What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

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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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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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What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

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I really enjoy teaching in different cultural contexts and observing different learning styles and approaches to working for a nonprofit. Before I left for Finland, I read Timothy Walker’s Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms.

Be Your Own Filter In the Global Brain

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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.

Next-Level Fundraising with Nonprofit Psychology

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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.

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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!

#40BetterHours: The Art of Single Tasking

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Here’s some things she mentioned that I thought were useful: The new digital literacy is not finding the information, but being able to make choices when you had enough information flood your brain and take the time to synthesize.

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Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

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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.”

8 Long-Term Health Benefits of Volunteering

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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.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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I read a lot of educational technology, training, and teaching blogs, follow those people on Twitter, curate on Scoop.It, etc to keep up. Brain-Based Learning: The New Science of Teaching and Training. Photo from Librarianismchronicles Blog.

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

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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.

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#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

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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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Content Curation for Nonprofits – Notes from #13ntccur8

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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.

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

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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.

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

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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).

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

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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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Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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SXSW 2013 – Are You A Social Media Nonprofit Manager Looking for Your Peers? #npsmpeer

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Teach for both the color-in-the-lines people (ie: guidelines, next steps) and the runs-with-scissors people. When the energy drops, people’s brains go to sleep.

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

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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.

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

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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.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

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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.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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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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Training Board Members As Brand Champions on Social and Beyond

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I get to use my brain to think and figure things out. Note from Beth: Last month, I facilitated a workshop for the Knight Digital Media Learning Seminar in Miami on “Leading on Social Media.”

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How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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Whatever the structure for your learning activities, they should use four different kinds of activities that help the brain learn rapidly and identify your discussion questions. I planned for this by incorporating an after-lunch energizer that used movement to get people’s brains going.

5 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?

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

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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.

Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World

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In fact, Lucy has been terrific in finding new ways, like Branch , to use the social tools to facilitate a global brain around these ideas.

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.

Ten Panels to Vote for at the NTC14 Conference

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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.

The Networked NGO in India

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Moving gets blood to the brain, getting blood brain helps people take in new ideas. We also did fun and creative after lunch energizers. On the first day, in honor of being in India, I played a YouTube video of a well-loved Bollywood number called “ Chaya, Chaya.”

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Reflections: Center for Health Leadership Social Media Workshop

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1. Deep Analysis of Your Audience: I always (try) to do a thorough participant assessment before I teach any workshop or do a presentation. The Networked Health Organization. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

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?

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

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On Day 3, when it was time to focus on more time on teaching the tools, we started with an opening exercise designed to help identify those in the room who had knowledge. Day 2: Certificates Awarded To Senior Staff Attendees.

Digital Storytelling at the Nonprofit Technology Conference 2013

Tech Soup Blog

While conversations around digital storytelling often focus on images and video, Will Coley of Aquifer Media reminded us that sound is essential in his session What Public Radio Can Teach Nonprofits about Effective Storytelling.

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Igniting the 15NTC stage at lightning speed

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Having worked in the technology department for a diverse and rapidly expanding nonprofit focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities, Jeff has been a part of his share of poor decisions and “teaching moments.”

112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

What donors can teach us about making more money, Penelope shares 3 key research driven insights around donor-centric fundraising. Speak to the part of the brain that controls action-taking. It’s been quite the year. And if the collection of resources and highlights below are any indication, a lot has happened in the nonprofit industry over the past 365 days.

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