It’s National Punctuation Day!

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In the spirit of today’s “holiday” we’ve put together a post laying out our favorite punctuation marks. It wasn’t surprising, in an office of communicators, that everyone was excited to weigh in on these important tools that bring nuance and structure to what we say.

Can We Predict our Advocacy & communications future?

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A Thought Sparked by Ray Kurzweil’s Talk

Ray Kurzweil is one of the more remarkable people of the past 60 years.   An inventor. An author. A curious mind.

His books on technology and humanity have been best sellers.  He has a knack to look at an unknowable future, match it to a knowable and graphable past, and determine the points of intersection to make compelling predictions for humanity and technology.

In his work, Kurzweil often cites the trends in increasing computer power and the diminishing costs to use it (Shorthand:  Moore’s Law on Computing).  To create products or even just map out ideas for the future, he challenges himself and his colleagues to think about what the computational power will look like in 3-5 years.  Only then can they plan their products to truly utilize the computing power they expect to be available.

Last Chance to join us for “Campaigns for Good”

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PRSA San Francisco

Campaigns for Good

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
5:30 p.m.: Reception and Networking
6-7:30 p.m.: Program and Q&A

Are you a non-profit? A company that wants to do good in the world? One of the best ways to make a difference and expand your reach is by engaging and collaborating with your stakeholders. But disruptive technologies have changed how we work with journalists and engage stakeholders. While online campaigns are one way to expand our reach, they work best when part of well-planned strategies that include outlets for increasing visibility, funds and thought leadership for your organization and your cause.

Lisa Fasano, Communications Director with Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Lesley Mansford, Executive Director of Razoo, and Lawrence Grodeska from, will share lessons learned and relatable anecdotes in a changing world on building partnerships, mobilizing people and raising dollars to make a difference.  This will be a lively discussion moderated by Dan Cohen, head of FCP Communications.

Register here:

Look for summary/blog post from us after the event.  It’s going to be great.

Keeping your eye on the ball in the summer: 5 tips

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In the summertime, many organizations experience a lull in their advocacy work either because key organization staff is away or because the beautiful weather makes people less inclined to engage in direct advocacy. Unless your organization is involved in nonpartisan electoral activity like voter registration or ballot measure advocacy you may not be very active this time of year.

We’ve have identified 5 simple ideas that you can adopt to help reinvigorate your organization during this time of year and help build momentum for fall and winter advocacy campaigns.