Get Your Board on Board: Structuring Governance Based on Organizational and Lifecycle Needs

ASU Lodestar Center

The question then turns to this: how can nonprofits structure their governance based on their organizational and lifecycle needs? Challenging as it may seem, the payoff that comes from structuring governance according to organizational and lifecycle needs is well worth the time and effort.

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? Overnight Reflection. What I think is the magic is the use of “overnight reflection.” Photo by Trav Williams.

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

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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.

Reflections from the World Economic Forum: Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

Connection Cafe

And companies like Unilever are not only focused on their supply chain, but re-structuring their advertising practices to better support and promote gender equality. The collaboration and innovative thinking around building a better world I saw at Davos this year encouraged me. Part 2 in a 2-part Davos report for the Social Good Community ( See Part 1 here ).

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. It's finally 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. There are many ways to do this, but try to avoid the “Q/A of the Expert at the End,” and facilitate discussion that is more reflective. Reflection.

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Cross-Sector Collaboration: The train to community impact

ASU Lodestar Center

Proposition 22: The normal expectation ought to be that success will be very difficult to achieve in cross-sector collaborations.” - John Bryson, et al., "The The Design and Implementation of Cross-Sector Collaborations". Collaboration is emerging as a popular vehicle to solve complicated problems that our communities face. Worse yet, they have not considered the repercussions of boarding the collaboration train.

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Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

If this has you reflecting on your experience, remember that there are tangible tips you can use to connect your organization. Year after year, professionals in the sector keep coming back to that dreaded word, “silos.”

Reflections on the Science Center World Congress

Museum 2.0

We need to create some collaborative structures (probably on the web) for continued dialogue and mutual support. What is the Science Center World Congress ?

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

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The NTEN project WeAreMedia project is an excellent personal learning laboratory for reflection and insights about this topic. " Dave Cormier signed up to be a critical friend soon after the project launched and posted a reflection here. Levels of Collaboration.

Research Friday: Leadership Development & Performance Management - Reflections from Daring to Lead 2011

ASU Lodestar Center

Leaders are proponents of professional development, and the vast majority of them value shared leadership — meaning an approach that is both inclusive and collaborative, and shares decision making and authority with others throughout the organization. posted by.

Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

Connection Cafe

They raise money by crafting documents that reflect the terms of those who give it. Over many years, my colleagues and I at The Rensselaerville Institute have learned that proposals based on process, structure, and beliefs are needlessly long. Collaboration is essential.

My Three Words for 2011: Seek, Sense, and Share

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This is building time in for reflection and putting I find out into practice. Sense making is also experimenting and learning by doing. It is also a process that happens, in part, in quiet – and for me that means embracing slowness. reflection seek sense share three words

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Reflections from the Communications Network Conference: Wisdom of Crowds – Succeeding in Practice?


"Adin Miller, a friend and all-around smart guy, wrote a blog post reflecting on James Surowiecki’s talk about the“ Wisdom of Crowds ” at the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference. " Tags: Influence Collaboration Communication Our CEO recently attended the Communications Network 2010 Conference.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration / Cancún Yucatán, (Int.) New ways to collaborate with each other. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Structuring Major Gifts Conference.

The emancipation of the charity employee

Steve Bridger

Translate this to your charity : passionate and creative people from all kinds of backgrounds coming together, inspiring each other and collaboratively making change. It’s already been a pretty damn good week.

The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Digital Teams

Connection Cafe

The Structures of Effective Digital Teams. Percent of organizations using each team structure. Hybrid teams are the most popular structure in small (50%), medium (41%), and large (33%) organizations.

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Staying Competitive in the Battle for Fundraising Talent

Connection Cafe

We wanted to understand and share how institutions of all sizes and structures create intentional and effective strategies. In many ways, the talent management strategy that engages staff and delivers results for the institution will reflect its unique culture.

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

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The nature of today’s nonprofit workplace – fast paced and heavy workloads – makes it nearly impossible to find the reflective time to put together a learning plan and implement it. In large part, this focuses on setting policies and creating structures to support and manage teams.

Will the Sharing Economy Catalyze New Forms of Philanthropy?

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Now that we’ve had some time to reflect, I am wondering about how the Sharing Economy will catalyze new forms of philanthropy and CSR? Lucy Bernholz wrote a reflection post Share Conference called “ Sharing Data.”

