What Nonprofit Professionals Need to Know about the Brain

Connection Cafe

Additionally, I have been doing research on the brain for years and am an expert on the brain of teenagers, and on how stress impacts the brain. How the brain impacts our clients. Living in poverty has physical manifestations that start in the brain. How the brain impacts our staff. Like our brains impact our clients, our brains also impact us in a variety of ways.

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Member Round Up: Brain science in fundraising, website tips, and Do Good Data 2013!

NTEN

In his blog, John Haydon discusses Six Ways to Influence Donors with Brain Science , pulling in findings from studies to help you boost your fundraising results. At their best, communities are places where we make connections and share knowledge, stories, and support.

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Be Your Own Filter In the Global Brain

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He talks about the impact of too much information on the human brain and considers how the human brain may evolve over time as the Internet matures and the amount of digital information increases. Some neurons in my brain made me connect back to Shenk's book I attended NDN's New Audiences, New Tools Forum. But the point is that knowledge is now externalized in our global brain of connections with our friends. Photo by VaxZine.

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How do we do make change if we keep doing things the same way?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

April 7, 2007 I had heard about this new journal a while ago, and it was sitting in some small corner of my brain, waiting for me to pay attention. How can we talk about technology in social change, while, at the same time, publishing in a format that limits the availability of this knowledge to people privileged enough to pay for it?

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NetCentric Advocacy: Data:Information: Knowledge: What can we do in 2 years later?

Network-Centric Advocacy

Presidential Election Markets » October 09, 2007 Data:Information: Knowledge: What can we do in 2 years later? I like it because it provides a framework to start to dig into the reasons our movement is broken and it has a nice simple definition break between data, information and knowledge. I use the definitions of data, information and knowledge shown at right. We want to build actionable knowledge. We want to build actionable knowledge.

Boosting Your Association's Revenue with Attractive Microcopy

Association TV

Maybe, but our brains are trained to go with what we know. Have you ever been to a restaurant, museum or shopping mall and needed to use the bathroom? You begin by looking up and around for any sort of signage. You halt the conversation and break away from your loved ones.

I am 1 in 10: Endometriosis Awareness Month

Media Cause

years from the first onset of symptoms ( Forbes ), and looking back with my newfound knowledge of endometriosis symptoms, I was most likely experiencing symptoms as far as 3-4 years ago. .

How Do Questions Improve Nonprofit Technology Training?

NTEN

Questions ask your brain to mine your experience and expertise to come up with answers. You connect any new knowledge to that which you already know. John Kenyon. Principle. John Kenyon Consulting. What are some ways you can use questions to improve your technology trainings? You become aware of what your thoughts and understandings are about the topic. You are then able to build on this as you incorporate new information.

Movies and our mental health

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Experts have said that stressful times can be quickly passed when the person indulges in health activities and watching movies has been proven a sound activity of our brain. Along with it, watching different genres of movies and web-series leads to diverse knowledge as mentioned in [link] .

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How to Use Neuroscience to Increase Virtual Event Engagement

AccelEvents

Fortunately, the very make up of the human brain offers some potential avenues for increasing engagement in a digital environment and producing a far more satisfying experience overall. The human brain is a social brain.

3 Key Takeaways from Gearset’s DevOps Dreamin’

Cloud 4 Good

In all, there were over 30 overlapping sessions, plus breakout rooms, allowing inquisitive minds to pick the brains of developers, configurators, architects, and anyone responsible for building on Salesforce.

Strategic Communication: External Nonprofit Communication

Bloomerang

Human brains engage, absorb, and remember stories better than any other form of communication available. . Reach out for those supporters who have the knowledge.

Debunking Learning Myths: 12 Facts About Adult Learning

WBT Systems

2 – There are no “right-brain” or “left-brain” learners. We’ve been told over the years that the left side of our brain controls logic and the right side controls creativity. Researchers failed to find evidence that people have stronger left- or right-sided brain networks. Neuroscientists report that the brain continues to form new neural pathways even into late adulthood. This ability is called brain plasticity.

How to Use Neuroscience to Increase Virtual Event Engagement

AccelEvents

Fortunately, the very makeup of the human brain offers some potential avenues for increasing engagement in a digital environment and producing a far more satisfying experience overall. The human brain is a social brain.

Fundwriter.ai 101 – Can A Robot Write Better Than You?

