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Say it With Pictures: 10 Tips for Killer Infographics

I’ve been scooped by the Chronicle of Philanthropy! Yep, one of our funder friends sent me an article from the Chronicle many months ago with good guidance on infographics. Below, we’ve combined the Chronicle’s excellent advice with some of our own, based on experience communicating issues as complex as climate…

Growing the Web of Change

From Rio+Social to 350.org, the internet has enabled a whole new kind of movement, where people power stands a real chance of overcoming the political and corporate establishment. It’s an exciting time for the progressive community. But also terrifying. Every nonprofit we work with is stretched thin. Who has time…

On Our Minds: Suddenly, Women are Hot Again

On July 11, international development big wigs - from governments to the Gates Foundation - announced some very big news at a family planning summit in London: giving women what they want matters again. Specifically, giving over 200 million women worldwide access to the basic modern contraception they want, but…

Paving the Way for a Clean Energy Future: Convening Communicators on Coal

We all know that coal is a dirty business—it pollutes our air and water and poisons our bodies. Communities around the country are banding together to fight new coal plants and champion cleaner alternatives. But when the coal plant is already in a community, providing jobs and power, and sponsoring…

Hearing is Believing: 8 Tips for A successful Radio Interview

Sandwiched between the security of a familiar newspaper reporter and the lure of a smashing TV expose, non-profits often underestimate the power of an excellent radio interview. We’ve got tips, but first let’s understand why radio is important. Radio is the second most common media in Americans’ lives (93% of…

Perils of Playing with (Wild) Fire

The catastrophic fires burning throughout the American West have dominated headlines all summer. Visceral and dramatic, forest fires draw TV cameras like nothing else. So do they offer a productive pathway to discuss the perils of climate change? Well, yes and no. It’s difficult to link any single current event,…

Burning Up Our Food Supply

With drought ravaging America’s Corn Belt, and food prices rising, every bushel of corn is precious. Yet according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nearly 40 percent of this year’s corn harvest will likely be used to make ethanol. Many experts argue that diverting so much of the corn…