Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 11

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Capacity, Tools and Tactics, Training Design

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question:  How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Did you read books, take classes, or have a coach? I answered yes to all, but more importantly I think these two methods helped me the most:

  1. Carve out time for reflection after each training and do an after-action review with yourself.
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What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Conferences, Digital Trends, Fundraising, Innovation, Philanthropy

Last month, I was honored to co-teach a master class and workshops on digital strategy and crowdfunding with Cambodia colleague, Tharum Bun, at the first IFCAsia in Bangkok.    I learned so much about the digital challenges facing Asian NGOs, how these are similar or different from NGOs in other regions, met and connect with amazing people, and was inspired by the speakers I heard and the workshops I took for my own learning.… Read More

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Leadership

Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Ours

Last week, I was honored to do several workshops  hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.… Read More

An Ingenious Texting Bot from @SFMOMA

Bots, Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Mindfulness

As we enter the age of automation, more and more nonprofits are using bots. If bots are designed well, they can have impact.   The San Francisco Museum of Art recently launched an ingenious bot called “Send Me” that allows anyone to send a simple text message and receive a picture of a piece of art matching the idea, words, or phrase texted.… Read More

Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations

Organizational Culture

In my book with Aliza Sherman, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout, we offer a framework for practicing self-care and creating a culture of well-being in the nonprofit workplace. The book looks at our relationships with ourselves, other people, careers and money, our environment, and technology—and shows how our relationships with people in our workplaces heavily influence our well-being.… Read More