The Mind Of The Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Leaders must be: Mindful – being present and attentive to their employees’ needs. The Mind Of The Leader takes you on a journey, using real-world inspirational examples of successful companies, that begins with leading yourself and ends with leading your people.

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Skoll World Forum: My Annual Heart-Mind Feast

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Those around-the-clock meetings were the mind food for me: completely inspirational for my work in the coming year. Moreover, from Benetech’s standpoint, I get to spot projects that are candidates for Benetech Labs : needs that could turn into Benetech social enterprise products.

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What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

What makes an IT project successful? But as many of us have found out the hard way, on-time and on-budget projects do not necessarily mean a new system will realize proposed goals and yield expected value…or that users will even adopt the system as desired. Executive involvement is a primary variable in predicting the success of an IT project. Or, projects halt altogether when parties disagree and there is no way to make a definitive decision on a key issue.

What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition, Part Two

Connection Cafe

What makes an IT project successful? Project Manager : The project manager carries out the day-to-day management of the project and acts as a single point of contact for all project issues.

Mindfulness, Unplugging and Social Media Envy

Have Fun - Do Good

We went out and saw friends, went for a walk around the lake near our house, read books while listening to music, worked on creative projects we're often "too busy" to do, and went to sleep early. My number one mindfulness tip is to be aware of social media envy.

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Tips for Sharing Mind-Blowing Blog Posts


Her post is relevant to a policy discussion unfolding on the national scene since the approval board will release its decision about a major construction project in the protected wetlands this week. After months of wandering you’ve made it to the (nonprofit blogging) promised land!

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My Colorado Project empowers local change: Interview with Jason Manke

Amy Sample Ward

I recently came across the My Colorado Project when Jason Manke connected with me, asking for feedback and ideas about community building and online community engagement tools. Jason is the Media Director and My Colorado Project Manger for Community Shares of Colorado.

What makes a nonprofit technology project successful?


I've been working with a variety of nonprofits on different types of technology projects, and I think I'm getting better at "picking the winners" right out of the gate. Here goes: 1) Make sure management is bought in to the project from the start.

The Internet as a Diversion | Pew Internet & American Life Project

AFP Blog

The Internet as a Diversion | Pew Internet & American Life Project: "Three-quarters of online economic users--those Americans who use the internet to keep up with news about the economic recession or their own personal finances--go online to relax and take their minds off of the recession, according to an April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

Museum 2.0

This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value. When a participatory activity is designed without a goal in mind, you end up with a bunch of undervalued stuff and nowhere to put it. The project is designed to scale.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Social Capital 2019 is a content-rich, invitation-only conference bringing together the brightest nonprofit and corporate minds for a candid exchange on growing strategic partnerships. Xperience Design Project. Xperience Design Project. It's finally here!

Kicking Off a Technology Project Right


Taproot Foundation president Aaron Hurst has written a fair amount, including a whole book, on managing pro-bono projects. His basic premise is that it can be useful to have a full team meeting prior to the start of the meeting, to discuss: "Assume that, six months down the road, everything that could go wrong on this project has gone wrong. Focus on the three to five most likely reasons that the project could fail or go off the rails.

Manage Your Projects With Open Atrium


link] Now in first beta, Open Atrium from Development Seed consolidates powerful project management features to Drupal in a modern, polished format. When we first started bearing down on Drupal two years ago, about the first thing we wanted to do manage independent projects on our own site. We got reasonably far, with the ability to define clients, projects, tasks and organize blog-like discussion and documents for each. I’m trying out Open Atrium.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

By working your network and projecting your values, you can get people excited about your campaign and grow the volunteer base that you need. They’ll hear from you more regularly and your frequent communication will keep you top-of-mind.

The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines

Museum 2.0

Today, a look at one of the projects I believe does this best--the World Beach Project. The World Beach Project is managed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with artist-in-residence Sue Lawty. The World Beach Project does not exist in the V&A Museum.

Bullet Journaling for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As Beth described it earlier, “it is actually a methodology best described as a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.”. Guest Post Mindfulness Reflection

Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

Museum 2.0

The Machine Project and the Hammer Museum have just released an incredible ebook documenting Machine's year-long residency at the Hammer in 2010. Several artists offer surprising insights into making participatory projects appealing to visitors.

Treat Your Website Project Like an Investment Rather than an Expense

Tech Soup Blog

Mind Shift: Expense Versus Investment. The big problem is that most nonprofit web design projects are considered a one-time expense, instead of a long-term investment. Integrations, scalability, and speed to market are all things to keep in mind when selecting digital tools.

Social Media Benchmarking: Gauging Success for Project and Organizations in Global Health and Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Using it as a diagnostic to help networks of similar nonprofits learn best practices from each other. Here’s a guest post about the a group of organizations and projects working Global Health and Development are using it. Flickr Photo by Kevlar.

Nonprofit Communications » Blog Archive » Tips for Giving Social Media Projects to Interns

AFP Blog

Nonprofit Communications » Blog Archive » Tips for Giving Social Media Projects to Interns: "If you are thinking about giving a social media project to an intern or a new employee who is a recent college grad, keep these four tips in mind. They’ll not only make your intern’s experience much better, but your organization will benefit too

Developing a Participatory, Provocative History Project at a Small Museum in Minnesota: Interview with Mary Warner

Museum 2.0

Earlier this year, I was fascinated to read the account of a participatory project at the Morrison County Historical Society in Minnesota, in which community members were invited to write essays about “what’s it like” to have various life experiences in the County.