The Fundraising Authority

January 2016 Anthony visited LACC for the first time where brain cancer was confirmed and he met with Dr. Marootian. He didn't know he'd be diagnosed with brain cancer just five months later. Together, they drove to Los Angeles Cancer Center, where their brain cancer was confirmed.

Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Kevin Leong was in kindergarten when he experienced an organic brain injury that forced him to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom. It is our collective responsibility to continue unlocking the potential of the e-book to bring equal access to knowledge and learning for all. For several years, he struggled in school because his vision was blurry and reading normal size print was grueling. He could no longer keep up with his peers in the classroom.

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Introducing the 2021 Classy Awards Leadership Council

Classy

The collective knowledge of our Leadership Council makes the Classy Awards a distinction unlike any other. Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program, developing the Army’s brain injury prevention and treatment strategies for soldiers . Data and Knowledge Centers.

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How to Build Spaced Learning into Your Online Courses

WBT Systems

Spaced learning is an approach to teaching that helps students retain the knowledge they absorb in your eLearning programs. Thanks to neuroscientists, our knowledge about how the brain works and, particularly, how the brain learns, has increased over the past decade. A learner’s brain needs time to internalize information. Repetition and retrieval solidifies the information in the brain’s long-term memory. Continually test their knowledge.

Thousands of Small U.S. Nonprofits in Danger of Losing Tax-Exempt Status

Tech Soup Blog

Some wise person or wiseacre once said "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." For the most part, I agree, especially when it comes to tax law, brain surgery, changing diapers, and other endeavors where one or more parties might get hurt somehow. My intentional ignorance also gives me an excuse for exiting the room whenever one of these complex, dangerous tasks arises.

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Fundraising Planning Guide, Calendar, Worksheet, + Template

CauseVox

You should be armed with the knowledge of what worked and what didn’t work this year, and be forward-thinking in your approach to create an attainable, yet ambitious plan. With this knowledge, you can begin creating a plan for the future. Need to create your 2021 fundraising plan?

Managing Stress During The Busiest Time of The Year

Neon CRM

Taking breaks isn’t just important for your emotional well-being, it’s important for your brain. Putting some personal time on your work calendar can help you give your brain a rest. Use that knowledge to guide how much work you take on.

Applications for the Nonprofit Tech Academy are due April 8

NTEN

I was initially very timid, because my knowledge base was low, but feel much more adept as a result of the Academy. We still have a few slots available in our Nonprofit Tech Academy for spring 2014, but the application deadline is fast approaching. Does the following sound good to you?

How To Use Failure As Your Path To Success

Eric Jacobsen Blog

It’s our brain signaling that if we try something and fail, we’ll be embarrassed or judged. It’s a strategic way to collect and apply tactical knowledge and methods you can use for future benefit. “On the path to success, we trip and lose our footing from time to time.

How To Create An Optimistic And Positive Workplace

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Joy can open brains to better see connections and various options to solve work problems. The usefulness of creativity and innovation at the workplace is linked to increasing employees' knowledge and skills. In the book, The Optimistic Workplace , author Shawn Murphy , explains that the following beliefs are essential to helping create a positive work experience : The team is more important than any individual. For optimism to be strong, a cohesive team is vital.

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Social Media for Social Good: 3 Secrets to Raising Big Bucks Online

Care2

According to a study by Blackbaud , NTEN and Common Knowledge, over 92% of nonprofit organizations have a presence on at least one social networking site, but most raise very little money through their social activity. Every person I talk to seems to have social media on the brain.

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Gov 2.0, Shirky & Local Communities

Amy Sample Ward

It’s something I say all the tine: my brain can only hold so much, but when I rely on my community, on the web, I can be SO much smarter! David Wilcox and I are getting ready for iterations on Social by Social - the first two being applications of the lessons learned and strategies for using social media shared in Social by Social ( read online or download the PDF for free, or buy your hardcopy ) in local communities and the same for local government.

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Fundraising 101: Understand the Basics of Fundraising so You Can Fund Your Dream

Get Fully Funded

Or the knowledge. It might take a minute to get your brain around that idea, that the donor is more important to you and your organization than their donation. Here’s the first lesson of Fundraising 101: fundraising is not about begging. .

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The Four Cornerstones of Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Achieve

Our brains tell us, “Wow! Share some tips for putting together a great social appeal—you’re a professional fundraiser and have so much knowledge to share! How can you raise more money during your next peer-to-peer campaign? Take steps to get (and keep!)

