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.

Interview with "Cloud Surfing" Author Thomas Koulopoulos

Tech Soup Blog

He is the author of the popular Less-Is-More Blog on the People-OntheGo.com website. that] caused organizations to be inwardly focused on highly structured frameworks for how pieces of data worked together.

The Collaboration Prize: $250,000 for Nonprofits That Collaborate, Not Compete

Have Fun - Do Good

To be eligible to apply, the collaboration must: "Involve two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff. Why don't more nonprofits collaborate?

Using a Blog Network for Organizational Collaboration

Idealware

It's apparently the month of collaboration, for some reason. I've talked to four people this month about presenting information about the types of collaboration tools that are available, particularly for networks of organizations who want to work together. Each of the other organizations could then read the blogs to keep abreast of what others are doing (maybe, in fact, it's one blog with a lot of authors - that could be a better model).

Changing our vision of Change: Revisiting the Pollyanna Principles

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, the New York Times ran an article exploring a segment of the nonprofit/social impact sector that the author saw as a small minority of organizations, but one I care deeply about: those that plan to go out of business.

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

Everyaction

Don’t forget - despite the structured, sometimes mechanical feel a fundraising plan can have, storytelling does have a place in the planning process. For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Overall, the program led to over 100 collaborations and its impact is ongoing. Teampedia -This collection includes many useful team building activities, icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that want to improve their collaborative processes, including meetings.

Virtual Work, Real Success

Tech Soup Blog

This post was authored by Salem Kimble, social media development manager with BetterWorld Telecom. The primary organizing principle behind all the practices that our team implements is a democratic and horizontal management structure. Regular, Structured Check-ins. Having consistent and structured check-ins helps keep the team connected to each other, accountable for their work, and up-to-date on company direction and goals.

21 Strategic Lessons for Creating Great Nonprofit Games

Tech Soup Blog

Games structure participation in vital civic actions like voting, budgeting, advocacy, movement-building, solving major challenges, and simulations for disaster preparedness. (BS).

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Staying Competitive in the Battle for Fundraising Talent

Connection Cafe

We wanted to understand and share how institutions of all sizes and structures create intentional and effective strategies. Together with EAB members, we co-authored a whitepaper designed to share their practical insights as well as Blackbaud’s talent management research.

Innovate & Thrive or Stagnate & Die

Connection Cafe

Author: Cheryl Black. Neff , co-author of The Future of Nonprofits. I also do large scale collaborative events like Nonprofit Bar Camp and VideoCamp Texas. I would say that I am an author, teacher, speaker, blogger, network weaver, and social media scientist." The key to success is getting your corporate culture right and then tapping into the new found potential with an efficient and effective structure designed to harness and act on the newly uncovered ideas.

4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

Connection Cafe

Once you have decided upon your key messages, you’ll be able to structure your story in a way that ensures that this key message is central to the point of your story. Of course, there may be other details that you want to include depending on your team structure and project management system. In the planning process, who has authority? Who are the collaborators in executing the plan? Does your nonprofit have a plan for storytelling this year ?

NetCentric Advocacy: Movement Building and Campaign Design Lessons from Energy Deregulation

Network-Centric Advocacy

» March 19, 2007 Movement Building and Campaign Design Lessons from Energy Deregulation Why a distributed collaboration and massvolunteer system will work. From an organizational standpoint, this represents a very different structure—the integrated model. Although neither centralized nor decentralized, integrated structures blend a centralized surplus distribution and backup system with a decentralized network of small-scale operations.

The Enemy of Engagement In The Workplace

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

Get the Book

SocialFish

I was most impressed with [the authors’] ability to so eloquently challenge contemporary and often accepted notions of community while providing sound and reasonable approaches as to how organizations can maintain and expand their “citizens.” Authors. Meet the Authors.

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How To Enable Your Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

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

Museum 2.0

We choose themes and venues in collaboration with a community partner. Check it out if you’re curious about choosing a strong theme, working with a collaborator, designing a portable structure, or tips for implementation.

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How To Enable Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

Get Open Community on Audible

SocialFish

I was most impressed with [the authors''] ability to so eloquently challenge contemporary and often accepted notions of community while providing sound and reasonable approaches as to how organizations can maintain and expand their “citizens.” ( photo credit ). Love audiobooks?

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The #FutureOfBusiness: Employees Will Rule

SocialFish

No longer will current organizational structures and processes survive in the current environment. This once hierarchical structure will collapse. A Culture of Collaboration Results.

How To Enable Your Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

Don't Let Frustration Kill Your Business

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It’s Not Too Late To Set Your Communications Agenda with LightBox Collaborative’s 2013 Editorial Calendar – Guest Post by Holly Minch, Lightbox Collaborative. The LightBox Collaborative 2013 Editorial Calendar is here!

