Growing Bigger, Staying Collaborative - 5 Tools for Building Non-Bureaucratic Organizations

Museum 2.0

One of my organization's core values is radical collaboration. But radical collaboration with our community only works if we also collaborate internally as a team. We all collaborated to develop programs, strategies, and community partnerships.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The session is designed to answer three questions: Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what are the best practices to avoid it? What is Collaborative Overload? There are ways of working that can reduce collaborative overload.

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Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

By centering your work around constituents, you not only enable the type of supporter-driven frameworks required by today’s standards, but also structure yourself for success. Year after year, professionals in the sector keep coming back to that dreaded word, “silos.”

The Art of Gathering: A Fabulous Book to Help You Host Better Meetings and Events

Museum 2.0

I had lots of creative formats for drawing people out, sharing stories, and working collaboratively. Priya Parker's wonderful book The Art of Gathering shares the core principles of how to drive. I remember the first staff meeting I ever ran.

Engagement Strategies to Turn Nonprofit Board Members into Ambassadors for Your Cause

Connection Cafe

Plan for the meeting to last around 30 minutes and include a review of the organization’s history, mission, and board structure/requirements on the agenda. Committing to this type of recruitment process will ensure a successful collaboration between new members, existing members, and staff.

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Is Wikipedia Loves Art Getting "Better"?

Museum 2.0

But next month, Britain Loves Wikipedia will commence--the third instance of a strange and fascinating collaborative project between museums and the Wikipedia community (Wikimedians). Wikipedia Loves Art, Take One The first version of Wikipedia Loves Art first took place in February 2009.

The Art of Tech: Zero1 Festival App to Capture the Crowd

Tech Soup Blog

Nonprofit arts organization Zero1 needed a way to help people make sense of its biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley, scheduled for September 2012. As recently noted by Frank Barry of Blackbaud, technology plays a key role as the art and culture sector engages its audience.

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June Holley and The Art of Being Rhizomatic (The Practice of Network Weaving)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She talked about the importance of online collaboration and project management tools as a way to support those self-organized actions. (My They think about the network structure, evaluation, communication, training, opportunities, and reflection. Meeting June Holley for the first time!

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Guest Post by Nora Grant: Lessons from A Year of Pop Up Museums

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This post was written by my colleague Nora Grant, Community Programs Coordinator at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Our primary goal for pop up museums is to bring people together in conversation through stories, art, history, and objects.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration / Cancún Yucatán, (Int.) National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project / Austin, TX / $575.

Year Five as a Museum Director: Good to Grow

Museum 2.0

Five years ago, I left the consulting world to take the helm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) at a time of crisis and change. Abbott Square will include free outdoor public seating, a public food market, and several areas for free art and cultural activities.

Learning to Love the Re-Org: How We Executed a Staff Restructuring

Museum 2.0

In the first rectangle, I sketched out one version of how our organization could be structured. After an hour, I had 12 different versions of our staff structure, each in its own little box. But I resisted structure. And so we stayed egalitarian and collaborative.

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Large Scale Art Event in Second Life on Feb. 11-13th - Call for Entries

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In cooperation with Amoration AMO Studios, NMC Campus is hosting a large scale art event February 11-13, 2007. Here's the email announcement from Alan Levine: The NMConnect Visual Symposium will be the largest collaborative art event ever created in Second Life! Structures of artistic expression in every medium will be linked and combined to tell new stories on how we bond within our shared new worlds.

Year Three as a Museum Director. Thrived.

Museum 2.0

I''ve now been the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for three years. We talk a lot at our museum about empowering our visitors, collaborators, interns, and staff by making space for them to shine. institutional change Museum of Art and History

Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

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After a broad survey, Rick’s team defined three broad categories of public participation in scientific research: contribution, collaboration, and co-creation. Wiki users are often collaborators. Contribution, collaboration, co-creation, hosted. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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Building Community: Who / How / Why

Museum 2.0

These are the slides and notes for the talk I gave at the American Alliance of Museums conference on Monday, April 27 about the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. When I became the director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History four years ago, I took this work with me. We invited community members in, to be active contributors, collaborators, and co-creators in our museum space. At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, our community starts with geography.

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A Community-Driven Approach to Program Design

Museum 2.0

At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH), we've started experimenting with a "community first" approach to program development. There are many amazing community representatives from business, arts, education, and social services who connect us to powerful ideas and partners.

Summer Internships at the MAH: Come Do Something Exciting

Museum 2.0

We've gotten a little more organized at The Museum of Art & History , and we've now released opportunities for summer internships. Our internships have generally gotten more structured. Museum of Art and History professional development

Guest Post by Jeff Gates: Confessions of a Long Tail Visionary

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Chris Anderson’s The Long Tail Note from Beth: In 1993, I worked as the "network weaver" for an online network for individual artists called "Arts Wire" where I facilitated online conversations, provided technology support and training. Collaborator.

Traveling Couches and other Emergent Surprises Courtesy of an Open Platform

Museum 2.0

We actively seek participation and develop structured opportunities for visitors to collaborate with us. Riding the art couch through downtown Santa Cruz with two visitors and a dog while blasting the Jackson 5 was one of the highlights of my year.

Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity

Museum 2.0

Stacey has been collaborating with local artists to produce a series of content-rich events that invite visitors to participate in a range of hands-on activities. This past Friday, we experimented with a new feedback format at an evening event focused on poetry and book arts.

