What a difference a day or two makes. On Friday, I was greeted by several sources pointing out that it was World Happiness Day. And who other than the troubador of happiness Pharrell Williams was addressing the United Nations on the subject. There are a variety of ‘world happiness’ measures floating around. If you want […]
Here is pic of super cool blue band @fitbit that CEO @parkjames wears. Not commercially available #atlantichealth pic.twitter.com/5vE4aEvk4i — Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) March 18, 2015 Yesterday, I participated in two seemingly unrelated events that generated that question. Show More Summary
How many times have you heard that effective fundraising — moving people in general, making a durable impression — revolves around storytelling. Tapping into the hardwiring in the lizard part of our brain. Dates back to communicating in the cave. And all that. Here, perhaps, is the best ever example of the power of storytelling. If […]
Before critiquing art that speaks to climate change, the scientific community must broaden its view on what art is and how it can help the movement.
Nonprofits in the United States are making a revolutionary change in how they approach solutions to poverty.
Coherence, choreography, and change at the Ford Foundation: Work in Progress March 17, 2015 Organizations need change periodically, and most of them think they’ve found the perfect one. The Ford Foundation isn’t so sure, but it’s open...Show More Summary
How to give voice to public support—seven lessons from ONE Campaign.
This was a fun interview to do, with Dave Erasmus of Givey (UK mobile giving platform). Nineteen minutes (in British and American English) on what we're trying to understand at the Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab.
I've been inspired by these excellent videos, and I think you might be too. Give yourself a little time and enjoy them! 1. Paul Zak on the future of storytelling A look into the brain science of charitable giving. Here are the two ingredients every story needs in order to move people to give. Show More Summary
Communications is not an opportunity for nonprofits; it’s a necessity.
Three tips to help foundations supporting leadership development prepare for a successful journey.
Questions about civil society in the digital age are all I think about these days. Let me practice some of that thinking for you, if you have a minute...if not, let me wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving (USA and beyond).Recently, there's been a lot of good writing about why we have philanthropic foundations. Show More Summary
Last week, I was honored to deliver the lunch keynote at the 2014 TechNow Conference in Pittsburgh, PA organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. (My trick for helping participants avoid a food coma is to get the audience moving).… Read More
Moving beyond platitude and exploring how to operationalize collaboration.
The benefits and pitfalls—and how to do it right.
TechSoup’s annual Storymakers contest had some gr […]
I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford. I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving.… Read More
Guest post by Denise Howell, VolunteerMatch CFO This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014. I remember listening to Mari Kuraishi, President of Global Giving, at the Independent Sector a few years ago. She spoke about how we can … Continue reading ?
Charity Navigator is collaborating with Two Parrot Productions (a video production company that specializes in creating compelling mini-documentaries for non-profit organizations) to help them select THREE charities to receive 100% pro-bono video production grants for 2015. Show More Summary
The first step in developing leadership to advance large-scale social change is clearly defining the intended results.