Spitfire Strategies

Pop Culture as a Powerful Force for Narrative Change

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

New pop culture tools and resources let groups start important conversations around issue-oriented film and television storylines Reposted from Change Agent, the biannual publication of The Communications Network. We all tell ourselves stories. There’s a story of how each workday goes—psychologists call these behavioral scripts—and there are larger narratives we… (read more)

How Stories Can Help You Break through Barriers When Fact-Based Arguments Fall Short

Maggie McGillick

By Maggie McGillick
Senior Account Manager

Liv Kittel

By Liv Kittel
Senior Account Manager

As the dust from November 8 begins to settle, many are trying to reconcile Donald Trump’s Electoral College success with the fact that he spent the vast majority of his campaign pushing messages that were at odds with commonly accepted facts. Others are beginning to connect the dots between Trump’s… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Liv Kittel

Get to know one of our newest Senior Account Managers, Liv Kittel! Where were you before Spitfire? I spent several years at Media Matters for America, cultivating expertise in media analysis, crisis communication and combating right-wing media misinformation. I led a large department of researchers and media monitors, and developed… (read more)

#SpitfireVotes

Sam Nurick

By Sam Nurick
Account Executive

Shadya Tuason

By Shadya Tuason
Account Coordinator

Everybody’s talking about the election, so Spitfires took some time to share our thoughts and experiences on Election Day 2016. Follow along with #SpitfireVotes! Sam: This election is particularly important to me – and it goes back to the first President Clinton’s reelection. That year, my mom was explaining to… (read more)

A Better Way to Explain Your Data

Katie Test

By Katie Test
Vice President

You’ve got a really complicated concept to explain and it’s really important that your target audience understand it. Do you: Pull together a PowerPoint presentation with 38 slides filled with data analysis written in 12 point font? Write a 1200 word blog post accompanied by charts, graphs and an annotated… (read more)

New Spitfires!

Beth Kanter

By Beth Kanter
Executive Vice President

We are thrilled to have new Spitfires in our midst who are ready to spark change! Over the summer, we added more smarts, sass and strategery to our mix. Meet the newest members of the team: Nicole Carroll, account executive Before coming to Spitfire, Nicole worked with agencies, as well… (read more)

The Women Who Came Before Me

Beth Kanter

By Beth Kanter
Executive Vice President

Recently, my 100-year-old grandma-in-law (GG to my kids) completed her absentee ballot. Born before women had the right to vote, she was over the moon to be able to cast her vote for a woman president. My sister-in-law took a photo of her beaming face after she completed the form… (read more)

The Pop Culture Pivot

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Still think pop culture is too unserious for your work? We’re here to change that! On Morning Joe, Donald Trump asked a national security expert about U.S. nuclear weapons policy. “If we have them, why can’t we use them,” Trump mused. Groups working on non-proliferation and world peace jumped into… (read more)

Don’t Let Your Advocacy Efforts Take a Vacation during Congress’ Summer Recess

Maggie McGillick

By Maggie McGillick
Senior Account Manager

Congress is currently on recess and won’t return to Capitol Hill until early September. But that doesn’t mean your policymaker outreach should take a recess as well! During the month of August, policymakers head home to enjoy some down time and to reconnect with constituents in their state or district…. (read more)

All Eyes on Rio: Leveraging the Olympics for Social Change

Sydney McKenney

By Sydney McKenney
Account Coordinator

Sam Nurick

By Sam Nurick
Account Executive

With just days left in the 2016 Summer Games, there are still many ways organizations can use the enormous spotlight on the Olympics as a hook for social issues in the U.S. With the media focused on Rio, Olympics-related hashtags gaining massive reach and thousands of organizations looking for ways… (read more)

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- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

How Stories Can Help You Break through Barriers When Fact-Based Arguments Fall Short

Maggie McGillick

By Maggie McGillick
Senior Account Manager

Liv Kittel

By Liv Kittel
Senior Account Manager

As the dust from November 8 begins to settle, many are trying to reconcile Donald Trump’s Electoral College success with the fact that he spent the vast majority of his campaign pushing messages that were at odds with commonly accepted facts. Others are beginning to connect the dots between Trump’s… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Liv Kittel

Get to know one of our newest Senior Account Managers, Liv Kittel! Where were you before Spitfire? I spent several years at Media Matters for America, cultivating expertise in media analysis, crisis communication and combating right-wing media misinformation. I led a large department of researchers and media monitors, and developed… (read more)

A Better Way to Explain Your Data

Katie Test

By Katie Test
Vice President

You’ve got a really complicated concept to explain and it’s really important that your target audience understand it. Do you: Pull together a PowerPoint presentation with 38 slides filled with data analysis written in 12 point font? Write a 1200 word blog post accompanied by charts, graphs and an annotated… (read more)

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