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5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

My conversation with the Albert Einstein Bot

In my last post about nonprofit bots, I discussed the big picture of automation in the nonprofit space and what I learned from the “The Beth Bot” experiment.    For this post, I did a landscape scan to identify some of the best examples of nonprofit bots.  … Read More

4 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute.  I learned so much about the taxonomy of innovation and really practical techniques, that I took the facilitation training.    … Read More

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Note from Beth:  Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.  I have also learned a lot from other nonprofit colleagues who have use these techniques, including Brian Reich (see this blog post about his design thinking work to solve the refugee crisis) who has just published a book on innovation called “The Imagination Gap” and my colleagues, Ted Frickes and Micheal Silberman at the Mobilization Lab.    

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How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities.   People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course.  … Read More

Pokemon Go and Nonprofits


Pokemon Go, the latest installment in the best-selling Pokémon video game series, launched as a smartphone app using augmented reality. It became an overnight viral sensation and cultural phenomena.  Perhaps its appeal is an escape from all the bad things that are happening the world right now.… Read More