DIALOGUES

We are offering Dialogues as part of our effort to encourage community. Our aim is for attendees to develop stronger ties and deeper connections with one another. The Dialogues are a series of around-the-table conversations among small groups with a determined focus on discussion and collaboration.

Each Dialogue will explore a discrete topic and offer participants an opportunity to dig in to practical questions with colleagues whose interests and work areas align with their own. The Dialogues will not a passive experience -- they will rely on the participation and collaboration of the group. There won’t be any fancy presentations -- the magic will come from the group as often happen when peers share their ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.

Dialogues will run alongside Breakout Sessions and In Conversations. Similarly, there is no sign-up process to attend, but space is limited.

Below is the complete list of dialogue titles. Scroll down for details.

  • BRANDING: Why is Rebranding in the Age of Modern Philanthropy Essential?

  • TRANSPARENCY: How Can Leveling Up Your Transparency Practices Help Your Organization Live Up to its Purpose?

  • VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS: How Can We Better Use Data Mapping to Improve Community Health?

  • TRANS INCLUSION: What Have You Wanted to Learn But Have Been Afraid to Ask?

  • DEI COMMUNICATIONS: How Are You Wielding Your Communications Tools to Fight Oppression?

  • INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: What Does it Take to Be Great at Work?






BRANDING: Why is Rebranding in the Age of Modern Philanthropy Essential?

DIALOGUE MODERATOR:

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Jeff Cohen

Executive Vice President Arnold Ventures

 

DIALOGUE DESCRIPTION:
After years of operating as a three-pronged organization (C3, C4 and family foundation), the Laura and John Arnold Foundation hit the pause button. It decided to re-evaluate its approach to philanthropy and how it positioned itself to the outside world. That decision was step one in what became a year-long soul searching. The philanthropy’s leadership and founders, examined their mission, vision, values and brand. The end result was a new structure, new strategies and even a new name and website. You’ll hear about the process, the research, the consultants and lessons learned.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

  1. Do you need a consultant?

  2. Do you need touchy-feely exercises with Post-It Notes on the wall?

  3. Why is an LLC better than a C3/C4 structure?

  4. How do you pull something like this off?


TRANSPARENCY: How Can Leveling Up Your Transparency Practices Help Your Organization Live Up to its Purpose?

DIALOGUE MODERATOR:

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Daphne Moore

Communications Director, Walton Family Foundation

DIALOGUE DESCRIPTION:
It’s official—transparency is the secret sauce behind many effective organizations. Recent reports point to the importance of transparency to strengthen relationships between grantees and grant-makers, and the power of openness to fuel donor confidence in charitable organizations. Yet, while many of us generally agree that transparency is a virtue, figuring out how to assess and improve existing transparency practices can be a challenge. Attend this session to learn how improving your online presence can help your organization live up to its purpose to serve the public good.

Using Candid’s “Who Has Glass Pockets?” framework for foundations, and GuideStar’s Transparency Seals profiles for charitable organizations, this session will provide an overview of tools designed to help you improve your organization’s transparency; demonstrate how you can assess and benchmark your transparency practices, and highlight helpful and inspiring peer examples. Panelists will share innovative approaches to opening up their work, including frameworks for knowledge sharing, opening up successes and struggles, communicating values and policies about how they work, and digital inclusion.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Explore the importance of transparency to contributing to greater organizational effectiveness.

  2. Learn how to approach transparency in a step-by-step way.

  3. Become inspired by peer practices implemented by sector colleagues who are working to improve transparency at their institutions.


VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS: How Can We Better Use Data Mapping to Improve Community Health?

DIALOGUE MODERATOR:

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Daniel Oppenheimer

Director of Population Health Communications, UT System Office of Health Affairs

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Brian Sasser

Chief Communications Officer, Episcopal Health Foundation

DIALOGUE DESCRIPTION:

Too often, health and social indicator maps seem to be designed primarily to generate publicity and show off what an organization's graphic designers and data visualizers can do. The deeper goal, of guiding health and social efforts in meaningful ways, is taken for granted. In this dialogue we'll investigate ways in which maps can genuinely improve the well being of our populations, and spend some time with best and worst practices in this realm.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

  1. How can maps actually improve the lives of our communities?

  2. What are the mistakes we make in developing maps that are ostensibly aimed at improving things on the ground?

  3. What is the role of the community in developing maps intended to benefit the community?


TRANS INCLUSION: What Have You Wanted to Learn But Have Been Afraid to Ask?

DIALOGUE MODERATOR:

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Nico Calvo Rosenstone

Communications Officer, Haas, Jr. Fund

 

DIALOGUE DESCRIPTION:

Following what is certain to be an inspiring keynote from Janet Mock, ComNet attendees may have questions and concerns about how to strengthen their allyship with the transgender community and make their organizations more trans-inclusive. We are creating a safe space for people to ask questions, share insights from their experiences, and consider proactive steps they can take in their lives and their organizations to support and protect trans people.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

  1. How can I be a better ally with transgender people and a champion for transgender inclusion, both inside my organization and in my community?

  2. What can my organization do to reduce the unnecessary barriers that transgender people face when it comes to finding good jobs and thriving in the workplace?

  3. What resources are available to support me and my colleagues as we strive to create a more trans-inclusive organization?


DEI COMMUNICATIONS: How Are You Wielding Your Communications Tools to Fight Oppression?

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