This August, Get Your SPIN On

Applications are now being accepted for the 13th Annual SPIN Academy, hosted by The SPIN Project in Petaluma, CA, from August 23-26, 2011 (deadline to apply is June 17).  The SPIN Project helps nonprofit social justice organizations get their voices heard in today’s crowded media environment through effective strategic communications.  This is the kind of thing we can never be too good at! 

If you are a nonprofit communicator or an advocate working to raise public awareness, the SPIN Academy is a terrific opportunity to sharpen your skills and expand your network.  This four-day residential retreat combines intensive communications training, one-on-one coaching with communications consultants, and collaboration with other social activists at Walker Creek Ranch.  Key skills you will develop include:

         strategic communications planning

·         message development

·         branding

·         social media

·         strategic storytelling

. . . and more!  Submit your application online or check out The SPIN Project’s website for participant information, a list of SPIN Academy alumni, and a schedule of events.

P.S. Can’t attend?  SPIN’s resources page is a great place to connect with other nonprofit communicators, find tools to build your strategic communications plan, and search for communications jobs or consultants across the country.

Tuesday Reading Room: Three Perspectives on AIDS Advocacy

Viiv Healthcare recently hosted advocates from across the HIV/AIDS sector for their 12th Community Summit.  Here we have a sampling from a few of the events speakers covering a wide range of advocacy topics from non-profit lobbying rules to faith based organizing.

(Note: If you are on the Dose of Change home page, hit the ‘read more’ link to see all three sets of slides.)

John Peller – Director of Government Relations, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Get Plugged into AIDS 2010 in Vienna

The world’s largest public health conference, the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), kicked off this past weekend in Vienna, Austria.  The event brings together 20,000 people from across the world to discuss the current state and the future path of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

There are a TON of online outlets covering AIDS 2010 but here are a few links to get you plugged in:


Catalyst Forum Provides Treasure Trove for Advocates

Advocates recently gathered in Baltimore at the HIV Research Catalyst Forum to share information and strategies for engaging in HIV/AIDS-related research advocacy.  Advocate engagement in research has been a key driver of so much progress in HIV/AIDS related science.  The materials from this conference provide advocates with a treasure trove of knowledge and resources from which we can build a better and more effective HIV research advocacy movement.

From basic definitions to cutting edge clinical trials, these conference materials are a great resource for anyone looking to impact HIV/AIDS related research.

Check out the HIV Research Catalyst Forum webcasts and presentations!

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