Congratulations to Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio!

2 Mar

Inspiring videos and a big-time award for Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio program; so glad to be a part of this great initiative!

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An Inspired New Year!

14 Jan

So many posts to write, so little time! No excuses! Here’s a preview of upcoming topics, inspired by work of the past year, along with a poem excerpt inspiring for the new year.

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Agritourism initiative in Oregon

17 Jun

I’ve been working with Travel Oregon as well as a group of partners including Oregon State University Small Farms program to cultivate a better environment for agritourism here. This work renews my gratefulness to those who steward the environment, preserve open space and beautiful vistas, and work the soil to put healthy delicious food on my table!

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Project updates: tourism, collaboratives, sustainability, crowd-funding, more!

12 Jun

In a departure from our usual blog mini-essays, here’s an overview and links for some of the fabulous projects and groups with whom we’re working now.

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Project Update: An Oregon Timber Town Reinventing Itself

2 May

How are the people in Oakridge, Oregon reinventing their community? Prepare to be inspired!

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Could you use a thinking partner?

30 Sep

What if you had a trusted nonprofit peer with whom to test new ideas, explore strategy options or troubleshoot challenges?

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Labor Day musings on change

2 Sep

Happy Labor Day weekend! This quiet weekend has me thinking about transitions—how we often know that they’re underway long before they’re official, and how such transitions pull us into a suspended state between wanting to appreciate what we have and wanting to move toward something new and less known.

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Latest nonprofit buzzword of the year: Resilience

30 Jul

“Resilient” may be the new “sustainable” aspiration for the nonprofit sector. We can learn much about how resilience works from other disciplines such as biology, engineering and psychology. Here are some key transferable concepts.

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Recent articles on the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire

20 Mar

There is a season for everything, and apparently this past month hasn’t been one for blogging! Here, however, are my most recent newswire articles, covering such topics as funding trends and social enterprise. NPQ has revamped its website, so I encourage you to check out all the good content while you are there!

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Evaluating to learn: workshop materials

10 Jan

Here is information from a new nonprofit evaluation workshop I’ve delivered in different forms recently. The workshop features a particular kind of evaluation called “performance improvement”, which focuses on evaluating your work in real time for the purposes of learning how to do it better so that you can achieve your goals.

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