Enthusiasm at ASNE-APME 2014 to grow audience through engaging communities

By Jacob Caggiano There was a hint of trepidation on the planning call when we found out we would have to compete with a concurrent session at ASNE-APME 2014 called “How to Succeed at Mobile Before It’s Too Late.” We were not entirely sure if the crowd would choose ambition over pragmatism. We ended up with … Continue reading Enthusiasm at ASNE-APME 2014 to grow audience through engaging communities

VIDEO: How can journalists build community?

By Jennifer Neutel Participants at a Global Media Forum workshop experienced a community-building exercise that drew them into deep discussions in groups of three. The five workshop facilitators, which included The Gazette Company CEO and president Chuck Peters, wanted participants to experience a community-building exercise that could be mirrored in their own communities. “I could … Continue reading VIDEO: How can journalists build community?

Video project to promote fair housing in Cedar Rapids inspires We Create Here team to get involved

Posted by Jennifer Neutel Commission and media company collaborating on community project A video contest hosted by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission to promote fair housing now has a team from The Gazette Company involved. Members of the media company’s We Create Here effort are saying they’re honored to have been invited to help … Continue reading Video project to promote fair housing in Cedar Rapids inspires We Create Here team to get involved

Global Media Forum workshop a unique community-building exercise

By Jennifer Neutel ‘Everyone in the workshop was simultaneously a student and a teacher’ A workshop on news organizations as participants in community-building modelled its own message at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany June 30, by facilitating small group discussions that created deep connections amongst participants. Each of the five facilitators in the … Continue reading Global Media Forum workshop a unique community-building exercise

Global Media Forum workshop to explore applying community-building practices

By Jennifer Neutel ‘We think that local information creation needs to be redefined at a very fundamental level’ Chuck Peters is co-facilitating a June 30 workshop at The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on applying community-building practices to a news media company that will take a different approach. The workshop Peters is involved in will have participants … Continue reading Global Media Forum workshop to explore applying community-building practices

Empowering Communities Through Conversation: How do entrepreneurship and diversity intersect?

The We Create Here community engagement managers Sarah Binder and Kiran Sood invited candid reflections at an open discussion on diversity in entrepreneurship at a pre-conference workshop on May 14 at EntreFEST in Iowa City. Using an Open Space conversation format, the group focused on how to create a safe space for tough issues, which are … Continue reading Empowering Communities Through Conversation: How do entrepreneurship and diversity intersect?

EntreFEST workshop creates safe space to talk diversity and entrepreneurship

Posted by Jennifer Neutel Sarah Binder and Kiran Sood invited candid reflections at an open discussion on diversity in entrepreneurship at a pre-conference workshop on May 14 at EntreFEST in Iowa City. The We Create Here community engagement managers co-led a conversation with a focus on how to create a safe space for tough issues, which are … Continue reading EntreFEST workshop creates safe space to talk diversity and entrepreneurship

Cedar Rapids: What’s Possible at the intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship?

By Kiran Sood Source: http://www.wecreatehere.net/2014/05/15/discussing-diversity-at-entrefest/ What is possible at the intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship? What is the right role for a white male to play in the conversation on diversity? How do we measure success when it comes to diversity? And, how can we impact change? These were some of the questions examined by participants in … Continue reading Cedar Rapids: What’s Possible at the intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship?

Reflecting on our community conversations through We Create Here

By Kiran Sood One of the new methods of storytelling and engagement we’re using as part of We Create Here is facilitating small group discussions centered on particular issues. Over the past couple months, I’ve had the opportunity to facilitate two such discussions. The first one in late February was centered on diversity and inclusion in Eastern … Continue reading Reflecting on our community conversations through We Create Here

Cedar Rapids: Everybody deserves housing

April 16, 2014 By Kiran Sood Source: http://www.wecreatehere.net/2014/04/16/everybody-deserves-housing-in-eastern-iowa/ When you bring together a small group who is united by a passion for a particular topic and for finding solutions, it’s incredible what they can come up with working together. On Wednesday morning, I hosted a conversation that included the voices of five community members who … Continue reading Cedar Rapids: Everybody deserves housing