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Power, Privilege, & Responsibility: Communications to Bridge Divides

That’s the voice of Nimra Haroon, senior strategist at Mission Partners and a partner in the production of the Mission Forward podcast. Nimra brings a set of foundational insights that help us to set up the key themes we’ll be talking about this season. She’ll be back with us at the end of the season to reflect on what we learned. 

Here’s what we’re looking forward to exploring this season: 

  1. Themes like the role of power in communications…the role of the storyteller, and the main character in how we interpret and understand the world around us. 
  2. Themes like the role of communication to close gaps, across digital divides and the need to explore some of the ways we communicate by default through an ableist lens. What would happen if in every communication we developed, we asked ‘how accessible is my message?’ This season, we’ll take that on. 
  3. We’ll explore themes like communications as a tool to advance social justice, and how inherently the more inclusive a message, the more socially just it is. 
  4. And we’ll touch on the importance of specificity in our words and messages, and that a lack of communication, especially in heightened moments, is still communication. 

There is so much good conversation ahead, and it’s clear in this first episode that we’re just getting started. Join us next week as we sit down with Ashton Lattimore, editor in chief of Prism, an independent, nonprofit news outlet led by journalists of color who together are challenging the way we get our news and the perspectives in which it’s told. 

  • (00:00) – Welcome to Mission Forward
This season, we are taking you on a journey to meet ten people influencing and shaping how we communicate at scale for social change. From advertising executives to coalition directors, news editors, campaign managers, and authors, they’re all people who are shaping and challenging the deep power of communication. If you’re working to become a more inclusive and thoughtful communicator, there’s nothing holding you back—except you.
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