What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens – I got to teach but more importantly got to learn from amazing people. Bringing your brain to what you are doing.

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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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Be Your Own Filter In the Global Brain

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Almost ten years ago, I used to teach a workshop called " Digital Information Coping Skills " for artists and arts organizations as part of a series of workshop on the theme of how to integrate the Internet into your (arts) organization's mission. Photo by VaxZine.

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Right Brain Business Plan e-Course and TranquiliT Earth Day Sale

Have Fun - Do Good

Those of you who are regular readers know that I've been experimenting with supporting two of my pals' work by being a part of their affiliate programs: Jenn's Right Brain Business Plan , and Kimberly's eco-fashion line, TranquiliT. Hello Have Fun Do Gooders!

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I was in London teaching social media strategy workshops for London NGOs organized by Social Media Misfits and keynoted Institute of Fundraising’s Future of Fundraising Conference. What reboots your brain?

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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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8 Long-Term Health Benefits of Volunteering

NonProfit Hub

When you assist others, your body releases dopamine in the brain, which has a positive effect on how you feel. Volunteering as a family is a great way to teach important lessons to your children. Teaches new skills. Sponsored by Reward Volunteers.

Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

Connection Cafe

Each time this report comes out I feel compelled to shout from the rooftops that, if you aren’t volunteering or you could be investing more brain power in the kind of work you’re doing, it’s time to make a change. The news is out, and it’s good! What news? Volunteerism news, of course.

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Creating A Culture of Well-being in Your Nonprofit Workplace: The First Step

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Erika Atkins, Director of Operations at Opening Act , a theatre program that teaches theatre skills to students from New York City’s most underserved schools to help them succeed in life. Their program includes about teaching artists. Then we had the whole staff brain storm together.

Next-Level Fundraising with Nonprofit Psychology

NonProfit Hub

Teaching. If you were looking to find the “best” teaching method, you would have had a hard time finding a definitive answer. One interesting finding is that the human brain actually learns best in relaxed concentration.

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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Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That’s why I always enjoy teaching in flexible classroom spaces. It also provided a nice transition between sections, giving people a little brain break to digest the information.

10 Signs That Indicate You Are Ready For A New Challenge

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts." Your brain doesn't have to work hard to be successful. Wizeman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world.

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7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Brain science and the science of learning are dynamic fields with constant advances being made. Learn from others (we love the Teaching Transgender Toolkit by Luca Maurer and Eli Green).

How To Know When You Are Ready For Your Next Professional Challenge

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts." Your brain doesn't have to work hard to be successful. Wizeman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world.

Why Learning Beats Knowing

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts." Your brain doesn''t have to work hard to be successful. Wizeman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world.

Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.”

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Instead having people sit and interview each other, I had them write down the interview questions on 3×5 card and go for 20 minute walk around the hotel and do a walking interview, ten minutes teach.

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#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. To provide best practices for taming the digital jungle that assaults our brains everyday at work.

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Five Leadership And Business Books To Read This Fall

Eric Jacobsen Blog

This book, by Brain Solis, details the incredible transformation happening in business today, driven by new social and mobile technologies. Plus, there's five other lessons McBean teaches in the book. Stumped for what business books to add to your fall reading list?

10 Signs You Are Ready For A New Challenge

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts." Your brain doesn''t have to work hard to be successful. Wizeman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world.

NTEN Water Cooler Chat 5/14

SocialFish

Last week, we discussed the fact that sometimes it's hard to always be presenting 101 content for conferences, where we're teaching but not learning anything. Pick our brains, we'll tell you our take on things. Your friendly neighborhood Socialfish will be "IN" the NTEN Office Hours Communications Chat Room every Thursday (that's today!!) at 3 pm EST. Got burning questions about social media strategy? Or just want to hang out and shoot the breeze and get a break from work?

