Make that the cactus flowers, and they are GORGEOUS. It’s an absolute joy to be surrounded by them, here in the Sonoran Desert, as I’m taking a week with my family to relax and rejuvenate.
I crave more nourishment like this…open and space that gives my mind and soul time to rest, reflect and recharge. But that opportunity is too rare for me, and probably for many of you. That’s life, especially in the always-connected 21st century
Guest blogger, Leili Khalessi is the Marketing and Communications Manager for RedRover, a national animal welfare organization. She’s also on the board for The Yoga Seed Collective and couldn’t help but make a few yoga-related puns below.
Thanks to Leili for contributing this stirring post to this month’s blog carnival—The Work Behind Your Work . There’s still time for yours—Deadline Friday April 25.
As nonprofit communicators, we all know what it’s like to try to find balance in our work despite competing priorities, multiple teams and never-ending deadlines. Never have I felt so “at home” professionally than at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14NTC), where I attended a session on “The Work Behind The Work” with Sarah Durham (founder of Big Duck), Stephanie Bowen (most recently with KaBOOM) and Nancy Schwartz. Across the room full of do-gooder marketers, it was clear that while we’d all happily bend over backward for the organizations we support, we were eager to learn from each other’s ways to zen.
Thanks so much to guest blogger (and dear friend) Mark Dessauer, Director of Communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation. I’m ever grateful to Mark for contributing this stirring post to this month’s blog carnival—The Work Behind Your Work
Thoughts on facing insurmountable challenges…alone
There was not a soul in sight. No lights, cars, homes, or other runners. Only the steady rain on a rural road deep in South Carolina.
I had been running for four miles by myself in the dark with knuckle lights. I had six more miles to go. I could hear frogs peeping in the waterlogged forest. I could see nothing but the road flashing under my moving spotlights. I now knew I could do this and do it well. I was at peace.
This week’s triple murder at a Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Jewish-run retirement home in Kansas City—by a white supremacist, because he thought his victims were Jewish—generated empathy and concern among everyone I know. It was made even worse by the timing just a few days before the anniversary of 2013′s Boston Marathon massacre.
But for us Jews, about to celebrate Passover the next evening, it spurred extra sadness, anxiety and fear. Like many other peoples, Jews are periodically targeted for acts of hatred and violence. And this one, coming on the eve of such an important holiday, was especially frightening.
I was awed by the way community leader Alan Feldman, CEO of JCC Metrowest, conveyed calm, reassurance and hope to members and student families in this right-things, right-now email. He implemented this six-point approach:
Today’s guest blogger, James Porter, is Associate Director, Development & Communications for the END Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases.
9 presenters, 70 minutes, and 143 slides— those are the ingredients to a great #14NTCTakeaways!
Last week, 501TechNYC—the New York chapter of NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs—met to recap the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14NTC). Presenters spoke on topics ranging from online coalition building to storytelling.
So with that much content, what WERE the #14NTCTakeaways every nonprofit communicator needs to know? Here goes: