The Case for Graphics and Design

“It don’t care what it looks like. The content is there.”“I’m not good at graphics. I use PowerPoint templates to create a slidedeck.”“I’m a bullet-point junky. I can’t live withoutContinue reading “The Case for Graphics and Design”

Stairs, ramps, and curb-cuts: Designing for everyone

If you were constructing an entrance to a building and were resource-constrained, would you build stairs or a ramp? Stairs make the building accessible to individuals who are able-bodied. The rampContinue reading “Stairs, ramps, and curb-cuts: Designing for everyone”

Communication and learning

Regular readers of this blog know that I use this space to think out loud. It is where I take shards of a theme that keep surfacing and see howContinue reading “Communication and learning”

“The future is something we build in the present.”

Brazilian educator and sociologist Paulo Freire wrote in Pedagogy of Hope: “Through the process of reflection, individuals may become conscious of the realities other than the one into which theyContinue reading ““The future is something we build in the present.””

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.

Five Years Later: Lessons from FUN

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits (FUN) launched five years ago this week at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference. We shared the five buckets of basic nonprofit knowledge every board members shouldContinue reading “Five Years Later: Lessons from FUN”

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