Last week I volunteered at DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) with DC Net Impact. DCCK is a social enterprise that prepares food for homeless shelters, transitional homes and nonprofits throughout DC at no charge. Every day volunteers work with full-time staff to prepare about 5,000 meals. On the night we volunteered, we made fried chicken (a . . .
Important parts of community building that I discovered the hard way
After I changed my role to Community Engagement Manager, my first priority was to create a community engagement strategy. What I thought would take a couple weeks to complete turned into a ten month saga. I knew I needed something that a) encompassed our entire community, b) addressed all our goals and c) was actionable, but I didn’t know . . .
Web 2.0 has redefined personal image.What was once reserved for celebrities and CEOs affects all of us in the digital world. We can be seen, researched, interpreted and debated over across thousands of searchable platforms. Our online presence now contributes more to our identity than what we own, what we say, how we look or what’s on our . . .
How I discovered the importance of community building
Until recently, I didn’t really buy into the importance of community building. That’s ironic because if you scroll through my past experience on Linkedin, you’ll see titles like New Media Intern, Social Media Intern and Community Manager. Clearly, most of my professional experience is in building online and offline communities. But it never . . .
Happy second day of 2015!!
I figured I’d wait until day two before posting my first 2015 blog because if you’re anything like my roommates, all you wanted to do yesterday was lay on the floor and eat mac & cheese. Now that we've all recovered from New Years, it’s time for a little reflection on the past year. For the record, I’m . . .
A Big Hurdle for Large Mission-Driven Organizations
Storytelling is becoming a more important part of nonprofit branding, marketing and communications efforts. But how does a nonprofit or any organization develop a sustainable system for collecting and sharing stories? The topic of "how" is discussed in this Stanford Social Innovation Review article by Julie Dixon - Building a . . .
Well world, I’m starting a new blog. I wrote most of my original blog during college, but I'm a young professional now living in a city buzzing with social change activity. Just like me, millions of millennials around the world are graduating from the education system and beginning to define our place in the world. It’s exciting and a . . .