Jesweb meeting not only for geeks

Thirty European Jesuit webmasters met together in Portugal with guests from the Asia Pacific Conference, Australia, USA and Africa. We participated on behalf of Jesuit Networking, sharing our work through our communication channels and its impact on networking for the Mission.

It was not a geek-only party as we talked about “interdisciplinary” issues as well. We shared about branding in our provinces. (It’s not only about logos and colors. It’s about style and quality also.) We heard about communication challenges for different spiritual proposals based on a Portuguese experience. (From the Portuguese version of the renewed Pray as you go, called Passo a Rezar, to theApostleship of Prayer.) We rejoiced over cooperation in our provinces and in international fields. (Did you know that jesuitnetworking is a style not an institution only?) And we had non-Jesuit guest who gave us some indication of how our work is seen from the “outside”.

This was the first Jesweb meeting where we could participate in different workshops. We learnt how to use YouTube for Ignatian spirituality (http://seeingmore.org), how to create innovative digital content formats (http://www.startdestilte.be) or how to promote vocations through an institutional website. And so on.

During the rest of the time, anybody could present about novelties. So we heard about http://thejesuitpost.orghttp://spex.loyolapress.comhttp://institutumsj.net, http://shenshengkongjian.org and many other interesting initiatives.

For more details please feel free to ask your webmaster!

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Reaching out to “Unlikely Partners”

One of the first “viral videos” I can remember, the Story of Stuff, launched by Annie Leonard in 2007 is still going strong with several follow up explainer videos about the problems created by our consumer culture.  This first video, which helped to explain where our stuff comes from and what happens to it when we throw it away, has led to a bestselling book and a successful nonprofit.

Annie Leonard, the clever and creative founder, was recently named executive director of Greenpeace USA and in a recent interview talked about how she would like to help this organization be “more skillful and experimental” in how they communicate. While staying true to the facts and data, she explains that it is important to inspire people by using language that is familiar and accessible, articulating a vision for how things can be better.

At Jesuit Networking, we really liked what Annie had to say about communication and networking across sectors, and we’ll leave you with some of her insight as to why we have to break down barriers and reach out to “unlikely partners” to build a stronger movement for change:

“One big priority is building connections between other organizations not only in the progressive moment, but also beyond it — with organizations whose success is intertwined with our own. The more we look systemically at the problem, we see that issues from economic inequity, to women’s rights, to civil rights, to environmental justice are so interconnected. I think that for many years we’ve obstructed the progress of our collective movement by seeing these issues as different from each other. So I’d like to reach out to what I call “unlikely partners,” to figure out how we can help each other, because it’s just increasingly clear to me that we are all going to succeed or fail together. And if we can work together, we will have a smarter and a stronger overall movement.”