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Why have a learning strategy

Change will come when we enlist our research-based, strategically-aligned learning resources in support of the goals we have for our organization and sector. Nonprofits are important. Their success matters to whole communities, states and even countries, yet they struggle to adapt to new needs and conditions. Something has to change. Change, namely cognitive and behaviorContinue reading “Why have a learning strategy”

What is instructional design?

Margaret Schulte and I explain instructional design in our new e-book “How to Design for Action.” We define the term in the introduction, which I share here. Since publishing the book, I turned those dress shirts into an awesome tote bag. Maybe time to re-sort the bins! My university-age daughter needed bins to transport herContinue reading “What is instructional design?”

New Year… New Focus

After seven years in my current position and five years writing about learning in the nonprofit sector, I am changing my focus.

12 Days of a Learning Christmas

I work with a learning team that inspires me everyday. I dedicate this end-of-year reflection to them.

Push less dirt, Lift more rocks

Two years ago, my family bought land north of the city. Laboring with hand tools quickly proved futile, so we acquired a tractor. The tractor’s job is to push dirt around to flatten the land for a future orchard. The challenge is that the dirt is filled with large rocks, glacial erratic boulders to be precise, so it is hard to push that dirt around. It would be a lot easier if we could grab the boulders from above and pull them up and out of the dirt.

Love in Learning

Love is a radical word that is both weak and bold, vague and crisp, all at the same time. It’s a word I lean on when no other seems to fit. What is the right word to describe the feeling in a room when people become so motivated by something they just heard or learned that they form connections that transcend that time and space? The word, I believe, is love.

Lessons from Mary Poppins

We remember the songs from Mary Poppins, but not from its sequel. Why? There is a good reason.

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