This is your brain on stories

Hands on Fundraising

The next problem: how would we get there? The post This is your brain on stories appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising. When I was in high school, it was the highly-anticipated movie event of a lifetime. None of the theaters nearby were showing it – yet.

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Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits

TechImpact

Your brain loves a good story. There is a distinct chemical reaction that happens in one’s brain when they’re reading a compelling or interesting story. According to a recent study published by the Harvard Business Review , a “trust chemical” is produced by your brain called Oxytocin, when you meet new people who you can identify as trustworthy. And of course, it all starts with the brain. Now, this might sound a little strange, but it’s true.

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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. The problem arises when that stress becomes consistent and chronic. That increased level of cortisol puts people at risk for weight gain, diabetes, trouble sleeping, memory problems, and other health issues.

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How To Approach Problem Solving

Eric Jacobson

Today, I feature a guest post by Garret Kramer: The Problem-solving Fast Track By Garret Kramer Author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life In virtually every business, organization, or family in the world today, people are doing their best to solve problems. I racked my brain searching for the solution, and, before I knew it, my head was spinning. How do you get on the problem-solving fast track?

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

NTEN

Another familiar voice is that of Dan Pallotta whose keynote address at the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference earlier this year spawned passionate discussions amongst the nptech community, including a recent insightful post by Peter Campbell on his blog Techcafeteria, The Pallotta Problem. 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.

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Leonardo's Brain

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. Words and chains of words that we use to frame a problem play a significant role in the way we approach problems. When you frame a problem in words, you crystal your thoughts. Michael J.

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3 Reasons We Use Drupal Commons for Problem Solving Online Communities

Forum One

Commons lets us spend our brain-cycles creating and sustaining the right conversations, cultivating participation, and moving the real work of NGOs forward - not just writing the code to support them. Here at Forum One, we love helping organizations make real progress on some of the world’s most pressing issues - education, poverty, the environment, global health, and international development to name just a few.

How To Be A Stronger Career Mentor And Coach

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning.

How To Become A Stronger Career Mentor

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning.

Using Data Layer Variables In Google Tag Manager to Create Unique Conversion IDs

Media Cause

The Problem: . It wasn’t long before we realized the problem wouldn’t be adding the pixel but finding a way to generate a unique ID each time the pixels fired. . I was racking my brain trying to find a solution, going through all my options.

Developing The Creative Skills That Will Help You Become A Great Nonprofit Storyteller

Bloomerang

For example, you’re working to solve a problem. You need to find a creative way to get your supporters to feel like they really understand the problem you’re trying to solve from the perspective of the people struggling with that problem. .

Strategic Storytelling For Brand Building: How To Identify And Share Your Nonprofit’s Brand Origin Story

Kindful

Sometimes without even noticing it, our brain is activated in a unique and engaged way when a story is being shared. It’s brain science. Science tells us that when someone is sharing or listening to a story, their brain produces several chemicals and hormones.

New Ideas at TED2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Cooking a meal shouldn’t be fatal: clean-burning stoves, as well as clean fuels and energy all help combat this problem. Since I’m a software guy, I asked about what software could do to help with these two real-world problems. 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.

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Why Learning Beats Knowing

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Your brain doesn't have to work hard to be successful. You're spending a lot of time trying to fix other people's problems. Liz Wiseman 's book, Rookie Smarts , is all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve.

Rediscovering Your Creative Spark During the Pandemic

Media Cause

At its core, Design Thinking is about creative problem-solving in an effort to improve products, services, and experiences. We were prompted to choose a problem to solve and then use this creative problem-solving to come up with a better solution. .

Making a Great Story into a Powerful Fundraising Story

Bloomerang

It’s far easier for our brains to put ourselves in the shoes of ONE person and connect with their story than it is for us to do that with a group of people. . You need a clear problem. We’ve all heard how important stories are to fundraising communications.

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AI For Good: How 3 Nonprofits Grew Their Impact With Machine Learning

Global Giving

Kiva’s team of data scientists and software engineers partnered with the DataRobot AI for Good program to help solve this problem by improving the way loans are promoted to lenders. The UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center improves treatment guidelines using insights from machine learning.

Self-Driving Cars Are Waiting on Sensor Technology

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

But there’s one problem: self-driving cars are waiting for sensor technology to catch up. As experts in sensor technology for commercial applications , they recognize that the current state of technology doesn’t allow for systems capable of making the same kinds of decisions the human brain makes. Contrast that to the capabilities of the human brain and ocular system. Our brains can look beyond the rain to see a traffic signal turning red.

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”?). It directs our attention, is responsible for moral decision-making, allows us to empathize with others, and helps coordinate the thousands of signals rushing around your brain. There are two ways this happens: the first is through brain damage, and the second is through stress. The Brain Break. posted by.

