Friday Link Round Up: Fostering Innovation

by Michele Martin on March 24, 2017

In this week’s Round Up, we’re sharing links to help you create and nurture a culture of innovation.

Intentional Innovation (PDF)–An extensive look by the Kellogg Foundation at increasing impact in the social sector through innovation.

The 8 Pillars of Innovation–In the corporate world, Google is known for its culture of innovation. These are the 8 Pillars they upon which they’ve built their culture.

6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation–“Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge when strategies, business models, structure, processes, technologies, tools, and reward systems fire on all cylinders in symphonic unison.”

Building the Innovation Culture (PDF)–This article explores how distributed networks (rather than top-down initiatives) can create and spread innovation.

3 Strategies for Creating a Culture of Every Day, Everywhere Experimentation–Innovation thrives in a culture of experimentation. This article suggests some ways to encourage experimental thinking in your organization.


Friday Link Round Up: Social Enterprise Marketing

by Michele Martin on March 17, 2017

This week we’re sharing some links on marketing for social entrepreneurs:

Strategic Marketing for Social Entrepreneurs(PDF)–Through a series of matrices, this article walks you through how to make tough decisions about the products and services to pursue and cut when you’re developing an entrepreneurial venture.

Social Entrepreneurship Toolkit: Marketing (PDF)–This article walks you through the step-by-step process of creating your marketing plan.

Social Enterprise Business Planning Toolkit (PDF)–In addition to walking you through the creation of a marketing plan, this document provides resources for creating the full business plan for your social enterprise.

Using Lean Data–One of the chief strategies in marketing social enterprises is using impact data. This link takes you to a field guide from Acumen on how to collect and use lean data to measure impact.

4 Strategies for Making Your Social Enterprise Stand Out–Some good ideas with links to examples in this article.


Friday Link Round Up: Designing for Humans

March 10, 2017

Happy Friday and welcome to another collection of links! The New Science of Designing for Humans–An excellent article that shows how we can design better programs and services by turning to behavioral science and design thinking. Are You Solving the Right Problems?–Strategies for ensuring that you are focusing on the right “problems” when you are […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Workplace Wellbeing

March 3, 2017

This week we’re talking about workplace wellness and creating a culture of wellbeing. As an organization, you can start with assessing your culture on 5 dimensions, based on Maslow’s Hierarch of Needs from the book Workplace Wellness that Works. They are: Level 1-Functioning Factor: Do people have what they need to do their jobs? Level […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Professional Development Resources

February 24, 2017

It’s Friday, so it’s time for more links! This week we’re focusing on professional development resources. Systems Practice: An Approach to Move from Impossible to Impact–this free online course from Acumen will help you “make sense of complex environments and uncover the dynamics that have the greatest potential for impact. This course will lead you […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Marketing

February 20, 2017

Here’s your round-up for this Friday morning! Stop Raising Awareness Already!–Is your CIL stuck in “awareness” communicating about your issues? This article discusses why your awareness campaigns may not be working. 7 Steps to Creating Your Best Nonprofit Marketing Plan Ever–Easy to follow, step-by-step guidance to create an effective marketing plan. Create Personas to Bridge […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Dealing with “Generosity Burnout”

February 10, 2017

We’re back! In this Friday’s Roundup, we’re talking about dealing with “generosity burnout”–what happens when we are trapped in a cycle of helping too much? Can You Handle the Increased Workload of Being a Modern Leader?–Start with this assessment to get a feel for where you may be experiencing stress. It looks at the “4 […]

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Friday Link Round-Up

September 30, 2016

Here are your links for this last Friday in September: The Charity Social Media Kit–A comprehensive guide to all things social for nonprofits. Your Elevator Pitch Needs an Elevator Pitch–Try using this method to revamp your pitches to make them more interesting and to invite curiosity and questions. Updating the Nonprofit Work Ethic–How nonprofit leaders […]

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Friday Link Round Up

September 23, 2016

Here are your links for the week: When Innovation Goes Wrong–Efforts by social enterprises to develop novel interventions receive a great deal of attention. Yet these organizations often stumble when it comes to turning innovation into impact. As a result, they fail to achieve their full potential. Here’s a guide to diagnosing and preventing several […]

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Friday Link Round Up

September 16, 2016

It’s a beautiful Friday morning here on the East Coast! Here are your links for the week! 5 Lessons to Become an Industry Disrupter–Some of the most successful entrepreneurial opportunities emerge from your ability to “disrupt” your industry and how things have always been done. Here are 5 lessons of disruption. The Calculus for Commitment–Why […]

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