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.

Mind 198

#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.

Mind 89

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?

Brain 118

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.

Brain 81

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.

Brain 52

Leonardo's Brain

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But the first words that come to mind may disrupt your thought process. Michael J. Gelb does research on genuis, analyzing the way they think. His "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci" provides a rich source of techniques and inspiration on creative problem-solving techniques. This was one of seven books by experts in creative thinking and problem solving techniques that I scanned for ideas.

Brain 50

7 Totally Surprising Brain Tricks to Sell Your Cause

NTEN

Appeal to the massive subconscious mind to help sell your cause. Yet we spend a lot of time trying to persuade people by focusing on the 5% rational brain with statistics, rational arguments and feature lists. They have studied how to appeal to the massive subconscious mind, and there are some interesting and sometimes bizarre takeaways for those of us engaged in social good. Brain scans show people’s brains light up in the emotional areas when they see the mean.

Brain 59

6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The benefits of taking control of your digital life in and outside the office are immense: greater presence and mindful attention, enhanced productivity and creativity, better relationships, improved sleep and less risk of anxiety. Worst, there is trouble at the top: brain fog.

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.

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

Phone 100

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.

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

email 120

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

Arts 94

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.

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

Work 138

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

Phone 130

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

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

Brain 80

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.

Phone 80

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

System 100

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?

Brain 100

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.

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?

Brain 137

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.

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.

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.

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.

Design 130

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.

Ideas 182

20 Tips for Nonprofits Using Twitter

NetWits

With that in mind, I asked some of my favorite people on Twitter to join me in sharing their favorite tips and resources, and with that, I share with you: 20 Tips for Nonprofits Using Twitter. Lead Manager, Online Campaigns – National Brain Tumor Society | Follow @npshana.

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.

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.

Brain 100

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.

Job 103

3 Easy Ways to Make Employees Want to Come to Work

NonProfit Hub

Games=Brain food. Playing a game every once in a while is a great way to reset and activate parts of your brain you wouldn’t normally use at work. When everyone sits back down at their desks, they’re guaranteed to have an improved attitude and a clear mind. Here at Nonprofit Hub, we have a fun, creative workspace filled with lots of food and games. We go on walks when we feel overwhelmed. We take time to sit, socialize and enjoy each other’s company.

Game 61

5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Behavioral Science to Raise More Money Online

Nonprofit Tech for Good

With this in mind, try and show that other people are supporting and/or donating to your cause. Our brains are built to follow stories , so highlighting individual stories is a powerful way to tap into emotions.

Money 97

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.

Brain 70