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. Networked Facilitation. Facilitated Listening Skills.

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.

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? I’ll be sharing tips and techniques on how to generate ideas or “brainstorming” techniques.

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: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

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I always learn something from his participatory style, humor, and techniques. Here’s a few things I learned. My colleague, Dirk Slater , has written about how he applies Gunner’s techniques in his own technology/activist trainings.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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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. This can be a mix of presentations by peers, with lots of facilitated discussion and interaction.

What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

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Here’s a few frameworks and techniques I learned first hand from Nancy as she accompanied me to the sessions I was leading. It is about simply learning how to use a new tool or technique.

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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: Facilitating Tech Training Internationally – Tips for Working with Interpreters

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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.

Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

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Earlier this month I was lucky enough to attend the CATechFest in LA designed and expertly facilitated by Aspiration. We had a wide ranging conversations about how to apply network mapping and visualization and debated about its use as a measurement technique vs strategy tool.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

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Here’s what my reflection: Technology Tools To Poll Participants. Help the facilitator understand who is the room at the beginning (demographics, experience, attitudes, knowledge about the topic) – a quick and dirty participant assessment.

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Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.” From Analysis to Evaluation: Tools, Tips, and Techniques from Trainers.

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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?

#13ntc Nonprofit Technology Conference: Plenary Session on Failing Informatively

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The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference takes place in Minneapolis next week. It is the largest gathering of people who work in the nonprofit sector and technology. Join us for a discussion about the value of failure in the nonprofit technology sector. Gaping Void Cartoons.

Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? #CoFLA

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Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? How do foundations address power, technology, and audience differently in the 21st century? Leadership that Values the Role of Technology is Key to Success. These techniques could be used to.

NTC Summary, and Nonprofit Technology Consulting 2.0

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology NTC Summary, and Nonprofit Technology Consulting 2.0 We’ve passed through Baltimore – which reminds me of a project I did once, way back when, to work with a group of mostly small and medium-sized organizations on technology planning. I was looking for the deeper purposes behind the implementation of technology.

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

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I’ve been following it for a while now and it is very inspiring on many different levels. The laboratory gives Greenpeace and its partners a space to design, test, iterative, and roll out new strategies and techniques for participatory campaigns or what has been called “People Powered.” Innovation Incubation :: piloting new ways of working, from practices to technologies.

DIY Nonprofit Technology: 5 Tips For Increasing Engagement on Facebook

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This would seem to be a no-brainer for encouraging engagement, but there are nuances for what kinds of questions will facilitate the best conversation. The London Symphony is a master of this technique.

9 Tech Trends Your Nonprofit’s Need To Know About

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Technology is advancing at blistering speeds. Because of this, anticipating tech trends is the only way to ensure your nonprofit is staying ahead of the latest technology. What’s new today is old tomorrow.

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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Nonprofit Technology, and more! The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences + Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Nonprofit Communications and Technology Conference. Communications & Technology.

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

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1) Review the Year: For as long as I can remember, I have kept an annual professional journal, using a variation of bullet journal technique. I’ve used Chris Brogan’s technique for over a decade and found it very helpful in keeping me focused.

Drupal Day at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference

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If you didn't have enough reasons to attend the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference , here's one more: the first ever Drupal Day for Nonprofit IT Professionals. ThinkShout is facilitating an NTC Drupal Day on April 3rd, 2012, the first day of the NTC. If you're interested in helping out with case studies or other planning/facilitation opportunities as part of the Drupal Day for Nonprofits, give Sean Larkin a shout !

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.” Our session will change the way you design and deliver technology trainings.

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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.” Others have also documented and used the technique or taught others how to do it.

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.

Can AI & Bots Help Create A More Positive Nonprofit Workplace Culture?

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. Much of my training and facilitation work lately has been centered around the ideas in my recent book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. I’ve been facilitating nonprofit workshops and staff retreats focused on creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

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.

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.

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. Technique 2: Affinity Mapping.

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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. It also helps participants take risks in trying new techniques because they have the support of their peers.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

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Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. I also love sharing techniques and tips with other trainers and often do “train the trainers” sessions as part of my practice.

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

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Peer Learning Capacity Building Programs: This year I continued my work in designing and facilitating peer learning programs on behalf of several foundations for their grantees. I also designed and facilitated a nonprofit leadership institute at Pepperdine University.

#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

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I’m in Minnesota for the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference where I am doing a plenary session on Saturday morning and two breakout sessions. To practice techniques like mind-mapping, use of visualization, attention-training, technology tools, and more to stay focused and productive in our work. He will teach us some drawing techniques for those of us who are not Picassos. Visualization Techniques.

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What I Learned from Beck (the rock star) about Participatory Arts

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The music he listened to on the radio "got its power" from studio techniques. By then, recorded music was no longer just the document of a performance—it was a composite of style, hooks, and production techniques, an extension of a popular personality’s image within a current sound.

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

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These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and focus setting: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words .” This year, I’m adding a technique from Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project to establish and track good habits on a monthly basis.

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Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

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I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam Mexico and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean.

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

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There are many nonprofit, social media, and technology conferences all year long. NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Conference: March 12-15th. This will be my 14th Nonprofit Technology Conference. Photo by George Galanais.

Playing the Social Media Game with 100 Bay Area Nonprofits

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Last week, I had the opportunity facilitate a " Social Media Strategy Map " workshop for over 100 Bay Area nonprofits. I don't get an opportunity to do this workshop with a large group, so this was fabulous learning experience to work out some techniques to make it scale.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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Nonprofit technology, and more! The Agents of Change Summit aims to unify and expand the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health and lifestyle behaviors for social good. Technology / #AOCS16 / @AOCSummit. Technology. Technology.

The Networked Nonprofit in Holland!

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I first met Joitske back in 2005 through Nancy White’s online facilitation workshop. technologies. techniques all over the world.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

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Going beyond content delivery, I also use a lot of participatory and hands-on learning techniques to help students gain a deeper understanding. More importantly, after every class I facilitate, I do a debrief with students as part of evaluating the training.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

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