Advertising & Media Strategist, PETA (Los Angeles, CA)
Communications & Resource Development Coordinator, COFI (Chicago, IL)
Communications Director, The Center for Popular Democracy (New York of Washington, DC)
The adventure in question is my first-time sabbatical which runs through early September.
I’m taking this time to reboot, and to see what bubbles up. And I hope to return with a practice for personal nourishment firmly in place, and the confidence and ability to mesh that more effectively with my job. That’s the work behind the work I want to do better.
So proud of these girls in our town who are pushing back on being blamed for “distracting” boys with their outfits, and getting punished for it. Punishments include having to wear a huge Scarlet Letter-ish “shirt of shame” for the rest of the day, totally covering their bodies.
But I’m thrilled that this group of girls has mobilized to protest this code and punishments. They are utilizing the online communications tools that make now organizing so much easier to build and scale. And they know how to message! Check out the hashtag #iammorethanadistraction.
I’m seeking your ideas this time round!
Please tell me (in the comments below) what your summer camp looks like—i.e. how are you planning to use summer to get inspired, energized and even smarter? And how will you integrate that experience and the results into your work approach and/or activities in the fall.
BTW, here’s my plan.
Guest blogger, Patricia Brooks guides client orgs to reach and motivate people through traditional and new media sources. She’s a 24/7 newshound and loves to match the right story with the right journalist.
Freedom of the press is one of the founding principles of American democracy, and the press is our vehicle for making our voices heard and driving change.
As a U.S. media relations specialist, I am fortunate to base my career on our first amendment right to press. But it breaks my heart that more Americans (and nonprofits) don’t appreciate the their power when it comes to the media.
Your strong response to The Truth Behind Nonprofit Marketing Help-Wanteds strengthened my conviction to dig further into hiring and job/project hunting practices in our field. So many organizations wear blinders when hiring, that there’s a lot of room for improvement—true low-hanging fruit!
As always, I learned so much from you and other members of the Getting Attention community who shared experiences and other comments on this post. Thanks in particular to Marina Dawson, marketing and community coordinator at CharityVillage, who reached out immediately to share a valuable resource with us: