DCP: Symposium 2017

Cross-Cultural Symposium:
Empower and Educate


Thursday, June 29th, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Connecticut Convention Center
“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 Rapaport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard Kennedy School
Confirmed workshops:
  • How to Be Seen and Heard When Everyone is Your Competition: Avoid Mission Creep, Find Your Story and Develop Metrics – Examining the Changing Funding Landscape
  • Yes, You Can Advocate: You Have a Voice, a Mission, and a Responsibility
  • Volunteers: Recruiting, Effectively Using and Rewarding Your Unpaid Co-workers
  • Social Media for Beginners: A Hands-On Training on Using Facebook, Twitter, & other Social Networks to Engage your Audience and Promote your Message
  • Measure Your Impact, Moving Beyond Assumptions: Making the Best Use of Data to Move Your Mission Forward
  • There is no Pride in Being the Best Kept Secret: Learn The Power of Effectively Telling Your Story
  • How to Identify, Educate and Empower Those at Greatest Risk: Reaching Out Effectively to 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 catherine.blinder@ct.gov

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