My last post for this year will highlight my choices for the best videos by nonprofits and for causes of 2009.
But, first, I’d like to thank a few people who have enriched my life, taught and inspired me, and helped me in myriad ways this year — and hopefully will continue to do so next year:
1. Beth Kanter – Beth is the best nonprofit blogger there is, hands down. But luckily for me she is more than that. She is my partner and co-author on our book, The Networked Nonprofit, that Wiley & Sons will release in late spring 2010. We have complimentary skills and perspectives — but most of all we have fun together, particularly as we spend copious amounts of time trying to decide whether to get dressed or clean the kitchen.
2. Lucy Bernholz – You can’t mention Lucy’s name without using the phrase, “super smart.” That’s simply who and what she is. She is courageous and forward thinking without ever diminishing anyone else’s contributions or skills. I learn something new and interesting every time I talk to her or read her blog. She is a unique thinker and we, as a sector, are lucky to have her on our side.
3. Micah Sifry – I met Micah in 2003 at Esther Dyson’s Release 1.0 conference and he has been my primary social media educator ever since. Micah challenges, nudges, supports and guides me constantly and consistently. His Personal Democracy Forum reflects his energetic curiously. It is also the only tech conference that I go to that consistently has equal representation of women as panelists and keynoters reflecting Micah’s unwavering egalitarianism.
Now, onto the best videos of 2009! Here they are, in no particular order, enjoy.
1. The Anaheim Ballet. Actually any of their videos would do as they’re doing a marvelous job of letting us into their rehearsals and creative process:
2. Rory Sutherland: Lessons from an Ad Man. Of course, it’s very hard to pick any particular Ted Talk to include on the list as so many of them are brilliant. This one is hilarious and provides good stuff for nonprofit folks to ruminate on.
3. The Lost Generation. It’s important to watch this one all the way to the end.
4. United Breaks Guitars. Again, this one isn’t specifically a cause video, however, it is a perfect example of the ability of individual activists, in this case the singer Dave Carrol, to use videos to express their outrage – particularly against large, faceless corporations.
5. The story of charity:water. I’m hard pressed to think of another nonprofit that does a better job of storytelling than charity:water. Watch founder Scott Harrison, a master storyteller, do his thing in four minutes.
Let me know which ones I missed.
Wishing everyone a safe, fulfilling, prosperous 2010!