Wednesday, March 26, 2008

TOUCH FOOTBALL: A New Way to Communicate

(This post was created as a demonstration of live blogging during a workshop on communications.)

Who knew a Nerf football could teach a diverse group of community leaders how to communicate? Well, it did at the New Communities Program's Getting It Done: New Tools for Communities conference.

The conference was held on Wednesday, March 26, with over 800 people from around the country convening to learn from neighborhood leaders in Chicago, as well as from each other. One workshop, entitled "Communicating: Tell Your Story Far and Wide" learned the critical tools of communication and its importance in community organizations.

During the first session of the communications workshop, twelve adventurous volunteers were asked to participate in a potentially embarrassing activity. Thankfully, the volunteers and the audience had fun, each team winning a game.

When Thom Clark, facilitator of the panel asked the group to sum up the point of this activity, one audience member explained that the activity was an opportunity to learn "the communication of direction and interpretation."

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