of purposes.

Some examples include:

  • Rapportive – shows you information about who is emailing you
  • Chartbeat – sends analytics about your website in real time
  • Eventbrite – tracks rsvps to events
  • Scout  – sends policy alerts about your important issues

To learn how to make smart use of these and many other tools, please join us!

Use this link to register.

Call for Proposals for Fall 2013 Conference, New Orleans, Oct. 2-4

Following up on the EPIP 2013 National Conference theme, this is a wonderful opportunity to stand up and LEAD! Here’s how you can try for a spot on the 2013 Fall Conference agenda:

If you can come up with an idea for a 75-minute breakout that’s focused, compelling, informative, even inspirational — and you can persuade the “crowd” to pick it as a winning entry in a competition the Communications Network is going to hold — you’ll get to present in New Orleans. There’s no theme, no topics you have to propose. Instead we want you to be thoughtful, clever and come up with a winning idea that wows the crowd.

Proposal instructions, entry criteria, a submission form and, of course, some rules are here on the Communication Network’s website. Read what’s required, and if you’re game, fill out the form and hit the submit button. All entries must be received by April 30, 2013.  Shortly after the close date for submitting proposals, the Network will post all eligible entries on their website and invite people to vote.  The 12 proposals that get the most votes by the close of balloting will make it on to the session agenda in New Orleans.

As you mull over ideas for sessions, remember that this a network of communicators who believe in the power of communications to help foundations and nonprofits improve lives. So what do know that would be useful, inspirational, thought provoking and just plain helpful to others in our community? What are good communications practices you want to share? What trends do you want to discuss? What are you burning to talk about?  What will make people smarter? What will amaze or delight them?

The Communications Network will have more to say shortly about our conference plans, including this year’s speakers and pre-conference training sessions. To be sure to be notified when we open for registration, send an email and they’ll put you on the list.  If you have other questions, send a note to brucet@comnetwork.org.

We all look forward to seeing what gets proposed and what the crowd chooses. So submit your session idea.

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