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Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

Well, it's that time again. This week's Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants was an open call, so we have posts on a variety of topics. From the nonprofit marketing arena, Nedra Kline Weinreich of Spare Change generously shares the slides and resources from her successful Next Generation Social Marketing Seminar held in DC last month in a post entitled The Ten Cs of Social Media. Also, Getting Attention's Nancy Schwartz reports... Read more →

23 Things--Web 2.0 Lessons Remixed for Nonprofits

A few weeks ago I mentioned the idea of doing a 23 Things Remix for Learning Web 2.0 in Nonprofits. Well, in my "spare time," (ha!) I've started building a 23 Things Remixed Wiki to do this and I think I'm ready to "go public." A couple of comments: The primary audience would be nonprofit staff who have little or no exposure to Web 2.0 tools. Like the original 23... Read more →

Culture of Training vs. Culture of Learning

A few days ago, I posted about an article in Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge. It was on an interview with Harvard professor Amy Edmondson who has found that that learning makes people less productive at work, at least during the learning process. I suggested that organizations should accept that lack of productivity is part of learning and that it shouldn't keep them from encouraging and supporting learning with their... Read more →

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants Open Call

I know it's late in the week to be posting, but it's my turn to host the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. It's an open call this week, so hit me with your best post from the past week or so. Because I'm so late in getting this up, I'm extending the deadline for submitting your post to 8 p.m. Sunday night. You can submit your post through the online form... Read more →

On Transparency

I read a lot of educator blogs. Most teachers and administrators who blog are thoughtful men and women with great insight and I always learn from them. Via Stephen Downes tonight comes a post from teacher Clarence Fisher on a recent experience he had with a class project: As part of the International Teen Life project (or ITL as we are now calling it, see the trendy new logoJamie Hide... Read more →

Does Learning Make You Less Productive? Probably.

Are teams that learn less productive than ones that don't? Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson says that in the short term, they probably are. In an interview in Working Knowledge from the Harvard Business School, Edmondson argues that there are built-in tensions between learning and performance that smart organizations must learn how to address. To learn means to become less productive, at least for a while, and she points to a... Read more →

Making the Most of Netvibes for Learning, Advocacy, Marketing and Customer Service

I've been playing a lot lately with Netvibes. The more I play, the more possibilities I see for learning, advocacy, marketing and customer service. The ability to create and share tabs is what really got me excited. It means that you can essentially put together a customized dashboard of information and materials and then share that with other people. If you know how Netvibes works, then scroll down to where... Read more →

On Customer Service

As usual, Seth Godin hits the customer service nail on the head: If you're going to be in the service business, you need to accept that or you're going to hate it and be lousy at it, both at the same time. I hate to say it, but I've been in many a nonprofit/government agency where I've been greeted with just this kind of sign. It's meant to be helpful... Read more →

RSS in Plain English

Click To Play Via Common Craft--"There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don't. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don't know where to start." In 3.5 minutes, everything the newbie needs to know about RSS, setting up a reader and subscribing. Uses a nice "low-tech" way of describing the process that I think is less intimidating... Read more →

Open Source Bidding and Innovation

A few weeks ago, Michelle Murrain asked a great question--How do we make change if we keep doing things the same way? (I would argue that you can't, but that's not the point of this post.) Now David Wilcox and some other collaborators are looking at how they can use a different process for a familiar nonprofit activity--responding to a Request for Proposal/Invitation to Tender (depending on your location). Writes... Read more →