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. Here’s a some of what I learned about facilitating innovation and train the trainers design. How does your nonprofit facilitate innovating thinking and doing? Facilitation

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As trainers, Andrea and I both know the value of “modeling the model,” so we wanted to use and model best practices for designing effective meetings on their preferred platforms. Facilitation

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CNC routers, materials and 3D models

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

For working CNC routers need STL files, which you can download from – 3D models site. Examples of models that are made using these materials: Technological equipment. These programs allow for solid modeling. They can process models in 2d and 3d formats.

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Wealth Screening Versus Modeling: Making the Best Choice for your Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

To explain why, let’s consider the two most frequently used tools: wealth screening and custom modeling. Results facilitate rounding programs, prospect research, and basic segmentation of prospects into major and annual giving prospect.

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Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve had the honor of facilitating an online peer learning exchange of Knight Grantees that are hosting Giving Days, applying and iterating on the Giving Day Playbook since 2013. Try to avoid the content-driven model of an expert presenting for 50 minutes with a rushed Q/Q at the end.

Visual Meeting Facilitation Workshop with David Sibbet

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We used sticky notes and the mandala template. David modeled a full group discussion to gather up all the ideas – using a template that used the basic flows of facilitation – attention, energy, information, and operations.

How to Build a True Learning Community at the Core of Your Membership Model


I have often written about the Veterinary Information Network’s (VIN’s ) virtual membership and business models. At a recent visit at VIN’s headquarters in Davis, California, I was struck by the realization that developmental learning is the basis of every aspect of VIN’s model and practice.

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Reflections on MuseumNext and Facilitating Brainstorming

Museum 2.0

Facilitator bits. I was very interested in the way an event like this can effectively flip the standard model for brainstorming with outsiders; rather than each project leader paying individuals to come help work on their project, everyone paid to come and help each other.

SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1. Graphic Facilitation by Jonny Goldstein - click to see larger image.

Are Social Enterprises Viable Models for Funding Nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Social enterprise models may well offer an answer. Should nonprofits become more aggressive in adopting new business models that can add needed revenue? What are the downsides and dangers in pursuing new models? One answer to these questions may be the social enterprise model, which has the potential to revolutionize both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. These social enterprise efforts can add a business model by creating sustainable revenue.

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Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Like many people in the arts, I'm interested in new models that help people combine mission-driven work with an entrepreneurial spirit. A company in which employees are co-owners might translate well to a coop model. Tags: business models

Making Museum Tours Participatory: A Model from the Wing Luke Asian Museum

Museum 2.0

The guide, Vi Mar, was an incredible facilitator. This brought other voices into the tour, but more importantly, it modeled a potential interaction that we could have. But participatory facilitation can be taught. Last week, I visited the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle.

Agile Planning = a model for strategic thinking?


2004): The culture of the organization must be supportive of negotiation People must be trusted Fewer staff, with higher levels of competency Organizations must live with the decisions developers make Organizations need to have an environment that facilitates rapid communication between team member Now, if you google "agile planning" or "agile software development" you will get tons of really complicated project management methodologies. I had a bit of an epiphany this weekend.

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What's the True Cost of Live Facilitation?

Museum 2.0

Live facilitation has a varied role in museums. In special immersion exhibits like Dialogue in the Dark , in which visitors are led through a pitch black experience by a blind guide, or live action games like Operation Spy, facilitators are a necessary part of the experience.

Engaging Young Donors

Connection Cafe

There a number of ways your organization can develop the right plan to facilitate the right strategy to guide your constituents through the constituent lifecycle. Data Mining & Modeling Analytics Life Stage

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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?

The Move On Model: Inciting Visitor Social Action

Museum 2.0

The museum presented tour/programs for corporate and community groups around race (Courage), gender ( Purses, Platforms, and Power ), and religion ( Families of Abraham ), enlisting professional facilitators to lead discussions around the issues raised in the exhibitions.

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Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

There are a few core elements of the way communities work that we can learn from as a model for innovation as well. Community-Driven Model. Organizations, whether nonprofits, institutions, human services, or even ad hoc groups, can harness these elements of communities and use a community-driven model to design programs and services as well as create a platform for collaboration, and reposition themselves as the heart of the community.

The Living Library: Using Our Institutions as New Models for Civic Dialogue

Museum 2.0

A platform for museum staff to serve as facilitators of safe spaces for difficult conversations? When I think about museums becoming experience facilitators rather than experience providers, I typically imagine transforming the framework of museums, not the objects.

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Does the Most Powerful Work Live Onstage or Behind the Scenes?

Museum 2.0

The more my organization has become focused on community engagement, the more we've balanced being experience producers with being experience co-creators/facilitators. All of these organizations provide mind-blowing audience experiences and serve as inspiring models for their fields.

Collaborative Models for Capturing and Sharing Conference Notes at Nonprofit Gatherings

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This model can also be scaled to an entire blog community platform. With this model, there is a "wiki moderator" who has posted notes for participants who have never used a wiki before. Another example of using a wiki to organize captured notes was Amy Gahran's wiki of all the blog posts and notes from the recent Blogher conference, compiled post-event and facilitated by the use a conference tag.

