Posts Tagged ‘social change’

FCP Celebrates Earth Day: Our Favorite Public Lands (and the Work to Protect Them)

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Happy Earth Day from the team at Full Court Press! This year to honor the day, we plan to celebrate the work that we respect so much, and the work of many of our clients: efforts to conserve and protect our beautiful earth for future generations. Many of our country’s most beautiful places are protected and preserved in the form of public lands. This may take the form of national monuments, national parks, or national forests. It is important to protect these places so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy them the same way we do. Below, the FCP team shares some of our favorite public lands. We are so grateful to the people and organizations that work hard to safeguard these lands.

Audrey’s Favorite: Zion National Park

This summer I went to Zion National Park for the first time and was blown away. Located in southwest Utah nature preserve, this site is distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. I got to hike iconic summits on the canyon ridge, and walk in the Virginia river narrows and see the emerald pools. Here’s a photo at the of Angel’s landing, which is at the top of Zion Canyon’s 270 million-year-old rock layers. I’m always humbled and thankful for our national parks and the people who are dedicated to preserving them – Earth Day is a great excuse to celebrate!

International Women’s Day 2018

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Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a call for action to continue pushing for equality. This year, the theme for the official International Women’s Day is to #PressforProgress. We love that rather than looking back and celebrating the progress that some women have made, however momentous or incremental, we are instead looking forwards and pushing onward, together, for even more progress for all. This year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Full Court Press decided to put our heads together and brainstorm some of the advice we would give young women (or anyone!) looking to enter the workplace— be it in PR and communications or consulting. This is one small way of pressing for progress— to provide women with the tools and empowerment to push themselves, and to encourage the workplace, and society, to be a better, more just place for all.  

  

Where We’re Donating For #GivingTuesday This Year

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#GivingTuesday is a relatively new phenomenon, and one that the Full Court Press team is thrilled to get behind. After its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday became the type of trend we love to see around the holiday season— one which encourages altruism and reflection. An antidote-like balance to the consumerism often surrounding the holidays, groups have coalesced around causes they care about, creating new movements such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. The day serves to kick off the charitable season of holiday and end-of-year giving and reorient the focus of the holidays to practicing generosity.

In the past, FCP has provided communications tips for organizations looking to take advantage of the trend by creating a deluge of support. This year, to mark the occasion, the FCP team is sharing some of the organizations we’re looking forward to donating to this holiday season.  

Grassroots Organizing on the Right Side of Justice: Lessons Learned from DeRay Mckesson

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Last week, Full Court Press team member Caitlin Scott visited Inforum, an Innovation Lab at the Bay Area institution The Commonwealth Club. This event featured renowned activist DeRay Mckesson interviewed by Obama White House alumnus Dan Pfeiffer. Caitlin shares some key lessons and takeaways below.

Grassroots Organizing on the Right Side of Justice: Lessons Learned from DeRay Mckesson

 


DeRay Mckesson’s name is often in the news, and his weekly podcast “Pod Save the People” features robust and thoughtful discussions on current events — particularly those impacting marginalized communities. I admire DeRay’s ability to distill complicated and layered topics into a sensitive narrative that is digestible and actionable.

DeRay is one of my generation’s most important voices on American civil rights. He is a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, a frequent target of conservative pundits, and one of less than a dozen people who Beyoncé follows on Twitter. But perhaps most importantly, DeRay has engaged a generation to advance racial justice at a time when the energy for political activism is electric, and the Trump administration is rapidly working to turn the clock back on civil rights.

While it would be a tall order to recount all of the wisdom DeRay imparted to his audience at the Commonwealth Club in a single blog post, here are the top five takeaways from DeRay for aspiring changemakers and grassroots organizers:

The Future Looks Fast

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Last month, Full Court Press had the opportunity to support our client and friends from US Ignite at their annual US Ignite Application Summit in Austin, Texas. The three day summit showcases some of the country’s most forward thinking devices and applications for the world’s smart cities.

The deluge of information exchanged at the conference was somewhat overwhelming, so Caitlin Scott from our team (@caityscott) broke it down into the three top highlights about the next generation of smart, connected cities built on ultra high speed gigabit broadband infrastructure. From where we sit the future looks collaborative, fast, and diverse.

 

US Ignite Co-Founder and COO, Joe Kochan

 

Collaboration is Key

One of the many noteworthy panels at the US Ignite Application Summit featured technology officers from cities throughout the country. Each panelist had plenty of wisdom to share, but the pieces about collaboration stuck out in my mind.

Samir Saini, CIO of Atlanta pointed out that sharing and collaboration is a superpower among city leaders— I agree, and  would argue that sharing and collaboration is a superpower all humans possess but often underutilize. Seattle CIO Michael Mattmiller added onto this by saying that municipal CIOs are now being asked by local mayors and other elected officials to creatively use technology to solve non-technological problems such as closing the digital divide, leveraging big data to better serve the community, and more.

It may feel as though CIOs are being asked to solve the most pressing and intractable problems of communities. By collaborating and sharing knowledge across municipalities, CIOs in all corners of the country can learn from each other’s best practices and crowdsource solutions to solve these seemingly daunting problems. The US Ignite Applications Summit served as an excellent platform for relationship-building, knowledge-sharing, and an opportunity for experts to convene and learn from each other.