Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 101

RightsCon: The Promise and Peril of New Communications Technology

Guest Post

Guest post by Sam Gregory

This week in San Francisco, technologists and human rights advocates are meeting at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference (or RightsCon)to grapple with the realities of how we better manage the human rights implications of new technologies.

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A Revolution in Documentary Film

Engagement, Guest Post

Note From Beth: Yesterday, I attended a convening called “Beyond Dynamic Adaptability” for arts organizations about cultural participation in the arts.  A hot topic:  How do artists and arts organizations engage audiences in the creative process?    One of the slides shared (from a study by the Irvine Foundation) presented a ladder of engagement for arts audiences – from receptive to participatory.    

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Using Social Media Effectively and Powerful Tactics Workshop

Networked Nonprofit, Training Design

Social Media Master Class

View more presentations from Beth Kanter

As part ongoing work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation,  I am designing, facilitating, and delivering workshops with Compasspoint.    Last week, I had the great pleasure of presenting a one-day workshop with colleagues Holly Minch, JD Lasica, Janet Fouts, and Susan Tenby.  … Read More

Close the Triangle

Guest Post, Networks

Guest post by Scott Bechtler-Levin

After spending a couple days with nearly 150 smart, network weavers at the GEO/ Monitor Institute “Growing Social Impact in a Networked World” conference (http://www.geofunders.org/networksconference.aspx), I am reminded of one of my favorite quotations:

“The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know…” (Socrates, according to Plato)

One of many ‘ah-has’ came early during the well facilitated conference.   … Read More

The Power of Curation

Guest Post, Networks

Guest post by Paula Goldman

The wisdom of crowds, the insanity of crowds.

Mention the word “network” to most people and their reactions tend to sway between these two polar extremes. It’s either “crowdsourcing is the answer to everything” –or it’s a complaint that social networks like Facebook and Twitter are just “too full of chatter.”

If I have one takeaway from the GEO/Monitor Group conference on Networks earlier this week, it’s about how crucial the curator is in determining the difference between a successful network and one that simply makes lots of noise.… Read More