Friday Link Round Up: Co-Creating the Future

by Michele Martin on June 23, 2017

In this week’s post, we’re riffing off an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on best practices in breakout innovation and co-creation.

Creating Breakout Innovation–Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems. But only a small percentage of these efforts are resulting in bold innovation and powerful solutions. What does it take to deliver breakout innovation? This article lays out the basic principles.

Theory U–One of the principles for co-creating the future is to legitimize all ways of knowing, getting away from our “expert bias.” Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community–This guide from Peter Block discusses the major conversations that need to take place in order to authentically engage a diverse community in the co-creation process.

Guide to Prototyping New Ideas–Prototyping–quickly testing your ideas to learn and evolve them–is key to any innovation process.

The Welcoming Workbook–An excellent step-by-step guide for making any group more welcoming.


Friday Link Round Up

by Michele Martin on June 16, 2017

This week we’re sharing some miscellaneous links:

Why You Should Care About Bots If You Care About Social Justice–Bots are all over the news lately and it turns out that when it comes to advocacy and social justice, we should be paying attention, as this article from the Ford Foundation points out.

199 Amazing Free or Cheap Online Tools for Nonprofits–From organizing online discussion forums to managing events, here are some great free and low-cost tools to check out.

Solidarity Economy and Community Development–Although “academic” this paper takes an extremely interesting look at the values and practices of the “solidarity economy,” a more democratic form of economic organizing that supports community organizing and development.

Governing a Collaborative Organization–Ideas on how to structure and work with your Board to work more collaboratively.

PEST Analysis–The PEST analysis is a tool/framework for looking at how external factors in 4 areas (Political, Economic, Social, Technological) may impact your CIL. It’s particularly useful in conjunction with doing a SWOT analysis as you develop strategic plans.


Friday Link Round Up: Board Resources

June 9, 2017

This week, we’re sharing some Board resource links: Catalytic Questions for Generating Board Conversations–How could you use these questions to generate new discussions with your Board members? The Importance of an Annual Board Retreat–Some excellent advice on why and how to use annual retreats to re-engage with your Board. DIY Make a Bylaws Cheat Sheet–This […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Strategic Alliances & Restructuring

June 2, 2017

One way for organizations to expand their impact is through strategic alliances and restructuring. Here are some resources to check out: Nonprofit Collaborations–Why teaming up can make sense. The Power of Possibility: Board Openness to Strategic Alliances and Restructuring–A report on survey results from BoardSource benchmarking current attitudes and behavior related to strategic alliances and […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Fee For Service

May 19, 2017

This week we’re sharing links on fee for service resources. Understanding Fee for Service Models (PDF)–This guide covers types of fee for service models and implications for decision-making. 9 Tips to Better Nonprofit Pricing–Nine pricing tips that simultaneously generate higher revenues and growth. Best of all, these tips emphasize the importance of better serving customers […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Lean Startup

May 12, 2017

This week’s links are about the Lean Startup model and how it can be used in nonprofit settings. How to Build a Lean Nonprofit at any Stage of its Lifecycle–Lean Startup is about creating entrepreneurial ventures quickly and efficiently. This article walks through how nonprofits can adopt lean methodologies in any stage of their lifecycle. […]

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Friday Link Round Up

May 5, 2017

This week it’s a collection of miscellaneous links: Participedia–This is an extensive collection of ideas and strategies for making politics and governance more participatory. They can be great fodder for new ideas about how to engage with the public and with advocacy efforts. Improve Your E-Newsletter-Your email newsletter can be the engine that drives your […]

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Friday Link Roundup: Collaboration

April 28, 2017

With this week’s links, we’re exploring collaboration. The Collaboration Game: Solving the Puzzle of Nonprofit Partnership–“Nonprofit collaboration is harder than it sounds. Economics, game theory, and behavioral science suggest some lessons on how organizations might collaborate more often and more effectively.” Great article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Models of Collaboration: Nonprofits Working Together […]

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Interview with Mike Mayer, Summit Independent Living Center

April 21, 2017

New Century CIL Blog: Interview with Mike Mayer, Summit Independent Living Center from Michele Martin on Vimeo. A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to speak with Mike Mayer, Executive Director of the Summit Independent Living Center in Missoula, MT as part of our ongoing series of interviews on entrepreneurial activities in CILs.

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Interview with Kimberly Tissot, ABLE South Carolina

April 7, 2017

New Century CIL Blog: Interview with Kimberly Tissot, ABLE South Carolina from Michele Martin on Vimeo. This week we’re happy to bring you a recent interview with Kimberly Tissot, Executive Director of ABLE South Carolina. This is part of our ongoing series of interviews with CILS around the country to learn more about their entrepreneurial […]

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