Announcing Christopher’s Departure

Posted August 3, 2015 by Alix Dunn

It is with sadness that we announce that Christopher will be leaving the engine room at the end of this year. We wanted to share how grateful we are for his contributions to building and growing the engine room into what it is today. It’s been an amazing run. We want to thank Christopher for all of the late nights, the early morning airport transfers, the bold ideas for bootstrapping the engine room, and the selfless commitment to building something from nothing. Since 2011, Christopher has led the engine room’s research activities, developed the responsible data program from an ambitious idea into a community of practice, supported our seemingly overnight expansion, and did all of the other million little things it takes to successfully co-found and run an organization with grace under pressure.

Through the transition, and beyond, I will lead the organization as its executive director. Over the next few months, Christopher will be working with me to wrap up and hand over projects, and his last day with the organization will be in December. We’re excited to continue the growth and impact of the engine room and look forward to this new chapter. We have no doubt that Christopher’s work to date will help shape what is yet to come, and we wish him the best in his future projects.

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What’s in a name? (most likely a “lab” or a “hub”…)

Posted July 10, 2015 by Zara Rahman
"What's in a name?"

“What’s in a name?” (Credit: Jack Dorsey)

Project names matter. They give the very first impression to newcomers, and give an indication of what or how a topic will be approached. As part of my work over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for inspiration for naming a couple of new projects, and I’ve noticed a couple of trends.

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Creating a communications plan? Gather your flock

Posted June 2, 2015 by Kristin Antin
cunning planning

cunning planning (Credit: benefit of hindsight)

All advocacy organizations do communications work. Whether you are fundraising, mobilizing supporters to take action, raising awareness, or educating your representatives – communications plays a substantial role in these efforts. For all organizations, particularly small ones with limited resources, it’s really important to focus your communications efforts on what makes the most impact to help your organization reach its objectives. The best shot you have at achieving impact is to make a plan.

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