The shape of a glass can influence how much we drink

It may be too late into this pandemic to share this research. It turns out that the shape of a glass can influence how much we drink. Sloped glasses can cause us to drink more than straight-sided glasses. The vessel we offer a drink within can influence how that beverage is consumed. How else canContinue reading “The shape of a glass can influence how much we drink”

Change is going to take a change

Nonprofits, like society in general, have faced incredible disruption over the past six months. Their day-to-day work has been impacted by a global pandemic, racial protests followed by a national awakening on racism, economic collapse, and a turbulent election. And the year is not over. Nonprofits were walking uphill in 2019, and that hill justContinue reading “Change is going to take a change”

I see you: Creating online social connection

We can create social connection in our online learning and leading if we are intentional in how we do it. Here are 3 ideas for helping people feel seen and connected.

A story makes meaning.

If I had a dime for every time I saw “storytelling” mentioned in a nonprofit context, I would be staycationing this summer with a white wine lawn fountain and drone-delivered truffles, and my favorite nonprofits would be returning their PPP money like Shake Shack. Suffice to say, storytelling is a common (and important) topic whenContinue reading “A story makes meaning.”

Better ways to think about “best practice”

A quick Google search of “nonprofit best practice” yields collections of resources from our sector’s leading providers of quality resources. When nonprofit board chair or Executive Director calls or attends a training, they regularly ask what “best practice” is on any given topic: leadership, finance, or fundraising. These are questions worth considering, yet the answersContinue reading “Better ways to think about “best practice””

Virtual Conference Reflection: How did it go?

Colleagues across the country are thinking about converting their in-person conferences into online learning events. I offer these reflections on how we implemented this shift to help you think about how to move your conference into the virtual space. On March 16, our conference planning committee decided to pivot on how we would implement theContinue reading “Virtual Conference Reflection: How did it go?”

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.

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