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7 Patterns of Nonprofit Digital Teams


What we’ve seen across all organizations, regardless of size, is that digital teams—their structure, leadership, and how they are affected by the culture of the institutions where they work—are the biggest predictor of online effectiveness.

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Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

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One area we cover is social awareness, the ability to recognize and understand the moods of other individuals and teams that we collaborate with professionally. Use reflective listening skills and clear communication to adjust. Reflection questions : “Why did this work?”.

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Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

Connection Cafe

The Builder constructs a: Sustainable financial structure that meets mission needs, goals, and aspirations over time. Work collaboratively and creatively to pursue new sources of earned revenues—government funders, foundations, events, major donors, board of directors , and individual donors.

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Kids, Coercion, and Co-Design

Museum 2.0

I've written about different structures for participatory processes (especially in museums), and recently, I've been interested in how we can apply these structures to the design of public space.

Experiential Leadership Development

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For the leadership development, there were four guiding questions that we explored throughout our journey – and now as I’m back I will continue to reflect and take action based on these: What does it mean to be a leader in the face of complex challenges.

Getting on Top of Your Task List


Seemed like a good thing to reflect on over the long weekend. Collaborative software commonly used for project management software generally comes with ways of dividing up project tasks. In Basecamp ( ), you have a simple structure of milestones that give you due-dates, and to-do lists that assign responsibilities for meeting those dates. Tags: personal productivity GMail email collaboration Project Management task management

Innovation, Agility, and Social Organizations


They are experimenting with structures, processes, and behaviors that enable agility. Speed is a key factor, and the combined level of emphasis on operational improvement and innovation is a direct reflection of it.”

Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

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While participants in each track will explore their topics in depth and in the context of a facilitated structure, there will be inspiring keynotes and opportunities for networking for all participants. I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.

Digital business is a strategic priority for CEOs… but not for CIOs (yet).


Despite their optimism, executives consistently cite two challenges in fulfilling the promise of digital technologies: organizational structures and shortcomings in their infrastructure and IT systems, which can be too inflexible or ill equipped to take advantage of a data-rich world.

Engagement Strategies to Turn Nonprofit Board Members into Ambassadors for Your Cause

Connection Cafe

Plan for the meeting to last around 30 minutes and include a review of the organization’s history, mission, and board structure/requirements on the agenda. Committing to this type of recruitment process will ensure a successful collaboration between new members, existing members, and staff.

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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. He asked to reflect on our network map.

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

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Note From Beth: A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a meeting with other capacity builders who work with networks. I wrote a quick reflection on some of the techniques used to facilitate the meeting. Photo by Beth Kanter.

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Growth Hacking Your Mission With People Power

Connection Cafe

They are the reflection of a larger trend of individuals interested in fundraising, organizing, and engaging on their own terms. Radical Collaboration. Growth hacking: a process of rapid experimentation to identify the most efficient ways to grow a business (or cause!).

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Guest Post: Restoration Artwork

Museum 2.0

In 2003, collaborator Stephanie Sherman and I “re-discovered,” the former store, declared nothing for sale, and began inviting artists to create works using the set, or collection of objects.

Rethinking Community Advisory Boards: the Story of C3

Museum 2.0

Our work would become more relevant, our collaborations more timely, our network more diverse. A year-long program with an intention to ignite new collaborations across the County to build a stronger, more connected community.

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Year Three as a Museum Director. Thrived.

Museum 2.0

It has some of the same feel as the disconnected affection of people wishing you a happy birthday on Facebook, with professional reflection baked in. We talk a lot at our museum about empowering our visitors, collaborators, interns, and staff by making space for them to shine.

Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program


It is important to establish a clear direction as to what you want these new structures to accomplish. In order to get the most out of social learning, your employees must feel free to share professional stories and posts that directly reflect on their work and their industry segment.

Net Smart: How To Thrive Online

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This book has been my companion lately – not only because it is so rich (check out the table of contents ) but it has given me a lot to think about and reflect on in terms of my own social media use – and how to be a lot of smarter about it.

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How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially digital technology and social media related. I use a simple structure to design: before, during, and after. Problem-solving and reflecting (Intellectual).

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.

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. _.

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. Then you reflect on the difference in creative energy – typically yes and has more of it. Capture their reflections on the flip chart by writing down key phrases.