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A Brief Blog about Other Bloggers’ Blogs
August 9, 2013
It has been two weeks since our 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C, and we at the Alliance have been devoting some space on our blog to the conference themes and workshop content that our speakers presented. With 1,600 attendees and three days of workshops and activities, it’s not that surprising that we aren’t the only ones.
Here’s a look at what other bloggers had to say about their conference experiences.
Over at OrgCode.com, Iain De Jong reflected on The Top 3 Things I Took Away from This Summer’s Conference. One of his takeaways:
For anyone who feels that the job of working to end homelessness is an impossible task, take the time to look at those that are seeing success. But I should point out that each of these communities had to make tough choices to not provide business as usual. Success came from doing things differently – not doing the same things but expecting different results.
Kevin Barbieux, who blogs as The Homeless Guy, wrote in his post NAEH Conference 2013 The Take Away:
There are approaches to the problem of homelessness that have been PROVEN to be more effective than others. It is time for all homeless service providers to seek out these better ideas, and implement them. And they need to be constantly thinking about ways to improve their services, always with the goal in mind of meeting society's demand that they END homelessness.
David Wertheimer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, blogged about the Funders Institute, a series of workshops, and activities during the conference that linked private foundations, United Ways, and corporate giving programs.
Private funders can help to stimulate rapid movement towards the most innovative, promising practices that are emerging in the field. By embracing risks ourselves, we can encourage our partners in the change process to risk moving away from current practices that, while familiar, may not be producing the most effective results for people who are homeless while simultaneously promoting the most efficient use of scarce resources.
At the Community Technology Alliance, Julia Burkhead blogged about what she learned at the conference from communities who communities that are making significant strides toward ending homelessness.
Service providers in high-performing communities hold each other accountable for good data quality and strong outcomes by publishing program information publicly. In addition to encouraging healthy competition, this can inspire teamwork, with leading programs mentoring the laggers.
Ben Miksch of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance discussed the policy side of the conference along with his experience at Hill Day
After meeting with just about every elected official Washington has sent to D.C., it’s good to know we have a strong allies and champions in D.C. That doesn’t let us off the hook though. Our job as advocates isn’t easy, but you don’t sign up to change the world because you’re looking for easy!
Also, in case you missed it, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s official blog shared the video Secretary Shaun Donovan that we showed during the lunch plenary of the third day of our conference. (It’s embedded below.)
It’s really gratifying for us at the Alliance hearing all the great things people take away from our conference. So if you know of a blog post we missed, please let us know!