Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The session is designed to answer three questions: Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what are the best practices to avoid it? What is Collaborative Overload? There are ways of working that can reduce collaborative overload.

Changing our vision of Change: Revisiting the Pollyanna Principles

Amy Sample Ward

We have thought of this more as a project than as an institution-building exercise, and the project is nearing its completion.”. collaboration socialchange book change pollyanna principles promotion

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


Don’t forget - despite the structured, sometimes mechanical feel a fundraising plan can have, storytelling does have a place in the planning process. Tip: At this phase in the planning process, it’s also a helpful exercise to consider the potential for future giving.

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Experiential Leadership Development

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While the trip was a rich and deep experience, I using this post to reflect on the instructional design of the exercises and small group facilitation techniques. collaboration and interaction opportunities between participants, local experts, and others. Exercise #1: Herding Sheep.

Humanizing your organization creates amazing results. This is how.


Beforehand I had taken a fairly myopic view that, regardless of structure, a focus on behavior would do the trick. How did you start and what did that first exercise teach you?

Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

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If we lack the skills to avoid collaborative overload, manage difficult conversations, learn from failure, the resulting physical, emotional, and mental strain gets in the way of a nonprofit organization’s success.

Salesforce, Dreamforce & Nonprofits: It always comes back to the data model

Judi Sohn

The class was structured with lessons, followed by 20 minutes or so to complete an exercise. Before, you could only use Chatter to collaborate with people who shared your email address domain. I’m back from Dreamforce 2011 , trying to process everything I saw and learned.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

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Is there a lead facilitator who is responsible for the final decision or is the team to work collaboratively making decisions? In some exercises, such as the closing circle, the notes might be taken by hand so they ideas are captured. Peer Self-Assessment and Peer Coaching Exercises.

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

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Structure Content With An Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. This is what makes structure such a critical component of any content marketing process. It’s not a sexy topic, but structuring your ideas is what constrains our thoughts to adherable guidelines.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

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Brainstorming can be done as a solo activity or group or collaborative brainstorming. Group Idea Generation: After laying out the ground rules and a simple warm up exercise, participants are encouraged to share their ideas verbally. Brainstorming Warm Up Exercise.

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

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That’s when you can add a brief stretch break, energizer , or incorporate an exercise that requires getting up and moving around. I might have them sit and discuss a small group exercise, but the results are on the wall for a standing debrief.

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Learning is the Work

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If you are not already familiar with their work, you will learn a lot about online collaboration, knowledge management, informal learning, and networks by following them. Teaching the new is not structured because it is social learning.

70:20:10: Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process


Outside of E-Learnings as a newer platform to maximize user buy-in, a variety of efforts are starting to be included in a well-blended mix, such as Social Learning, Gamification, and Micro Learning exercise. Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process.

When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It was a very meaningful exercise for our entire team, resulting in what we call “ The Seven Benetech Truths.” This post originally appeared on CSRwire Talkback.

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The Art of Gathering: A Fabulous Book to Help You Host Better Meetings and Events

Museum 2.0

I had lots of creative formats for drawing people out, sharing stories, and working collaboratively. Here are my three big takeaways from The Art of Gathering : Hosting is an exercise in courageous leadership. I remember the first staff meeting I ever ran.

Mission Driven or People Driven?


3) Structuring around the customer, and not the product, policy, existing structures etc. TransforMED chose an entrepreneurial and collaborative discovery process rather than an esoteric and formal planning exercise. Is your organization mission or people driven? Are the two mutually exclusive or can they co-exist? I am confused. The claim of being “mission-driven” has been increasingly cropping up in our conversations with association executives lately.

Six Steps Your Nonprofit Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

NonProfit Hub

With over 18 years of experience as an organizational development professional, Katie has worked collaboratively with founders, boards, and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations. _.

Change Happens. Are you ready?


Good decision makers deliberately frame the question – defining goals, priorities and criteria – they think creatively about different options and have a structured and collaborative way of coming to a conclusion. Guest post by Stuart Easton. —————-.

Mission Driven or People Driven?


3) Structuring around the customer, and not the product, policy, existing structures etc. TransforMED chose an entrepreneurial and collaborative discovery process rather than an esoteric and formal planning exercise. Is your organization mission or people driven?

