April 21, 2015

5 Communications Lessons Learned Working at an Anti-Poverty Nonprofit


This post was originally published in the Huffington Post. Photo courtesy of Trickle Up.

By: Caroline Avakian

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world’s targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions. The MDGs target date expires this year, and as we collaboratively build out new goals for the next 15 years, it will be critical that nonprofit communicators in the global development sector build on what we’ve learned as well. So it got me thinking about what some of my lessons learned were after almost five years working at Trickle Up — an international organization that empowers people living on less than $1.25 a day to take the first steps out of poverty, providing them with resources to build sustainable livelihoods for a better quality of life.  Continue reading

September 2, 2010

4 steps to take part in TEDxChange Flickr campaign



Putting a personal face to some of the world’s most pressing issues

Sloane BerrentTEDxChange, an event co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED, takes place Sept. 20. TEDxChange marks the anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals.

Ten years in, the question remains: Where do we stand in the work to save and improve lives around the world? And what will the future hold?

The future isn’t fixed. We can all have a hand in making a better world. To coincide with TEDxChange and the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals, the Gates Foundation is asking you the following question: What is the future we will make?

They want you to help put a personal face to some of the world’s most pressing issues and envision a future where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.

To participate, follow these four steps:

  1. Download and print the sign
  2. Personalize the sign with your own message. (Remember: Your sign must relate to one of the Millennium Development Goals to be included.)
  3. Upload your photo to the foundation’s Flickr group.
  4. Join the conversation on our community page.

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