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Start the New Year with 7 New Habits for Learning Professionals

WBT Systems

You must continue to expand your knowledge and hone new skills if you want to remain employable and promotable. Every week, you can find a list of these options on Association Brain Food Weekly. #2: Their best ideas come while they’re in the shower or driving to work—when their brain has a chance to slow down and work over problems and challenges. Attack these items first every day while your brain is freshest and your willpower reserves are highest.

Designing Programs to Build Community: Case Study with Charity Technology Trust

Amy Sample Ward

This means everything from physical resources to knowledge and staff to the entire network. Part of our conversation about who the community was and how it was broken down into groups also included some dedicated brain time about some of the words we were using. These words included things like: open, mutuality, learning, not “techie,&# not about CTX, knowledge sharing and storytelling (and more). inspirational and empowering both in knowledge and engagement.

Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

Beth Kanter

When you want to acquire a new skill or apply some new knowledge, do you learn by passively sitting and listening to an expert lecture for 90 minutes without a break and 150 PPT slides? If I can’t process what I hear by asking questions of the expert or checking in with another participate or sitting quietly and just thinking about what was shared, there is a point that I reach after about 15 minutes – it’s call “My Brain Is Full Up.” Source: Zazzle.

MagnaFlyer: New Tech Helping People with Central Vision Loss

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is a complex biological task that’s difficult to self-teach: it requires the eyes and the brain to learn a new method of seeing, which means acquiring new habits and skills. MagnaFlyer was developed through collaboration between SoftOlogy IdeaWorks , a technology invention company that develops computer technology to help people accelerate the acquisition of knowledge, and an Ensight team of low vision specialists.

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7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Beth Kanter

Brain science and the science of learning are dynamic fields with constant advances being made. Get to know your participants, and go beyond just assessing their skill and knowledge level. Whenever we can, we assess knowledge and skills before a training event. Connecting to prior knowledge is foundational.

How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

Beth Kanter

How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders? According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats , in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013. What’s making our human brains like those of gold fish? And, we have to understand and apply a little brain science. In short, you don’t spend enough time in either mode for your brain to be effective. Photo by BirgerKing.

A Slide From Downes Recognition Factor Presentation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

His description: Connective knowledge is based on pattern recognition of emergent phenomena in networks. This means that knowledge formation in a connective environment is a combination of two elements: the perception, which is the pattern to be recognized, and the perceiver, who does the recognizing. Knowledge, therefore, is not uniquely inherent in a network, but exists only insofar as it is recognized to exist.

Use Failure As A Way To Success

Eric Jacobsen Blog

It’s our brain signaling that if we try something and fail, we’ll be embarrassed or judged. It’s a strategic way to collect and apply tactical knowledge and methods you can use for future benefit. “On the path to success, we trip and lose our footing from time to time.

Flipped Learning Increases the Value of Conference Education

WBT Systems

With flipped learning, the student learns about something first through assigned reading or videos, and then puts that knowledge to work in the classroom through group exercises, case studies, role-playing, problem-solving, or facilitated discussions. When information is crammed into 45 minutes or an hour, our brains become overwhelmed. Time isn’t wasted on transferring knowledge—that can be done at home on the attendee’s own time. Assess participants’ level of knowledge.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

Last week, in addition to giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab for the Arts Brain Trust at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference , I was a participant in a pre conference convening expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher. As a trainer, it is always great to experience someone else facilitating so you can have empathy for participants, get some new ideas or reflect on your trade craft.

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How To Create An Environment That Energizes Everyone

Eric Jacobson

Joy can open brains to better see connections and various options to solve work problems. The usefulness of creativity and innovation at the workplace is linked to increasing employees' knowledge and skills. In the book, The Optimistic Workplace , author Shawn Murphy , explains that the following beliefs are essential to helping create a positive work experience : The team is more important than any individual. For optimism to be strong, a cohesive team is vital.

Cognitive Seduction (a typology of user experience pleasures)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This post describes what good game designers do to "turn your brain on" or "cognitive arousal." User experience as obstacles to overcome, goals lying just beyond current skill and knowledge levels. User experience as brain teaser. " Passionate Users Blo g has tweaked some gaming design rules to apply to NON-game experience. Which experiental pleasures does tagging give its users? Typology of Cognitive Pleasures. (in in no particular order). Discovery.