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Fending off Burnout for Fundraisers and Social Good Leaders

sgEngage

It feels like an 8th grade math problem. The problem is, both seem counterintuitive. Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many, if not all, of us are tiptoeing between burn out and combustion.

Why Learning Beats Knowing

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Your brain doesn't have to work hard to be successful. You're spending a lot of time trying to fix other people's problems. Liz Wiseman 's book, Rookie Smarts , is all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve.

3 Content Creation Tips For When You’re Short On Time

Bloomerang

When you write all of your content at one time, it helps your brain switch into that gear. They’ll also create a sense of urgency and motivate them to help your nonprofit address the problem at hand. .

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.

Neuromarketing Explained

NonProfit Hub

Thanks to neuromarketing, organizations can promote their brands based on the way their target audiences’ brains work. People learn from their experiences and our brain quickly calculates the ratio between reward and risk.

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Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Mastering Relevant Content Marketing

Bloomerang

A story that compels includes a protagonist your audience cares about, important problems that must be overcome, a solution that overcomes the problem (something to root for), and (4) an ending—hopefully a happy one. . This is part three in a six-part series.

How Nonprofit New Media Managers Can Manage Mobile and Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

All day, almost every day, nonprofit new media managers are immersed in breaking news and thus the world’s problems. The brain needs a break from the barrage and needs to reset itself to normal operating mode. Many of the social problems we see daily have always existed, but it wasn’t until the rise of mobile and social media that we were given constant access to the stories, images, and videos that document humankind’s dark side.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

NPOs often struggle with when to use numbers and statistics to demonstrate how large a problem is versus highlighting individual stories of those affected. The thought being is that if a nonprofit can tell everyone how large a problem is through numbers supporters will be compelled to act. Our brains are built to follow stories , so highlighting individual stories is a powerful way to tap into emotions.

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Building Blocks of Effective Creative: Need

M+R

Very often, need is about addressing a current problem—for example, making sure that people displaced by conflict or natural disaster have food and shelter. Our brain’s negativity bias makes us more likely to pay attention to threats. Read time: 4 minutes.

How To Be A Stronger Career Mentor And Coach

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning. Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers. Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness. Find creative ways of surprising your customers. Focus on making bad relationships good and good relationships better.

How to Source Great Year-end Stories

Get Fully Funded

Neuroscientists would tell you that the brain processes facts and stories differently. Your brain naturally becomes more skeptical when you hear facts first. Your brain gets absorbed in the story and it drops its guard. Once upon a time, a fundraiser was super busy.

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How To Become A Stronger Career Mentor

Eric Jacobson

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning. Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers. Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness. Find creative ways of surprising your customers. Focus on making bad relationships good and good relationships better.

How To Be A Stronger Career Mentor And Coach

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning. Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers. Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness. Find creative ways of surprising your customers. Focus on making bad relationships good and good relationships better.

A look at 15 best and (almost) free mind mapping tools for nonprofits

Candid

Or anything else with a center (read: core idea or problem) and shoots (related points to consider for that idea realization or problem solving). Psychologists revealed the power of this instrument for the human brain a long time ago.

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Support Bookshare for Veterans

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For veterans with visual impairments, traumatic brain injuries or other disabilities, reading standard print is difficult, if not impossible. We’re honored to be included in this elite group of nonprofits known for their innovative approaches to tackling social problems. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimated earlier this year that about 3 million veterans, or 14 percent of the total veteran population, had a service-connected disability.

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

The Fundraising Authority

Problem-Agitate-Solution-Impact A reliable and powerful writing formula to help your audience connect emotionally with your important work. January 2016 Anthony visited LACC for the first time where brain cancer was confirmed and he met with Dr. Marootian.

How To Be A Stronger Career Mentor And Coach

Eric Jacobson

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning. Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers. Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness. Find creative ways of surprising your customers. Focus on making bad relationships good and good relationships better.

How To Be A Strong Career Mentor And Coach

Eric Jacobson

Separate the people from the problem. Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning. Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers. Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness. Find creative ways of surprising your customers. Focus on making bad relationships good and good relationships better.

Force Multiplier Podcast Episode 1: Addressing Hidden Hunger in our Communities

Saleforce Nonprofit

As our understanding of the problem has evolved, the language we use has evolved too. We once thought the problem was simply about a lack of calories, but now we know it’s more about not having enough nutritious food to support body and brain development. Hunger.

I just made an educational microloan!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is what I think about when I dream about Raising the Floor with technology: finding ways to meet society's most pressing problems with the brains and resources of the tech community. As someone with three kids in college, I'm used to the idea of educational loans. My kids are borrowing money; I'm borrowing money. It's the American way of higher education! Outside the U.S., educational loans are not so common. And, education is the way out of poverty.

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. Consider how the accessible online library Bookshare – an initiative of Benetech , a Silicon Valley non-profit that builds technology solutions addressing social problems – is transforming the lives of American students with print disabilities.

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