Ryan Steinbach

Are We Learning How to Create a Better World too Soon?

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 . . .

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January 22, 2015

Building Community: Struggling with Strategy

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 . . .

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January 20, 2015

You Are a (Digital) Brand

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 . . .

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January 15, 2015

Building Community: Finding Value in It

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 . . .

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January 13, 2015

My Millennial Life Lessons from 2014

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, . . .

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January 02, 2015

Aligning Storytelling Culture

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 . . .

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December 29, 2014

The Mission Driven Millennial

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 . . .

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December 21, 2014