Friday Link Round Up–Prototyping

by Michele Martin on September 21, 2018

Design thinking is something we’ve discussed in previous posts. For today’s links, some strategies for prototyping–making mock-ups or models of your ideas to try them out with users.

The Magic of Paper Prototyping–Paper prototypes can be a great way to try out new websites, forms, etc. before you commit to creating a full change.

8 Common Methods and Best Practices for Prototyping— A useful list of the eight most common prototyping methods, together with best practice tips that help you maximize your prototyping and testing sessions.

6 Common Pitfalls in Prototyping–Traps that teams can fall into when prototyping.

6 Tips to Prototype a Service–Often we may want to prototype a service. Here are tips that can help.

30-Minute Activity to Solve Your Toughest Work Problems–A great way to experiment with the process of prototyping and discover the benefits it can provide.


Friday Link Round Up

by Michele Martin on September 14, 2018

This week we have some miscellaneous links!

Practical Ideas for Improving Equity and Inclusion at Nonprofits–The journey toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion has no fixed endpoint, but here are a few places to start.

The Magic of Paper Prototyping–In previous Round Ups, we’ve explored design thinking and practices. This is a great article on how to use paper prototyping to test ideas.

The Team Canvas–Building from the Business Model Canvas, this is free tool for leader and team facilitators to organize team alignment meetings and bring members on the same page, resolve conflicts and build productive culture, fast.

It’s a New Game: Leading Complex Continuous Change–This white paper explores what it takes to lead in a world that is more volatile and complex.

The Good Life Conversation–These powerful questions are a great way to build asset-based communities.


Friday Link Round Up: Collaborative Overload

September 7, 2018

By some estimates, employees spend up to 80% of their time on collaborative activities–meetings, emails, phone calls, etc. But all this collaboration can lead to stress, burnout, bottlenecks in decisionmaking and more. This week we explore “collaborative overload” and strategies for addressing it. Collaborative Overload— An overview of the problem and some strategies for addressing […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Facebook Live

August 31, 2018

The Facebook live filming tool, a free resource provided on your Facebook page, allows you to do the following with a smart phone, computer, or even an ipad: ● Host easy-to-access public discussions that allow questions to be answered in real time, ● Enables the development of innovative partnerships with media, influencers, and community leaders, […]

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Friday Link Round Up: What Makes People Care?

August 24, 2018

In this week’s Round Up, strategies for communicating more effectively, based on the science of what makes people care. The first article in the list lays out 5 principles. The other four help you make the most of these principles. The Science of What Makes People Care–Effective communication is not simply about getting your message […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Effective Email Campaigns

August 17, 2018

Email can be a powerful force for getting out your message and staying in touch with various stakeholders. This week we’re talking about how to use it most effectively. The Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing–Excellent advice on putting together and executing email campaigns. Email Optimization Checklist–Write perfect marketing emails with this checklist. Write More Engaging […]

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Friday Link Round Up

August 10, 2018

This week, some miscellaneous links: How to Salvage Some Productivity After a Crappy Morning–Sometimes you need a reset. TED Talks to Help You Work Smarter–Unconventional, and uncommonly useful, advice on leading, working and making the most of each day. How to Introduce Yourself So You’ll Be Unforgettable–Great advice for ensuring that you’ll be remembered as […]

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Friday Linked Round-Up: Cross Sectoral Collaboration

July 27, 2018

One of the key principles of social entrepreneurship is collaboration, particularly across sectors, bringing in multiple perspectives and resources to create new opportunities. This week’s Round Up features resources to help with this process. The Magic of “Multi-Solving”–Six principles and practices to unlock cross-sectoral collaboration. The three practices are welcoming, learning and documenting, and storytelling. […]

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Interview with Audrey Schremmer, Three Rivers Inc.

July 20, 2018

New Century CIL Blog: Interview with Audrey Schremmer, Three Rivers, Inc. from Michele Martin on Vimeo. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with entrepreneurial CILs, I spoke recently with Audrey Schremmer, Executive Director of Three Rivers, Inc. It was a great conversation and we covered a LOT of ground. (This is the transcript […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Small Business Resources

July 13, 2018

Yesterday, as part of our ongoing series on entrepreneurial CILs, I did an interview with a CIL Director who has made tremendous use of small business resources. (I’ll be posting that interview in the weeks ahead). For this week’s Round Up, then, here are some small business resources that you can access to help you […]

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