Jennifer James was a young mom in Richmond, VA who took to blogging to connect with other moms, learn and share. Like millions of other parents have done over the past ten years. But, then, Jennifer noticed that a lot of the issues her fellow moms were talking about were causes like hunger and poverty. [...]
About Allison Fine
I’m back from my blogging sabbatical! Got all refreshed and then saw this story about prisoners using Yelp to rate their prisons. I can’t sit on the sidelines when that’s happening!
Prisoners, family members, lawyers and others are using Yelp to rate the facilities. [Am I the only one surprised that prisoners have access to the [...]
I have been considering taking a sabbatical from blogging so that I can concentrate on finishing a new book proposal. To help figure this out I went to my Nonprofit Social Media Group on Facebook and asked the question of whether this was a good idea or not. Lots of great, supportive, responses from folks [...]
The question I am most asked by groups of professionals born before the Internet was popularized is, “How do I separate my professional and personal lives online?” In other words, where’s the dividing line and how high can I put up the wall? I asked Debra Askanase, the brains behind Community 2.0 to talk about [...]
I had the privilege of being invited by the State Department to speak to a delegation of Russian NGO workers yesterday. We throw around the word, “privilege”, a lot, but in this case, both to represent the United States as an agent of the State Department, and to talk to such wonderful people from Russia [...]
I love the idea of communities as being both fierce and loyal. Naturally, when I read Debra Askanase’s post interviewing Sarah Robinson’s book, Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities, I had to have the book and invite Sarah to be my guest on this month’s Social Good podcast!
Sarah has years of experience [...]
This Friday I am speaking at the Youth Engagement Conference sponsored by the Union of Reform Judaism. My topic is Followship. If you haven’t the term before it’s because I just made it up!
Here’s the basic idea. Leadership in a flat, side-to-side environment has to have equal parts followership and leadership. It can’t just be [...]
There’s been much ado about the Boy Scout’s potentially overturning its policy of admitting gay scouts and scout leaders. The executive committee took the very brave position today of pushing the decision off until their annual meeting in May. It’s complicated, they said. Readers of this blog have probably already inferred my reaction to a [...]
Here Comes Everybody:
The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
"Thoughtful and thought provoking. Far from a technical manual, it raises compelling issues that deserve consideration by all nonprofit organizations."