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If a Blog Seems Like Too Much, Try a "Microblog"

Via Webware, I found a pretty cool microblogging service called tumblr. that could get more nonprofit staff blogging. Type in your email address and a password, select a name for your "tumblelog" and within seconds your blog is set up. Tumblr allows you to enter six types of media--word posts, photos, videos, quotes, URLs, and IM conversations, each with its own posting style. You can also add a bookmarklet to... Read more →

To Cure "Cyberbullying" We Need to Go To the Roots Of The Hatred

Since the Kathy Sierra incident earlier this week, I've been thinking about "cyberbullying." I joined Andy Carvin's Ning network. I've been reading blog posts and articles and thinking about codes of conduct and what needs to be done to stop the kind of hate-filled online attacks that Kathy has experienced. I've also been wondering what I want to say about all of this to support "Stop Cyberbullying Day." As I... Read more →

This is How We Need to Be Thinking About Using Technology

Emily Turner at World Grows Wide has had two great posts recently on the thinking processes she's used in helping nonprofits select technology tools. They're both great examples of the ways that nonprofits should be thinking and I encourage you to read them to get a peek inside the brain of someone who's thoughtfully considering how technology should fit into and enhance organizational culture, work processes, etc. In the first... Read more →

This Friday is Stop Cyberbullying Day

Andy Carvin has declared this Friday, March 30, "Stop Cyberbullying Day" in support of blogger Kathy Sierra, who recently went public with the death threats she has received. (BE AWARE--If you read Kathy's post, be careful where you do it. She made the brave and necessary choice to be very straight about the nature of the misogynistic torrent of hate that rained down on her and it's not entirely "work... Read more →

Is Your Focus on the Shortcuts or on The Journey?

Seth Godin has a great post on shortcuts: Hey. It's not so hard. If you make great stuff, people will find you. If you are transparent and accurate and doing what's good for the surfer, people will find you. If you regularly demonstrate knowledge of content that's worth seeking out, people (being selfish) will come, and people (being generous) will tell other people. It turns out that it's easier and... Read more →

Finding and Using Great Online Multimedia Content for Staff Development and Nonprofit Customer Services

Finding high quality multimedia content online can be a bit of a chore. Few of us have time to plow through YouTube or Google Video looking for the best resources. Fortunately, others are doing that for us. Via Open Culture, here's a pre-screened list of the best online documentaries. Depending on your organization's mission, some may be good resources to use with clients (such as in the health and lifestyle/society... Read more →

Another Thought on Entitlement, Scarcity and New Media

As I browsed my feed reader this morning, with thoughts of scarcity and entitlement in my head, I came across Steve Bridger's post with a link to an article in the Nonprofit Times regarding the use of blogs with donors. What suddenly occurred to me was that to the extent that nonprofits seem willing to consider the use of social media (blogs, podcasts, YouTube, Flickr, MySpace, etc.), it is primarily... Read more →

Scarcity, Abundance, Mental Models and Reader Responses

In the past several days I've received a number of comments and emails on my posts regarding scarcity thinking in nonprofits. I wanted to try to summarize some of what's come my way because I think that it all furthers the conversation. In a comment on my original post, Mike Wassenaar left me a link to an interesting 2003 report entitled Battered Agencies: Supporting Those Who Serve Low Income Communities.... Read more →

Move out of Scarcity Thinking By Embracing Your Mistakes

Continuing on my abundance vs. scarcity thread, in a post a few days ago I quoted from Chief Happiness Officer, Alexander Kjerulf, who notes that scarcity thinkers have little tolerance for mistakes, while the abundance mentality embraces mistakes for the learning that they bring. Reader Marie notes in comments that most people she knows are deathly afraid of making mistakes and that it's particularly true the higher up the ladder... Read more →

One Way to Move to Abundance Thinking:Focus On What You Can Give

Lately I've been reflecting on ways that organizations can move from scarcity to abundance thinking. Seth Godin has one idea based on his father's 50 years of consistent business success: I was thinking about the way my Dad does business the other day. He's been a successful executive (and then entrepreneur) for more than 50 years. I realized that I can't remember one time when he did this to get... Read more →