Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 19

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Facilitation, Instructional Design, Trainer's Notebook

Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new  techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox?  This is the focus of a session called “The Big Bang Theory: Creative Facilitation and Training Techniques,” that I’m co-facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference with Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen.… Read More

Book Review: Work That Matters

Workplace Culture

Last month I was lucky enough to run into Maia Duerr who participated in Wake’s Tech2EmpowerUSA at a workshop I was facilitating on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit. Maia Duerr recently published a book called “Work that Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention.” … Read More

Facebook Usage Declines: What Does It Mean for Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy?

Digital Strategy

As we all know, in early January, Facebook announced some sweeping changes in the News Feed to prioritize content from friends and family and fewer updates from brands and news.  The intent as described by Zuckerberg was to encourage meaningful interaction and ensure that time on Facebook was well spent.… Read More

A Powerful Way for Nonprofits To Avoid Collaborative Overload

Facilitation, Meeting Design, Virtual Facilitation

Online collaboration tools and platforms give nonprofits the opportunity for connectivity and collaboration internally as well as with external stakeholders like volunteers and board members. And, that’s a good thing. But it can lead to being overwhelmed or what has been dubbed “Collaborative Overload” or “Collaboration Tech Tool Overload.Read More

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

Instructional Design, Trainer's Notebook

For the past five years, I’ve been an adjunct professor at Middlebury College in Monterey teaching a graduate course called “Networked International Organizations” for students pursuing an advanced degree in International Development.  As part of the class, we look at different examples of  networked strategies and digital platforms and tools and how they can be used to advance civil society goals.… Read More