Ending Homelessness Today — Social Media
We're on Facebook!
August 18, 2009
After holding out - for months! - I've succumbed to the awesome power of Facebook.
As you can see, we're brand new to the site and we need your support! Please use the link below to become a fan of our organization on Facebook, and get updates on new homelessness research, legislation, and Alliance activities!
Thanks all for your continued support!
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ADVICE: Podcast Idea - Social Innovation
August 17, 2009
Happy Monday, all!
We here in the research arm of the Alliance are kicking around an idea for a podcast series.
We're thinking about profiling social innovation leaders in the homelessness field. Recipients of social innovation awards, or just organizations and community heavyweights who are leading the charge in looking at homelessness in a new and different way.
Would you guys be interested in something like that?
And would you prefer it live (calling into an audio conference) or would you prefer it taped (posted to our website with maybe some materials)?
Please let me know! I'll hold out for about a week for feedback!
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Annual Conferece - End of Day 2
July 30, 2009
Whew! It's been a LOOOONG day!
Adolfo Carrion, the new Director of the White House Office on Urban Affairs Policy gave the lunchtime keynote, followed by acclaimed scholar Dennis Culhane - whose work informs so many of the most effective and promising strategies in ending homelessness. Adolfo, a self-described "urbanist," reiterated the notes that Secretary Donovan had left us with: together, as a community, we can approach homelessness is a collective, effective, and successful way.
Then, the time came: the communications & advocacy workshop! My big workshop!
I know I'm biased, but I tend to think that communications and advocacy not only go hand-in-hand, but are critical components to our mutual mission to address, prevent, and end homelessness. Our issue is such a delicate, complicated, and expansive one - and effectively relaying those nuances in an intelligent and digestible way requires careful thought and skill. And - as Leslie Kerns of M+R Strategic Services and Ehren Reed of Innovation Networks taught us this afternoon - a strategic campaign to get that message across to those who can sympathize, affect, and make a different.
The two taught us that a great advocacy and communications strategy requires a careful examination of goals, the audience, the message, and a launch - and that examining these factos and making sure that all of them line up are instrumental for a successful campaign. I'll post the materials and ideas generated from the workshop in... Read More »