NYU Guest Lecture: Data for Strategy Building and Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

Last week I had the huge honor of guest lecturing in Laurel Hart’s class for the masters course in Corporate and Organizational Communications at NYU’s school of continuing studies. presentation storytelling community content data guest lecture metrics nyu

Guest Lecture: NYU – Data and Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

presentation Presentations from 2011 community content data guest lecture planning storytelling strategyDate : April 28, 2011. Location : New York, NY. Topic : Nonprofits & Social Media. Description : This class is part of the Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program at NYU.

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Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

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If you are trying to do an interactive lecture, it stops group interaction. You can build your resilience by listening to a lecture! Yesterday, I spent a day facilitating leadership workshops for arts leaders attending the Art House Convergence Conference near Park City, Utah.

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KAUST Winter Enrichment Program 2013: Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

Amy Sample Ward

The course will include a lecture providing insight into the best practices of featured tools, and a hands-on learning component to help participants explore the tools directly on their laptops or in small group facilitated discussions. presentation Presentations from 2013 course kaust lecture middleeast saudi universityDate : January 23, 2013. Location : King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Topic : A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media.

Nonprofit Book Review: Social Startup Success – A Must Read for 2018

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Not too long, I had the pleasure of “walking The Dish” with Kathleen Kelly Janus, a social entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

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It incorporates many different ideas aligned with how people learn and how they learn best by moving away from the lecture and lecture notes and encouraging students to engage with their peers as they learn.

How data visualization brings numbers to life


“ More about this programme : Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development.

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Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

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On Monday, Rheingold delivered the UC’s Regents Lecture , “Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy” prior to working with a group of students in a seminar and launching a process to co-construct a peeragogy handbook/sourcebook. Photo by Aussiegal.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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The instructional design included different delivery methods: interactive lecture with slides and whiteboard, facilitation with sticky notes, small group exercises, posters, group discussion, self-directed activities, and self-directed online activities.

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Building Loyalty Through a Different Kind of Membership Program

Connection Cafe

Here are just a few activities that could earn members points: Buying a membership. Volunteering. Attending a lecture or event. Renewing a membership early. Completing a visitor survey and offer feedback. Making a purchase in the gift shop.

Online Experiences Need Interaction


Raise your hand if you enjoy 60-90 minute lectures. Live Q&A- Have you ever sat through a 60 minute lecture and walked away with no questions? Now keep them up if you love listening to others speak, without being able to ask questions or share your ideas.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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Recent research and teaching practice shows that the lecture is a less effective teaching tool. The point is to keep the lecturing or “push” content to the limits of the human attention span and look for opportunities for sharing and interaction.

Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

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The lectures are brief, fun conversations in the forums, and worksheets are great. Giving 2.0: The MOOC , is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.

Show The Love: Thoughtful Engagement to Retain Donors [eBook]

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By Claire Axelrad : Lifelong learner, listener, lecturer, lover, e’lucidator of all things philanthropic, passion-forward and people-centric. What happens when 14 nonprofit experts come together to share tried-and-true donor retention strategies, tips and ideas?

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Cool Social Tools: Wizeo


They donate interesting live content, like speeches, musical performances, lectures, or book readings, and take questions from the “audience”. This is a new series of posts from software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about.

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Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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Interactive Lectures by Sivasailam Thiagarajan. If you teach in higher education, you most likely will find yourself having to deliver a lecture. This book gives lots of methods to become a more effective trainer by ditching the lecture format.

Being Open and Personal – Joining the Museum Trends of 2015

Connection Cafe

A great way to get started and bring a wider audience to your doorstep is by broadcasting lectures through YouTube and Slideshare or posting articles online. Review the IP status of your collection and the permissions related to broadcasting lectures and workshops.

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Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

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On New Year’s Day, I heard a story on NPR about some research on instructional techniques used by many college professors – the lecture and how it is less effective in an age information abundance. Photo by Beth Kanter, Net Funders Conference, October, 2011.

Receiving the 2011 CASE Award for Enterprising Social Innovation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

As part of receiving the ESI Award, I was thrilled to deliver the 2011 Annual ESI Lecture and to meet the Fuqua School’s community. I hope that in my lecture, I convince my listeners, especially students, that they don’t need technology degrees to succeed in high tech.

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

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Happy New Year ! I had a wonderful break – filled with fun, family, walking, hiking, reading, quiet, and reflection. How about you? Last year, I decided that I didn’t need to wait until New Year’s to establish happy, healthy habits in my life.