How Text Messaging Helps Relieve Pain in Chronic Patients

Mobile Commons

Jamie Guillory, a scientist at the research institute RTI International and lead author on the study, confirmed that “Just receiving two messages a day that included simple, encouraging phrases was enough to decrease perceived pain levels in chronic pain patients.”.

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Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These new collaborative initiatives pull together various players (often government, private sector and nonprofits) within an ecosystem, defined by issue and/or place, to coordinate and align their action to drive greater impact. Photo by Beth Kanter.

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Human Motivation: The Forgotten Element in Our Theories and Practices

SocialFish

The authors argue that strategic planning fetters companies to the present and filters their views of possibility through the limiting lens of their current assumptions and limitations. “ Companies that are afraid to commit to goals that lie outside the range of planning, ” Gary Hamel and C.K

How can we prepare organizational leaders to work in a networked world?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Guest blogger, Patti Anklam , author of Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World , explores the role of organizational leadership in a network world. The formal organization is represented by the (usually) hierarchical organization structure.

CRM is the easy part

Connection Cafe

Author: Miriam Kagan. But look at your internal structure and ask yourself: how are my employees incentivized? Does our culture and reward structure support collaborating to engage constituents? Or, are they collaborating toward an organization-wide goal and everyone wins if the goals are met? Did you really just read that?? Is this woman crazy? While I do admit to being a little nuts at times (my mother would say all the time), on this point you gotta trust me.

Announcing the 21st Century Nonprofit Program

SocialFish

Despite our progressive efforts to leverage technology to change the world, our organizational structures, processes, and management “best practices” haven’t seen real change in fifty years or more. Nonprofits are changing the world. It’s what we do.

Your Board of Directors: “Good Enough” Really Is OK

SocialFish

This post is by Jacob Smith, co-author of the The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit. A good board can productively collaborate with the executive director on the organization’s long-term vision and high-level strategy decisions.

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. Instead, Parker encourages all event hosts to adopt a stance of "generous authority." I remember the first staff meeting I ever ran.

How To Enable Your Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

The Enemy Of Engagement - Book Highlights

Eric Jacobsen Blog

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

Government Access: Privacy Meets Resources

VisionLink

Because there is no one way to solve this dilemma, VisionLink''s approach is provide a special government sharing permission structure within our software. The technical solution is actually quite complex, but from a user''s perspective, client records can be marked as authorized for government sharing or not, and these permissions can vary across different portals and data forms for either simple or highly sophisticated collaboration or strict privacy.

It’s Giving Days Season! No It’s A Giving Days Movement!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Alison Fine , my Networked Nonprofit co-author, is crowdsourcing suggestions and advice on making a Giving Season actionable. Yesterday, FundChat hosted a Twitter Chat with the Playbook’s authors, Kari Dunn Saratovsky ( @kds ) of KDS Strategies ?

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The #FutureOfBusiness Is Social: Adapt Or Die

SocialFish

This cannot work within the current structure. Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter, who co-authored “ Humanize ” list the four core elements of being human. This will be enabled by collaboration systems, improved listening and messaging technology.

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Rethinking Community Advisory Boards: the Story of C3

Museum 2.0

PRO: gets diverse community members in positions of real authority. Our work would become more relevant, our collaborations more timely, our network more diverse. We tried to develop the best leadership program we could imagine, rooted in our museum''s collaborative, creative approach.

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Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: In a report entitled Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, authors Beth Novek and Daniel Goroff address the challenges of obtaining better, more usable data on the nonprofit sector to match the field’s growing importance.

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The New Beta Way To Lead

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In her new book, The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence – And Lead , she shows why the Beta model is the key to both business and career success. The more collaborative opportunities a business offers, the more employees will feel a sense of ownership.

Association Social Media: The CFA Institute

SocialFish

The social media function at CFA Institute has grown in strategic importance over the years, and its location within our organizational structure has evolved along the way. 3) Can you describe the internal collaboration workflow with other areas of the association (e.g.

Social Impact Investments

ASU Lodestar Center

The organizational leaders should be prepared to invest time and effort to accommodate impact investments and collaborate with the investors. ORGNIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: Nonprofits must be comfortable with their governance, risk management, and financials before considering impact investments.

[DEADLINE IS SOON!!] Apply for the 21st Century Nonprofit Program

SocialFish

Despite our progressive efforts to leverage technology to change the world, our organizational structures, processes, and management “best practices” haven’t seen real change in fifty years or more. The 21st Century Nonprofit Program will be led by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, co-authors of Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. Nonprofits are changing the world. It’s what we do.

Experiential Leadership Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

More recently, with support from the Packard Foundation, I’ve been working on an Emerging Leadership Development project with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. We co-authored the “ Emerging Leaders Playbook ,” and I designed and facilitated a peer learning project.