Beth Kanter's Blog

8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

Training Design

Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, they are doing a series on designing nonprofit tech training and I discovered this excellent rewrite of my post.  

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Experimentation, Networks, Training Design

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.  The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.  … Read More

Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

Training Design

Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instructor is Stanford Professor and Philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.    … Read More

What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

Training Design

Last month, I spent two days teaching at University of Buffalo, School of Social Work.    During my visit, I gave a keynote at a nonprofit leadership conference, facilitated a workshop for social work agencies on networks and data, guest taught a graduate course in social work research and evaluation methods,  met with faculty, gave a talk on giving to students at the student union (pictured above), and was interviewed for the podcast series.… Read More

Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

Fundraising

Perry Chen is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the social fundraising website Kickstarter.   Today, he has launched a platform to help raise money for nonprofits that are doing highly effective work, but may not be as well known to a larger audience.  … Read More