Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox? This is the focus of a session called “ The Big Bang Theory: Creative Facilitation and Training Techniques, ” that I’m co-facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference with Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen. There are two basic ways to facilitate a group brainstorming session.

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

But this is more than a simple report on a highly successful leadership program that takes a systems approach to serving an underserved community, it is the authors playbook of how to design and implement a program, including facilitation recipes for designing meetings. When I design and facilitate meeting for clients, board meetings, or as part of a workshop, webinar or other training, I’m always looking for new ideas for facilitation and interactive processes.

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Facilitating with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a convening of ”network practitioners” (consultants and others who are working with or networks of people and organizations on social change goals) at the Packard Foundation and designed and facilitated by consultants Gig Barsoum and Heather Grant-McLoud. The purpose was share insights and learn more about creating, supporting, and managing networks.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Tech Training Internationally – Tips for Working with Interpreters

Beth Kanter

I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in Kiev, Ukraine where I got to facilitate a training for women’s organizations organized by Wake , an amazing start up founded by two respected colleagues Trish Tierney and Heather Ramsey. While I delivered some content sessions on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn strategy, I also facilitated interactive sessions. You have to think of your interpreters as extensions of your facilitation techniques.

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. Build structures to support meeting each other. Last week, I wrote about MuseumCamp , the annual professional development event we hold in Santa Cruz.

Reflections on MuseumNext and Facilitating Brainstorming

Museum 2.0

Facilitator bits. I'd like to see larger conferences incorporating an element like this--a structured opportunity for people to brainstorm with those who are outside their own personal networks. That said, the phrase "structured opportunity" is where MuseumNext suffered most. To remedy this error, here are four things I've learned about facilitating brainstorming sessions.

How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

As far as I can ascertain, this series was the first in which grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients came together in equal numbers and met as peers for reflective structured dialogue. This is not actually a photo from the dialogue series.

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How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

Beth Kanter

I co-lead a workshop on digital transformation, co-facilitated a master class on digital fundraising campaigns, co-hosted a learning breakfast for scholarship participants, co-designed a Big Room session on Technology for Good, and in between attended some amazing sessions. A structured reflection process generates insights about what worked and what could be improved. Facilitator Guide: [link].

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Beth Kanter

A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved. Use A Structured Process like “After Action Review”: One easy way to incorporate team reflection is to integrate a review process at the end of a project and include others from your organization not directly involved in the project. A structured process has a number of benefits.

Nonprofit Innovation Toolkits: Methods To Invent, Adopt, and Adapt Ideas to Deliver Better Results

Beth Kanter

Here is a write up about how the toolkit was designed and piloted, but of interest is how they framed the design challenge of designing the toolkit: How could they structure it so that people could dip in and out without having to wade through theory first?

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

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? To generate group or collective understanding, I facilitated a cluster or affinity analysis of the different themes.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Join other data experts, academics, practitioners, and social sector leaders for two days of skillfully-led sessions on topics ranging from aligning practice with policy to creating a culture of data, and how Silicon Valley is facilitating data practices in civil society. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Discover how these and other factors are irrevocably changing the ways donors structure their largest gifts of a lifetime.

How to Create an Exceptional Digital Events Experience with Video Chats

Cadmium CD

In an in-person event, these kind of sessions allow attendees to relax a little and interact with each other outside of the structure of sessions. Video Chat is the perfect option when it comes to facilitating interaction and engagement that will keep your attendees happy.

How to Create an Exceptional Digital Events Experience with Video Chats

Cadmium CD

In an in-person event, these kind of sessions allow attendees to relax a little and interact with each other outside of the structure of sessions. Video Chat is the perfect option when it comes to facilitating interaction and engagement that will keep your attendees happy.

New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits To Improve Resilience in 2021

Beth Kanter

Here are some rituals that I have consistently used over the past few decades: Review the Past Year: I use a tool called the “ Year Compass, a free downloadable booklet that provides a set of structured reflection questions that help you look back and ahead. Sunset at Half Moon Bay.

5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

Beth Kanter

1) Review the Year: I use tool called the “ Year Compass, a free downloadable booklet that provides a set of structured reflection questions that help you look back and ahead. All in all, I presented or facilitated over 50 keynotes, workshops, and webinars on the topic.

gokubi.com

gokubi.com

I had the pleasure of getting to know Michael a bit as we co-facilitated a session on software integration. He writes: The informal space, conference structure, and mix of people really encouraged everyone to be collaborative, forward-thinking, and solutions-oriented.

Guest Post: Maintaining a connection with pandemic-inactive volunteers

Twenty Hats

The best way I thought to keep in touch was to facilitate weekly 45-minute video calls on Zoom. The video calls have a consistent structure to them. A first-hand account from a CVA who succeeded in sustaining the connection to volunteers sidelined by the pandemic.

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How to Become a Nonprofit Leader

The Modern Nonprofit

The lack of structure can be challenging. They can also help facilitate connections to others in the industry and help you widen your professional network. Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes How to Become a Nonprofit Leader. Finding your passion is an incredible feeling.

Nonprofit Giving Trends and Future Fundraising Strategy

Bloomerang

Because, my friends, delivering happiness is the job of a true philanthropy (translated from the Greek as “love of humanity”) facilitator. Look at the following: (1) Does it have an intuitive navigation structure? (2)

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Is your organization ready to innovate? Three strategies for accelerating social innovation within nonprofits

ASU Lodestar Center

Create cycles of adaptation within the organization that enable staff to experiment with need ideas in a structured way. Partner with corporations, nonprofits, and government entities to facilitate external job swaps. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

Mind Mapping Options for Your Usages

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Its vocation is to facilitate the memorization and the organization of the thought thanks to a form of productive and attractive graphic information. It makes it possible to reduce information to the essential and thus facilitates the preparation of summaries.

