Ariel Lev – Coworking’s Impact on Nonprofit Startups

– Ariel Lev   The word entrepreneur may relate to one’s status as a business owner or describe a type of person. In most cases, “entrepreneurs” have started for-profit organizations. Recently, social entrepreneur has described those starting organizations that are mission-oriented over profit-oriented. According to Stanford Social Innovation Review, this ambiguous term is used to…

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F. Douglas Powe, Jr. and Jasmine Rose Smothers – Success Now!

Partnering for “Now” Success – F. Douglas Powe, Jr., and Jasmine Rose Smothers   We have all heard those famous words, “the children are our future.” In Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, we argue that, for Millennials (young people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s ), the future…

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Hannah Ubl – All Voices Matter: Collaboration Across Generations

– Hannah Ubl   I’ll never forget my first day of kindergarten. With new backpack and light-up sneakers, I sat down at my assigned seat and looked at a giant purple sign that read, “There is no I in team.” This would become the motto of elementary school, middle school and high school. Collaboration was…

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David Gruder – The Secret Sauce of Nonprofit Engagement

– Dr. David Gruder, PhD, DCEP, Culture Architect   People generally select a nonprofit to support because they’re so aligned with its cause, and its ways of positively contributing to it, that they decide this is the tribe for them. But what’s the secret sauce guiding whether someone decides to engage with your nonprofit as…

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Bob Fox – Workspace Impacts Work Culture

– Bob Fox   Recently, I participated in a focus group for the book Change Your Space, Change Your Culture, which looks at what affects performance in the workplace. Driven by research showing that nearly 70% of the workforce is disengaged, we focused much of our energy on issues of engagement and culture. Every organization…

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Brian Sooy – Clarifying Your Cause Will Shape Your Manifesto

– Brian Sooy   Every day, worldwide, meaningful causes are trying harder than ever to get noticed, to rise above the noise, inspire change, motivate action, and speak with one voice. Before that can happen, you and your organization have to clarify who you are and what you do. At Aespire, we call this the…

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David Gruder – Nonprofits and Business Psychology Training

– Dr. David Gruder, Business Psychologist   Why Nonprofits Can’t Afford to Deprive Themselves of Business Psychology Training Leaders and their organizations inadvertently build nonprofits at the level of their psychological limitations, despite their highest mission and goals. This unfortunate reality is true whether a business is for-profit or nonprofit. It’s true whether a nonprofit…

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Cheryl Snapp Conner – Communicating Social Responsibility Goals

– Cheryl Snapp Conner   In case you haven’t noticed yet, social responsibility is good for business in a number of ways. It’s no longer a choice of 1) doing good, or 2) good for business. In an increasing number of arenas, these two goals are one and the same. Consider the following:   Millennials…

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Ed Bogle – Moving from Scarcity Thinking to Focused Impact

– Ed Bogle   Most nonprofits have very broad and lofty mission statements. In an attempt to satisfy the greater needs of their “target” constituencies they often spread their resources, dollars and people over too many fronts, in a noble attempt to achieve their broader mission. This leaves them in a mode of scarcity, constantly…

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Marcia McFee – Planning and Creativity

– Dr. Marcia McFee   We must talk about the processes of creativity: how we can work with each other, where the pitfalls are, and how we have different working styles. Those working styles can really be an asset at times, and, at times, can bog us down. People work in so many different ways.…

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