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Hands-on Learning: Human Centered Design for Social Impact Communicators

A hands-on learning experience meant that eight participants spent the afternoon together with Cynthia Benjamin and myself – digesting an introduction to Human Centered Design (HCD) through the direct application of principles to real-life challenges. Each participant was a change-maker – tackling complex social issues ranging from education, women’s rights, to aging and litigation. They wanted to see what design thinking could offer beyond traditional communications research.

By Melissa Daar Carvajal and Cynthia Benjamin

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A Sunday Supper

It was a small gathering of friends and colleagues; Lauren, a creative director at Apple; Charmaine, a real estate developer, a few of us from REDF, a social enterprise investor; Sande, a foundation communications director – even a partner or two. Kelley Gulley had a lot to say to us about listening. It went like this...

By Melissa Daar Carvajal

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7 Easy Steps in Blog Writing for an ExecutivE

You’re sitting in front of an executive who told you she “needs to write a blog.” You retreat to the couch by the executive assistant’s desk, and consider, now, how am I going to do this?

By Melissa Daar Carvajal and Nicole Perelman

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Planning a conference? Get your theater on. 

One way the frank communications gathering got my attention.

"When I finally made it to frank, a gathering of public interest communicators, artists and philanthropists, I was nothing short of amazed, to arrive to a theater venue, with a staged skit to start us off. A breath of relief–and nary a conference room in sight."

By Melissa Daar Carvajal

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HELPING BOYS STAY ALIVE IN CHICAGO

This story was created for Thrive Foundation for Youth as part of an eight part video and written word series on effective youth programs across the country.

By Rob Waters

 

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Maria & Shavonnee: How do we empower girls to become strong women and mothers?

This #MDC Network produced video, directed by Paige Bierma, tells the story of how mentor Shavonnee Clark gave Maria Barajas support, how Maria grew stronger, to become the 1st in her family to go to college. The video was part of a series produced for Thrive Foundation for Youth, to highlight successful, paid staff, youth mentoring programs, the foundation funds across the country. 

 

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YOUTH RADIO

Love Youth Radio. Love this video MDCNetwork produced with filmmaker Paige Bierma.


 

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INSPIRED BY THEIR MENTORS, HARLEM GROUP’S D.R.E.A.M. GIRLS ARE BONDED FOR LIFE!.

Members of the DREAM chapter on the front steps of Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s Harlem offices. Left to right: Celeste Bond, Yessivette Ducasse, Rhanice Minton, Natalia Gonzales-Mañon, Ariana Hammonds, Tomme Garvin, Shalena Pope. Photo: Rob Waters

 

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IT TAKES A COMMUNITY (TO PUBLISH ENGAGING RESEARCH)

Recently, MDC Network worked with Dr. Peter Samuelson, Director of Research and Evaluation at Thrive Foundation for Youth, to develop the communications products for his research on nine principles of effective youth services organizations.

 


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A FEW MOMENTS OF GRACE

MDC Network's Jay Dunn describes his approach to this series on moments of grace. By Jay Dunn

 

 

 

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