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Why You Need a Content Strategy

Forum One

With a structure that allows for consistent and unified messaging, a website can create a compelling, immersive experience. Improving your calls-to-action helps you better serve your audience by facilitating engagement.

Top Reasons your Association Should Use Person Accounts

Nimble AMS

Associations need technology that uses a data model that facilitates business with both individuals and organizations. In doing so, the Nimble AMS team can easily adapt the solution to meet nearly every membership structure.

Follow the leader to deliver a connected, member-centric experience

Nimble AMS

Clearly, every association needs to be able to facilitate business with both individuals and organizations. On the surface, meeting the needs of such a structure may seem relatively straightforward. In doing so, the Nimble AMS team can easily adapt the solution to meet nearly every membership structure in the marketplace. What associations can learn from Salesforce to provide a better-connected member experience.

Ways To Use Zoom Breakout Rooms To Increase Meeting Engagement

Beth Kanter

As the facilitator or meeting host, you can also judge whether you have allowed for enough time by watching the note-taking process in the google document. Peer Assist: There are many ways to structure a peer assist where participants listen to each other’s challenges and provide advice.

How to Host a Virtual Networking Event

AccelEvents

The good news is that facilitating networking in a virtual setting is quite simple. If you are thinking of hosting a virtual networking event, we have some tips that can help you with the planning and facilitation process.

How to Form and Use an Advisory Board for Your Nonprofit

Get Fully Funded

This structured approach works well for busy members who want to make an impact but don’t have a lot of time and like to be plugged in exactly where they are needed. Advisory Boards Need Structure.

Why Every Organization Should Make Sustainability Part of its Mission

Saleforce Nonprofit

We are committed to actively advocating for clear and consistent science-based climate policies that facilitate a just and equitable global transition to a 1.5°C

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

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. A good facilitator knows how to shift or tweak the lesson plan in real time if it isn’t working as planned. Often, facilitation teams are brought together by an event host. Are there facilitation skills/techniques that you enjoy and are great at doing?

[VIDEO] The Board’s Role in Fundraising & Resource Development

Bloomerang

And so how do you facilitate that discussion about 100% board giving? The other thing that you’re going to do to facilitate that conversation is you’re going to. That’s how we facilitate it. .

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5 things every association should know about Salesforce-based AMS solutions

Nimble AMS

Associations need technology that facilitates business with both individuals and organizations. In doing so, the Nimble AMS team can easily adapt the solution to meet nearly every membership structure. Arm yourself with this information before making your final AMS choice.

Igniting the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Care2

Yet most nonprofits operate in very old school ways and if we don’t begin to openly examine the problems with these dated structures, we will fail in setting up future generations for nonprofit leadership success. The Playbook offers some great tips in getting current nonprofit leaders to coach emerging leaders in order to better facilitate their leadership development

4 steps to build a business case for new membership software

Nimble AMS

Show how the new systems can facilitate and drive those goals. A solid plan contains: the project structure. You know it’s time for new association management software. Does your organization?

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Virtual Meeting Check-Ins & Icebreakers During A Pandemic

Beth Kanter

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).

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Beth Kanter

Last year, I added another tool called the “ Year Compass, a free downloadable booklet that provides a set of structured reflection questions that help you look back and ahead. I’ve continued to do conference keynotes, workshops and facilitate staff retreats about activating a culture of wellbeing. All in all, I presented or facilitated over 50 keynotes, workshops, and webinars on the topic. Flickr photo by Geoff Livingston.

Communications Lessons Learned in 2020

Forum One

Instead, the main goal needed to be communicating critical information, facilitating information sharing, and supporting audiences (e.g., 2020 was an intense year. In 2021, people all around the globe are still trying to adapt to how to work and their personal lives.

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

Beth Kanter

This conference will be different from Nonprofit Technology Conference which is geared for a wide nonprofit audience. The summit will be an opportunity for deeper peer learning for nonprofit change makers in three theme areas: digital strategy , impact leadership , and the future of technology. I’m excited to be co-facilitating the Impact Leadership track with colleagues John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.

Are There Too Many Nonprofits in America?

NonProfit Hub

How Measures of Market Structure Shape Nonprofit Fiscal Health,” a group of scholars set out to answer the question of whether or not there are too many nonprofits in the U.S.—or, The study even suggests it may be possible that “dominant actors play important roles in facilitating the interactions among smaller organizations or have the resources to support ‘field-building’ activities that benefit the entire market.”

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration. Create a folder structure that categorizes your daily fundraising responsibilities. Manage geographically dispersed staff and beneficiaries by creating folder structures with content specific to regional offices. TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, Box.org.

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Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

After the session, she asked to reuse the game locally and I asked her to just let me know how it went: I recently facilitated a day long meeting with a group of 7 different community media centers in California. I design and facilitate a day long, in person meeting every other month dedicated to one of these topics. I really appreciated the structured and in depth discussion this activity created.

What Does an eLearning Consultant Do? The Complete Guide

Web Courseworks Associations

The environmental scan phase looks at the external market: who the association’s competition is, what the target market wants, if there is a market for the content being provided, what type of pricing structure to enact, and more.

The Problem of Nonprofit Data and Equity

NTEN

They keep it in structures that serve each platform and compel software developers to build integrations and connections (or not) so that their independent companies can sell in multiple markets.