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5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Blog

Have Fun - Do Good

Opportunities to Make Your Blog Juicy Bay Area folks • I'm teaching a Jumpstart Your Blog! I'll be one of the Write Brain | Essential Content Development workshop leaders at BlogHer '11 on August 5th. • Write about what excites you , not what you think you should write about.

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Have a Cup of Tea with Fear

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The Amygdala is a small part of your brain that is the center of emotions. It's part of what is often called the "Reptilian Brain" because it's very primitive, and has been around for a long time. For me, Paul's comment about "living in line with the flesh" is, about letting those reptilian-brain emotions, like fear or anger, determine how we act, and what we do. Encourage it to sit down with you, and teach you about itself. .

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Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Citing a lack of trained teachers, TCS had built a PC-based curriculum for teaching reading in 40 hours. The program focuses on mainly teaching a core vocabulary of sight words in the the desired language, so that adults are able read the local newspaper. So, I left for my return drive to my hotel with a brain buzzing with possibilities The reason I came to Mumbai was to visit Tata Consultancy Services, the giant outsourcing firm.

Cultivating Good in Your Life

Connection Cafe

Neuroscientists can now show that the dopamine that floods your brain when you are happy also turns on all of your higher level executive functions—problem solving, task flexibility, reasoning, decision making, to name a few, as well as planning and execution.

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Content Curation for Nonprofits – Notes from #13ntccur8

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I connected Harold’s framework to content curation because it was useful for teaching the trade craft of content curation. I hope that participants took away from our session, if nothing else, that content curation requires the human brain, as Robin Good points out.

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. Teach: This is my passion, my calling, and my professional work.

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. For more than 20 years I’ve worked to harness the power of technology to do social good. One area I’ve had the pleasure to focus a great deal of time and energy on is helping to improve the lives of people with vision impairments.

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Ten Panels to Vote for at the NTC14 Conference

Frogloop

Why do our brains crave images over text? What Old School Hip Hop Teaches us About Content Marketing Generation Y was born and raised on Hip Hop culture—which began in the 1970s in New York City and has flourished from the 1980s through today. Over 350 sessions were submitted to the NTC14 conference to be held March 13th - March 15th in Washington, DC.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Science is showing us that the brain can really only do one thing at a time. You can get a copy here and I’m teaching the Master the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World online course that starts on September 7.

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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. Teaching: This is my passion, my calling, and my professional work. The Sun Sets on 2014.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recent research and teaching practice shows that the lecture is a less effective teaching tool. I’ve had the honor of facilitating an online peer learning exchange of Knight Grantees that are hosting Giving Days, applying and iterating on the Giving Day Playbook since 2013.

Have a Cup of Tea with Fear

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The Amygdala is a small part of your brain that is the center of emotions. It's part of what is often called the "Reptilian Brain" because it's very primitive, and has been around for a long time. For me, Paul's comment about "living in line with the flesh" is, about letting those reptilian-brain emotions, like fear or anger, determine how we act, and what we do. Encourage it to sit down with you, and teach you about itself. .

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Five Must-Read Books For Your Spring To Read List

Eric Jacobsen Blog

This book, by Brain Solis, details the incredible transformation happening in business today, driven by new social and mobile technologies. Plus, there''s five other lessons McBean teaches in the book. Stumped for what business books to add to your spring reading list?

How To Use Improv In Business

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Kulhan, who was trained in improv by notables including Amy Poehler and Tina Fey , also teaches you in his book the powerful difference between "Yes, and." is a technique that slows the brain down.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This month I’ve been teaching graduate class at the Monterey Institute of International Studies based on my books, The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. Graduate Students at MIIS Class Doing Group Exercise in Flexible Classroom Space.

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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. Some people find mini-meditation to do the same – and there are lots of apps like Headspace that can help teach you to do this.

Emily Goligoski, The SanFranista: How I Have Fun, Do Good

Have Fun - Do Good

and teaches yoga in San Francisco. It took a year of philosophy and anatomy study (and, more than I expected, self study) to earn my certification, but I found that the teaching staff's patience and encouragment made me a better teacher too.

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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.