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What I learned from Jad Abumrad About the Secrets of Creative Risk Taking


I’m very honored to be giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab on self-care and avoiding burnout  at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.    Because I started my career in the arts field and wanted to do some active listening to the audience before speaking, I came in for the whole conference.… Read More

How DoSomething Transformed A Mistake Into Learning: Creating A Culture of Impact

You’ve heard the mantra: Learn from failure. But no one likes to screw up and you can’t learn when people are feeling shame and pointing fingers at each other. knows that mistakes happen, but also knows how as an organization to transform mistakes into organizational learning that leads to better results in a program.  … Read More

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Note from Beth:
Last week during the Google Hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation,  someone asked me “What’s Next?”    After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many nonprofit capacity building programs,  my focus is going to be on how nonprofits can apply measurement and their networks to learn for impact.

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Heartland Pride: Winner of the #npfail Little Bets Contest

Last month, during the Nonprofit Technology Conference plenary session on placing little bets and learning from failure,  we  issued a challenge to 1,000 nonprofits  in the audience.   Let’s do more than just give failure lip service,  let’s put it into practice and share learning from a failure or placing a “Little Bet.”     A ‘Little Bet” as defined by Peter Sims, author of the book – Little Bets, is a small action that you can take to discover something new.  … Read More

#npfail Share Your Nonprofit Fail Story and Win A Microsoft Surface!

You’ve heard the mantra: Learn from failure. But no one likes to screw up and you can’t learn when you’re beating your chest in frustration or pointing fingers at each other.… Read More