Mind-Melding Online

Connection Cafe

Author: One of my favorite science/interests stories in the news recently was a report published in late July by Science Magazine about how researchers have found that the brain of speakers and listeners become synchronized as they talk.

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#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This blog post serves as a resource page for a session on mindfulness with Rob Cottingham and Jana Byington-Smith. This session teaches you some techniques including the use of visualization, graphic facilitation, mind-mapping, attention training, and technology tips and tools that you can immediately put into practice to help you and your staff work more efficiently and effectively, enabling you to achieve more in less time and ultimately increase the return of your efforts.

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Donate Your Brain! Microvolunteering at TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

Our virtual volunteering offerings also include Donate Your Brain , a microvolunteering initiative. In our Donate Your Brain initiative, volunteers choose how and when to participate whenever they want to. We don't have thousands of people participating in Donate Your Brain.

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How To Rewire Your Brain To Be A More Effective Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

This week brings the new book, The Mindfulness Edge , a fascinating manual that teaches you how through mindfulness training you can become a better leader. Tenney is a social entrepreneur and has been teaching mindfulness in various capacities since 2002.

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Does Immersion In Social Media Change Our Brain Functions? This Is Your Brain On Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by JTLowery The title of this post is play on the famous PSA " Brain on Drugs " from 1987 to raise attention to the harmful effects of drugs. The memorable tagline : This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Why keep clutter in the brain?

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Break Your Mobile Phone Addiction: There’s An App for That and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just learned about turning my phone to grayscale because the brightly colored icons give your brain a shiny reward every time we open up our phone. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness Mobile

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How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, 60 Minutes did a piece on Brain Hacking or intentionally designing apps so you feel the need to to check in constantly. Rosen’s research can not yet determine what the impact is on our brains and lives as it too soon. Mindfulness Mobile

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How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Anne Grady, in a recent HBR blog post , describes the harm that repeated stress triggers can create in the workplace: “When you are triggered, the emotional part of your brain takes over. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Leadership Mindfulness ReflectionFlickr Photo by Brittney Bush.

Using Technology for Mission: Ontario 211 and NTEN Hear From the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

NTEN

Organization: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. We aim to reach the the 55,000 Canadians affected by a brain tumour with a variety of tools and technology such as our website and social media communities play a large part in this reach.

How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When nonprofit staff are constantly monitoring their email after work hours — whether this is due to a fear of missing something from their executive director or out of habit — they are missing out on essential down time that brains need. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness

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Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meet my colleague, Meico Marquette Whitlock, who is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie. I had an opportunity to interview Meico about being a Mindful Techie. However, now I’m bringing a new tool to my work in the form of mindfulness. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Your team can do a simple mindfulness exercise by starting a meeting with a deep breath and going around the table to share how you are feeling in the moment. Get to know your Ultradian Rhythms , the natural rhythms of your body and brain that repeat throughout the day.

How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. Mindfulness Photo by BirgerKing.

Reboot Yourself: Take A Digital Detox Day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the years, I have experienced the ill effects of staring at screen or sitting in a chair and pounding the keyboard for hours and hours. I’ve learned to take screen less breaks to calibrate my mind and body. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I try to schedule time blocks that require high level concentration tasks (like writing) in the morning when my brain is better able to concentrate. Leadership MindfulnessFlickr Photo by udithawix.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He recommends reading The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr to better understand the impact of chronic information overload, followed by his best advice about being purposeful with your attention online. Mindfulness

Conscious Computing: 7 Apps and Tips That Help You Focus, Reduce Stress, and Get Work Done

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We all know that with so much content out there, it is eating our brains and memory , relying more on “google it.” ” These apps can transform our mobile phones, tablets, and computers from agents of distraction into agents of mindfulness. Mindfulness

If the Ancient Greeks Had iPhone Separation Anxiety: Fitbippides

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As my work as a trainer pivots more towards leadership development in a networked world, I’ve been doing more and more training on the topic of mindfulness at work techniques. In other words, checking your email before you go to bed hurts your brain. Mindfulness Walking

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How Are You Taking A Summer Break from Your Tech?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It was like a reboot for my brain, but I found it really difficult to do. Mindfulness MobileART X SMART by Kim Dong-kyu. Last week was the first day of summer and it got me thinking about doing a digital detox.

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Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. Housekeeping Mindfulness Self-Directed Learning

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. I am the one who, with the interests of the sustainability of my own small organization in mind, refused. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How do we do make change if we keep doing things the same way?