New TechBridge Crowdfunding Platform Launches for Nonprofit Technology Projects

Tech Soup Blog

nonprofits to raise funds for technology projects. It is the first crowdfunding platform exclusively for nonprofit technology projects. Greenfunder is an international crowdfunding site where environmental social enterprises (including nonprofits) can raise funds for their projects.

Traits of a Successful Project Manager: Part 3 – Organization and Multitasking

Beaconfire Wire

Being a successful project manager goes beyond learning what needs to be done to keep a project moving. The Beaconfire project and client managers discussed Leadership and Decision-Making in our previous post – this week we will focus on: Organization and the ability to Multitask. Amanda: A successful project manager can pay attention to details and the big picture simultaneously. What traits do you feel make a successful project manager?

Project planning and tai chi


When you meet on the web project next week, keep a sharp eye out for feature requests that will bust our launch schedule.” I’m not going to compare my project meetings with facing the Crazy 88. During a break, try very gently massaging the front of the eyes, and let the attention of your mind also relax the back of your eyes. Finally, a comment Steve Connell made in Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules , one of the classic books about software project management.

Nonprofit Professionals: Don’t Let Email Spoil Your Summer Vacation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Delegate : For specific projects or needs, point people elsewhere during your absence. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness ResilienceMobile phones and 24/7 connectivity blur the lines between personal and work time, especially during summer break or vacation.

Lessons Learned from the Rollout

Connection Cafe

I’m sure many of you have followed the launch (and re-launch ) of over the last few weeks, as this must rank as one of the most highly publicized (and scrutinized) technology projects in recent memory. “ Begin with the end in mind ,” as Steven Covey might say.

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Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As your team’s projects get bigger or more complex or you are trying to accomplish more with less resources, it gets harder without more intentional planning. Most of this information could be better captured in a dashboard, project document or an email update.

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Keeping these eight basic do's and don'ts in mind as you write your RFP will simplify your workload and yield great results! it's critical to outline realistic project milestones + deadlines. Do those examples include a project similar to the one from your RFP?

Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meet my colleague, Meico Marquette Whitlock, who is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie. I had an opportunity to interview Meico about being a Mindful Techie. However, now I’m bringing a new tool to my work in the form of mindfulness. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness

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[Guide] Creating Video for Nonprofits

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Creating a video with social media in mind (while also growing your social media audience organically) is a great way to grow your base and reach more supporters. How do you get started on a new project? If I find a track or some song, I’ll base a project off of that song.

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Pepsi Refresh Project: An Insider's View - Guest Post by Bonin Bough

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In December, I wrote about Pepsi's bold move of not spending money on Super Bowl ads for Pepsi beverages but using the money for lethal generosity through its Pepsi Refresh Project. Our theory of social change is that new ideas are born from optimism, a curious mind and a creative spirit.

Quick Hit: Help Me Name My Next Project

Museum 2.0

As some of you know, I'm working on a project to open an experimental cafe in Santa Cruz that serves craft beer, Belgian frites, and intriguing encounters with strangers. For the past few months, I've had a name for the project: The Stranger Cafe. Dear Museum 2.0

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Block out time on your calendar from 60-120 minutes and take on a particular project that requires high concentration like writing proposals or reports, or creative thinking and planning. Capacity Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m facilitating a peer learning project on practical networked leadership skills for emerging nonprofit leaders. As we all know, living in a networked world creates opportunities for abundance. Leadership MindfulnessFlickr Photo by udithawix.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Lynne Wester, fundraising consultant and author of the Donor Guru Blog , offers a post called “ Ants Marching and Managing Your Workload ” provides some great systems for managing projects and deadlines. Mindfulness

An Ingenious Texting Bot from @SFMOMA

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The problem that the “ Send Me SFMOMA ” project is trying to solve is that The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has 34,678 items in its collection. Bots Happy Healthy Nonprofit MindfulnessAs we enter the age of automation, more and more nonprofits are using bots.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When you’ve been doing what you do for a long time, it is also about unlearning (being mindful when bad habits creep in and changing them) and relearning what you have learned or updating it. Most of work projects are capacity building and training other trainers.

Happy National Day of Unplugging

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The project is an adaption of the ancient ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones. Mindfulness

Evolving Project Management for Evolving Website Technologies


To get the most out of a modern site, however, you need to have a different kind of project management approach. Other things have changed with the technology, such as maintaining flexibility throughout the project. Getting these things matched up correctly can make all the difference in managing a successful web project. . To oversimplify again, modern web development technologies are also more forgiving of changed minds, evolutionary thinking, and learning from experience.

The Jing Project: Embed Screencasts Into Conversation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That in and of itsef is a little mind blowing. And, I have to prepare some instruction in a completely different context, get organized to visit Sharing Foundation projects, pack T-shirts, AND finish the massives amount of work before I go. Click to play.

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Kivi Leroux Miller, Guest Post: Tips for giving social media projects to interns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you are thinking about giving a social media project to an intern or a new employee who is a recent college grad, keep these four tips in mind. For your social media project to succeed, the senior management of your organization needs to understand it. Open your mind.

7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction: Are You Content Fried!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I decided to spend a little bit time reflecting on the diagram and pull out some tips for re-learning focus: 1.) Manage Your Attention, Not Just Your Time: Don’t just create a to do list, lay it out on daily and weekly schedule, breaking down key tasks of the project to chunks.

How’s Your Project Going? - Metrics for Development Builds

Beaconfire Wire

How do the client and consultant determine how well their development project is proceeding inside of that black box? Every time I discuss metrics, I realize that as a Tech Lead, my goals are not quite the same as a Project Manager - even Technical Project Managers.