It has been a difficult week of news, full of heartbreaking stories and images. It is hard to process so many families, communities, and even nations in crisis. As always, I find hope in the determination and responsiveness of our nonprofit community. Thank you. You make a difference, and I’m grateful.
In paper news, wood pulp demand continues to outpace supply. Earlier this month, I wrote about how this drives up the cost of paper. It also impacts the availability of recycled options, especially 100% and 30% post-consumer-waste stock. Sheridan, the book, journal, magazine, and catalog publisher, has written a helpful post on why we are experiencing scarcity right now. Your Avalon teams will continue to manage this through long-term planning, tactical flexibility, and proactive communications with production partners.
Starting next week, our staff will begin to use an app called Envoy to coordinate usage of our headquarters office in DC. Envoy allows our team to reserve specific desks and see who else is planning to work in-person on a given day. It will also track the number of people using the office, to help us ensure we’re keeping everyone safe. I wanted to share it with you in case your organization needs a similar solution. It’s pretty neat.
As summer winds down, I hope that you are already planning your next vacations. Have you heard of the Dutch word voorpret, which means “joy and pleasure ahead and in anticipation of the actual fun event”? It reminds me how important it is to have something to look forward to. If you need more convincing to take time off, consider this viral post from a woman who was “banned” from work due to burnout. (It has a happy ending.)
For more fresh air, August 25 is the National Park Service’s 105th birthday—and one of their six fee-free days in 2021. Avalon client the National Parks Conservation Association will help you find a great park to visit.
Finally, if you’d rather stay in, the Avalon staff has film suggestions. Senior VP Margot O’Leary shared this collection of “38 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life.” Marketing VP Barb Perell gave a good review to Netflix doc Misha and the Wolves, a harrowing and surprising Holocaust memoir. And next up for Avalon’s Thinking Creatively film club is Helvetica, which explores the power of typography and graphic design. Bring on the popcorn!