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Wisdom 2.0: Balance in A Hyper Connected World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” I don’t have an answer, but I think it has to do with modeling conscious information and consumption and being mindful about how you connect with people, cultivate relationships, and share information. Healthy Mind Platter. Mindfulness

Taking A Break from Blogging this Week: Ocean View Wins

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Taking a break from online this week to stare at the ocean, visit family, and air out the brain. As someone who spends a lot of time online, breaks like this can be good for the heart, soul, and brain. Someone referred me to this excellent post by Danah Boyd about how to take an email sabbatical. Mindfulness

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Time Management for Nonprofit Social Media Professionals: What’s Your Best Tip?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Distractions can be internal and come from our brains , our thoughts. Brain Fitness. Concentration is part of our brain’s function and if your brain isn’t fit – you won’t concentrate or perform well. Capacity Mindfulness time management Tips

Networked and Hyperconnected: The New Social (and work) Operating System

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The presentation looks at how younger generations are always connected and are multi-taskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and approach problems in a different way from older generations. It raises the question (unanswered) whether this is a good or bad thing. Being strategically future-minded. Mindfulness Networks

The Value of Taking Mini-Breaks During the Nonprofit Work Day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is known as “ brain breaks ” where you simply STOP for a moment and do something to reset and renew your brain’s capacity to absorb or create that next thought. What reboots your brain?

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Time-Saving Hacks to Write More Blog Posts – A Video Demonstration

John Haydon

Begin with a brain dump, and then edit what you’ve written. Your Website blog writing content marketing copywriting inbound marketing mind-mapping Search Engine Optimization tags and categories

Tips for a Successful Software Implementation

Vertex Systems

Keep in mind that many software implementations fail completely. Make sure you are able to pick their brains to help you save time, be more productive, improve accuracy, and reduce the need for executive oversight.

5 Self-Care Hacks that Nonprofit Professionals Can Use in a Crisis

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The prelude to burnout would typically involve long-term chronic stress: the mind races, the nervous system fires up in ‘fight-flight’ mode and we may experience symptoms such as sleeplessness, extreme fatigue or anxiety. Flickr Photo by Evil Erin.

4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When you’re overworked and over stressed, it affects your concentration—your mind wanders, you forget things easily, you can’t focus. Self-care solution: Add more movement into your workday—stand up and walk around to clear your mind.

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. Photo by BirgerKing.

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Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Internal: These theories take into account our minds and bodies. There are also physical theories like brain-based learning and neuroscience. I came across a brain scan by Dr. Chuck Hillman from University of Illinois Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory.

Walking During Board Retreats: A Few Tips

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are serious health risks to a sedentary work style, but it also impacts our minds as well. Moving around at work helps get our brains to re-engage. Even small movements cause improved brain processing speed, learning, and short-term memory.

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AskIdealware: Should I Use Google+?

Idealware

We've got social media on the brain here at Idealware, as we put the finishing polish on our Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide --which we're releasing next week. Based on how many questions we get about it, we know social media's on your mind, too.

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The Empty Inbox: Honing Productivity in Email Management

Byte Technology

Mann is quick to point out that his approach isn’t directed so much towards the number of messages that plague our inboxes, bur rather the amount of time our brains spend dwelling there. It’s not how many messages are in your inbox, it’s how much of your own brain is in that inbox.

The Neuroscience of Purpose: Recharging in the Nonprofit World

ASU Lodestar Center

The story above is about how your brain works. Your brain has a part called the Prefrontal Cortex, or “PFC” (remember “Paula Front-and-Center”?). There are two ways this happens: the first is through brain damage, and the second is through stress. The Brain Break.

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Leveraging the Latest Trends in Non-Profit Website Design

Byte Technology

Here are some tips to keep in mind and implement whenever possible. • To put it into perspective, remember this: more than 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and the brain processes that visual information 60,000 times faster than it does plain text.

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New Ideas at TED2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We know in theory what a brain injury means, but seeing Gabby Giffords on stage, struggling to speak as a result of her brain injury, brought its impact home. On the steps out of TED, I was chatting with one of the attendees about what to do to help Gabby and other people recovering from brain injuries, and of course my mind went to software to help recover cognitive function. I just returned from a spectacular week at this year’s TED conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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Fun Dinner with Two Creative Women Entrepreneurs

Have Fun - Do Good

Last night I had dinner at Cafe Gratitude with Jennifer Lee , creator of the Right Brain Business Plan and Kimberly Wilson , the creator of the eco-fashion line, TranquiliT. She also sells a Right Brain Business Plan e-book.

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How the “Shark Tank” of Podcasts is Changing the Start Up Game

SocialFish

This is exactly what Josh Muccio and Sheel Mohnot had in mind when they created The Pitch podcast. It’s a fascinating peek inside the minds of the start-up community, and a remarkably useful tool for entrepreneurs and investors alike. By Kristen Matthews. ———-.