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If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

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It’s Not Too Late To Set Your Communications Agenda with LightBox Collaborative’s 2013 Editorial Calendar – Guest Post by Holly Minch, Lightbox Collaborative. The LightBox Collaborative 2013 Editorial Calendar is here!

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

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The secret is in the structure and design of the small group exercises. And, as the facilitator, you have to be good at improvising and skilled at coaching some participants to adapt exercise so it meets their need.

Human Motivation: The Forgotten Element in Our Theories and Practices


He believes that unlike the industrial era, organizations in the knowledge service era require people who are “ motivated, enabled, and empowered to achieve results by exercising judgment.”

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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I use a simple structure to design: before, during, and after. 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.

A Community-Driven Approach to Program Design

Museum 2.0

After several months of planning massively collaborative programs (a typical monthly event might involve 50 partners), we've realized that the people who are best at helping us come up with ideas are not necessarily the people who are best to help us execute them.

Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

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Participants might do an exercise, but the results are on the wall for a debrief. It is a more structured body break and incorporates more in-depth debrief on content. Low risk allows participants to collaborate on an answer to question and high risk asks one person to respond.

Self-Care for Now and Thinking about What we Know Right Now

Museum 2.0

I made a little free brochure of my exercises , Self-Care for Now, and I'd love to hear if you have any you've enjoyed. Collaboration, sharing, respecting skills. Written by: Seema Rao All, for the end of the month, I asked you what you're learning. I thought I'd share first, a bit of how I'm learning about myself. I went back to my roots this week, mapping out how I felt and was reacting.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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To get people in the mindset for brainstorming, I lead them through a couple of improvisation exercises that teach acceptance and openness to new ideas. Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab.

Can Nonprofit Organizations Work More Like Clouds? How?

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One problem with NP's is that they took their governance structures from for-profit corporations and these are obviously not optimal for the type of work they do. As an Employee - become more aware of the changing nature of work, and the traditional structures of authority.

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Is Information and Technology Overload Creating an ADD Era?

Tech Soup Blog

If one learns to put structure around technology - they will decrease the effect that technology is having on their brain. After all, we live in the midst of information and technology overload! And it is not going away anytime soon.

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Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Planning and Implementation

Tech Soup Blog

Once you have a vision and plan of how the reporting should come out of the system you can work backwards to determine the best structure and setup to use in QuickBooks. This exercise will promote team building and allow stake holders to walk a mile in another's shoes.

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Participatory Design Vs. Design for Participation: Exploring the Difference

Museum 2.0

It was co-designed by staff across the Ontario Science Centre, teen co-conspirators, and visitors via a series of ingenious brainstorming and making exercises developed by Julie Bowen and her brilliant team. Pop quiz! Which of these descriptions exemplifies participatory museum practice?

10 Steps to Extension Professional 2.0 Remix

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Collaboration on student projects or other ways. Discovery Exercise (from 23 things ). Discovery Exercise. Discover Exercise. Discovery Exercise: 1. Discovery Exercise: 1. Additional Exercises. Discovery Exercise from Learning 2.0:

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WeAreMedia: Reflections on Working Wikily - Getting out of the way

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Not sure where to jump in because of the way information is structured. Levels of Collaboration. What does collaboration work by community members look like? Amy Sample Ward took leadership in this section and contributed a design for a small group exercise.

10 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Blogs and Bloggers to Support Their Cause

Have Fun - Do Good

Gregg Swanson, the Executive Director of HumaniNet, blogged and uploaded photos to HumaniNet's Flickr account using a satellite connection as part of a disaster response simulation exercise in Asia.

How to Make Your Big Vision Real: Jennifer Lee of Artizen Coaching

Have Fun - Do Good

What are tips, exercises, or advice you give them to deal with that fear? Figure out how you can collaborate with them, and tap into them in a way that is going to serve your purpose. The biggest thing I think is having a support structure, that goes alongside with having a big vision.

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ExhibitFiles: Interviews with Initiators Jim Spadaccini and Wendy Pollock

Museum 2.0

That may be fine for people who want the exercise of reinventing the wheel, but it's a disaster if our goal is to grow and improve what we offer to visitors. I spoke to them on different days, so I've taken some liberty with structure here, but their words are maintained intact. Well, if we can come up with an open structure where anyone who works at any level of the process could share that process-that would be very unique and add very high value.

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