OakX: Authentic Engagement
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
In the age of social media and smart phones, what is authentic engagement? Do our online conversations reflect our communities? And how do you choose the right engagement tool for the job?
Join OakX’s panelists for a conversation on community engagement and the value of the individual in the age of new media.
Dan Cohen / Principal, Full Court Press
Aeeshah Clottey / Co-Founder & Director of Special Projects, The Attitudinal Healing Connection
Joel Pool / Founder, The Port Workspaces
Nathan Stalnaker / Local Organizer
Wednesday, October 9th
Doors open at 12pm. Program from 12:30 - 1:30
Tickets $5 includes lunch
Pay in advance or at the door
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Dan Cohen is a veteran public relations, political communications and media strategist. He applied his belief in brand-building public relations to all of the General Mills Brands including Wheaties, Cheerios, Box Tops for Education & Betty Crocker. His work at General Mills in the mid-1990′s was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being on the forefront of leveraging brands to greater PR success. Dan currently guides FCP’s efforts to assist its clients as they seek solutions as diverse as universal children’s health insurance coverage to finding new ways to discuss and engage communities on difficult issues such as immigration and environmental reform. Dan has also led FCP’s efforts to develop curricula that empowers individuals and organizations to maximize their use of social media as a do-it-yourself platform for echoing key messaging and creating new connections to target audiences. He has trained executive leaders and grassroots activists across the West. Dan has been a political consultant for initiatives and Democratic candidates for offices from mayor to Congress. He was named by the East Bay Business Journal as one of its “40 under 40.” Dan is a licensed attorney but chooses to practice strategic communications … his passion.
Joel Pool is cofounder of The Port Workspaces, and managing partner of The Oakland America Company, a redeveloper of underutilized historic buildings. The Port is a community of artists, entrepreneurs and professionals, based in two restored historic buildings on Oakland's Jack London Square waterfront. Joel was drawn to this work by memories of bootstrapping startups from kitchen tables, a love of classic American architecture, and a belief that walkable cities are the key to sustainability. Joel previously operated an equities hedge fund in New York City, where he also represented the founders of three media / communications firms in the sales of their companies. Earlier, Joel founded Core Communications Corp. (acquired by Swisscom AG), an early provider of public WiFi services in convention centers and hotels; founded and sold satellite uplink provider Telesys Communications Corp.; and cofounded GuesTV Inc., a nationwide hotel TV guide network. Joel served as a speechwriter to Rep. John Porter (IL) while earning BA and MA degrees in economics from Boston University. An incurable trivia nerd, Joel was recently a six-time Jeopardy! champion, appearing on Jeopardy!'s 2013 Tournament of Champions.
Aeeshah Clottey is an author, community activist and co-founder of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., (AHC), a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating violence and fear by supporting creative and educational programs that transform the spirit and build peaceful and loving communities for all humanity. Aeeshah has thirty years of work experience in the field of mental health and residential treatment, and twenty-five years of training in Attitudinal Healing circles. Attitudinal Healing is a non-traditional mental health process that promotes the belief that health is inner peace and healing is letting go of fear. Aeeshah is a motivational speaker and community engagement activist and is internationally recognized for her work in healing racism. Aeeshah currently facilitates a 12 week neighborhood leadership institute course in partnership with the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) for low income individuals grounded in personal growth, civic engagement, service learning, mentoring and restorative justice. In addition, she spearheads the Neighborhood Orientation Workshops (NOW) & the West Oakland Parent Action Network (WOPAN), both are designed to uplift low-income families through the practical application of community building skills, service learning, civic engagement, learning how policy impact their lives, engaging in the academic lives of their children and how to access resources in the City of Oakland. The goal is to encourage and lift up the base so that we can create positive neighborhoods through collective impact.
When & Where
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What is OakX? OakX is a platform. Our vision is a safe space to think about important and complex issues. We plan to bring together local thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs to present ideas and practices for innovation in the civic realm. During this time of great disruption, OakX is about discovering what is emerging.
OakX, a volunteer effort, will organize a short series of non-partisan, civic events. We invite all interested people to come to OakX and hear something new or interesting. Please sign up for our email list using the link above.
Who is OakX? OakX was created by Ratna Amin (@ratnaamin), an urban planning consultant who has held several policy, political and planning roles in Oakland. OakX exists with the support of many visionary people: Katherine Bell, Kiran Jain, Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council, Dan Cohen and Edit Ruano/Full Court Press, Susan Mernit/Oakland Local, Debbie Acosta/2.Oak, Eleanor Hollander/Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Ahmad Mansur/Urban Economy Institute, Jeremy Liu/Creative Ecology, Tomiquia Moss, Susan Worthman, Catherine Lim, Tim Aldinger, Elinor Buchen, Jonathan Bair, Echa Scneider, Navarre Joseph, and many other civic leaders.
A special thanks to Neil Planchon, Nathan Stalnaker and Larry Bragg.
Katherine Bell is OakX's rock star coordinator and communicator.