Remember where you came from…

If you are starting a Monterey Institute program blog of any kind, we strongly recommend that you let us host that blog within our miis blogging community.
If you need any help with your blog please contact Rebecca Walters at the Digital Learning Commons.
We also recommend that you think about including our logo or at least the name of the Institute on the homepage.

Email etiquette

Just a quick reminder to send out group emails/mass-mailings by mailing the message to yourself and then putting the distribution list in the blind-copy section (bcc).  This way you are not giving out lists of email addresses to all of the recipients or divulging any information about the other people receiving your mail.

We have posted general Monterey Institute email policies and guidelines for mass-mailing on this blog under the Guides section.

I stream, you stream, we now formally Livestream

Live-streaming events and talks to the benefit of the wider world has become increasingly popular across campus.  It is relatively simple to set up basic live streaming and a great way to reach people who, for any reason, are not able to physically attend.

Monterey Institute events can now be streamed live from our official MIIS channel – that is where we streamed the Reza Aslan talk on November 4, 2010 and that is where people who are not able to attend the Fisher Forum on the 14th can go to see and hear the amazing panelists that will be talking about international, innovation and industry.  Other events are scheduled and the possibilities are just about limitless.

One of the great things about having a channel on is that it allows us to keep the same url from event to event so that we could potentially gain a real following – but that of course is dependent on content more than technology.  This is a free channel and we do not intend to upgrade any time soon – but the downside is that viewers will be subject to very limited commercials during the broadcast.  The events are recorded for later viewing but if you intend to create a video or use footage from an event in a video, keep in mind that you will also need to make other arrangements for recording.

If you have an event and are thinking about live streaming, please contact Eva –,  for set-up tips and guidelines.

Constant Contact

Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana Welcome President Obama - From NPR

Modern life and better communication.  Dinasaurs like myself remember having experiences in places far away from home without any expectations of communicating with the homebase regularly.  The whole year that I spent in Honduras I talked to my mom about 6 times on the phone – but conversations via snail mail were long and frequent funnily enough.  Living on an island and Greece and communicating with the family only a few times when the local grocer was open and kind enough to shout my name out if someone called.  Going on Interrail and having adventures without anyone at home follow our route or adventures.  These are just a few examples of life and travels without the expectation of being constantly available or at least updating regularly back home.  I thought about this in the summer when my 20 year old brother spent a month or two backpacking around Europe and my dad worried about not hearing from him for a few days.  I think about this often when I get slightly annoyed about not reaching someone because my own expecations have changed – I have grown accustomed to being connected.

It is of course still possible to go out and have an experience far removed from your home, family or friends but the strange thing is that the more we become used to being able to follow our loved ones through modern technology the more fearful we become when we lose that contact, even if only for a short time.

That is food for thought – food that NPR just decided to taste in a recent story called Texting, Skype Alter Peace Corp Experience. Very interesting for all prospective, current and former Peace Corp volunteers – and for that matter anyone who has ever tried to venture out into the world and experience life in another culture.


The MIIS Communications blog is taking shape!

A smart man once said that only when we are lost can we begin to understand ourselves.

While we were not exactly totally lost – a la Kramer vs Kramer or Elizabeth Gilbert – the MIIS communications blog has been going through some minimal soul searching, resulting in a clarified purpose for being.  The goal is to make MIIS communication a valuable resource for the MIIS community on all things related to inside or outside communication.

Here we will either host or link to many of the most used resources such as the MIIS logos, PPT templates, a variety of images as well as  style guides and monthly press clippings.  And – anything else we – or you – might think of.

A Day in the Life – You?

Why not? When you really think about it – couldn’t your life be interesting and exotic?  You live it every day and don’t usually have a reason to wonder what other people might find unusual, fun, strange or even funny.  Why not participate in the world wide experiment of filming your day – the whole 24 hours on July 24, 2010 and submitting in to the YouTube Life in a Day competition

If the proper studyof mankind is man, then there could hardly be a better place to start than with yourself – or what?

What is this?

Photo by Lucy Jodlowska

Welcome to the MIIS communication blog!

– A miscommunication free zone.

Storytellers are invited to share and enjoy news about their fellow students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as events and happenings.

Basically anything interesting related to the Monterey Institute community has a place here.

This is the place to get your fix of community stories.