Beth Kanter's Blog

How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

Fundraising

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

Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

Networks, Reflection



Note from Beth:
How do we build networks and movements around important social change issues.  A generative social impact network links people together through relationships.  They create social capital or value by making their skills, resources, and knowledge available to each other.    

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Innovation, Training Design, Transparency



Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.)

The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to change to create more impact, and come up with some prototypes.  … Read More

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Network Map, Networks, Training Design

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.  … Read More

Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Books

Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  … Read More