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Archive for November, 2014

A Lesson for Democrats in Election Results: Don’t Forget the Vision

From Maryland to Colorado, Democrats lost big this month. Before the polls were even closed, the postmortem began. Why, pundits and pollsters asked, did so many Democrats lose, even in states where progressive ballot initiatives passed on issues from higher minimum wage to guaranteed paid sick leave to background checks… (read more)

Spitfire Announces New Talent from Coast to Coast

Spitfire Strategies has tapped Erin B. Hart as its new managing director, based in its San Francisco office. Erin’s background in the advocacy, communication and philanthropy fields make her the ideal match for supporting Spitfire’s focus on providing communication and campaign strategy and services to its nonprofit and foundation clients. … (read more)

Color Me Purple

Dennis Poplin

By Dennis Poplin
Senior Vice President

I was recently clicking through my favorite Tumblr sites when my finger froze mid-scroll. Sometimes, you stop to get a better look or maybe read a caption. Rare is the post that actually makes you stop and think. But there I was, staring at a Venn diagram and suddenly I… (read more)

Webinar Series: Opposition Messaging – Nov. 19, 2014 at 1pm ET

Most nonprofit groups that stand for something typically find there are groups on the other side of the fence.  When faced with opposition, you must be strategic in your response, remain in control of the conversation and stay on message. During this webinar, participants will learn how to anticipate and… (read more)

Post-Election Insights: Top Five Questions to Assess Your Campaign Goals

The midterm elections are over and news channels are already talking about 2016. But in social change organizations, campaign teams are sitting around tables or on conference calls reassessing how the election results could impact their campaign goals. This includes any organization or coalition that’s working to make a change from… (read more)

“This has been a tremendous eye opener. It shows us how to pull the aspects of communications skills, from the message, to the audience. It forced us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses in an effort to become more strategic in how we prepare our messages and communicate them.”

- Training Participant

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Get to know our newest Spitfires

There are some new faces at Spitfire, adding valuable talents and perspectives to the Spitfire team. We sat down with four of them to learn more about some of their favorite things—at work and at play.   Where were you before Spitfire? Mike Carter-Conneen Director, Washington, D.C. I spent 15… (read more)

Throwback Thursday: Thinking Through Communication Conundrums

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  One of the best jobs I ever had was at Exploration Summer Camp (their motto: where you make summer meaningful), where I worked from ages 18-21. As counselors, we made up classes to teach and we did activities in the afternoon. One day, I found myself co-leading a contraception… (read more)

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