3 Ways to Protect Your Priorities and Passions in the Face of a Trump Presidency

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The maxim that all politics is local will take on a new meaning in Trumpland. He is a leader with zero interest in details and his staff will spend four years fighting among themselves, all while Congress attempts to enact an agenda focused on GOP 101 (Tax Cuts, etc). In this environment, how can you win? And how can you use the upcoming holidays to prepare yourself and your teams?

Fight and Win Locally:  For non-profits and philanthropies, this first means identifying early “wins” to expand on what you’ve accomplished in the last eight years as you prepare for a different policy environment. Then it means pivoting to active defense of what matters most while continuing to relentlessly engage decision-makers on why your position is best for them. From 2000-2008, advocates in California fought and changed policies to provide voluntary, universal preschool at the local level and built towards statewide policy using policy, advocacy and local community wins in spite of a hostile presidency. How can you do the same? 

OMG It’s Giving Tuesday! 6 Easy Communications Tips

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So, Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2016. Are you and your organization ready?

If you are in business, are you maximizing your public/private partnerships? If you are with a non-profit, are you ready to create a deluge of support? If you are philanthropy, are you ready to inspire others?

Is your answer “OMG no, it can’t possibly be Giving Tuesday again!” 

Here are a slew of easy-to-implement ideas for your organization. With a little push, you can put these into motion before Giving Tuesday arrives.

UNVEIL THE FUTURE (Visibility): 

Use the moment to quickly share plans for 2017 on the communications channels you control. Help itemize the top 3-5 things you will accomplish in the year ahead and ask for support. Your blog, social media, and email newsletters are your best path to reach potential donors and their networks. A peek into the future will help donors visualize where their money is going.

SEE THE FUTURE (Photos/Videos): 

You control the library of powerful photos (especially of people), along with video and even audio. Now is the time to break out your best stuff and share as content on all your platforms. This includes social, email newsletters, blogs, ads, signage, etc. Use this moment to help your audience (donors, partners, customers) develop a more visceral connection with your cause. Help them to see it, feel it, and hear it.

In the Heart of Trump Country – the making of Michael Moore’s Latest Film

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Terri the Newscaster

This is a piece by Terri Hardesty of Know it All Media (Consultant to FCP)

There’s nothing like putting a film together in 11 days — the scrambling, chaos and excitement that ensues from working on a tight deadline. It all started with a call from Michael Moore’s producer.

“Can you be in Wilmington, Ohio next week?”

Let’s go to Mars – a Reflection on “Endings”

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OK – in a very political cynical season, would you please take a moment to dream?

On October 11, 2016, as his days in office moved toward their end date, President Barak Obama issued an open letter that it’s time to go to Mars and time to reinvest in space exploration.  Taking an audacious leap into the future is commonplace for Presidents – real and fictional (I see you Leo McGarry) late in their second terms. But what can we learn from this?

First, its never too late to be ambitious.  Nestled in his letter is a realization that this goal builds on years of investment in basic scientific research and a push to increase competition in the aerospace industry.  What this says to me, and all of us, is that each day in our current job gives us the opportunity to leverage everything we’ve done so far.  And if you haven’t begun investing in your personal or professional future, today is the day to start.