Dreaming of Perpetual Beta: Making Museums More Incremental

Museum 2.0

We experimented with everything--hours, front desk staffing structure, community programs. and we've tried to internalize a mindset of perpetual beta and modular support for community collaboration. Museum of Art and History web2.0

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Spring Internship Opportunities - and Thoughts about Internships

Museum 2.0

At our museum, we don't provide a lot of structured mentorship for interns. At this time, we're not ready to offer people highly structured internships. Museum of Art and History

The Benefits of Nonprofit Coworking

NonProfit Hub

Collaboration. Nonprofit Hub runs a coworking space (or a “collaboration center,” as we like to call it), and we’re constantly surprised by some of the relationships formed between our members. A lot of coworking spaces around the nation offer structured programming for their members.

Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

One of the participants was Ericha Hager, the Regional Collaborative Coordinator for Community Media Access Partnership. My project this year is to create a collaborative among seven different community media centers (CMCs) in the greater bay area.

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Latest Association & Nonprofit Jobs – April 12


Our team members are passionate about growth, innovation and collaboration. The Atlas is where the arts, culture and connection happen on H Street. Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board !

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Rethinking Community Advisory Boards: the Story of C3

Museum 2.0

So here''s the story of how we are trying to take another approach at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, through a group called C3. Our work would become more relevant, our collaborations more timely, our network more diverse.

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Guest Post: Restoration Artwork

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This past July, artist Guillermo Gómez proposed to restore a piece of art. In 2003, collaborator Stephanie Sherman and I “re-discovered,” the former store, declared nothing for sale, and began inviting artists to create works using the set, or collection of objects.

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10 Things to Know When Moving To A More ?Capable Software Platform


Most importantly, you are looking for a system architecture that allows some partners to work completely privately, some collaboratively, and some fully integrated--and these options need to be concurrently deployable. While technology is its own science, the art and craft of successful implementation often depends on expert facilitation and guidance. We have helped move millions of records from one software solution to another.


Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology NPTECH Punk June 19, 2008 Beth, of course, suggested this , and I’m jumping on her bandwagon. But in the nonprofit realm, my perspective on helping nonprofit organizations with technology issues has a lot to do with client empowerment, learning based on what’s needed at the moment, and active collaboration.

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On de Cagna’s “Architecture of Participation”


He describes the definition of "architecture of participation" as “the collaborative design of pathways for meaningful engagement in and substantive contribution to the association’s work”, and goes on to suggest six design principles for association professionals to follow in order to be able to experiment with creating these pathways. I can't believe I didn't notice this interesting post until now. In it, Jeff de Cagna writes about the architecture of participation.

Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

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These organizations, which together pay $670 billion in wages and benefits annually, create America’s education, culture, art, religion, science, and provide many of the social services upon which our communities depend. Some of these groups are beginning to explore a collaboration.).

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Sustaining Innovation Book Discussion Part 1: What Does it Take Innovate Naturally and Frequently?

Museum 2.0

Of the 26, two are museumish: the Minnesota Zoo and the Walker Art Center, and three are arts organizations: Artspace, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater and Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Rethinking corporate social responsibility

ASU Lodestar Center

Likewise, for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, similar challenges exist because of the impact of new technologies and alternative forms of entertainment on audience tastes and behavior. posted by Herb Paine , President. Paine Consulting Services.

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How Do You Capture Compelling Visitor Stories? Interview with Christina Olsen

Museum 2.0

Last week, I talked with Tina Olsen, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum, about their extraordinary Object Stories project. In the education department, we have some key values around slowing down, conversation and participation around art, and deep looking.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Is there a lead facilitator who is responsible for the final decision or is the team to work collaboratively making decisions? I wish I had done a structured creative thinking exercise to get people comfortable. Photo by Trav Williams.

Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts


CoP organizers Praan Misir ( CommBuild ) and Brett Ashley Crawford ( Arts Nonprofits ) and Tech Club organizers Regina Walton ( SFTech4Good ), Paula Jones ( NCTech4Good ), and Chad Leaman and Elijah van der Giessen (both from NetSquared Vancouver ) took time out to deliver the presentation. As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do.

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Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

In this report, the authors describe three specific models for public participation: contribution, collaboration, and co-creation. For this reason, some citizen science projects are now moving towards collaborative and co-creative models. What does the word "participatory" mean to you?

Hackerspaces: DIY Science Centers for Adults

Museum 2.0

And their unique structure and bottom-up approach offers some instructive lessons for museums that want to really embrace visitors and members as co-creators of the institutional experience. In some cases, such as AS220 labs , they are part of larger community art spaces.

Visitor Studies Association Replaces Keynotes with Dialogue

Museum 2.0

The VSA has replaced their keynotes with structured group dialogue. But the VSA has taken an intentional approach to these structured conversations with the goal of putting the (arguably) best part of conferences—the side conversations and hallway discussions—front and center.

Transmedia Storytelling and Co-Creation Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Does your organization have access to the technology tools and skills as well as the capacity to collaborate beyond your organization's firewall? The diagram below is Robin Good's Collaborative Map of Online Collaboration Tools. Diagram by Gary Hayes.

Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Crowds create original works of knowledge or art. The Royal Opera used Twitter to crowdsource a new opera. The opera staff collected the suggestions and summarized them on their blog. Opera is not the only art form, there’s been crowdsourced choreography – Dance Theatre Workshop.

Guest Post by Lina Srivastava: Building Cultural Engagement for Change Through Media and Narrative

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Creating a sustainable engagement platform within your existing structure takes time, creativity and dedication. And media (social, journalistic or arts-based) can be used at every step of that equation. Screencapture from charity:water.

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