What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

Before the American Library Association’s Annual Conference , I had the privilege of taking a tour of the shoe retailer’s main office to see what libraries and nonprofits could learn from the company. The tour was organized by a group of library consultants from Kixal, Anneal, and Clarion Collaborative. When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. culture training staff nonprofits libraries

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

Box.org provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. You can use Box's cloud-based storage and collaboration tools to replace traditional on-premises file servers and traditional file-sharing processes. It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration. Create a folder structure that categorizes your daily fundraising responsibilities.

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What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

Before the American Library Association’s Annual Conference , I had the privilege of taking a tour of the shoe retailer’s main office to see what libraries and nonprofits could learn from the company. The tour was organized by a group of library consultants from Kixal, Anneal, and Clarion Collaborative. When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. culture training staff nonprofits libraries

21 Strategic Lessons for Creating Great Nonprofit Games

Tech Soup Blog

Games structure participation in vital civic actions like voting, budgeting, advocacy, movement-building, solving major challenges, and simulations for disaster preparedness. (BS). Farmville and FoldIt (showing the architecture of the AIDS virus) are related in terms of collaboration, crowdsourcing solutions through social play. (JD). ARIS is used for designing local, geolocative games at Global Kids connected to libraries and schools to talk about the history and issues in their.

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Furthering Your Nonprofit Career: 3 Tips for Development

Bloomerang

It used to be that you needed to enroll at a local school or spend hours in the library to learn new skills. Online courses are professionally structured and guided opportunities that simultaneously provide flexibility and convenience for students.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation: What Finance Needs from the Development System

sgEngage

Revenue and expense transactions need to use a common coding structure to properly match expenses to restricted or unrestricted revenue and the fundraising initiatives that generated the revenue. books for the library or basketballs for the athletics program).

Bookshare and the Power of We

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech’s Bookshare library is living proof that real, transformative change happens through partnerships and by helping people unleash their talents and energies. By partnering with all these stakeholders, we reinvented the traditional library for people with print disabilities and brought modern ebook technology to this underserved community. Our lower cost model allowed us to invert the power structure.

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Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I was delighted when Ron Schultz invited me to collaborate with him on his latest book Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy. To explain our approach, let’s look at Bookshare , our accessible online library for people with print disabilities. The Bookshare breakthrough put our users in charge of the collection with a crowd-sourced library built by—and for—the people it serves.

[VIDEO] Demystifying the Grants Lifecycle: Grant Seeking Lessons and Pro-tips from the Field

Bloomerang

Maybe you use a structured process and a grants database. I’m glad to see that more than half of you are using a structured process and a grants database. First, I mentioned you should use a database and a structured process to search for funders. .

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TechSoup's Donation Programs Continue to Grow

Tech Soup Blog

Since we launched our donation program in 2002, TechSoup has saved nonprofits and libraries in the United States and around the world over $3 billion dollars in IT expenses. We started the TechSoup product donation program in 2002, with Microsoft, Cisco, Intuit, Symantec, and a few other partners making donations available to nonprofits and libraries. Read how nonprofits and libraries are using the software. Read how nonprofits and libraries are using this product.

When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re actively participating in initiatives such as the Taproot Foundation Pro Bono Summit and the A Billion+ Change campaign , and we’re working closely with tech giants like HP and VMware to match and structure the right opportunities for their engineering teams to collaborate with our Project Partners. This post originally appeared on CSRwire Talkback.

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LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

For example, discussion forums can be used to encourage debate and collaborative learning when tied to a particular course or module. The LCMS functionality included in a learning management system is more normally used to collate, organize, and structure content into eLearning modules and courses, and can be very useful if you have curated a large library of content to be used and re-purposed.

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Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

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. Then, I have participants work in small groups, using a structured brainstorming process. Building basic processes for getting work done, for example collaborative calendar planning. Create a leadership library of nonprofit books for staff to check out and read.

[VIDEO] Building a Better Grants Strategy Post-COVID

Bloomerang

If you are able to collaborate, if you have good relationships with different partners, I think that that’s wonderful. there’s libraries and other nonprofit organizations where you can actually access the professional level of FDO.

