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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.

New Orleans, communications trends and overall great conversations from the Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference.

 

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.

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. It suggests that last century’s mechanical models of management have become outdated in today’s more social world, and our challenge now is to create more human organizations that are more open, trustworthy, generative, and courageous. These are the very same elements that made social media a success.

The book Humanize makes the case for innovating the way we lead and manage our organizations. It suggests that last century’s mechanical models of management have become outdated in today’s more social world, and our challenge now is to create more human organizations that are more open, trustworthy, generative, and courageous. These are the very same elements that made social media a success.

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. The challenge is so big or you’ve gotten so lost on the road you don’t know how to solve it. 

For me, the best thing to do when you get stuck is to pull a group of people together into a brainstorming session with some clear guidance and rules.

 

Designing E-Newsletters for Mobile Users

 

Old email newsletter on an iPhone
Our old email's multi-column layout made the text small when viewed on an iPhone.

Do you check your email before you get dressed in the morning?

A recent survey showed that 35 percent of mobile workers check their email before doing anything else, including getting dressed or eating breakfast. Is your email newsletter dressed for success?

3 Reasons We Love Acquia Commons for Problem-Solving Online Communities

Here at Forum One, we love helping organizations make real progress on some of the world’s most pressing issues — education, poverty, the environment, global health, and international development (to name just a few). More often than not, a key to making that progress is connecting the thinkers, doers, influencers, and decision makers that have a stake in the world, and the initiative to change it. 

Here at Forum One, we love helping organizations make real progress on some of the world’s most pressing issues - education, poverty, the environment, global health, and international development to name just a few. More often than not, a key to making that progress is connecting the thinkers, doers, influencers, and decision makers that have a stake in the world, and the initiative to change it.

That’s why we love Drupal Commons. It’s a collaboration toolkit that’s ready made and based on proven online community best practices. Commons lets us spend our brain-cycles creating and sustaining the right conversations, cultivating participation, and moving the real work of NGOs forward - not just writing the code to support them.

Islam Goes Mobile

Arabic: May you enjoy a blessed festivalRamadan is traditionally a time for Muslim families to come together, enjoy one another's company, and reconnect. With the exponential diffusion of mobile in the Middle East, technology played a much larger role in this year's annual festivities.

Ramadan is traditionally a time for Muslim families to come together, enjoy one another's company, and reconnect. With the exponential diffusion of mobile in the Middle East, technology played a much larger role in this year's annual festivities. Muslims used mobile technology to share greetings with friends, make plans, and experience a "virtual Ramadan."  Companies took advantage of mobile alerts to market products and reconnect with customers for the season in real-time. Different "Apps" and SMS services also played a role, providing reminders for daily fast break times, direction on which direction people should pray or Qibla, and information on how to donate money to different charities.

Calling International Development Organizations: Top 10 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Content Strategy

Charity Water campaign
Charitywater.org is an international development organization renowned for it's emphasis on content strategy.

After nearly 10 years since it's formal inception, most of us in the web strategy world are really starting to understand the critical role that content strategy plays in the overall success of any web communications plan.

After nearly 10 years since it's formal inception, most of us in the web strategy world are really starting to understand the critical role that content strategy plays in the overall success of any web communications plan. From web redesigns to social media marketing, content strategy holds the key to your organization's ability to grab your audience's attention, connect with them in a meaningful way, and mobilize them to take action on your behalf.

Harnessing Your Storytelling Vision

Michaela in Cambodia

A few weeks ago I once again had the privilege of presenting at the Nonprofit Technology Conference on the topic of storytelling. During the last two conferences I've spoken on Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice and The New Culture of Storytelling.

A few weeks ago I once again had the privilege of presenting at the Nonprofit Technology Conference on the topic of storytelling. During the last two conferences I've spoken on Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice and The New Culture of Storytelling.

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. For example, see "How the Open Government Dialogue got slimed."

 

Tim Bonnemann of Intellitics.com shares his thoughts on trends in open government and online participation during the South By Southwest Interactive conference.

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