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Dec 23, 2019

We can't do it alone.

We can’t do it alone.  

In order to make feedback the norm in aid, philanthropy, non-profits and government, we need a critical mass of practitioners to embrace feedback. We need champions from every sector to advocate for listening, and prioritize beneficiary voice. These practitioners shouldn’t be held back from feedback for financial reasons. And that’s why we are so grateful for your support. Your donation on GlobalGiving has helped feedback practitioners participate in feedback events for a reduced cost.

This October, we were able to support seven practitioners to attend Feedback+New York. They contributed to lively conversations, participated in interactive workshops, and made meaningful connections. Read some of their thoughtful reflections on their experience:

Let’s keep the momentum going! This coming February, we will be supporting ten practitioners to attend Feedback+San Juan. They will dive into conversations about shifting power dynamics, reimaging identity, and  listening in new ways alongside local and global feedback superstars from aid, philanthropy, non-profits, and government. Support an up-and-coming community of practitioners when you donate today.

If you are a feedback practitioner or you know a feedback practitioner who might benefit from a scholarship to Feedback+San Juan, there are still four scholarships left - apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and receive a response by January 10th.

As always, thank you for supporting this community and helping to make feedback the norm.

Best wishes,

Meg VanDeusen and the Feedback Labs Team


Nov 13, 2019

Taking the Crash Course worldwide!

Dear Supporter,

Disaster recovery is a collaborative process. By building feedback loops with communities, disaster relief organizations can ensure that their work reflects the real needs and desires of people who are most impacted.

We believe that change starts small. By training individual feedback champions and helping them spread their feedback practice far and wide, we believe we can create a shift in the status quo.

That is why we are so excited to share our feedback training for disaster relief leaders! 

Earlier this year, we delivered our first ever Crash Course outside of DC, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was a powerful gathering that brought together front-line staff who learned how to better engage with the people they are serving, shared their own experiences in using feedback, and built a strong community of practice. In September, we hosted another Crash Course in New York City, USA, where we reached an audience of local practitioners who want to improve listening practices in New York. We are thrilled to announce that in January 2020 we will be taking the Feedback Crash Course to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Thank you for your support as we spread the word about feedback and make the Crash Course accessible worldwide. Your support will allow Feedback Labs to enter more spaces and reach more people who display energy and passion for ensuring that people are the heroes of their own stories!

With gratitude,

Meg + the Feedback Labs Team

Sep 17, 2019

Listening to our Community: Introducing Feedback+

Dear Supporter,

Planning is in full swing as Feedback+New York is rapidly approaching! Feedback+ is our response to feedback from past Summit attendees who asked us to bring in more diverse voices, and bring our events to where feedback action is taking place. Our first stop? New York City. Thanks to your support, it is shaping up to be an event where conversations are with people, not about them, and frontline staff are driving our agenda. Here is what else we have been working on:

1. Scholarships for Feedback+ New York. We want to make sure as many voices are represented at the event, which is why we are awarding partial and full scholarships to Feedback+New York! So far we have awarded two scholarships and are still reviewing incoming applications.

2. Feedback Crash Course in NYC. We are also hosting a Feedback Crash Course in New York, bringing tools and training to local organizations who can then improve and implement feedback practices in their own work! These individuals and organizations are already doing great work and we look forward to hearing how they can take their impact even further by better listening to their constituents!

And in case you missed it:

3. Upcoming equity blog series. Equity and dignity are at the center of feedback. In an upcoming blog series, we will explore the intersections of power, voice and respect and how these factors come into play when building feedback loops. In order to best reflect the feedback community, we are seeking authors from across the sector who can offer unique perspectives.

We are grateful for your support and excited to continue working towards a more equitable feedback field. Feedback is a growing movement, and you are an integral part of its success!

With gratitude,

The Feedback Labs Team


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