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5 Things Oakland Taught Me about Civic Hacking

Tech Soup Blog

I was lucky enough to attend CityCamp Oakland earlier this month to see this collaboration in action. This inclusive spirit was also reflected in the structure of the event itself. I was especially thrilled to see that the Oakland Public Library was present. What happens when community members, technologists, city officials, and librarians join forces at City Hall to talk about how to improve their community? The answer is: something pretty amazing.

Print Access for All: Anna Reid in Chennai

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of the programs developed by Benetech is a digital library called Bookshare.org. As an intern, I was working for Bookshare in Chennai, India, as their "on-the-ground" person, doing outreach and helping to establish a structure that will support their service there. I collaborated with people at Worth Trust to develop techniques that will improve the efficiency and quality of their work.

What is the Current State of Grantseeking? Education

Tech Soup Blog

nonprofits and public libraries at a very special discounted $99 administrative fee. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.” Today and tomorrow only, GrantStation memberships are available to eligible U.S.

Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE

Have Fun - Do Good

FORGE uses a collaborative, rather than top-down model, to serve refugees' needs, and much has been written in the blogosphere and media about Erickson's "radical transparency" around the organization's financial challenges. The projects can range from preschools, to libraries and computer training centers, to women empowerment programs. You use a process that on your website was described as the, "collaborative project planning process."

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Meet the Experts: Interview with TechImpact’s Sam Chenkin

Tech Soup Blog

It’s pretty hard to make sense of what cloud services your charity or library actually need. I’d like to see email, file sharing, accounting, and other standard collaboration tools in the cloud and well supported. If you work with groups that are in opposition to current power structures and are worried about the government getting access to that data, cloud services might not be the right solution for you.

The Participatory Museum Process Part 4: Adventures in Self-Publishing

Museum 2.0

I decided to self-publish The Participatory Museum for four reasons: OPENNESS: I wanted the flexibility to license and distribute the book using an open structure to promote sharing. Also, my whole career is predicated on a structure where I give away ideas on the blog and then people hire me for money. The second part of the open structure is the Creative Commons license. available for free at your library and on the web.

Answers to the Ten Questions I am Most Often Asked

Museum 2.0

In Denmark and Amsterdam, I experienced radical dialogue programs like Human Library , but also a strict formalism as to what happens in galleries. This kind of engagement ladder provides a structured framework for participation without overly constraining how people get involved. Note: the title of this post pays homage to Elaine Heumann Gurian's excellent and quite different 1981 essay of the same title.

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

Have Fun - Do Good

The Ann Arbor District Library System uses a blog for the front page of their site. Library users can ask questions and make suggestions about library news, announcements and events in the comments of each post. Part of a blog's structure is something called a blog roll, a list of blogs in the sidebar that the blogger reads, or feels is related to the topic of their blog. Last March I was on a blogging panel for an event put on by the Alliance of Technology and Women.

10 Steps to Extension Professional 2.0 Remix

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Collaboration on student projects or other ways. Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines, tagging is completely unstructured and freeform, allowing users to create connections between data anyway they want. Nonprofit organizations, libraries, and educational institutions are experimenting with "user-generated" or community-powered campaigns. Create collaborative, student-authored resources. Collaborative Projects: [link].

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Museum 2.0 Rerun: Answers to the Ten Questions I Am Most Commonly Asked

Museum 2.0

In Denmark and Amsterdam, I experienced radical dialogue programs like Human Library , but also a strict formalism as to what happens in galleries. This kind of engagement ladder provides a structured framework for participation without overly constraining how people get involved. This August/September, I am "rerunning" popular Museum 2.0 blog posts from the past.

Top 10 SXSW Interactive Panels Your Nonprofit Should Attend - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Care2

Everything You Know About Web Design Is Wrong When: Friday, March 13th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Room A Description: Just as early filmmakers struggled to break free from the conventions of live theater, after 10+ years Web designers are still trapped in the structures of the past. Panelists: Heather Gold, Founder , Subvert.com, Danah Boyd, Researcher , Microsoft Research and Betty Flowers, LBJ Presidential Library 5.