How the art of wire twisting can inform nonprofit strategy

30 Apr

My recent foray into jewelry making has yielded a surprising epiphany about rebuilding and strengthening nonprofits. As with the jewelry, this insight seemed obvious once I saw it, but it required both a shift in my view of the challenge and a willingness to learn from another perspective.

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Path for the new year

31 Dec

2011 leaves behind a trail of amazing questions and challenges that we could hardly imagine at this time last year. Here’s to a different new year!

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Civic engagement, poverty, power and giving: Recent posts in Nonprofit Quarterly

22 Dec

Wide ranging topics in my latest postings for the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire

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On hoarfrost and seizing the moment

7 Dec

Yesterday, the season’s first hard frost created an unworldly beauty, but it didn’t last. Next time I feel like putting off the work of grappling with a spark of inspiration because I’m “busy”, I’ll remember today.

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Five ways to change the world

29 Nov

Challenge motivation. Challenge assumptions. Challenge organization. Challenge authority. Challenge ourselves. Themes from my recent Nonprofit Quarterly articles.

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An extraordinary conversation about building community

22 Nov

I recently facilitated a conversation with members of the “consumer council” for a local organization that serves people living with with serious mental illness and brain injury challenges. I didn’t know what to expect. I was inspired by what I experienced.

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The future of philanthropy, zombies and more- recent posts from NPQ

1 Nov

Here are my most recent articles for the Nonprofit Quarterly’s Newswire. As an indication of how much nonprofits are craving good news, the “Pinch me . . .” story went viral, and has been featured by the Council on Foundation’s “Philanthropy in the News” and LinkedIn’s “Nonprofit Today”.

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The gift of questions

31 Oct

I can’t remember when we’ve had such fundamental questions about our collective values as a society in my adult lifetime. So I’ve gathered some inspiring quotes about questions to inspire all of us to ask more questions, everyday!

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The roots of nonprofit power need tending

28 Oct

The original source of power for the good work of non-profits, people who care about their communities, is all around us. But, according to Ruth McCambridge of the Nonprofit Quarterly, nonprofits today could do far more to harness this power.

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Join us in New Zealand February 2012: Sustainable tourism study tour!

25 Oct

This coming February, I’m helping to lead a study tour to New Zealand for travel professionals, planners, and community developers who want to learn from a destination renowned for quality tourism experiences. What better way to learn than to experience it ourselves, and debrief that experience with New Zealand based travel industry professionals along the way!

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