Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 105

Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Leadership, Measurement, Movement Building, Networks

Investing in movements or networks for social change is a strategy that some funders are using.  But, how do you measure the results?

Marino Morino, who wrote “Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity” pointed me to this recent report, “Transactions, Transformations, Translations:  Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling and Funding Social Movements” by Manual Paster, Jennifer Ito, and Rachel Rosner with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and funded by the Ford Foundation.  … Read More

The Fives Stages of Measurement Acceptance

Measurement

Infographics, if done well, can be a useful way to boil down key principles, ideas, or themes.   They’re gaining popularity everywhere, including the nonprofit sector.   More and more nonprofits are starting to use them and it isn’t difficult to find lots of examples and curate them.… Read More

Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

Training Design

A few days ago I opened the door on a new learning journey.   I am very excited about upcoming peer learning projects that I’m working on in 2012, including several for Packard grantees in India, Pakistan, and Africa as well as the e-Mediat project in the Middle East.  … Read More

Taking 18 Minutes Day Towards A Year-Long Focus

Capacity, Reflection

Over the holiday break,  I read  18 Minutes:  Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman who blogs at at the HBR.  This book is a gem.  Each chapter starts with a personal story that illustrates a concept related to managing unproductive distractions.  … Read More

A New Year: A New Learning Journey Begins

Housekeeping

I spent a very quiet holiday with family at Half Moon Bay and taking a New Year’s hike on Ano Nuevo to see the elephant seals.     Nature hikes and down time with family are nourishing and replenishing.

As I watched the last sunset of 2011 fade over the Pacific Ocean,   I wanted to formally say farewell to Zoetica, the company I co-founded with Geoff Livingston and Kami Huyse that we announced in January, 2010 one day after my birthday, and one day before the Haiti Earthquake.    … Read More