Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Call for Posts on Openness

This month IssueLab will be playing host to the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, a long-running monthly series which collects blog posts on topics relevant to the sector.

As this month's host we are calling for blog posts that address the issue of openness in nonprofit communications! If you're anything like me you have attended more than your share of conference sessions that speak to the necessity of dialogue and openness in effective online communications. But what does that mean? What does it look like? How do we get our organizations to loosen up about brand management and start engaging in the kind of online dialogue that builds awareness online?

There's really no rule on what posts should look like. Essentially, we're looking for any advice, experience, tips, anecdotes, stories or examples of how nonprofits have opened up! Bloggers can submit their posts by emailing the permalink to nonprofitcarnival@gmail.com by Thursday, January 27th. You're also welcome to send in articles written in the past. We look forward to your insights and stories!

1 comment:

  1. Is this the type of example you're looking for?

    I started leading a volunteer based tutor/mentor program in 1975 while holding a corporate job. I knew little so reached out to others to create a learning network of local leaders. We learned from each other and begin to build events where we all benefited.

    I formalized this in 1993 into the Tutor/Mentor Connection where we host a database of Chicago tutoring/mentoring programs, with links to their web sites. http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links

    There are more than 200 links in this list. If someone were to look at each web site to see how well they share what they do, how they do it, etc. or to see how they are working with peers, we'd probably see some great examples and many not-so-great.

    However, if you visit http://www.cabriniconnections.net and browse the site you can see that anyone in the world could build their own program borrowing from info on our site.

    And, if you visit http://www.tutormentorexchang.net you could borrow our ideas for building collective actions that would help every tutor/mentor program in the Chicago region get the resources each needs continually to grow.

    This shares experiences I've learned over 35 years of leading a tutor/mentor program and points to all of the organizations I keep learning from every day.

    I wish I could say donors were rewarding this type of information sharing with on-going funding, but that is not yet the case.

    Anyone interested in being part of this information sharing network can follow our blogs, subscribe to our newsletter or join us in online forums.


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