A SPECTACULAR START TO THE 2019 REFRAME PROGRAM

We are so excited!  The fifth class of the ReFrame Mentorship kicked off in May with a spectacular Opening Convening in Denver and Breckenridge, Colo. Check out the photos, share and tag them here.  ReFrame has seen a lot of growth – from a single program to an organization with multiple strategies. Whether we are working […]

WHAT IS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

By Jen Soriano and Joseph Phelan In our movements and organizations, most of us understand that communications is important. We hold press conferences, send out press releases, prep our members to be spokespeople, and create Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for our organizations. We get it, intuitively, we need to do this work if we […]

ALUMNI DOING #AMAZINGTHINGS

It was the depths of another sticky summer in NYC. Air conditioners buzzed and ice cream trucks called to the children to come and get it. I was on the phone with Jacob Swenson-Lenyel for our weekly mentoring session. He was in Chicago, in the offices of National People’s Action (NPA). We were talking how NPA could break into […]

3 DAYS AND COUNTING

Three days. That is how long you have to get your application in for the 2016 class of the ReFrame Mentorship. Applications close at 11:59 PM on Friday January 29th.  If you want deep investment in communications strategy and skills, and to be a part of an awesome cohort of some of the brightest strategist, organizers, […]

MAGIC BULLET OR SILVER BULLET?

In life, we look for magic bullets when we need something to solve all of the problems. When it comes to communications for social change the magic bullet approach is when we apply a particular tool or tactic to solve all of the problems and challenges we face. This often looks like turning to the […]

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CATS

Last Tuesday at 9 at night I was standing in my living room hitting the forward button on a power point. Three of my friends sat on my couch drinking wine and taking notes. I’d have preferred to be running in the park or making dinner for my sweetie. But instead I was practicing for […]

IN THE END WE PARTY

9/18/2015 – I cannot believe that the first round of the ReFrame Mentorship is coming to a close in less than a month. The last six months have been filled with so much learning about how to support the next generation of social justice communications strategists. Rest assured we will be putting these lessons into […]

REFRAME, WE STAND WITH CHARLESTON

Today, I wrote a message to the private ReFrame Mentorship Facebook group about the racist terrorist attack in Charleston this week. This group is where the mentees, their organizational supervisors, and their mentors, share lessons, ask questions, and support each other in honing the skills of social justice strategic communications. I am sharing and edited […]

CALLING ALL NERDS

The other day Jen Soriano (ReFrame Mentor and program advisor) called me. I could hear the clatter of dishes, a hissing espresso machine, and snippets of other people’s conversations in the background.  We’ve been talking a lot in the last few weeks since we launched the program. Now we are getting ready for the opening retreat next […]

IT’S PERSONAL

My first week at the Miami Workers Center, I was handed a press list and told to get reporters to a press conference the following week.  “How?” I asked.  “Figure it out,” was the response. But I wasn’t left out to dry. I worked closely with a dedicated mentor and manager. She invested time in teaching […]