Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 124

That Was A Spectacular Failure!

Failure, Organizational Culture

On Monday,  I attended Compasspoint’s Nonprofit Day 2011.  The theme was “Inspired Resilience:  How we sustain People, Organizations, and Causes.”    I attended a fantastic workshop facilitated by Michelle Gislason, Senior Project Director, CompassPoint, called “How to Fail Spectacularly (and What You Can Learn from It)”   Here’s a few key takeaways and resources.… Read More

When Culture Eats Your Foundation’s Social Media Strategy for Breakfast

Organizational Culture

Council on Foundations  

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Yesterday, I had the honor of facilitating a workshop on culture change and social media at the Council on Foundations Conference for Community Foundations in San Francisco.      John Kobara, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation, was the session designer and introduced the session with a famous quote from Peter Drucker,  ”Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Instituting a new strategy that is not within the cultural norms of an organization has a very difficult job being supported by the existing culture.    … Read More

Measuring Your Crowdsourcing Efforts by Aliza Sherman

Crowdsourcing

Note from Beth: My colleague, Aliza Sherman, has written a book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing and you drop everything and buy it now.    We’ve been chatting about how to measure the impact of the crowd and she offered to write this guest post on the topic.

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What’s the Secret to Social Media Success? Cute Animal Theory

Engagement

What will it take to get the climate some attention?  Cute Dog Photos! That’s Sam, grist.org’s office puppy.

We know that people would much rather look at pictures of cute dogs than think about downers like climate change. So, grist-.org  is using Sam to call attention to the environment and harness puppy power on behalf of the climate.  … Read More

grist.org: Measuring Along the Ladder of Engagement

Measurement

 

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hearing Chip Giller from grist.org give a talk at the Packard Foundation about their social media strategy and how they used measurement.    The talk was so insightful that I’m sharing what I learned.   I’m curious to hear from all of you if you’ve developed a ladder of engagement and how it guides your social media integrated strategy – and measurement approach.… Read More