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New on SSIR: Slacktivism, the gateway to change?

Amy Sample Ward

I recently did a guest lecture at The New School on the topic, I’ve had countless conversations with colleagues and friends, and I’ve been capturing ideas and questions to myself on scraps of paper everywhere. My guest lecture notes cover the first point, and today I want to share a few ideas about slacktivism as a gateway to change. My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review – you can read it and join the conversation at SSIR or read the repost below.

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

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I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year! I had a fantastic break, including a family vacation in Hawaii, walking, hiking, quiet, and reflection. How about you?

Take the Break: Recruiting College Students for Spring Recess Volunteering

Byte Technology

Indeed, a spring break sojourn was, and is, a de rigueur part of the university experience as much as dorm rooms, lecture halls and frat parties.

Content Curation for Nonprofits – Notes from #13ntccur8

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While it is hard to measure actual attention spans, there is research that people pay closest attention during the first 10-18 minutes of lecture – and then their minds wander.

7 Can’t-Miss Nonprofit Conferences for 2017

NonProfit Hub

Lectures are left for the classroom. In our roll-up-my-sleeves and get-r-done , scrappy nature, we tend to take advantage of any and all resources at our fingertips in the nonprofit sector. We do everything we can to save money, achieve our mission and learn as much as possible at home or from our office. The problem is that we can only get so far by teaching ourselves through YouTube videos and endlessly searching Google.

When to Say “No” to “Me, too!” in Fundraising

Connection Cafe

You may be groaning at this point—2015 has certainly been “The Year of Lectures about the Importance of Relationships with Donors”—but too many of us are still doing a terrible job of it.

Generation Y – Reinventing the Way We Communicate


Moving from a lecture format to a collaborative experience will energize the learning process and empower us to share and participate to a greater degree. Those of us born between 1980 to 1995 are commonly referred to as Generation-Y.

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

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Public speaking for change

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I originally started this blog as a way to keep more of our Benetech team aware of what was going on with me and other team members (through guest blogs) while on our travels. Many of us spend a big chunk of our time on the road rather than in the office, and it's good to share some of the reasons our office chairs are often empty! Speaking publicly is an important part of our work.

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.

Coherence: The Secret Science Of Brilliant Leadership

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Trained as a medical doctor, Watkins is now an honorary senior lecturer in neuroscience and psychological medicine at Imperial College, London and an affiliate professor of leadership at the European School of Management, London.

Why Nonprofit Stories are the Secret to Success

NonProfit Hub

The next time you’re at a crowded event or at a lecture, pay attention to what happens when the speaker says, “Now let me tell you a story.” Marc Pitman is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. helps leaders, especially in nonprofits, lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of “ Ask Without Fear! ®,” he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com.

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

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During the graduate course in evaluation and research methods, I gave an interactive lecture and lead discussion.

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Active Training: To Get Nonprofit Audiences Engaged, Keep Them Moving

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I suspect the same sorts of things happen when you are doing a powerpoint monologue or long lecture without any movement, interaction, or holding all questions until the end. This is not learning – and I dare say that it isn’t healthy for folks either to be sitting so long.

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Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

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When you want to acquire a new skill or apply some new knowledge, do you learn by passively sitting and listening to an expert lecture for 90 minutes without a break and 150 PPT slides? Source: Zazzle. How do you learn?

Making Data Visualizations: A Survival Guide And Other Resources

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You can get a quick overview of the ideas in the book from the deck above (and listen to a recent lecture ), but I definitely need to read this book.

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Meditations on Relevance, Part 1: Overview

Museum 2.0

Lecture on bees for an audience of beekeepers? "We want our museum to be relevant." I've heard (and said) this many times. But what does it mean for a cultural institution to be relevant? To whom? Relevance is relative and relational. It's the extent to which a thing is connected to something that matters. In pop culture contexts, relevance is about currency. Now-ness. Relevant information is ripped from the headlines, hot hot hot. Exhibition about #blacklivesmatter? That's relevant.

How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education


Yet I still see mostly lecture-driven presentations in which the only interaction is scheduled question-and-answer breaks.

4 Performance Measurement Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

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Downey, who previously led the social sector practice at McKinsey & Company, Australia, also is the author of Mission Control: How Nonprofits and Governments Can Focus, Achieve More and Change the World (Bibliomotion, May 2016) and lectures at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

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I came across the term “Learning Analytics” in an NPR story about the effectiveness of college lectures and ways to make learning more interactive. There are different definitions. I Love Social Media Measurement. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.