Beth Kanter's Blog

What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

Walking

Earlier this week, I was honored to present at the #octribe (online community tribe) meet up “Walking Communities: Fit Fanatics Online and Off” with Allison Leahy from Fitbit who manages fitbit online communities.    The #octribe meetup was hosted at TechSoup and organized by long time colleague Susan Tenby who has supported this community of practice for ten years.  … Read More

Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

Data, Learning, Measurement

Note from Beth: At the end of the day, organizations that are committed to learning will be more effective at meeting the needs of the people they serve.  Learning is the ultimate result of being “data informed” that is using feedback data to improve results.  

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Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

Networked Nonprofit, Training Design

I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam LAC  and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean.   The first day focused on networks and strategic use of social media along with some practical skills in content creation and measurement.  … Read More

How Can Nonprofits Become Agile Learners?

Learning

I read this wonderful article “Agility Is Today’s Most Critical Leadership Competency” by Julie Winkle Giuliani, author of “Watch Them Grow or Watch Them Go.”   Agility is defined in the dictionary as light and graceful or as a project management approach, but she defines agility as the ability for continuous learning and as a leadership competency in today’s complicated world.… Read More

Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

Facilitation, Leadership, Organizational Culture

That is a slogan on a t-shirt, and while meant as a joke, it is all too familiar for many nonprofits.   Meetings that waste your time!

When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit, it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep.    … Read More