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It’s Day 3 and I am posting my second blog entry of the conference. My freshest thoughts are about Mayor Bloomberg’s speech. As the teacher in “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse” says repeatedly, “Wow”!  I had the same response to Melody Barnes, yesterday’s luncheon plenary speaker. Both have great conviction, energy, and humor, and both have [...]

One of my favorite sessions was “When Program and Communications Are Integrated, Good Things Happen For Foundations,” moderated by Bruce Trachtenberg, the Communications Network, with Marc Fest, Knight Foundation and Julio Marcial, CA Wellness Foundation. The big takeaways? Strategic communications can affect public opinion and catalyze policy reforms. It can help foundations transform lives and [...]

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