Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

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The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. The curriculum was based on their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book and “ taxonomy for innovation.” Understanding: Methods for Analyzing Challenges and Opportunities.

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

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The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute. I even facilitated design labs to help with the research for my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. I also get asked about where to get facilitation training for design thinking methods.

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

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There are a lot different styles, philosophies, and techniques for facilitating groups of people. Check out the International Association of Facilitator’s Method database which contains more than 500 entries. That’s why I love looking and testing different methods.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. If you are facilitating the meeting you need figure out logistics like scheduling, materials, and effective use of technology for virtual meetings. The facilitation methods are participatory.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

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Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox? The most critical thing that distinguishes brainstorming from other types of facilitated group activity is the absence negative feedback.

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

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I also wanted to experiment with translating some facilitation techniques I use for face-to-face meetings (like sticky note facilitation ) to virtual meetings. Depending on the number of people in your group, there are different ways to facilitate the report out. Facilitation

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

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Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers. Facilitation

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. As the facilitator, you have give clear instructions to people and keep time.

Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

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Workplace flexibility creates a need for better skills in facilitating virtual meetings and hybrid meetings where some participants are in the room and others participate are using audio-only or video conferencing platform. Roles may include: Facilitator: Designs and Facilitates Meeting.

Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

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Gunner also facilitated a brainstorming and affinity mapping exercise to unpack all the possible topics for deep dives in small groups in the afternoon. These techniques are based on human-centered design principles.

Facilitating Creative Learning (for Professionals): More Notes on MuseumCamp

Museum 2.0

I first learned about this technique from Sam Kaner''s excellent book, Facilitator''s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Tag Team the Facilitation. And if you want a more efficient approach to multi-vocal facilitation, try an unconference.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Lisa Heft

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All this summer weve been introducing you to the facilitators who will make the three tracks so memorable. View the lineup of #14LCS speakers and facilitators and register today!

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

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It creates a safe space to share learning in a way that isn’t about pointing fingers or blaming (if facilitated in the right way). What techniques and methods have you used? Capacity Facilitation Leadership Learning Meetings Reflection

What are your most useful synchronous online facilitation practices?

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TechSoup holds regular meetings for nonprofits in Second Life and I have been attending regularly and sometimes facilitate like this I did this past week. I learned one from Nancy White when I took her online facilitation workshop. It kinds of gets in the way of effective facilitation.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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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?

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

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Last week at the IFC-Asia , I co-designed and facilitated a 90 minute workshop with Marco Kuntze titled “ The Digital NGO: The Journey from Paper to Screen.” Four Corners/Brainstorm Small Group Facilitation. We facilitated audience feedback and insights.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

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Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. Here’s what I learned: Facilitation Teams. Often, facilitation teams are brought together by an event host.

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

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Emerging Leaders Playbook: With the generous support of the Packard Foundation and in collaboration with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, we wrote and published the Emerging Leaders Playbook last year, along with facilitating a peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat.

How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

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Last week, I was lucky enough to participate in a brainstorming meeting at a foundation that was developing a strategy for its digital platforms (web, social, mobile, etc). The process was facilitated byPeter Maher, founder and CEO, of Luma Institute.

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How to Get Your Employees Involved in Giving Tuesday Campaigns

Givinga

Here are some of the methods you can use: Announce your campaign in closed employees Facebook and messenger groups like Slack or Microsoft Teams. Facilitate Micro-Campaigns and Crowdfunding.

Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up

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The event’s technical host, MCI Canada , used a unique setup that facilitated being able to hear many more speakers, tracks, and sessions in two days than a traditional conference could allow. Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up – Guest Post .

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

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Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy.

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The Social Media for Corporate Business

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Despite the usefulness of such methods, they can be disorganized, mixed in with non-work items, and the information can be dispersed among many tools. The company can facilitate announcements, as well as articles or blog posts.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

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In a couple of weeks, one of the sessions I’m facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose is called “ How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training.” Co-Designing and Working with Other Facilitators and Trainers. Facilitation Methods and Techniques.

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Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

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Earlier this month I co-facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.