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Who Counts? Grappling with Attendance as a Proxy for Impact

Museum 2.0

These sparks grew into sustained lifelong learning for at least 400 people, who got involved in local technology hobbyist projects, who pursued careers in science and technology, and helped us facilitate learning experiences as volunteers at the museum. visitors business models

Great Year-End Advice For Leaders

Eric Jacobsen Blog

EWF International provides professionally facilitated peer advisory groups for women business owners and executives. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

Celebrating Women Leaders in the Arts & Cultural Sector for International Women’s Day 2020

Connection Cafe

H er thoughts on personal facilitated experiences (PFEs) being the most remarkable way to connect with an audience are still influencing us. .

2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

Changing the model from one-to-one to one-to-many could result in foundations collaborating to fund a project (talk about changing the power dynamic!). 2020 will be remembered as the year that changed grantmaking.

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The Future of the Nonprofit Workplace: Introducing the Mobile Office | GuideStar Blog

AFP Blog

In the near future the term ‘office’ will be obsolete and the drab surroundings we associate with the executive life will be erased as a new model for work emerges. This emerging vision of the workplace will facilitate flexible working patterns in a society in which nine-to-five working is increasingly the exception rather than the rule.”

VisionLink Supports the National Academy Foundation’s Work-Based Learning Fellows


For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model that includes industry-focused curricula , work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise across the five career themes of Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2006 07:06 Written by Steve Sunday, 17 September 2006 08:36 I’m co-facilitating a session on software integration at the Web of Change conference this week with Michael Silberman of Echo Ditto. Building custom integrations has been a business model for decades. Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Integration: best of breed UI? Integration: best of breed UI?

How Corporate Responsibility Software is Changing to Meet Market Demands


As their demands evolve, so does corporate responsibility and the software used to facilitate it. For example, a modern corporate philanthropy platform lets employees choose their charities from an approved list of 501(c)(3) charities that reduces legal risk while facilitating donations.

In Defense of Community Managers

Amy Sample Ward

Community Managers ensure successful engagement and participation on a new platform by facilitating discussion, modeling behavior, and supporting leadership development. Community Managers provide key facilitation that empowers participation and engenders trust. As such, Community Managers play to a core element for any shared space: modeling behavior. Have you ever heard the phrase “herding cats&# used for our work?

We Have a Treaty…and It’s Great!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’ve been actively advocating for an international copyright exception model that would greatly benefit people with disabilities, as anyone who has read my blog over the years can attest! We could serve many more with a comparable international model.

A Nonprofit Guide to DIY Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

The organization will often do something to facilitate the raising of funds, but the exact method of how is up to the individual fundraisers. The concept of ‘DIY Fundraising’ has been quite popular in the nonprofit world for some time now.

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Virtual Meeting Check-Ins & Icebreakers During A Pandemic

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Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings. This post is #2 in a series I’ll be publishing on virtual meeting facilitation. The first post was an overview of 9 virtual facilitation tips. As the facilitator you can model it with brevity – it should be no more than 30 seconds. Meeting Facilitation Playbooks (many include icebreaker ideas).

How Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities


Looking at Communities through the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you can make a case that online communities support many of the needs that Abraham Maslow describes in his model, especially 1.) Early Development of the Purpose Model – In Flight Now. ————. Purpose.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I believe it is a combination of copyright exceptions and business model innovations. The second group of enablers of the brighter future are business model innovations. Technology advances have created the opportunity for many of us to experiment with one or more of these models.

How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

Connection Cafe

The opportunity for nonprofits is to create campaigns that facilitate deeper engagement and keep the following new rules in mind: The game has changed: Citizen movements play an enormous role in leading social change. People want to go big in 2017!

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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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Project Spaces: A Format for Outcome-Driven Events

Amy Sample Ward

Since co-authoring Social by Social last year, David Wilcox and I have had the opportunity to collaborate and facilitate various events for community and local government groups. Most recently, we facilitated at the Transformed By You event put on by Medway and Kent County Councils as a jointly-supported event to look for new ways to do things with the community.

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.

How Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities


Looking at Communities through the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you can make a case that online communities support many of the needs that Abraham Maslow describes in his model, especially 1.) Early Development of the Purpose Model – In Flight Now.

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

During the diplomatic conference, Bookshare was the most-cited model of what other countries could hope to achieve with the Treaty.

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

What is Ethical Consulting (not so surprising, I facilitated that one.). Business Models. Designers & Developers and Empowering Clients (combined session, I co-facilitated). I don’t usually title my tech blog entries with quite that sort of title, but that’s how I feel after spending 3 days with one of the most fabulous groups of people I have had the honor of spending time with in recent memory.

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Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Whether the model your foundation is using to help its grantees is a one-day master class or extended program, in the end, success is about having participants apply what they’ve learned and make these new skills an organizational habit.

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