Meetups for Social Sector communications!
I'm a big fan (and paying member) of The Communications Network!
The Network is one of my handful of go-to places for expert help and connections with other communications professionals.
To see what I mean about the value provided check out one example: The Case for Communications, the series running in partnership with the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
I got even more jazzed when the Network rolled out ComNetworkLOCAL. It's a way for Network members to form self-managed local groups under the organization's umbrella.
These locals have sprung up in San Francisco, Denver, Miami, Washington DC and other places.
Last fall, I said to my workmate Kim East, Let's do it! Let's start one here!
We called our communications colleagues at the community foundations for San Benito and Monterey counties, Sharlene VanRooy, Amanda Holder and Cristina Medina Dirksen, and asked them, Want to join us?
We met over lunch last December and settled on a tri-county venture, with plans for at least 3-5 meetups a year to be hosted by one of our three community foundations.
The Network gave us a small stipend for expenses and help from staffer Emma Lister, who set us up and got us rolling.
Now we're asking you, Join us!
a winning formula!
We feel we got it!
The power of The Network
+ Support from our three community foundations
+ You (your voice, skills, ideas and buy-in)
= An energized local network of social sector communications practitioners wanting to learn, grow, have fun and share together!
Seventy people have already found out how easy it is to join ComNetwork Monterey Bay by jumping on board.
And, it's free!
There's no membership costs to be part of our local or to tap into the free online resources offered by The Network. (Though, you may decide, like I did, it's worth becoming a paid member of the Network for event discounts and access to the members-only area.)
We know there are other Monterey Bay area marketing and communications meetups and professional networks that delve into communications.
We believe our formula, with a focus on philanthropy and a three county approach, will compliment what already exists. Yet, if after the first year you tell us the local doesn't deliver we'll happily fold up shop. But, we're banking on that not happening.
March kick-off meetups!
You can RSVP for the first meetup in Santa Cruz County at our community foundation, Wednesday, March 8, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The after-work agenda includes pizza, beer, social network speed dating and the announcement of our next MeetUp in Santa Cruz County.
You can RSVP for the second meetup in Salinas, at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
An informal info and recruiting effort is taking place in San Benito County as we plan for their first public meetup.
We hope you find value in this, for you and your communications work.
Got some ideas? Bring them to the one of the first meetups or use the comment field below.
Luis Chabolla is the communications director at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. You can subscribe to his blog posts and follow him on Twitter. You can also follow ComNetwork Monterey Bay on Twitter.