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By Ed Nicholson
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that it’s pretty much a lovefest for the hunger community. That’s because I love you. You do God’s work, and the world would be a much worse place without you.
But I have to tell you, as well as you feed people, some of you are just not very good communicators. A year ago, I asked the question, "Where is the online discussion of hunger?" Deafening silence.
I asked it again yesterday. Not much debate there, because frankly, there’s just not a lot of online discussion.
Come on people. We’re in The Age of Conversation. Exciting new communication tools. Two-way dialogue with your stakeholders. More golden opportunities for community building than ever in history.
Yet the overwhelming majority of the communication I receive from some hunger organizations is, "Please send us another ten dollars. It will help feed twenty hungry kids." I know this. So do the tens of thousands of your other supporters. It sounds eerily like a 1980’s Sally Struthers TV spot.
Are we not important enough for a meaningful conversation from you? Because if we’re not, I’m going to tell you something that will be hard for you to hear: You’re going to lose us. Someone else will come and take your place. Someone who will engage. Someone who will listen, and not simply push their own messages out. Someone who will make us feel as though our voices are as important as yours.
What do you think about that?