Tag Archives: nonprofit innovation

Five new postings from the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire

19 Oct

Yet another installment of recent postings on the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire. The subjects include: questionable public policy moves, a troubled nonprofit and an effective one, and a new wrinkle in the Occupy protests.

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Nonprofit evaluation, funding challenges, Peace Corps: Four new NPQ postings

30 Sep

Though I can’t find a unifying theme in my most recent news wire posts for the Nonprofit Quarterly,the stories from which they draw are all interesting! This batch includes a retrospective look at the Peace Corps, financial challenges at two different nonprofits for two different reasons, and highlights from a new book on nonprofit evaluation.

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Challenging, creative times in the nonprofit world

13 Sep

Latest postings for the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire, starting with an inspiring chain of small kindnesses in Salem Oregon.

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Several posts on sustainability, and one on fair play

10 Jun

The saying goes that once you start envisioning something, the universe conspires to feed that vision. And recently, a spate of really interesting sustainability projects have come to my attention.

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Social media, silver bullets, community foundations and more

25 May

Well before I became a contributing writer, I scanned the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire almost every day. Below are links to some of my recent contributions, but really, there are other articles way more interesting than mine! Check it out yourself!

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You can’t buy happiness, but can you measure it?

17 Apr

The U.S. Constitution promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as inalienable rights. Now, the nonprofit Sustainable Seattle has launched a new initiative to tackle this third promise head-on.

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Five mindsets for nonprofit innovation

30 Dec

Whether or not you consider yourself creative, you’ve undoubtedly contributed to innovation. This is because innovation is largely a social, iterative process of developing, building upon and testing ideas over time. Here are some great examples of mindsets for innovation in the nonprofit arena.

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Mindsets for nonprofit innovation- a preview!

23 Dec

I just delivered a new training for nonprofits on “Five Mindsets for Nonprofit Innovation”. It was quite fun! The photo below perfectly illustrates “flipping your concept”, one of the five mindsets featured in the workshop. It’s excerpted from a “you tube” fundraising clip recently created by an Oregon nonprofit.

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Ashoka “strong communities” innovation competition; Be inspired!

28 Sep

Though I’m ambivalent about using web voting to drive investment in nonprofits (all the pluses and minuses of a middle school student council election/popularity contest), I love web-based competitions as platforms for disseminating promising new ideas. Ashoka Changemakers and the CommunityMatters network are hosting a competition for “Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change”. Read about the eight finalists here.

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Creativity is the most important leadership skill, say 1500 global CEOs

15 Jul

To better understand emerging global business trends, IBM has conducted extensive personal interviews with chief executive officers every two years since 2004. According to the 2010 report, CEOs cite “creativity” as the most important leadership quality for business success in the next five years. Drawing on their insights, here’s my take on what makes a creative leader for communities and nonprofits as well.

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