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Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and now adjunct professor, I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation. There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas. And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants. Networked Facilitation. Open Space and Unconference Facilitation.

How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

It took Tech Networks of Networks almost two years to organize and implement a series of candid dialogues about data and evaluation for grantors and nonprofit grantees, and now it’s complete. Talking about and planning the evaluation process well before the grant begins.

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12 Ways We Made our Santa Cruz Collects Exhibition Participatory

Museum 2.0

This exhibition represents a few big shifts for us: We used a more participatory design process. Our previous big exhibition, All You Need is Love, was highly participatory for visitors but minimally participatory in the development process. Instead of a total budget of $200 for participatory elements, we spent about $4,000 on materials for participatory elements in this exhibition. Without further ado, here's what we did to make the exhibition participatory.

Adventures in Participatory Audience Engagement at the Henry Art Gallery

Museum 2.0

In 2009 , students built a participatory exhibit from scratch. Thirteen students produced three projects that layered participatory activities onto an exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection of the Henry Art Gallery. What I Learned Part 1: Facilitation is Powerful When I taught this class the first time, I put a real premium on the idea of designing participatory activities that were visitor-driven and required minimal or no facilitation.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. Here’s what I learned about the facilitating design thinking processes: What Is A Design Lab? In some ways, a design lab can be thought of as “participatory research and testing.”. To generate group or collective understanding, I facilitated a cluster or affinity analysis of the different themes.

2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

Values such as power-sharing, equity, and collaboration are at the heart of these ideas, and they provide a framework for enhancing agility, reducing burden, and simplifying the funding process. 2020 will be remembered as the year that changed grantmaking.

Pointing at Exhibits, Part 2: No-Tech Social Networks

Museum 2.0

The Race exhibit served as a facilitation of potential dialogue based on a very simple finger-based exchange. If we think about network effects not in terms of data collection but in terms of a useful outcome for visitors and institutions, we can design platforms that reflect our participatory values. What "no-tech" visitor actions or interrelations reflect your participatory goals? Tags: exhibition Talking to Strangers design participatory museum

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund for this fifth annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization’s financial sustainability from diverse perspectives – from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation. The NTC brings together the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world to collaborate, innovate, and maximize effectiveness with technology.

Social Media, Networking, and African Women’s Leadership Training in Rwanda

Beth Kanter

My role was to deliver components of the Networked NGO curriculum – sessions on network mapping, challenges assumptions about networked ways of working, as well as training on how to use the online collaboration platform for their together moving forward. This design was a participatory process and was intended to provide an opportunity for deep reflective process. Here’s a few facilitation techniques that I learned from documenting the session.

Guest Post by Gaurav Mishra: The 4Cs Social Media Framework

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Terms like social media, digital media, new media, citizen media, participatory media, peer-to-peer media, social web, participatory web, peer-to-peer web, read write web, social computing, social software, web 2.0, Instead of getting distracted by the tools and the terminologies, I focus on the four underlying themes in social media, the 4Cs of social media: Content, Collaboration, Community and Collective Intelligence. The Second C: Collaboration.

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

Beth Kanter

I’ve been following it for a while now and it is very inspiring on many different levels. The laboratory gives Greenpeace and its partners a space to design, test, iterative, and roll out new strategies and techniques for participatory campaigns or what has been called “People Powered.” Assessments and Review :: evaluating past performance to inform future mobilisation efforts.

Mobile Innovations for Social Good

NTEN

Recently, over 300 innovators and changemakers interested in the intersection of technology and social benefit work converged for a few days of idea-sharing, learning, and collaboration at NetSquared's annual conference. An academic-community partnership, the project brings together immigrant day laborers, scholars, software developers, and community organizers for participatory design, curriculum development, evaluation and research around this emerging media tool and its social impact.

Visitor Studies Association Replaces Keynotes with Dialogue

Museum 2.0

A person is randomly designated as the facilitator for a 15 minute discussion on each of the topics in the envelope. It will be interesting to see how people react to the conference and whether they feel valued or put upon in the participatory sessions. The VSA will be doing post-conference evaluations to find out. It’s not often I wake up and think: I wish I could go to another conference this summer. In Houston. In July.