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Symposium 2017

Cross-Cultural Symposium:
Empower and Educate

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Connecticut Convention Center
Session Resources - see links below sessions listed at bottom of this page
“You don’t have to be a lawyer, but you have to be an involved person. You have to care enough about things to do something about them. It doesn’t have to be politics. It can be your church, your school, your community center; however, you want to be involved. What you cannot do is ignore things.”       
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Serving constituencies that rely on non-profit and government services requires an active and educated public – especially in times of diminishing state and municipal funding.
As a follow-up to our successful 2014 and 2016 symposia on Cross-Cultural Communications, this year’s full-day symposium will examine the ways in which direct service providers, policy makers, nonprofits, corporate partners, government and the media can collaborate to effectively increase civic knowledge, engagement, and educated decision making in underserved communities.
This year’s symposium will address some of the challenges policy makers and providers face when attempting to reach underserved communities. We will examine ways in which we can work together to leverage funding and knowledge to identify, understand and empower those who are most in need.

Faced with fewer resources, it is more important than ever to find innovative ways to educate and empower consumers. We will examine the changing funding landscape, the crucial nuts and bolts of social media, the importance of using metrics to gauge effectiveness and the best use of generated data, the essential skills of telling your story, the challenges and rewards of a new dependence on volunteers, the crucial skills of advocacy, and ways of identifying, educating, and empowering those at highest risk.
Keynote Speaker:
Miles Rapoport is currently a Senior Practice Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in American Democracy. Prior to this appointment, he served 10 years in the Connecticut legislature, was the Secretary of State of Connecticut, President of Common Cause, and Director of the public policy center, Demos.
Rapoport, a longtime organizer and policy advocate, has worked for four decades to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the United States.
His work at Harvard is focused on exploring ways to expand and deepen the connections between scholarship and the field of practice of people and organizations working to defend and improve our public institutions.
Confirmed workshops:
  • How to be Heard When Everyone is Your Competition: The Changing Nature of Funding
  • Yes, You Can Advocate: You Have a Voice, A Mission and a Responsibility
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    Resource 2
  • Volunteers: How to Recruit, Effectively Engage, Retain and Reward
  • Social Media Advocacy for Beginners: A Hands-On Training on Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media to Engage Your Audience and Promote Your Message
  • Ask the Right Questions: Measuring and Expanding Your Impact Using Generated Data
  • How to Identify, Educate and Empower Those at Highest Risk
  • Telling Your Story A: How to Develop, Construct and Deliver Your Agency’s Story
  • Telling Your Story B: How to Reach and Empower Underserved Communities
Check back with us for more details!

Sponsored by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

For more information call Catherine Blinder at 860.713.6021 or