When Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Simulation on Rapid Response Communication

When Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Simulation on Rapid Response Communication

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Communications

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 18 11:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 18 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Crisis communications is usually viewed as responding to negative events, but the same principles apply to situations you can leverage to advance your cause. Progressive advocates and candidates can expect that they will have unexpected opportunities to engage in the public conversation and change how people approach their issues. We’ll guide participants through an hour-by-hour crisis of opportunity simulation. Participants will walk through every action they would take in response to the developing story and how they can shape the media narrative.


Firdaus Arastu

Firdaus Arastu

Firdaus is a communications strategist shifting the media narratives of communities impacted by Islamophobia in America, with a focus on building the skills of Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian advocates, community leaders, artists, and creatives. She is an experienced and engaging trainer with more than 8 years of experience designing and leading trainings to hundreds of people in the US and across the world. She brings her first-hand experience providing crisis communications support during some of the highest Islamophobic sentiment in recent history. This is her fifth year presenting at Netroots Nation.

Lenai Johnson


Lenai Johnson is a Communications Associate with ReThink Media’s Peace and Security Collaborative working on issues of nuclear justice and voiceshare in foreign affairs. She brings her background in gender justice, collective liberation, international peacebuilding, advocacy, and coalition building, along with over 5 years of training experience.

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