Communications for the Social Good
Pardon Our Dust
You caught us in media res, I’m afraid. We’ll shortly be right as rain. Until then, if you’d like something written, please contact Benjamin Chambers at darnwrite[@]comcast.net or at 503-709-1917.
When You Need it Done Right
Come to Darn Write! for to support your mission.
How I Can Help
Whether you’re a nonprofit or a government agency, let me help you ensure your communications efforts serve your goals — and your mission.
Writing & Editing
A fluent writer and gifted editor, I’m adept at synthesizing complex information into all formats for clients, from tweets to reports thick enough to stun an ox — should you need that sort of thing.
Coaching & Facilitation
Whether your staff needs communications coaching or your project needs cross-disciplinary facilitation, I can help.
“Benjamin came through for us in a crunch. His appreciation of the nuances of our work enabled him to deliver a project with minimal guidance, on a tight timeline. His expertise was invaluable!”Julie Sweetland, Ph.D. Vice President for Strategy and Innovation, FrameWorks Institute
“Benjamin is a gem. He exhibits the rare combination of clarity, desired tone, deadline-adherence, creativity, professionalism — and a sense of humor. Benjamin produces excellent work time and time again and is simply a joy to work with. I would hire him again in a heartbeat!”Rachel Hassinger, Online Communications Manager, Boston University School of Public Health
I’ve Done Work for …
Because Kids are Different
Co-authored this policy blueprint on youth in the justice system with Annie Balck for the MacArthur Foundation’s 2014 Models for Change conference.
A Segmented Analysis of High School
Students in the Portland Public Schools
Drafted 2013 report analyzing data on cohorts of high school students to recommend changes to improve student success rates in the district.
Plan to Address Racial Profiling
Working closely with then-Chief Rosie Sizer, I drafted the Bureau’s plan to address racial profiling.
Framing Social Issues
Writing, editing, technical assistance, and consultation for the FrameWorks Institute on the communications aspects of social issues.
Talking Points: Youth Who Commit Serious Offenses
Talking points and opposition messaging for members of national network of state-based advocates working to reform the juvenile justice system. (Available upon request.)
Investing in Reclaiming Futures: a Guide for Public Agencies, Policymakers, and Foundations
I drafted this four-color publication to make the business case for funding the initiative — a large, multi-site project to improve alcohol and drug treatment for youth in the justice system.
I help project managers and nonprofits achieve their mission. I help them target the right audience and produce clear and persuasive materials. I’m based in Portland, Oregon and work nationally.