Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 10

My Conversation With Eric Ries on the benefits of Lean Start Up Principles for Nonprofits

Books, Lean Impact

A few months ago, Eric Ries and his team invited me to cover the The Lean Start Up Conference this week.   With over 1,500 attendees and a line up of inspiring and diverse speakers,  I walked away with an even stronger feeling that Lean Start Up principles are not just  for scrappy tech start ups, that many industries can benefit – including nonprofits.… Read More

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Digital Strategy

Content

Note from Beth: Last week, I had the pleasure of facilitating two workshops on becoming a Networked Nonprofit:  Effective Social Strategy for nonprofits in Santa Barbara hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara.   One of the fun exercises I facilitated  is a “Fishbowl” where a small group of  participants go through the process of generating ideas for an editorial calendar based on their key goals and audience definition.

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My Notes from Next Generation Evaluation Meeting

Measurement

Last month, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review hosted a meeting with nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, evaluators, and other interested organizations and individuals to explore the possibilities for learning and evaluation in the social sector called “Next Generation Evaluation.”    The conference was framed around the question: Given the convergence of networks and big data and the need for more innovation, what evaluation methods should be used to evaluate social change outcomes along side traditional methods?… Read More

Social Media and the Arts: How Strong Is Your Social Net?

Research Studies

Note From Beth: Back in 2011, I had pleasure of facilitating a panel discussion Grantmakers in the Arts pre-conference on technology and media with Rory MacPherson  and Jai Sen from Sen Associates where I learned about research study they were conducting about social media use in the arts.  

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#GivingTuesday Lights Up Generosity (and Time Square)!

Fundraising

On Tuesday,Dec.3rd,  the GivingTuesday logo was blazing in neon on Times Square.   The hashtag, #GivingTuesday, was trending on Twitter.    As some nonprofit insiders complained, #GivingTuesday is making too much noise.  And indeed it did:

  • The #GivingTuesday hashtag was used 269,000 times in the 24 hour December 3 period, (as well as 406,000 times in the last 7 days, and 514,000 times in the last 30 days). 
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