Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FY 2014 spending report, July 28

CFO Jeff DeWitt yesterday released a report of variances between actual agency expenditures and approved spending plans through the second quarter of FY 2014.   The summary and agency list are online.

If you are looking for details beyond those at the agency and Fund Type category, this is not the report for you, at least as far as the operating budget goes.   The list for the capital budget includes, among other things, the project number and name.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ward 6 Community Office Hours on vaca in August

Please note - Councilmember Tommy Wells will not host his regularly scheduled Community Office Hours during the month of August. We will resume our normal schedule in the Fall. Please feel free to contact our office at 202-724-8072 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also contact Pat Joseph at 202-724-8628 or pjoseph@dccouncil.us for any specific concerns. Enjoy your summer and we will see you in the Fall!

What ARE Millenials and how can we engage them?

Not sure who Millenials are, how they think, work, and exist in the broader community?   Wild Apricot's post Key Insights To Help Inspire and Engage Millennials delivers what the title suggests.

Wild Apricot summarizes the work of several organizations researching what moves Millenials, shares links to reports, and identifies the implications from the research.

Since 2010, their four Millennial Impact reports have identified some key insight into this generation of individuals born after 1979. Key trends have included:
  • Millennials engage with causes to help other people, not institutions.
  • Millennials support issues rather than organizations.
  • Millennials prefer to perform smaller actions before fully committing to a cause.
  • Millennials are influenced by the decisions and behaviors of their peers.
  • Millennials treat all their assets (time, money, network, etc.) as having equal value.
  • Millennials need to experience an organization’s work without having to be on site.

As Wild Apricot points out, BLS reports there are 14 million 20- to 24-year-olds and almost 32 million 25- to 34-year-olds employed in the US.   They "are both your current and future members, donors and volunteers."   To effectively engage Millenials, we need to understand who they are and what they respond to.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Help make DC safer; join the CASS board

CASS is looking for great people to join our board of directors! Do you have a passion for social justice and a drive to build a safer DC? Interested in helping to manage a unique community-based organization working to find solutions to one of the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence?

Collective Action for Safe Spaces wants the board to represent all quadrants of the city represented, and especially those east of the river.

Learn more about joining the CASS board by reading Join CASS’s Board of Directors!   And here's the board app.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Are you a DC Free Summer Meals Program hero?

Are you a hero to the kids in your program, your neighbors, family members?   It doesn't take a lot.   All you have to do is share information about DC Free Summer Meals Program (meals served Monday - Saturday).   The flyer is available in PDF and JPEG, both below.

One City Youth is encouraging DC Free Summer Meals Program heroes to email their outreach efforts so they can be documented them and heroes recognized!

DCFSMP Saturday Flyer

DC Council looking to hire an attorney

DC Council GC David Zvenyach has announced he is hiring an Assistant General Counsel to start in the fall.   Highlights of the duties are below.   The position is open until filled.   PD and application are online.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TA: The value of visual

I've blogged a bit about the value and importance of visual content:   TA: Visual content improves social media traction, drives sharing and TA: 5 simple tips for visual branding on social media.

The Buffer post 9 Informative Infographics To Guide Your Visual Content Marketing presents, you guessed it, nine arguments in support of using visuals.   A number of the arguments for using visuals are grounded in research about how people learn and retain information, the ways they engage with what they see.   I'm most interested in how people process information and how the information can be used to convey information to various audiences.

Free lunch on Saturdays for those 18 and younger

Last week, Mayor Vince Gray announced the terrific news that some libraries and rec centers will be serving children and youth 18 and younger lunch on Saturdays through the DC Free Summer Meals Program.

Find the most convenient location for Saturday or Monday-Friday meals by using the searchable map on onecityyouth.dc.gov, by calling 211, or by referring to the Saturday lunch list, below.

Got community organizing skills? This may be the job for you.

ONE DC is looking to hire a full-time organizer to start in the fall.   The successful candidate will have demonstrated organizing experience and will be responsible for developing an an effective organizing team and organizing strategies to achieve community controlled development, housing policy and income/economic equity outcomes.   More about the position and how to apply online.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TA from @WildApricot: Keeping volunteers coming back

Technology for good, examples from a news outlet

Do you know about the Center for Investigative Reporting?   According to Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed - 7/16/2014 (click here to sign up for the daily email), CIR has secured funding to produce "Reveal," a new podcast supported by data, video, and online interactive tools.
CIR's Lisa Cohen says the nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism outfit will co-produce the show with the Public Radio Exchange, highlighting some of CIR's ongoing investigations, as well as the watchdog journalism of other initiatives, in their one-hour radio show.

Why does this matter to DC, local politics and public policy?   Because the site and the new program show what's possible.

One possibility, for example, is the video game designed to help kids make healthy eating decisions (see the blog post How CIR used a video game to teach kids about healthy eating).   There's no reason why a DC nonprofit could not do a similar thing.

Another example of possibility is described in 7 mass surveillance tools your local police might be using.   What this triggers for me is the idea that we could use technology to document landlord/property problems to make renter challenges more transparent.   Problems could be combined with building permit information and other types of info useful to current or potential renters.

What ideas do you have for using technology for good?