Central to the work of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is building the capacity of members and the community so that together, APACC and communities in the Anacostia River corridor can advance a shared community-driven agenda to improve the quality of live in Wards 7 and 8 and protects and restores natural resources. APACC posts resources and articles which can help you build your personal or organizational capacity. Here's this week's update.
Best Practices in Employment Law: A Four Part Training Series, starting April 9.
Employment law experts from Crowell & Moring will provide an overview of employment laws as they apply to small businesses, including hiring, firing, and performance management; compensation and classification; wage and hour laws; and discrimination. The course is designed for sole proprietors, members of business partnerships, general managers and owners of LLCs, but all are welcome. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, WACIF & DSLBD. There is a $50 charge for the series to cover the cost of materials. Register: http://bit.ly/2HtjXJS. Direct questions to DC Bar’s Darryl Maxwell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The series is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), and the law firm of Crowell & Moring.
(Mis)communicating Science, April 19
An esteemed panel of journalists will talk about the “role of media and news in spreading misinformation about science, which can affect the public’s attitudes and behaviors about topics such as climate change and the environment, health and medicine, and more.” The free event takes place at Johns Hopkins University in DC. Learn more and RSVP: https://www.natcom.org/calendar/miscommunicating-science.
Washington Council of Lawyers and multiple communities of the DC Bar are sponsoring this important and timely panel discussion being held Wednesday, April 11 from Noon to 2:00 pm at the DC Bar (901 4th St NW). Panelists are Reggie Black (Street Sense vendor, advocate), Aja Taylor (Bread for the City), Brook Hill (Washington Lawyers Committee), and Beth Harrison (Legal Aid). The moderator is Amber Harding, attorney at Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Speakers will assess how far D.C. has come toward achieving housing justice in the last 50 years and how much further we need to go. Attendees will learn about efforts to: fight discrimination (including new ways that discrimination shows up), provide a civil right to counsel in eviction cases, improve housing conditions, increase affordability, preserve and increase public housing, and end homelessness. Attendees will also learn specific steps they can take to fight for housing justice.
The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative 19th Annual Business Meeting and Community Conference.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10:00am – 4:00pm at Anacostia Senior High School, 1601 16th Street, SE. As always, this event is free and open to the public.
Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon, April 10
The Poverty and Race Research Action Council is offering two sessions of the ally hackathon (April 10). Attend and learn how to tell visual data stories to inspire policy change and mobilize information at the grassroots level. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will explore and apply principles of conscious and responsible design to a real world infographic project. Topics covered are as follows: icon drafting, infographic composition, power dynamics in design, data framing, asset vs. deficit mapping, access to information, and grassroots design strategies. Learn how to map out infographic solutions for reaching and activating policy makers, people with resources, low-opportunity communities, and more. Participants will leave with an actionable list of design strategies, and with experience creating an infographic for a local nonprofit or community group. Free.
Tools and Resources
PNG, GIF, or JPEG? Which is the Best Image Format for Email?. This. Explains. So. Much. (Litmus)
Biteable's Best Explainer Videos offers real-life examples, easy-to-understand advice, and step-by-step instructions for making a killer video explaining your organization or an issue you are working on.
If you or someone in your organization is responsible for printed or electronic images and you are not a professional designer, this may be of interest: Why Every Marketer in 2018 Needs to Be a (Part-Time) Designer: 52 Design Terms and Tips to Level-Up. (Buffer)
The Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women includes the topics developing your skill set, getting a mentor, and establishing a network. (Donor Perfect)
Making Meetings Matter lays out what meeting leaders and attendees should do. Quite the lists. (AEA365)
Nonprofit Budgeting: Making Money Go Further (Nonprofit Hub)
The best of the webinars April 3-15 on Wild Apricot's 39 Free Nonprofit Webinars for April 2018: Introduction to Project Budgets (April 4), How to Read and Understand Financial Statements (April 5), and Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (April 12).
The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind (Nautilus)
The Tyranny of Convenience by Tim Wu, recommended by Adam Grant. (New York Times)
People Don't Actually Know Themselves Very Well by Adam Grant. (The Atlantic)
Take a few minutes to read The Gondola Maker and watch the video, which is just beautiful. (Hakai Magazine)