Is Face-to-Face Communication Gone in the Digital Age?

SocialFish

One joint study, by USC, the London School of Economics and PWC, found 80 percent of Millennials chose face-to-face as their most preferred method of communication in the workplace (even Gen X scored only 78 percent on that question).

Preventing Fraud on our Online Giving Pages

Robert Weiner

One of the best ways methods is to set up Address Verification Service (AVS). to facilitate these transactions. A Few Good Methods for Processing Credit Cards. Vered Siegel , Manager of Development Services. Children’s Home + Aid. Kirsten Williams , Associate Director, Gift Services. University of Oregon Foundation. The Scams. The credit card scam/fraud attempt that many nonprofits have experiences starts with a very large online gift from an unknown donor.

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Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

Amy Sample Ward

Decide how information can be efficiently and realistically gathered utilizing the different methods that are best for your organization including: Surveys - Consider what features you will need. [Note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change.

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The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Is Going into Full Effect – Are You Ready?

Connection Cafe

During this time, many nonprofits reviewed their email marketing programs for compliance, and Blackbaud ensured all of our products used to send email facilitated your ability to do so. Track the date, time and method of their consent. And there is very specific instruction provided for language that must be included under CASL, regardless of whether the email collection method is electronic or paper.

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Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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I also designed and facilitated a six month peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat. Innovation Lab Facilitation : For the past few years, I’ve trained in and designed and facilitated innovation labs using the Luma Institute Methods. Happy New Year !

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

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Facilitator for Learning Network: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world and here in the US. I plan to do that with facilitation techniques for design and innovation labs. The Sun Sets on 2014.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

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The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell , Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.

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How To: DIY Community & Content Mapping

Amy Sample Ward

Over the last few of years I’ve had a the opportunity to work with a team of intelligent and thoughtful colleagues, speak at conferences, and collaborate with other facilitators and community builders. Along the right, list every kind of communications method you have, and be specific.

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Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

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” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “ human centered design ” methods. These are methods for developing solutions (any type) in service of people.

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New Resource for Nonprofits: The Data Playbook – Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

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The Playbook includes a few examples and methods for doing this. Facilitation skills: Someone who can work with others to define needs and questions, collect data, translate the results and then work with different individuals or teams to use it.

Keep Calm and Write It Down: How Reflective Practice Leads To Better Results for Nonprofits

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I’m facilitating a peer exchange for the Knight Foundation for a group of grantees that are hosting a Giving Days over the next year using its recently published Giving Day Playbook.

Finally, A Clear Shift in Attitudes About Measuring Social Media

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation organized a convening six months, ” Advancing Social Media Measureme nt ” that went beyond an overview and participants dug deeply into methods for measuring result s from using social media for nonprofit and philanthropy.

Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

The Playbook features a highly practical toolkit that consists of facilitator agendas and worksheets for nonprofit staff to apply the ideas and frameworks. Use Human-Centered Design Methods to Help Everyone Understand the Donor’s Experience with Your Organization.

Join Me at SXSW, 14NTC, and Other March Conferences

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I’ll be doing a session with colleagues Danette Peters and Roberto Cremonini on Outcomes, Impact, and Communication where will not only share some case studies and techniques for outcome-based evaluation, but model some small group facilitation techniques for the process.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

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The networks they selected were to represent their own particular lens to the design challenge. Everyone introduced themselves and their networks to the group with their self-portrait and shaped sticky notes and as the facilitator I drew the connections between nodes.

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

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My sessions were integrated into the various leadership, visioning process for women’s rights, curriculum development, and evaluation methods modules throughout the week as networked and social media skills were not the main focus.

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Budget matters and the Board Retreats!

Connection Cafe

I am a big believer in hiring a consultant or a facilitator to interview each board member prior to the retreat. One the most effective board retreats is the Drucker Method by noted business guru, Peter Drucker.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Its 45 workshops, seminars and lectures explore internal and external strategies, systems, methods, best practices and successful examples. Less a conference than a facilitated retreat, the 2016 gathering will encourage the active and full engagement of all participants.