Identity and Equity

A Cool Breakfast/A Great Opportunity/A New Town Hall

July 8, 2011

RSVP for our Advocacy Evaluation Breakfast 8:15 – 9:45 AM on Friday, July 15th
Last week, we told you about our upcoming breakfast event with special guests Steven Teles and Mark Schmitt, authors of “The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy” published in the Summer 2011 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Jackie Williams Kaye, Director of Research and Evaluation at Wellspring Advisors. As we get ready for what’s sure to be a dynamic discussion, we ask that you please RSVP by July 13th. We look forward to seeing you next Friday, bright and early. (And don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of coffee—and other breakfast treats—to go around.)

An Opportunity to Reflect and Strategize
UN Women just released their first major report, Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice, highlighting how legal systems around the globe are adjusting to better uphold women’s rights. Although there’s much to be done to ensure equality for all women, this report offers advocates a valuable opportunity to pause and reflect on progress and challenges. By taking the time to review their achievements, assess their strategies so far, and plan for future efforts, advocates on every issue can better position themselves for advocacy success.

A New Kind of Town Hall
History buffs and Jeopardy fans will want to take note: on July 6, 2011 (at 2:09 p.m. ET to be exact), President Obama typed the first presidential tweet. Joined by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, President Obama opened his online “town hall” with a question about government spending. And judging by the quantity of responses, concerned Americans across the globe seized the opportunity to interact directly with their President. Once again, online media is dramatically changing the way advocates do their work.