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Reality vs. Realists

When I wrote about “the churn” I was expecting folks to nod and say, “Yup, that’s what it feels like to be trying to tick off the to-do list day after day.” And I certainly got a lot of that, especially on Twitter (which is filled with people like me trying to avoid their to-do […]

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The Churn

The Churn

I’ve been thinking a lot about the churn lately. Here’s how I define the churn: All organizations need to get stuff done. They need to manufacture things and sell it, serve someone, advocate for legislation and change the world. And as they set out to accomplish these things, the puzzle to be solved becomes: what […]

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So Many Words, So Little Meaning

So Many Words, So Little Meaning

I am constantly surprised, and often bemused, by the way organizations use so many words to say so little. Here is a sign I saw in a business yesterday: This is a lot of words to say absolutely nothing! And unless the writer was paid by the word, it doesn’t seem to have accomplished anything. […]

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Prejudice Doesn’t Change Just the Context

Michael Sam, an All American football player from the University of Missouri and a prospective NFL draftee, announced this week that he is gay. This, of course, is a tipping point moment for the macho league where sissy’s have never been openly tolerated. Much of the reaction to his announcement was supportive (and certainly more […]

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From Commodity to Customer

From Commodity to Customer

I have been struggling with Facebook for a while now. Once it became clear that Facebook was going public, then we, the actual public, not the Wall Street public Facebook was about to share a large cash-strewn bed with, became commodities rather of customers. When your company doesn’t produce anything but the data generated by […]

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Using Humor for a Change

Using Humor for a Change

Late last year, Leanne Pittsford and Leah Neaderthal, the two co-founders of Start Somewhere, did start something, a fantastic Tumblr called, When You Work for a Nonprofit. The blog is the subject of this month’s Social Good Podcast. It’s a series of GIFs with short captions. Here’s one of my favorites     Of course, […]

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Adding Matterness Into Your Holiday Giving

Adding Matterness Into Your Holiday Giving

[Note: This article is cross-posted at the Nonprofit Times.] #Giving Tuesday was , more or less kicking off the giving season. Studies show that more than one-third of all annual giving to causes happens from October through December, with more than 17 percent in December alone. Most organizations have already spent considerable time and energy […]

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RIP Twitter IPO

RIP Twitter IPO

I was reminded yesterday why it was a sad day in the social media world when Twitter went public on November 7th. We were watching the Big Bang Theory on demand and we couldn’t fast forward through the commercials. The pressure to monetize this channel has forced networks like CBS to turn the on demand […]

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