Beth Kanter's Blog

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Leadership

I wish you a very happy and healthy 2019!   I had a great holiday break, although unfortunately I got sick. And while illness isn’t the most energizing start of a new year, I kept replaying the words from the ballon song in the new Mary Poppins movie, “there is no place to go but up.”

Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.… Read More

AI for Nonprofits and Social Good: Link Roundup

AI4Good

Allison Fine and I have been actively researching and writing about AI for Social Good and Nonprofits. Most recently, we co-authored a policy brief for the Toda Peace Institute on artificial intelligence and its implications for civil society.

We are tracking reports, articles, and new items about AI and Social Good.… Read More

Book: Simple Acts to Change the World

Books, Philanthropy

Note from Beth:  As we head into the holiday season and year-end giving,  I invited Amy Neumann to share some thoughts about giving and her new book, “Simple Acts to Change the World.”

Guest Post: Giving the Gift of Giving by Amy Neumann

“Nothing else in life is such a maker of joy and cheer as the privilege of doing good.” — James Russell Miller

Is there any feeling quite like the smile someone gives you when you just did even a small kindness? … Read More

Interview: Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink on the Google AI Impact Challenge

AI4Good

Google.Org is giving away $25 million to humanitarian projects that use Google’s machine learning technology. The “A.I. Impact Challenge” is based on Google’s belief that artificial intelligence can provide new solutions to old problems and improve people’s lives.  I recently interviewed Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Head of Product Impact, who designed the challenged to learn more.… Read More

How Can Elmo Make Your Nonprofit’s Meetings More Effective?

Meetings, Training Design

No, I’m not talking about the cute red Muppet. ELMO stands for “Enough! Let’s Move On.”  It is a ritual or organizational norm that can used during meetings to avoid unnecessary discussions that don’t support the meeting objectives. … Read More